[size=36]The Minister of Planning discusses the World Bank's support for human development projects[/size]
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A statement by the Ministry of Planning, received by Mawazine News, stated, "The Minister of Planning, Dr. Khaled Batal Al-Najm, received the Regional Director of the World Bank, John Christophe Carré, and his accompanying delegation, which included the Special Representative of the World Bank in Iraq, Richard Abdel Nour, and the Director of Operations, Ms. Lamia Ayoub, and during the meeting, which was attended by the Undersecretary of the Ministry, Dr. Maher Hammad Johan, and the Director General of Cooperation, Dr. Saher Abdel-Kazim, they discussed a number of common issues and files, and mechanisms for enhancing cooperation between the two sides in various fields.
He added, "The meeting witnessed a discussion of the projects of the Social Fund for Development linked to the Ministry of Planning, as well as a review of projects related to the Reconstruction and Recovery Fund.
The Minister called on the World Bank to expedite procedures and raise the pace of implementation of service projects within the two funds referred to, because of its importance in providing services to citizens.
The statement continued, "The two parties also discussed, during the meeting, mechanisms to support human capital in Iraq by benefiting from the World Bank's support for human development projects, and they also discussed the effects of climate change on food security in Iraq, and the measures taken by the Iraqi government to confront these repercussions." Ended 29 /p.87