US Firms Hog Iraq Rebuilding Contracts

Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales), April 19, 2003 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

US Firms Hog Iraq Rebuilding Contracts

CONTROVERSY is growing over the US Government's apparent ``closed shop'' approach to the rebuilding of Iraq.

Cynics may say it was inevitable, but all the lucrative contracts so far have been given to giant American multinationals with close connections to George W Bush's Republican Party.

Yesterday San Francisco-based engineering and construction company Bechtel Corp was awarded an initial pounds 22m contract to help rebuild Iraq's power, water and sewage systems and repair airports and a seaport.

The contract could ultimately be worth pounds 430m over 18 months if the US Congress approves the funds.

Leading Democrats immediately complained that the contract was not put out to open tender, but the US Agency for International Development, the federal body which awarded the deal, defended the situation as the only way to get help to Iraq qu i ck


In another twist to the tale, the head of the Overseas Private Investment Corp - the agency that supports US investment around the globe - is former Bechtel executive Ross Conne

l y.

He was appointed by Bush. Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, said the Bechtel contract showed that ``a troubling pattern is beginning to emerge, as some of the most powerful business interests in the country continue to receive these huge contracts without ... open, transparent bidding.''

Wyden and others are sponsoring a bill that would require a public explanation of contracts awarded under a limited bidding process.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

US Firms Hog Iraq Rebuilding Contracts


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?