Companies from non-coalition countries including France, Germany and Russia have been barred from competing for reconstruction contracts worth $18,600 million due to be tendered in early December. Speaking on 21 November at a Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) conference in London, David Nash, director of the CPA's new programme management office, told MEED: 'The companies able to compete for the prime contracts will be Iraqis, coalition partners and US. Non-coalition companies will not be eligible for the prime contracts.' However, Nash added that any company, including companies from non-coalition countries, could compete for subcontracts.
Over 250 firms attending the London conference heard Nash outline an extremely fast reconstruction programme that will see the CPA award the 25 prime contracts by 1 February. Some 650 US-based contractors attended an earlier conference in Washington on 19 November.