February 26, 2013
Hussein Aziz Al-Sharifi, a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Tourism and Antiquities told Al-Mustaqbal News that the budget allocations to the Iraqi Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities are very limited and will not lead to the recovery of the stolen Iraqi artifacts. Al-Sharifi said that “the budget of the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry is very small compared with the rest of the ministries.” He also added that “the government did not pay any attention to that ministry as if it were non-existent, despite the fact that tourism is the second largest contributor to national income after oil exports.”
Al-Sharifi said that the budget of the Tourism and Antiquities Ministry needs to be increased so that the country can afford the process of recovering the stolen artifacts. He also pointed out that the ministry is in an urgent need to hire 12,000 guards to protect the archaeological sites of Iraq, indicating that the Parliamentary Commission on Tourism and Antiquities already submitted a proposal to increase the budget allocations for that ministry.
(via gwebarchaeology)Source: almustaqbalnews.net