The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Iraqi Ministry of Oil on March 17. This agreement outlines U.S. support for the Ministry to improve the effectiveness and transparency of its operations.
Held at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the signing ceremony was attended by the Ministry’s Director General for Development and Training Iqdam Mohamed Ridha and USAID Mission Director Thomas Staal.
Support to the Ministry will be delivered through the USAID’s Administrative Reform Project “Tarabot” under the auspices of the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement. USAID-Tarabot will help the Ministry enhance current service delivery and transparency to better meet the needs of the Iraqi people, including improving procurement practices and implementing the new Iraq Development Management System – state-of-the-art software used to manage the Ministry’s capital investment budget. This builds on a previous USAID effort launched in 2007 under the completed Tatweer project to help the Ministry manage its resources.
During the ceremony, Mr. Ridha expressed his optimism for the agreement, stating, “I think the cooperation that this agreement represents will be very beneficial to the Ministry. USAID-Tarabot has done outstanding work in other GOI ministries, and we look forward to the same with our Ministry.”
Mr. Staal noted, “Signing this agreement is part of the U.S. commitment to help Iraq manage its resources more efficiently to benefit its citizens.”
(Source: Embassy of the United States)