On December 4 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Acting Assistant Administrator Alina Romanowski concluded a two-day visit to Iraq as part of a regional tour of USAID missions.
In Baghdad, the Associate Administrator and Acting Assistant Administrator met with Prime Minister Maliki’s Chief of Staff, Dr. Hamid Ahmed, to discuss Government of Iraq (GOI) development priorities.
Mr. Feierstein and Ms. Romanowski also met with Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Rowsch Shaways and discussed the future of Iraq’s economy and USAID’s work in support of economic diversification.
Mr. Feierstein and Ms. Romanowski also visited various USAID projects, including the Primary Health Care Project, the employment generation Opportunities Project (Foras), the Elections Support Project, and the Administrative Reform Project (Tarabot).
The two visitors had the opportunity to discuss project progress with implementing partners as well as meet and speak with Iraqi beneficiaries of the projects. Mr. Feierstein stated that “I’m pleased to see that USAID programs are having an impact for Iraqi individuals and communities – from supporting over 2,000 job placements and an employment portal to helping to strengthen Government of Iraq administrative management to improve service delivery and reducing the time it takes for businesses to register.