Iraq targets logistics hurdles

Iraq's Transportation Ministry holds a conference aimed to facilitate collaboration among government ministries and foreign oil companies in support of the upcoming, massive oil production increase.
Iraqi Oil Minister Abdul Karim Luaibi (right) next to Transportation Minister Hadi al-Ameri and Vice President Adel Abdel Mahdi at the Transportation Ministry's oil development conference Jan. 12 (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - In the restaurant of the newly opened Lebanese Club, an expensive and modern restaurant in the popular Arasat neighborhood, leaders of Iraq's new government met Thursday for a conference to discuss the key factors in ensuring the country's prosperous future.

"It is an undeniable fact that there is need for a huge amount of money for Iraq in order to compensate what it has lost and has missed for years," said new transportation minister Hadi al-Ameri. "Iraq, with the determination of the national coalition government, wants to improve and develop its sources of revenues."

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