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KFAED plays vital role in strengthening ties between Kuwait, Iraq

By Salem Al-Methen

KUWAIT, Aug 3 (KUNA) -- The establishment of the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED) reflects the wisdom of the political leadership in the country, where the Fund played a vital role over the past five decades.
KFAED played an important role in serving Kuwait's political goals by supporting the Arab countries in implementing their projects to reach sustainable development.
After the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2 1990, the ties between the two countries were not the best until the fall of Iraq's dictatorship in 2003, after that Kuwait supported the government of Iraq by providing soft loans and donations through the KFAED.
Lately, the cooperation between KFAED and Iraq was at best. The Fund funded the Iraqi government with about USD 300 million distributed on different fields.
In 2005 and 2007, Kuwait allocated about USD 50 million and USD 60 million respectively to help rebuild the educational and health facilities in different Iraqi regions.
Furthermore, the Kuwaiti government provided Iraq with USD 80 million in 2012 to finance a residential area in Um Qasar, in the implementation of the recommendations of the United Nations.
In 2015, Kuwait has hosted the International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq by an initiative of the late Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, where USD 500 million were allocated and the KFEAD donated USD 100 million to help the displaced and the communities in need.
In 2016, KFAED provided Iraq with USD 100 million to help rebuild the areas damaged by terrorist operations.
Kuwait in 2018 signed a USD 80 million-loan agreement with Iraq to help finance a schooling project as part of the second International Conference for Reconstruction of Iraq.
The project aims at supporting the social and economic development in Iraq by improving the educational level for schools students.
Moreover, the project includes the establishment of 73 new schools in 15 different governorates.
KFAED was established in 1961 to assist Arab and other developing countries in developing their economies by extending Loans on concessionary term to finance development projects in the developing countries. The Fund also provides technical assistance to finance feasibility studies of projects, as well as the training of nationals of the borrowing countries. (end) skm.aa