The Ministry of Planning signed with the United Nations Development Program a memorandum of understanding to support the private sector and create job opportunities
The Ministry of Planning signed with the United Nations Development Program in Iraq (UNDP) a memorandum of understanding to support the private sector and create job opportunities, and it was signed on the Iraqi side by the head of the Central Bureau of Statistics, Dr. Dia Awad Kazem, and the resident representative of the United Nations Development Program in Iraq Mrs. Zina Ali Ahmed. Helping to strengthen the private sector through micro, small and medium enterprises, creating job opportunities and supporting a comprehensive growth policy. The head of the Central Bureau of Statistics said: The memorandum of understanding that was signed provides a general framework for cooperation between the two parties to conduct a survey of micro, small and medium enterprises with funding from the American people. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to include three governorates (Baghdad, Nineveh, and Basra), and he added, "The survey will build a comprehensive national approach and an understanding of the structure of MSMEs, trends in their development and their mechanism of action in order to improve decision-making capacity by stakeholders and about How to strengthen and develop these institutions and create a sustainable economic base in Iraq, in addition to identifying the opportunities and challenges they face Which will be supported by studies and updated and reliable information on the labor market and continued by saying: In order to implement strategic programs for developing the private sector, the agency, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program, prepares and prepares for a statistical survey of small and micro enterprises in three governorates as a first stage, provided that the rest of the governorates are completed. Upon improvement in health conditions, Awad indicated that this sector is one of the main sources of job opportunities that are wide and most prevalent at the level of all economic activities, noting that the interest in collecting data is one of the useful things for decision-makers to make decisions based on data and evidence to enhance its role in the economy and GDP. With the intensification of efforts to respond to his needs and the requirements of his advancement. For her part, the resident representative of the United Nations Development Program in Iraq, Mrs. Zaina Ali Ahmed, confirmed that small and medium enterprises in Iraq are facing great challenges that have been exacerbated by the outbreak of the Corona virus, which has led to a reduction in the potential for growth and job opportunities, as the signing of this agreement comes at an important time towards strengthening the role of the sector In Iraq and will contribute to creating job opportunities. She added, "This memorandum confirms the continuous and fruitful cooperation between the United Nations Program in Iraq and the Ministry of Planning, which is the main partner in many of the UNDP initiatives, as well as the partnership with the donor represented by the United States Agency for International Development. It is worth noting that the memorandum opens important areas of cooperation, including In this, the exchange of knowledge, data and documents that serve the purposes and scope of the survey and provide the necessary technical support for it.