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On 2 October, the New York Times reported "A team of economic specialists led by the World Bank and the United Nations has determined that Iraq needs $36 billion for reconstruction over the next four years. This would be in addition to a separate assessment by the American-led occupation of $19 billion for a different set of needs in Iraq over the same period, diplomats and economists said Wednesday. The latest calculation brings to $55 billion the amount that experts say Iraq needs to rebuild everything from health care to infrastructure to agriculture and the training of police officers and other security personnel, the officials said." (1) According to a UN contact: The UN/World Bank (WB)-led assessment omitted security as a category. Security is solely the Occupying Powers' (OP) responsibility. The OPs did their own assessment, opting not to coordinate at all with the UN. Needs assessment-wise, the OPs shared information in only one area: the budget. The Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) told the UN/WB-led teams the activities for which the CPA states it will ensure funding. The UN/WB-led report includes these activities and cost statements as tables. By estimating overall 2004-2007 needs (minus security) cost, and including CPA stated funding, the UN/WB-led report aims to in part illustrate the total dollar shortfall between the UN/WB-led and CPA estimates, and avoid double-counting. The contact also said the actual UN/WB-led report is supposed to be embargoed until 10 October, in advance of the 23-24 October donors' conference in Madrid. For another summary of the UN/WB-led report, see UN News Service, "Iraq needs $36 billion for reconstruction for 2004-2007 - UN assessment", 3 October 2003, http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=8445&Cr=iraq&Cr1= 1. Steven R. Weisman, "Assessments Say Iraq Needs $55 Billion for Rebuilding", New York Times, 2 October 2003, http://www.nytimes.com/2003/10/02/international/middleeast/02DIPL.html Nathaniel Hurd Consultant on Iraq policy Tel. (Mobile): 917-407-3389 Fax: 718-504-4224 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 777 1st Avenue Suite 7A New York, NY 10017 _________________________________________________________________ Frustrated with dial-up? Get high-speed for as low as $29.95/month (depending on the local service providers in your area). https://broadband.msn.com _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email email@example.com All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk