Begin planning the implementation of a survey of poor areas is the first in Iraq and the region

Announced and the Iraqi Ministry of Planning, Tuesday, they began to implement a survey of poor areas in collaboration with the United Nations and the World Bank is the first of its kind in Iraq and the region.

Indicating that the aim is to provide services to the residents of those spokesman, while confirming the direct build free housing for slum dwellers.

He said Planning Minister Ali Shukri in an interview on the sidelines of his visit to Najaf, today, “The Ministry of Planning carried out in collaboration with the Housing Fund of the United Nations and World Bank project is the first of its kind in Iraq and the region is to survey the poorest areas, which represent pockets of poverty in the country. ”

He added Shukri that “survey includes 317 A random sample throughout Iraq, including about 10,000 samples in Najaf,” noting that “the goal is to provide health and educational services and other residents of those areas, especially since poverty is one of the underlying causes of the reluctance to education.”

Shukri stressed that “the ministry embarked on the construction of housing and low cost will be distributed free to residents of slums and poor,” pointing out that “the funds allocated for the project has been contracted with the Ministry of Housing for the construction of the residential complexes in the provinces.”

The Undersecretary of the Ministry of Planning Mahdi Keywords said in June of last year, 2011, that the percentage of the poverty level in Iraq is still 23%, which means that a quarter of Iraq’s population live below the poverty line, including nearly 5% in the level of extreme poverty, noting that poverty line includes the basic needs of food and other.

And launched the Iraqi government in the month of May of 2010, National Development Plan Five from 2010 to 2014, during a party organized by the Ministry of Planning and Development Cooperation of Iraq under the slogan “Towards Iraqi economy diverse and sustainable”, where This plan aims to reduce disparities and barriers between urban and rural areas, and the establishment of infrastructure and the provision of social services and jobs, and increase the GDP by 9.38 percent annual growth rate during the period of the plan with work on diversifying the economy, which currently relies on oil imports.

It is noteworthy that Iraq suffers from severe housing crisis due to the increasing number of population compared with the number of housing complexes, as well as the inability of citizens with limited income from the construction of housing units of its own because of the high cost of land and construction materials, and estimates of the Ministry of Construction and Housing need for Iraq to three million housing units to meet the housing crisis in Iraq.