Political | 04:00 – 01/28/2021
Baghdad – Mawazine News
publishes / Mawazine News / the joint statement between Iraq and Jordan, which was issued after the meeting of the two countries ’delegations in the capital, Baghdad.
The text of the statement reads as follows: “Emphasizing the bonds of brotherhood and cooperation, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq met with the Jordanian Prime Minister Bishr Al-Khasawneh at the head of a high-level ministerial delegation in Baghdad, and during the visit a bilateral meeting was held under the chairmanship of the heads of the Council of Ministers of the two sister countries to discuss ways to enhance cooperation and coordination. From the solid fraternal relations and the close ties that bind them, the
two sides valued the strong historical relations that bind the two brotherly countries, and emphasized the importance of continuing to work on enhancing the level of coordination and maximizing the utilization of the capabilities available in both countries to achieve integration in strategic interests and in all economic, investment and commercial fields.
The Jordanian Prime Minister expressed his affirmation of the civilizational position of the Republic of Iraq and its pioneering and natural role at the forefront of the countries of the region, and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan standing next to the Republic of Iraq to continue the process of building and progress in a way that serves the aspirations of the Iraqi people for prosperity and prosperity. And the continuation of working together to fight it, as they discussed a number of issues of common interest to enhance cooperation and economic integration, and they reached the following:
Work to facilitate trade, increase the volume of bilateral trade exchanges and address obstacles facing the flow of intra-trade, and the Jordanian side appreciated the decision issued by the General Secretariat of the Iraqi Council of Ministers to maintain the implementation of the decisions of the Honorable Iraqi Council of Ministers No. 25 of 2019 and No. 145 of 2019, Based on the bilateral free trade agreement signed in 2009 and which entered into force in 2013, stressing his keenness to enhance trade exchange in local products for both countries.
The two sides agreed to exclude Iraqi and Jordanian products from any import registration system applied to enter the markets of both countries.
The two sides also agreed to accelerate the completion of the executive steps to establish the joint economic city, the most prominent of which is specifying the concessions that will be granted to the economic city, the procedures for allocating the plot of land to the Iraqi and Jordanian company for industry, and determining the cost of the rent allowance for the lands allocated to the joint economic city.
In the field of industrial cooperation and integration: The two sides stressed the need to strengthen industrial cooperation and integration in the pharmaceutical industrial sectors (veterinary medicines and vaccines, agricultural pesticides, clothing, chemical industries and fertilizers) through training and investment, the supply of raw materials and semi-finished goods, and the rehabilitation of factories, in addition to maximizing the benefit of the Iraqi side. One of the centers of specialized studies in the field of bioequivalence available in Jordan, facilitating procedures for registering Jordanian medicines in Iraq and recognizing their analysis certificates issued by the Jordan Food and Drug Administration.
Cooperation in the field of energy, the two sides agreed to renew the memorandum of understanding signed between the two countries to import crude oil from Iraq for another year after agreeing on the required amendments, and an agreement to move forward with the implementation of the double circuit electric transmission line, about 300 km long, linking the Risha conversion station (the Jordanian side) With the Al-Qaim substation (the Iraqi side), the two governments appreciated the conclusion of a contract between the Jordanian National Electricity Company and the General Electric Power Transmission Company / Central Region on September 27, 2020, and it was also agreed to create a mechanism for cooperation between the Iraqi and Jordanian private sectors, especially in the field of renewable energy. And energy efficiency, as for the Iraqi-Jordanian oil export pipeline project, the two sides agreed to complete the bilateral talks to reach the signing of a framework agreement between the two countries.
Cooperation in the field of transport: It was agreed to hold a meeting of the Joint Land Transport Technical Committee and to assign it to re-study the procedures at Trebil / Al-Karamah port in order to facilitate procedures on trade exchange, as well as to hold bilateral talks in the field of air transport during this year to update the executive memorandum signed between the two countries in order to increase the number of The daily flights and the addition of a cargo flight on the Amman / Najaf section and vice versa, and two cargo flights on Amman / Sulaymaniyah and vice versa.
Cooperation in the financial field: The two sides agreed to complete the formation of the joint technical committee to settle the outstanding issues and the amounts required from each party to the other and to find consensual solutions to end the outstanding financial files between the two countries.
Cooperation in the agricultural field: The two sides agreed to provide all possible facilities to increase the volume of trade exchange in the field of agricultural commodities, to give priority to the exchange of goods in the field of animal and plant wealth according to the needs of the two countries, and to facilitate the registration of veterinary medicines and agricultural pesticides in both countries. The Iraqi side also welcomed the willingness of the Jordanian side By transferring the Jordanian experience in the field of digitizing the agricultural sector, and training Iraqi cadres in the fields of optimal use of water, hydroponics, water harvesting, multiplication of salt-resistant seeds, biological control, use of environmentally friendly pesticides, rural development and women’s empowerment. Proposed from Jordan.
Cooperation in the field of health: The two sides stressed the need to provide all possible facilities to increase the number of Iraqi patients for treatment in Jordan, exchange experiences in the field of treating cancer diseases, facilitate procedures for obtaining the Jordanian Board of Iraqi doctors, facilitate procedures for registering human medicines, and supply what is produced of Jordanian medicines for chronic diseases And the transfer of the Jordanian experience and the exchange of experiences in the field of managing and containing the Corona pandemic, and the Iraqi side also welcomed the Jordanian government’s willingness to harness all its technical and administrative capabilities and expertise to provide any assistance that Iraq needs in all health fields.
Cooperation in the field of water, irrigation and sanitation. The Iraqi side appreciated the initiative of the Jordanian side to place the accumulated capabilities and experiences in this field at the disposal of the Iraqi side to benefit from the Jordanian experience in this sector.
Cooperation in the field of education: The Iraqi side welcomed the transfer of the Jordanian experience, the exchange of experiences in the field of distance education for all educational levels, the establishment of educational platforms, the conversion of curricula into digital formats easy to use for the Iraqi side, and the increase in cooperation and coordination in the field of writing, preparing and printing school curricula.
Cooperation in the field of communications and information technology: The two sides welcomed the agreement to increase the capacity of the Internet that is supplied to Iraq through the border crossings with Jordan, and the use of data centers in Jordan as a substitute infrastructure for the government and the private sector in Iraq, and the establishment of a marine optical fiber station in Aqaba, To be a point for transferring the Internet to Iraq and obtaining international capacities in a large way, and it was agreed to transfer the Jordanian experience, exchange experiences in the field of entrepreneurship, and work to develop mechanisms that allow cooperation between the private sector in the two countries in the field of information technology and digital transformation processes
Cooperation between the private sector: The two sides agreed to intensify meetings between representatives of the private sector, participate in economic activities, and network Iraqi and Jordanian institutions and business owners for the purpose of studying and maximizing the use of business opportunities available in both countries to achieve the desired economic, industrial and commercial integration.
Tripartite cooperation (Jordanian, Iraqi, and Egyptian): The two sides stressed the need to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes of the tripartite Jordanian-Egyptian-Iraqi summit held in the Jordanian capital Amman on 8/25/2020, the “third” leaders meeting. The two sides also stressed the necessity of holding meetings at the ministerial level between the three countries in the fields of industrial integration, food security, energy, transportation, housing and agriculture, and to expedite the preparation of a package of strategic cooperation projects in a way that serves the strengthening of economic integration between the three countries.
At the end of the meeting, two memoranda of understanding were signed in the fields of health, higher education and scientific research by the government ministers of the two countries.