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Iraq signs a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations to reform the social protection sys
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Iraq signs a memorandum of understanding with the United Nations to reform the social protection system
The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs signed a memorandum of understanding to reform the protection system with the United Nations Children's Fund, which includes the provision of financial grants to children and pregnant women and the inclusion of youth workers in the informal sector in its services.
The head of the Social Protection Authority, Huda Mahmoud Sajjad, said, in a statement reported by the official "Al-Sabah" newspaper and seen by "Economy News", that "the memorandum concluded by the Ministry with the United Nations Children's Fund, the International Labor Organization and the World Food Program, in cooperation with the ministries of Planning and Development Cooperation, And trade, aims to develop a strategy and roadmap for reforming the social protection system over a period of five years (2025-2021) in order to respond in the short-term to the repercussions of Corona, as well as to protect the lowest-income citizens during and during the financial and economic reform.
She added that "one of the goals of the memorandum of understanding is to provide financial grants within the protection network for children and pregnant women, with coordination and coherence between the authority and the ministries of education and health, as well as expanding the access of young workers in the informal sector to the employment-based protection system in the active labor market."
The head of the authority explained that "the memorandum of understanding will contribute to unifying the program and information record of the Social Protection Authority and the ministries of health, planning and education, so that access to information is better and smooth," noting that "the memorandum stressed the importance of effective coordination between governmental and non-governmental agencies to ensure integration in achieving outputs." reform of the social protection system.
Sajjad indicated that "the memorandum aimed to come up with formulas for cooperation between international institutions active in the field of social protection in order to advance this important and vital sector as it represents the first source in the fight against poverty," noting that "the ministry is working to remove all obstacles and ways to overcome them in order to reach cooperation." The joint effort to improve the service of poor families and alleviate them, especially in the conditions of the epidemic and the high cost of living.