Dallas, TX -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/07/2013 -- Bahrain's water sector is gradually undergoing reform and is increasingly open to foreign direct investment. The process is tentative, with Crown Prince Salman, appointed as deputy prime minister in Q113, hopefully able to promote a conciliatory agenda and push for economic reform. The country's water infrastructure is in need of extensive expansion and modernisation, and this is likely to remain a priority for the Bahrain authorities, as illustrated by the news that the Ministry of Public Works is forcing contractors to work round the clock to repair sewage systems.
The March 2013 elevation of the reformist-inclined Crown Prince Salman Bin Hamad al-Khalifa, to deputy prime minister, may suggest a shift in favour of the pro-reform elements within the governing apparatus. The incumbent prime minister, Salman's uncle Khalifa bin Salman, on the other hand, is seen as a bulwark of conservatism and has opposed reform historically. The move does not necessarily mean that Salman is becoming more powerful, but with his remit to promote economic and political reform, his elevation may yet represent a positive development for the political and economic framework in Bahrain.
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Iraq's water sector(http://www.marketreportsonline.com/279661.html.) continues to be in a poor state of repair and strained by an under-capacity in the network, despite having seen billions in investments made by the Iraqi government. That said, things are improving and there is a huge push on the part of the government to improve water access and quality across the country.
That said, years of reconstruction efforts have seen few tangible improvements for the majority of Iraqi citizens, with corruption, poor coordination and bad planning severely inhibiting project development. Whilst the large projects have been subject to delays in light of officials wrangling over budgetary allocations, where there has been progress is with connecting people to the network, particularly in rural areas. This has been factored into our forecasts and will see consumption and extraction continue to increase between 2013 and 2017. Water quality is perhaps the most pertinent issue affecting Iraq's water sector, with high salinity and poor enforcement of environmental regulations seriously polluting available surface water.
Whilst the country theoretically does not suffer from a shortage of water, Iraq will always be at risk from its upstream neighbours, (particularly Turkey), where the sources for the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are located and from over-extraction.
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