ERBIL — Iraq and Jordan have begun the cooperation to establish a huge joint industrial city on the border strip between the countries, the Iraqi Ministry of Industry and Minerals revealed.
“There is a cooperation between Iraq and Jordan to build the most important industrial project, which is also known as the Economic City, on a borderland between the two countries," Hamed Mohammed, head of the Ministry's Industrial Cities Committee, told al-Sabah Newspaper.
Besides boosting the two neighbors’ economies, the plan is also to address the issue of unemployment in Iraq and Jordan.
According to the newspaper, the ‘economic city’ will create over 100,000 jobs for Iraqis and Jordanians.
Mohammed also revealed during the interview that the ministry is implementing another industrial city in Iraq's southern province of Basra, which is considered one of the most successful cities for its important location in Khor al-Zubair Port and the main road leading to the Iraqi Um Qasr Port.
The project in the oil-rich province of Basra is expected to create more than 20,000 jobs.