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Iraq Awards Markez $150 Million Contract to Build 800 Homes

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Nov. 1 (Bloomberg) -- Markez Inc. signed a $150 million contract to build 800 homes in the southwestern parts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad, company President Samer Skooti said.

The U.S.-Iraqi company will start building in the first quarter of 2013 and the project will be completed within three years, Skooti said in an interview in Baghdad today.

Markez won a $199 million contract in April to build 2,000 homes in the southern provinces of Thiqar and al-Muthanna.

Iraq, which holds the world’s fifth-largest oil reserves, is seeking foreign investment to help rebuild an economy and infrastructure damaged by years of conflict, sanctions and lack of investment. In March 2010, the government approved a plan to build 1 million homes by 2014 for low- and middle-income families to reduce the country’s housing shortage.

To contact the reporter on this story: Khalid Al-Ansary in Baghdad at kalansary@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Stephen Voss at sev@bloomberg.net

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