Q&A: Electricity Minister Luay al-Khatteeb

Iraq's new electricity minister discusses fast-track power plans, Siemens and GE, and the myth vs. reality of the Trump administration's lobbying for American companies.
Q&A: Electricity Minister Luay al-Khatteeb
Luay al-Khatteeb, now Iraq's electricity minister, prepares to address the Iraq Energy Forum in Baghdad in May 2018. (Photo credit: Iraq Energy Institute)

BAGHDAD - Electricity service has long been a problem in Iraq, but it has recently taken an especially prominent position in the agenda of Prime Minister Adil Abd al-Mahdi's new government.

There are urgent political incentives to show progress.

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