With the partnership with UNDP, we have been pursuing issues like delegation of authorities to the project management teams, tax and duty exemption, and knowledge sharing. In this sense, the partnership among GoI/JICA/UNDP has entered into a new stage” he added.
Ms. Jacqueline Badcock, UNDP Iraq Resident Representative, highlighted the partnership as “effective in supporting GoI and JICA to materialize significant impacts on Iraqi economy which will be reflected in daily lives of the Iraqi people….We are grateful to reinforce our partnership with JICA together with the Government of Iraq. Improvement of national strategic infrastructures will contribute to better public services as well as to the private sector development for more and better job opportunities”.
The GoI and the Government of Japan have established a Joint Committee, under the leadership of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Commission (PMAC), the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Planning and representatives from the Embassy of Japan and JICA, to monitor the use of the funds and meet regularly with Iraqi ministries to discuss the progress of the projects. This mechanism not only identifies issues and solutions related to project implementation but also improves the current business climate in Iraq to contribute to private sector development.
“The GoI welcomes the stronger partnership between JICA and UNDP. Together, they can contribute to the further improving Iraq’s national infrastructure and its various economic projects. This monitoring mechanism is also developing the GoI’s project management and its approach to internationally standardised business procedures with an established monitoring committee, one of the longest continual GoI committees, providing oversight and variety of modality to resolve the issues identified for all parties’ efforts and its platform becomes a knowledge sharing catalyst to disseminate success and lesson learnt among us.” said Mr. Thamir Ghadban, Chairman of PMAC. “The tripartite collaboration mechanism between JICA, UNDP and GoI is a good example of international cooperation with the concepts of partnership and ownership at its heart” he further added.