March 12, 2014
Follow-up / newspaper rectitude - The Japanese Agency for International Cooperation (JICA) and United Nations Development Programme their agreement to strengthen their partnership and accelerate the implementation of infrastructure projects and economic development in Iraq to improve the economic recovery and the living conditions of the Iraqi people in key sectors, especially electricity, water, sewage, oil, irrigation, transport and industry and health and communications.
A statement by the United Nations Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) received (newspaper rectitude) a copy of "It's in the February 16, 2014, and signed JICA and the Government of Iraq a loan agreement a new re to restore the basic capabilities of the port sector of Iraq through rehabilitation of the port of Khor Al-Zubair after the rehabilitation of the port of Umm Palace and so there will be 20 projects under implementation in the framework of ODA loans Japanese total value of $ 4.4 billion dollars are being implemented by Iraqi ministries, and most of the projects nineteen ongoing now at the stage of actual implementation began in the provision and improvement of public services provided to the Iraqi people. "
He added that "the United Nations Development Programme, operating under the partnership, along with JICA and the Iraqi government to monitor projects and capacity development, and shall UNDP identify constraints, and provides analysis and recommendations to the Oversight Committee in order to take action with respect to common issues in order to accelerate the implementation of projects in accordance with the standards of accountability, transparency and efficiency, and to prove the data collected in the past four years that there is a marked improvement in the operational skills of the ministries carried out in line with international standards for business, Amachtsrt, for example, for some of the supply by about 60 percent. "
The statement quoted to say about Shohei Hara, the main representative of JICA in Iraq "since 2009, and JICA in real partnership document with the United Nations Development Programme in Iraq, we have been able, through an extensive network of program staff Iraqis and monitored daily for the implementation of projects, from understanding the realities of field projects and work together to address emerging problems. "
"The aim of JICA to support the Iraqi government through the lending programs, not only for the development of infrastructure projects, the concrete will have the effects of a national, but also to develop the capacity of officials in Iraq and the Iraqi government itself to project management, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme, we are following issues such as the granting of powers to the Project Management Team and exemption from taxes and customs duties and exchange of knowledge, and in this sense, entered a partnership between the Iraqi government and JICA and UNDP in a new phase. "
Said Jacqueline Badcock, Resident Representative of the UNDP in Iraq, "Our partnership was effective in supporting the Iraqi government and JICA to achieve a significant impact on the Iraqi economy will be reflected on the daily lives of Iraqi citizens."
"We are grateful to strengthen our partnership with JICA and the Iraqi government, and will contribute to improving the infrastructure of the national strategy to improve public services, and the development of the private sector to increase and improve employment opportunities."
The Iraqi government and the Japanese government established a joint committee to monitor the use of these loans, and meets the Commission, under the leadership of the advisers in the Prime Minister's Office and the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Planning and representatives from the Japanese Embassy and JICA, regularly with Iraqi ministries to discuss the progress of projects, does not specify the mechanism problems and solutions relating to the implementation of projects, but also improve the business climate in the current Iraq to contribute to the development of the private sector.
Said Thamer Ghadban, head of the advisers in the Prime Minister's Office said that "the Iraqi government welcomes the strong partnership between JICA and UNDP, and who can contribute together to improve the national infrastructure of Iraq and various economic projects better."
He added that "monitoring mechanism this will further develop the capacity of project management with the Iraqi government in line with the best international standards by the Oversight Committee this, which is the longest committees continuation in the Iraqi government, which provides oversight and different patterns to solve the problems posed by the various parties, as it has also become a platform for the exchange of knowledge and access to the successes achieved and lessons learned among us. "
Abizaid and that "the mechanism of trilateral cooperation between JICA and the United Nations Development Programme and the Iraqi government is a good example of international cooperation, which is the concepts of partnership and national ownership at its core."
The JICA is the Japanese government agency responsible for providing a wide range of official development assistance such as cooperation technical and soft loans and grants financial aid to developing countries in the world.
The JICA is one of the largest donors in support of the reconstruction and development in Iraq since 2003, has provided 20 soft loan to support infrastructure projects in all parts of Iraq, valued at 4.4 billion dollars, in the fields of oil, electricity, ports, water and sanitation, irrigation and so forth as well about it, JICA has provided training courses to develop the capacity of more than five thousand Iraqi official.
The Japanese government agency has opened a new office in Baghdad in August 2011 to further strengthen the partnership with Iraq and to strengthen its support to Iraq. Ended 5
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