The Ministry of Planning is organizing a workshop on national consultations with the private sector
The Economic Policy Department at the Ministry of Planning organized a workshop on national consultations with the private sector, to prepare the second voluntary Iraq report for sustainable development for the year 2021 in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program. In the presence of the Director General of the Economic Policy Department, Dr. Alaa Eddin Jaafar, as well as the Director General of the Regional and Local Development Department, Dr. Muhammad Mohsen Al-Sayed, and the official spokesperson for the Ministry, Mr. Abdul Zahra Al-Hindawi, as well as the expert Dr. Wafaa Al-Mahdawi and a large number of representatives of the private sector as well as a number of the Ministry’s employees and relevant authorities Relationship .
The Director General of the Economic Policy Department at the Ministry of Planning said: The private sector has an important role in all sustainable development goals, especially since the ministerial curriculum of the government emphasized the priority of this sector by encouraging and stimulating the investment environment in all sectors and moving towards a social market economy, and added that National development plans represent a new stage in the process of development planning in Iraq, and the possibility of being considered the first link in the process of strategic planning, which was launched from a long-term future vision aimed at building a national economy by adopting a stimulating growth approach for productive sectors (industry and agriculture) based on the policies of improving assets Through integration between the public and private sectors to change the identity of the Iraqi economy to turn into a productive economy in the future.
For his part, the Director General of the Regional and Local Development Department indicated: that the Ministry of Planning is the main coordinator to work to achieve the goals of sustainable development in Iraq in general in cooperation with all actors, ministries, governorates, universities, the private sector and civil society organizations. We launched the first voluntary report that was presented at the political forum in the United States and we are now working on preparing the second report, which is based on two basic pillars. The first is to activate the role of governorates by selecting seven governorates to highlight their role and the extent of achieving decentralization and the obstacles they face. The second pillar is participation.
For her part, the representative of the United Nations Development Program, Dr. Sundus Abbas, stressed in a speech on the electronic platform: The importance of focusing on the private sector because of its great importance in achieving economic and social development, adding that this sector is the main engine of the economic growth process in any country. Economic policy makers need to focus on mechanisms to develop the private sector and provide the appropriate climate for its work. She noted that the voluntary national reviews aim to facilitate the exchange of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned, thus accelerating the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda, as well as strengthening government policies and institutions and mobilizing multi-stakeholder support and partnerships for the implementation of the sustainable development goals.
To that, the representative of the private sector, Mr. Khaled Al-Wali, advisor to the Baghdad Chamber of Commerce, said: The private sector is a key partner for the government in achieving the sustainable development process, and added that the private sector will have a major role in the voluntary report since the goals of sustainable development are practical and not theoretical. Indicating that all the sustainable development goals will involve the private sector participation in detail through applied programs such as the eradication of poverty and hunger as well as partnerships and innovation, which are among the goals that the private sector works on.
The session witnessed several presentations on economic policies and the role of the private sector in Iraq presented by the Director General of the Economic Policy Department, as well as the vision of the private sector challenges and opportunities presented by a representative of the private sector, as well as a presentation on the importance of voluntary national reviews on sustainable development presented by expert Dr. Wafaa Al-Mahdawi