The two governments signed agreements in a number of economic sectors on Saturday.
A meeting was held in Baghdad on Saturday under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, Adel Abdul Mahdi, his counterpart Adrani Al-Razzaz and the large “ministerial delegation” accompanying him in the presence of the ambassadors of the two countries.
A statement issued by the Iraqi government that it was agreed during the discussions to take the following actions and according to specific dates:
- In the transport sector:
o Opening the Jordanian-Iraqi border crossings (Al Karama-Trebil) in front of the door to door traffic to start the journey of goods that are perishable on 2-2-2019 and include all types of goods thereafter.
o Granting facilities for imported Iraqi goods via Aqaba, whose final destination is Iraq, a deduction of 75% of the fees charged by Aqaba Economic Authority.
o Agreement between the Royal Jordanian and Iraqi Aviation for mutual cooperation in various fields:
Oo training and cooperation in all areas of aviation and air transport.
- In the industry and trade sector:
o Activating the decision of the Iraqi Council of Ministers for the year 2017 exempting a number of Jordanian goods from customs as of 2-2-2019.
o The two councils of the two countries decided to allocate the agreed land on the Iraqi-Jordanian border to reach a depth of 2 km on the two sides of the border and a length of 6 km for the Iraqi Jordanian company, granting them the necessary exemptions and completion of the tender request for preparing technical specifications for the joint Jordanian- By 2-2-2019, in preparation for the company’s presentation of the industrial zone to the private sector for operation and management on the basis of BOT.
- In the financial sector
o Forming a technical and financial legal committee between the two sides to develop solutions to the outstanding financial files between the two countries.
- In the energy sector
o The agreement was reached on the Jordanian-Iraqi electricity link through the network of interconnection, where the memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of the prime ministers, in which the parties agreed to take the necessary measures to accelerate the exchange of electrical energy between the two parties through direct electrical connection to the electricity networks of Iraq and Jordan.
o It was agreed to finalize the framework agreement for the Iraqi-Jordanian pipeline which will extend from Basra through Haditha to Aqaba in the first quarter of 2019.
o It was agreed that the technical committees will arrive to determine the details of transportation and pricing for the export of Iraqi crude oil to Jordan before 2-2-2019.
- In agriculture
o Training in the areas of optimal use of water in the fields of aquaculture and water harvesting as well as in the field of seed propagation and in the areas of biological control and the use of environmentally friendly pesticides and the training of Iraqi environmental police.
- In the ICT sector
o Agreement on the passage of Internet capacity to Iraq through Jordan in 2019 to support Iraq in the construction of infrastructure.
o Agreement on the transfer of Jordanian experiences in the fields of financial technology to the brothers in Iraq.