SkyLink to rebuild Iraq’s airports

A $2.5 million contract to manage three commercial airports in Iraq has been awarded to SkyLink Air and Logistic Support (USA) Inc., by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

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By  Massoud Derhally Published  May 7, 2003

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Washington DC based SkyLink Air and Logistic Support (USA) Inc., a US $2.5 million contract, to build three airports in Baghdad, Basra and Mosul, bringing the total contracts awarded by USAID for the reconstruction of Iraq to eight.

Under terms of the contract, the aviation and transportation company will develop plans for the restoration of smooth airfreight and passenger service.

For the restoration of public health services Abt Associates Inc. has been awarded $10 million contract. For the rebuilding of the infrastructure, including emergency repair of electricity supply, water and sewer systems, a $34.6 million controversial contract, worth up to $680 million over 18 months, was awarded to Bechtel Group Inc. The company may also be overseeing the reconstruction of hospitals, schools, public buildings and irrigation systems.

Washington based Creative Associates International Inc. has been awarded a $1 million contract potentially up to $62.6 million over 12 months for the reconstruction of primary and secondary education systems. The contract calls for: increased enrolment and improved quality of primary and secondary education, including ensuring classrooms have sufficient material by start of new school year (i.e., desks, computers, pencils, paper); facilitation of community involvement and other social mobilization to retain students; and development of baseline indicators. This also involves upgrading schools, restocking classrooms and training teachers.

The Research Triangle Institute was awarded $7.9 million contract initially with up to $167.9 million over 12 months for local governance. The company is to maximize Iraqi participation in all phases and aspects of the reconstruction as the transition to Iraqi administration occurs.

Stevedoring Services of America (SSA) of Seattle, Washington will be administrating seaports for a $4.8 million contract. The contract calls for: provision of initial assessment of Umm Qasr port in order to facilitate timely delivery of humanitarian supplies and other needed materials for reconstruction; development of improvement plans to overcome port-imposed constraints; hiring of port pilots to guide ships up the channel; facilitation of cargo-handling services such as warehousing, shipment tracking, refrigerated and other cargo storage; and coordination of onward transport of shipments from the seaport at Umm Qasr

Massachusetts based Abt Associates, Inc. has been awarded a $10 million contract initially with up to $43.8 million over 12 months. The contract provides for: supporting a reformed Iraqi Ministry of Health (MOH) at the national, regional and local levels; delivering health services; providing medical equipment and supplies; training and recruiting health staff; providing health education and information; and determining the specific needs of the health sector and vulnerable populations such as women and children.

For theatre logistical support including warehousing, customs clearance and provision of bottled water the U.S. Air Force was awarded with a $4 million initially and up to $26 million over 12 months.

The International Resources Group that is advising USAID in its planning and managing of reconstruction projects has been awarded with a $7.1 million contract.

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