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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi affirmed that Iraq is determined to go on the path of economic reform.
A statement from Al-Kazemi's office stated that the latter "received the Vice President of the World Bank Group for the Middle East and North Africa, Mr. Farid Belhaj and his accompanying delegation."
He explained that "during the meeting, they discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Iraq and the World Bank in various programs and fields, and with regard to mechanisms to combat corruption and rebuild the public service structure in a way that raises efficiency, establishes sustainable development and optimal investment of human capital, and some Bank projects were also discussed. The international lag in Iraq and agreement on ways to reactivate it.”
The Prime Minister stressed, according to the statement, "Iraq's determination, despite all challenges, to proceed on the path of economic reform, according to long-term visions that depend on effective solutions."
And he indicated that "the government puts in mind the interests of Iraq first and the needs of the Iraqi people, in addition to benefiting from the advice provided by discreet financial institutions such as the World Bank."
Belhaj, for his part, praised the bank's "historical and strategic relations with Iraq, and pointed to the sobriety of the white reform paper presented by the government, which includes a coherent vision for ambitious economic development in a way that enhances the goals of good governance."
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