Prime Minister Masrour Barzani Inaugurates Ranya Bridge

The inauguration of the Ranya Bridge symbolizes not only a physical connection but also a step towards economic growth and improved infrastructure for the Kurdistan Region.
KRG PM Masrour Barzani during the inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
KRG PM Masrour Barzani during the inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) - Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani, officially inaugurated the long-awaited Ranya Bridge on Monday, marking a significant milestone for the region.

In a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, Minister of Housing and Reconstruction Dana Abdulkareem Hamasalih, local officials, residents, and members of the Ministry of Reconstruction and Housing, Prime Minister Barzani highlighted the importance of this project for the community.

"Dear audience," Barzani began, "I am pleased to visit this hardworking and patriotic region again and be with you to open the Ranya Bridge, which we laid the foundation stone for nearly four years ago."

Prime Minister Barzani commended the Ministry of Reconstruction and Housing and the implementing company for their dedication to completing the bridge, despite the numerous challenges faced over the past four years.

The Prime Minister noted that the bridge will play a crucial role in connecting Pishder, Bitwan, and Marga, significantly benefiting local farmers and bolstering the region's tourism sector.

Reflecting on the adversity faced during the project's inception, Barzani stated, "Four years ago, during a difficult financial and health situation due to the spread of coronavirus and the economic crisis that hit the Kurdistan Region, we laid the foundation stone of this project. Fortunately, it was completed within the specified time and put at the service of citizens."

He expressed pride in the fact that the project was fully implemented by local capabilities, underscoring the advancements in local road construction capacities that have led to improvements in the quality of roads and bridges, thereby enhancing citizen safety and the region's economic infrastructure.

The Prime Minister assured the audience of continued investment in the region's road network, emphasizing that with an improved financial situation, there will be further developments adhering to international standards.

He highlighted the sacrifices made by the people of this region for freedom and national achievements, asserting that they deserve enhanced services.

Barzani also discussed broader economic plans to diversify the region's economy beyond oil revenues, focusing on agriculture, tourism, and industry as main pillars.

He encouraged local and regional investors to participate actively in these sectors, noting that the Investment Board and relevant institutions will facilitate investments, particularly in less developed areas.

Acknowledging the difficult economic and financial crises of recent years, Prime Minister Barzani expressed gratitude for the citizens' resilience.

He reiterated the government's efforts to resolve issues with the federal government based on the constitution and mutual agreements, aiming to secure the Kurdistan Region's constitutional rights and financial entitlements.

"In constant contact with Iraq’s Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani," Prime Minister Barzani said, "our negotiating delegations continue to work to remove obstacles. We believe that together, based on the constitution and in the public interest of citizens, we can utilize the wealth of Iraq and the Kurdistan Region to enhance economic stability and growth."

Concluding his speech, Barzani congratulated the residents on the opening of the bridge, wishing them happiness and success. "May Kurdistan remain prosperous," he declared.

The inauguration of the Ranya Bridge symbolizes not only a physical connection but also a step towards economic growth and improved infrastructure for the Kurdistan Region.

The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)
The official inauguration ceremony of the Ranya Bridge on Monday, May 27, 2024. (Photo: Islam Hero/Farhad Ahmed)