Department of International Cooperation
First : Contribute to reviewing and approving projects funded by donor countries and institutions, as the department participates in the meetings of the International Partnership Committee and its associated committees for the purpose of expressing technical opinion on funded projects, in addition to participating in conferences and meetings related to providing development assistance to Iraq.
Second: Laying and building the foundations for partnership between Iraq and the international community. The department undertakes laying and building the foundations for international partnership between Iraq and the international community based on the principle of national ownership, which is for the Iraqi government to take the leading role in directing the international community towards the priorities of reconstruction and development in Iraq.
Third: The Paris Declaration on the Effectiveness of Aid The Paris Declaration is an international agreement between countries and institutions donating foreign aid, both grants and soft loans, and the countries benefiting from that aid.
Fourth: The strategic framework for development assistance to the United Nations, as the department works to review the strategy provided by the United Nations The department is working on reviewing the strategy submitted by the United Nations, which was signed on August 13, 2008. It aims to direct the assistance of the United Nations towards strengthening development policies at all levels in Iraq, supporting the foundations of reconstruction and sustainable development, providing assistance in providing permanent solutions to humanitarian issues, and consolidating partnership between nations. and other development partners.
Fifth: Following up on the strategies and general directions of donors in Iraq. The department plays a key role in reviewing the strategies and general directions of the programs of donor and lending countries and organizations and directing them in a way that leads to achieving the desired development goals, as well as ensuring consistency with the priorities of government plans and programs.
Sixth : Receiving projects funded by the US grant The department, in coordination with the US embassy, prepares and reviews the mechanisms for receiving projects funded by the US grant. The department is working at the present time to follow up on the details of the receiving processes for projects that were previously sent to the ministries with regard to completed projects, in addition to following up on receiving projects that are still in progress, in coordination with the Diwan Financial control and follow-up and government coordination department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
Seventh: loans The department follows up the procedures for implementing loans concluded with international institutions and donor and lending countries to Iraq and urges the ministries to implement the Iraqi government’s contributions to projects funded by the loan. In the field of technical cooperation, communication with international organizations for the purpose of completing activities related to capacity building.
Eighth: Agreements on technical support and economic and technical cooperation. The department works to follow up the conclusion of bilateral international agreements.
Ninth: Managing the development database and following up on issues related to electronic governance Where the department participates in the membership of the working group on governance and human rights in coordination with the United Nations Development Program and the Board of Advisors, and it also undertakes coordination between the Iraqi government and the international community on issues related to managing the development database IDMS.
The United Nations Development Assistance Framework is an important software tool that enables the United Nations system to provide a coherent and consistent response to national priorities in line with the basic principles of the United Nations reform process and the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. In order to implement and oversight the United Nations Development Assistance Framework in a coordinated manner, A Steering Committee for the United Nations Development Assistance Framework was established. That is, this aid process has moved from merely delivering aid to the level of partnership through the steering committee represented by the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and the head of the advisory board representing the Iraqi government. Our ministry participates in this steering committee. In addition, basic and sub-sectoral committees were formed, headed jointly by Iraq and international organizations, to undertake the study and approval of projects funded by the United Nations, and to present these projects to the steering committee, which takes the decision to approve them.
First: The joint financing program
Based on the transformation of the relationship between Iraq and the international community from the framework of receiving aid to the framework of partnership, the Iraqi government has expressed this commitment by providing an amount within the investment budget for the past year and the current year for the purpose of providing a contribution within the projects that are implemented through international organizations.
Japanese loan: The Ministry of Planning participates in the membership of the Japanese Loan Monitoring Committee, which is chaired by the Chairman of the Board of Advisors. ) for the year 1987, which was confirmed in accordance with Cabinet Resolution No. 167 of 2010. Noting that most Japanese loan projects include providing co-financing at a rate of 25% of the value of the project in most cases, which is approached by the sectoral authorities in the ministry for the purpose of securing that contribution when needed. The Department of International Cooperation represents the Iraqi Ministry of Planning in the committee to monitor the implementation of the Japanese loan to Iraq amounting to 4.2 billion. For more information about the Japanese loan projects in Iraq, see the attached map.
International Development Corporation loan IDA affiliated to the World Bank Group: The World Bank is committed to providing an amount of half a billion dollars for the purpose of supporting five projects submitted by the Iraqi government and being implemented by the beneficiary ministries. The levels of achievement achieved on these projects can be followed through the following link:
Donor database website containing World Bank loan projects: www.mop.gov.iq/idms
Italian loan: Under the friendship, partnership and cooperation agreement signed with the Iraqi government in 2007, the Italian government pledged to provide financing or credit facilities in the amount of 400 million euros, and an amount of 100 million euros has been committed to the benefit of the ministries of agriculture and water resources. The Department of International Cooperation is in its membership, and 300 million euros are still awaiting allocation by the International Partnership Committee, where a group of ministries have shown interest in allocating loan resources in their favour, but our ministry has supported the breakwater project in favor of the large port of Faw, which is still awaiting its inclusion in the budget of the Ministry of Transport.
As it is known, the international community has pledged to provide urgent development assistance immediately after the fall of the former regime with the aim of restoring normal life and providing basic services in water, electricity, health and education. On this basis, a set of programs and projects have been implemented through two main channels, namely the United Nations Reconstruction Fund UNDJITF
US scholarship: The United States of America has worked to provide aid through four funds managed by both the US Department of Defense and the US Department of State, and these funds are:
Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund (IRRF)
Iraqi Security Forces Fund ( ISFF )
Economy Support Fund (ESF)
Commander Emergency Response Program (CERP)
The department works in coordination with the various ministries for the purpose of receiving projects funded by the US grant in accordance with the memorandum of understanding that was signed between His Excellency the Minister of Planning and the US Ambassador under Cabinet Resolution No. 444 of 2009, and the receiving process is still in progress.
The Strategic Commission for Reconstruction was established in December 2003 with the aim of examining reconstruction projects funded by donor countries and institutions and ensuring their consistency with the national development strategy and the country’s priorities in various sectors and ensuring fair distribution of programs and projects to various geographical areas without discrimination on an ethnic or sectarian basis, and in accordance with the Diwani order. No. 37 of 2011, the International Partnership Committee was established in the office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, provided that it includes all existing entities that review and approve programs and projects funded by donors, including the Strategic Commission for Reconstruction and the Secretariat of the International Covenant with Iraq. The committee is chaired by the Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister and the Vice-Chairman is the Chairman of the Board of Advisors and the membership of the Ministries of Planning and Finance and some other ministries. Sectoral committees were formed to study the technical aspects of the projects offered for funding, in coordination with the committees formed within the framework of the United Nations Development Assistance (UNDAF), where the Ministry of Planning participates in the membership of all committees.
Since its establishment, the committee has discussed a number of projects (28 projects) with a total cost of $296,335,955.