Date: 28/11/2012 19:35:51 Wednesday
Baghdad (news) .. and Iraq have agreed the United States of America, to expand cooperation between the two countries in the fields of health, agriculture, water, and private sector development.
A statement by the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, received Agency (news) copy of it on Wednesday: Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq and Ambassador Robert Stephen Beecroft, opened today, the first meeting of the Joint Coordinating Committee in the areas of services and technology, environment and transport within the Strategic Framework Agreement between the U.S. United States and the Republic of Iraq.
The statement said: The two governments have agreed to expand cooperation between the two countries in the fields of health, agriculture, water, and private sector development, while subsequent meetings will focus on high-level cooperation in other areas that fall within the terms of reference of the Committee.
The following is the text of the agreement:
Health sector: Recognizing the importance of providing health care decent to achieve social welfare and promote economic progress, pledged governments to work together to improve the level of health services provided to the Iraqi people, and it has the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Iraqi government represented by the Ministry of Health, in collaboration with other ministries, establishment of the National Technical Advisory Committee to discuss the policy and technical cooperation.
• Thirty-six typical clinic: will the U.S. Agency for International Development, the establishment of 36 model health clinic in all Iraq's eighteen provinces, and will contain these clinics all the equipment and the necessary equipment and staff trainer. The Ministry of Health will in turn circulate such clinics across the country using common funding allocations.
• Basra hospital for children and hospital Maysan: will the U.S. government to help in the processing of Basra hospital for children medical devices developed, including MRI and a CT scan using a computer, while committed to the Iraqi government constantly training and maintenance required to operate such equipment in the hospital who Founded in the year 2010. As the Government of the United States is committed to an end to the construction of a hospital for surgery in the city of Amarah in Maysan province, while the Iraqi government bears responsibility for providing medical equipment, furniture, human resources and take over the operation and maintenance of the hospital mentioned case is completed and handed over to the Iraqi side.
• a field training program for Iraqi doctors in field epidemiology: the Ministries of Health and Higher Education in partnership with the U.S. State Department and the Centers for Disease Control of the U.S. Department of Health set up a training program for Iraqi doctors in the field of epidemiology field. The program included training on the monitoring of epidemics and respond to the spread and use of field epidemiology. And will graduate the first batch of doctors within this program's a doctor in the thirteenth of December next.
• hold bilateral talks to expand investment and trade foreign in this sector: Government will provide the United States advised the companies concerned about the promising possibilities for health care market in Iraq, will meet representatives of the two governments periodically to review the laws and regulations and other practices to remove the obstacles that hinder access the latest techniques and methods of health care to the Iraqi market.
Agriculture: The agriculture sector is of the most promising sectors in terms of the competitiveness of the products on the domestic and international levels, as agricultural development can play a role in increasing employment opportunities.
• message of cooperation and joint review of the sector policies: signed the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Ministry of Agriculture Cooperation commits the parties to work together to review the policies and laws for the agricultural sector in order to establish a legal framework that supports the emergence of an agricultural sector efficient and competitive in the country.
• work together to increase the efficiency of irrigation systems: will the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Agriculture together to the introduction of modern irrigation techniques to improve the efficiency and productivity of water use in Iraq.
• cooperation to raise the level of agricultural services: will the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Ministry of Agriculture together to improve the quality of agricultural services, including agricultural extension and development of production of improved seeds, based on the training provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the field of agricultural extension in the period between 2008-2011.
Sanitation, drinking water and wastewater management: In recognition of the importance of water in the area of public health and economic growth, the parties agreed on the continuation of cooperation in the field of water.
Program of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to measure water resources: will the U.S. Agency for International Development to prepare regional and local models to be used by the Iraqi government to improve future planning in the field of water demand and use.
The sewage system in Fallujah: The Government of the United States of America to complete the establishment of the sewage system in the city of Fallujah through a grant to the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works and will develop a plan to solve the problem of existing sulfur odors.
Iraqi government assumed full responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the completed section of this system since 2010.
Data collection for the water sector: collaboration will continue between the U.S. Geological Survey and the Ministry of Water Resources in the collection and analysis of data provided by the remote sensing systems for adverse water sources of the stream to assess the prospects for the flow of the water.
Providing experts in the water sector: The U.S. government will nominate experts in the field of water to support the efforts of the Iraqi government in improving the quality and efficient use of water.
Development of the private sector: governments emphasized the vital role of the private sector in Iraq in the production of wealth through continued growth and improved income levels and facilitate the integration of Iraq into the global economy, have agreed as follows: -
• hold a conference on the development of the private sector: The Iraqi government will, with the help of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, held a conference in January of 2013, looking at ways to transform the Iraqi economy quickly by launching the forces of the private sector.
• Cooperation in the field of training funded projects: Due to the need for Iraq to foreign investment to build the necessary infrastructure to provide basic services, will the United States support for Iraq to develop its expertise in the methods of financing projects and specifically long-term funding for water projects, sanitation and other infrastructure.
• support the establishment of the Committee to consider complaints and conflict resolution to facilitate the functioning of the business sector: given the role of foreign investment in economic development in Iraq, the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister set up a committee to look into complaints and conflict resolution to facilitate the conduct of business and investments and ensure completion in a timely manner, and will support the Government U.S. efforts to deal with some of the concerns that hinder the work of companies and improve the business climate in general in Iraq.
• administrative and regulatory reform: cooperation between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Advisory Board of the Office of the Prime Minister to implement the project "insistence" that offers solutions to the issues of Iraqi administrative and regulatory reform.
This project aims to improve the business climate in Iraq through a comprehensive review of the laws and regulations affecting the business sector for the purpose of formulating proposals for administrative reforms and regulatory.
• cooperation to raise the level of government services: signed the U.S. Agency for International Development memoranda of understanding with the Ministry of Transport and Municipalities and Public Works to improve the level of services provided, and aims U.S. aid provided in this regard to improve the level of planning for investment projects, procurement and project management and provision of services and improve quality.
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