The women's rights organisation, Taa Marbouta, held meetings in Raqqa to raise awareness of the roles women can take in the redevelopment and reconstruction in Syria while achieving emancipation and equality in the process.
Iraq’s Oil Minister Jabar al-Luaibi has ordered the state-run companies of the oil ministry to develop Mansuriyah gas field near the Iranian border. This comes after International Organisations failed to develop the field due to security concerns in Iraq.
On Wednesday 18th of July, Egypt and the United Nations signed a Declaration of Intent which gives Egypt support to rebuild Sinai. The UNDP representative present at the signing stressed the organisations support in developing Sinai.
Iraqi researcher: The irrigation systems in Iraq are outdated and damaged and need to be fixed for the country's agriculture industry to flourish. Many marshlands and cultivable lands have already been lost due to poor irrigation.
As the term of Japanese Ambassador to Iraq, Fumio Iwai, comes to an end, the ambassador that has won the hearts of millions of Iraqis discusses Japan and Iraq's continued diplomatic and economic relationship.
The spokesperson for the Iraqi Oil Ministry, Assem Jihad, said that Iraq will sign a contract with the Chinese company, Zhenhua Oil, in order to develop the southern section of the Eastern Baghdad oilfield.
Syria: Construction has begun in the Basateen el-Razi district in southwestern Damascus, under a government development plan. Experts warn though that construction efforts are not geared towards repair and recovery.