The re-establishment of trust between the Iraqi state and its citizens is highly dependent on the government’s ability to provide security, jobs and economic growth for all Iraqis, especially the poor and vulnerable, and millions of internally displaced people for them.
In a press release, the World Bank Group concluded a series of consultations with various stakeholder groups on the new strategic partnership framework for Iraq for the period 2018-2022, which sets out the key development goals the Bank Group aims to help Iraq achieve. And a program of strategic interventions for this purpose. ”
The consultations, which began on 16 September, included several meetings with government officials, members of the Council of Representatives, representatives of the private sector, civil society organizations, academia and international partners. “The consultations showed a high level of interest and participation by the Iraqi public at large on issues related to the future of Iraq , The challenges faced by the country and the opportunities for development are at stake. ”
He explained that “these direct sessions preceded the first phase of online consultations on the channels of social communication (from 7 to 13 September). These online consultations have allowed the World Bank Group to reach nearly 1 million Iraqis from various groups and bodies across the country, including from Mosul and other liberated areas. The number of responses to online surveys has more than 200,000 comments. ”
He noted that the results of the discussions and comments gathered during these consultations will be reflected in the review of the final document of the strategic partnership framework, which will be presented to the Board of Directors of the World Bank Group for approval later this year, “noting that the framework of the strategic partnership under preparation of the government plan Iraqi Development Agency, and is in line with its reconstruction and recovery program.
The World Bank noted that the Strategic Partnership Framework is based on the findings of the World Bank’s systematic diagnostic report for Iraq, which set three priorities for advancing poverty eradication and promoting common prosperity: re-establishing security, rebuilding the social contract and state legitimacy, wealth management Oil markets in a fair and sustainable manner. ”
In line with the priorities of the country’s systematic diagnostic report, the objective of the Strategic Partnership Framework is generally to help the Government of Iraq benefit from the liberalization of areas dominated by a nascent organization and the slow recovery in oil prices to rebuild confidence with citizens through the implementation of economic reforms Critical management, efficient and fair delivery of basic services, and ensuring the sustainability and sustainability of recovery and reconstruction efforts. ”
“The World Bank Group will seek to support the Iraqi government in designing and implementing response mechanisms based on rigorous economic analysis, mobilizing best practices in recovery and reconstruction planning, and benefiting from sustainable international support,” the statement said.
“Despite the massive devastation caused by the recent conflict, Iraq now has a unique opportunity to re-establish itself after the restoration of Mosul,” the statement quoted the World Bank’s Mashreq Regional Director, Saruj Kumar Jah, as saying. There is a lot to do. It is imperative for Iraqis to persevere and move forward in order to secure a better future for all. Through this strategic partnership framework, the World Bank Group is ready to support Iraq in its long journey towards long-term reconstruction and development that benefits everyone. ”
He pointed out that restoring confidence between the state and its citizens depends heavily on showing the Iraqi government its ability to provide security, jobs and economic growth for all Iraqis, especially the poor and the weak, and millions of internally displaced people the impact of war and host communities.
On the sidelines of a consultation session, Acting Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Maher Johan commented: “Everyone has a chance to play an important role in Iraq’s economic, social and infrastructure reconstruction.” The World Bank is a key partner of the Government of Iraq in its efforts to alleviate poverty , And the programs and projects that support them are fully consistent with the Government’s development vision and the work of other international organizations. “