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Reconstruction boost for British firms

BRITISH CONSTRUCTION firms' chances of getting involved in rebuilding Iraq increased this week when it emerged that a senior UK official would be involved in reconstruction plans.

Andy Bearpack has been seconded from the British government to help the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA). The CPA was established to help restore order until a new locally run government is set up.

News of Bearpack's appointment was announced to delegates at an NCE organised conference on Iraq in London on Tuesday.

Delegates also heard that a further 70 UK secondees have been placed in the CPA. Six of these are charged with promoting British trade.

The CPA and Iraq's governing council are in charge the $1bn (£625M) Development Fund for Iraq set up to fund reconstruction work.

This is generated from the sale of Iraqi assets seized in the war, oil revenue and left over funds from the oil for food programme.

'There are great opportunities in Iraq if British firms can make contact with Iraqi companies and arrange partnerships, ' Halcrow chairman Tony Allum told conference delegates. Allum has just returned from a government backed scoping mission to Baghdad.

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