US, Iraq Strategic Framework Fact Sheet

U.S.A. and Republic of Iraq Strategic Framework Fact Sheet: Services, Technology, Environment, and Transportation…

Ambassador Stephen Beecroft (pictured) and Deputy Prime Minister Salih al-Mutlaq launched the first meeting of the Services, Technology, Environment and Transportation (STET) Joint Coordinating Committee (JCC) under the U.S.-Iraq Strategic Framework Agreement on November 28, 2012 at the Council of Minister’s Secretariat.

The two governments agreed to expand U.S.-Iraq cooperation in the areas of health, agriculture, water, and private-sector development. Future high-level meetings will focus on cooperation in the other areas covered under this JCC.

Health: Recognizing the importance of availability to health care in promoting social well-being and fostering economic advancement, the two governments pledged to collaborate to improve the delivery of health services to the Iraqi people.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Government of Iraq (GOI) Ministry of Health established a national Technical Advisory Committee for policy discussion and technical collaboration in cooperation with other ministries.

36 Model Health Clinics: USAID will establish 36 model clinics in 18 provinces. Clinics will include all necessary equipment and modern systems with trained staff. The Ministry of Health will replicate these clinics nationwide using co-financing funds.

Basrah Children’s Hospital and Maysan Hospital: The U.S. government will facilitate outfitting the Basrah Children’s Hospital with advanced medical equipment, including a magnetic resonance imaging machine and computed tomography scanner. The GOI will ensure the continued training and maintenance required for these facilities, in operation since 2010. The U.S. government will also complete construction of a surgical hospital in Al Amarah, Maysan Province; and the GOI will assume responsibility for providing medical equipment and furniture, staffing, as well as maintenance and operation of the completed facility upon transfer.

Field Epidemiology Training Program for Iraqi Doctors: The Ministries of Health and Higher Education, in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control, developed the Field Epidemiology Training Program to train Iraqi medical doctors in disease surveillance, outbreak response, and applied epidemiology. The first cohort of 11 doctors will graduate in Baghdad on December 3.

Bilateral Discussion to Expand Foreign Trade and Investment: The U.S. government will advise companies of the growing health care market in Iraq, and the two governments will periodically review laws, regulations and other practices in the sector to remove impediments to bringing advanced health care solutions to the Iraqi market.

Agriculture: Agriculture is a sector in Iraq with high potential for competitive products, both domestically and internationally. Agricultural development would also increase employment.

Letter of Cooperation and Joint Policy Review: USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture signed a Letter of Cooperation (LOC) committing both sides to work together to review policies and laws with a view to establishing a legal framework in Iraq that supports a vibrant and competitive agricultural sector.

Working Together to Enhance Irrigation Efficiency: USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture will work jointly to introduce innovative agricultural irrigation technologies with a view to improving the efficiency and productivity of water usage in Iraq.

Cooperation to Improve Agricultural Services: USAID and the Ministry of Agriculture will work together to improve the quality of agricultural services, including agricultural extension and the development of improved seed products. This work builds on U.S. Department of Agriculture training in agricultural extension from 2008 to 2011.

Sanitation, Drinking Water, and Wastewater Management: Recognizing the importance of water to public health and economic growth, the two governments agreed to continue their collaboration on water issues.

USAID Program to Measure Water Resources: USAID will develop regional and national models of water resources for use by the GOI to improve planning for future water demand and utilization.

Fallujah Waste Water Treatment Plant: The U.S. government will complete construction of a sewerage system through a grant to the Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works and will develop a remediation plan for the existing sulfate problem. The GOI assumed complete responsibility for the plant’s maintenance and operation in 2010.

Water Data Collection: The U.S. Geological Survey and the Ministry of Water Resources will continue to collaborate in collecting and analyzing remote sensing data on upstream water sources to assess prospects for future water flows.

Provision of Experts on Water Issues: The U.S. government will identify hydrological experts to support efforts by the GOI to improve water quality or efficiency of water use.

Private Sector Development: The two governments affirmed the vital role of Iraq’s private-sector in generating wealth through inclusive growth, improving living standards, and facilitating Iraq’s participation in the global economy. They agreed to collaborate as follows.

Conference on Private Sector Development: The GOI, with the assistance of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, will convene a conference in January 2013 that will consider methods to rapidly transform Iraq’s economy by unleashing the power of the private sector.

Cooperation on Training Regarding Project Finance: In view of Iraq’s need for foreign investment to build the infrastructure for provision of basic services, the U.S. government will assist Iraq in developing expertise in the methods of project finance, particularly the long-term financing of water, sanitation, and other infrastructure.

Supporting an Ombudsman Committee to Facilitate Business: Recognizing that trade with foreign companies contributes to Iraq’s own economic development, the Deputy Prime Minister established an ombudsman committee to facilitate the timely completion of business or investments in Iraq. The U.S. government will support efforts to address specific concerns of companies and to improve Iraq’s overall business climate.

Regulatory and Administrative Reform: USAID and the Prime Minister Advisory Commission collaborated on the project, “Iraq Solution for Regulatory and Administrative Reform” (ISRAR). The project aims to improve the business climate in Iraq through a comprehensive review of laws and regulations affecting business to devise proposals for regulatory and administrative reform.

Cooperation to Improve Government Services: USAID signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Ministry of Transportation and the Ministry of Public Works and Municipalities to improve service delivery. The assistance to be provided aims to improve planning for capital projects, procurement, project management, and availability and quality of services.