Partly as an offshoot of pre-war trade missions, partly to get in on the massive reconstruction of Kuwait, Maryland and local businesses have launched a major bid to participate in the rebuilding of that war-torn emirate in the Persian Gulf.
Under plans drawn up by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which has been hired under a $45 million contract by the Kuwaiti government to lead the post-war rebuilding operation, construction crews will soon begin clearing rubble, repairing streets and seaports. Another $500 to $800 million will go to restore emergency health-care, sanitation, communications, transportation and other essential services.
Still more will be spent on computers, generators and cleaning up ruined oil fields. The long term offers even more promise as Kuwait rebuilds its bread-and-butter oil production and refining facilities and key infrastructure items such as hospitals and universities. All told, experts say, the price tag could eventually hit $100 billion.