Iraq donor confab set for Oct. 13-14

Japan will host an international donors’ conference on Iraq’s reconstruction on Oct. 13 and 14 in Tokyo, government officials said Monday.

The ministerial conference on the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq will focus on the two trust funds set up by the donors’ meeting in October 2003 in Madrid and administered by the U.N. Development Program and the World Bank.

Japan has pledged $490 million for the trust funds — about half the $1 billion offered by international donors for this year — as part of the four-year $5 billion it pledged at the Madrid conference.