01 April 2004 | Andrew Golder
International engineering firm Amec says that using Iraqi labour and suppliers to rebuild the war-torn state will reduce the likelihood of attacks on facilities.
The UK-based company has won major contracts to rebuild power and water supplies in Iraq worth $780 million and will hear whether it has won a further tender to repair the justice infrastructure early this month.
A spokeswoman for the company said: "One of our advantages is that wherever we work we use a lot of local help, we bring resources to the country and train the people.
"When we have gone they can carry on work and maintenance themselves. This local involvement is likely to reduce attacks."
Amec already has workers in Iraq, but is expected to hear exactly what form its work will take within the next month.
Despite recent high-profile attacks on western targets in Iraq, UK security providers have reported no corresponding increase in the cost of protecting assets.
Stuart Seymour, senior associate of Janusian Security Risk Management, said Iraq had always been considered a hostile environment in which to work and companies could expect to pay up to $1,000 a day for trained personnel.