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During the session, according to the statement of his media office, which was received by Earth News, Al-Sudani directed, “all ministers, to expedite the completion of the comprehensive assessment of the performance and work of general managers in their ministries, as it ends on March 12, the period prescribed for the assessment,” stressing that “the assessment is based on professional standards.” and technical, without being affected by any other considerations.
And the Prime Minister stressed the importance of working to empower women in ministries, directing that measures be taken that take into account women in the issue of reviews of government departments.
The statement added, “Based on what the Prime Minister pledged to the Iraqi people regarding addressing the housing problem and mitigating its severity, and in implementation of what was stated in the government’s ministerial platform, and for the purpose of achieving one of the strategic goals in the government program, providing residential plots of land for citizens, as well as establishing new residential cities.” Contribute to solving the housing problem in Iraq, the Council of Ministers decided the following:
1- Composing a team headed by the Minister of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works, with the membership of each of the Minister of Environment, the Chairman of the Board of Advisers, the Chairman of the National Investment Commission, the Mayor of Baghdad, the Governor of the concerned governorate, the Head of the Legal Department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, and the Director General of the Regional Development Department/ The Ministry of Planning.
2- The New Cities Authority in the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works shall undertake the secretariat of this team and has the authority to seek the assistance of whomever it deems appropriate to accomplish its tasks.
Second: The team undertakes the following tasks:
A. Planning, working and supervising the establishment of new cities and creating a vital environment for their success.
B. Achieving a balance between supporting housing projects for low-income people and encouraging the private sector and investors to participate in the establishment of these cities, providing services and raising their quality.
c. Applying competitive economic systems, regulations and international quality standards appropriate to the local environment during implementation.
Dr.. Establishing mechanisms, controls and standards for the distribution of land and investment in these cities, and facilitating the procedures for granting investment licenses, as well as proposing financing models.
e. Raising the level of government services, governing all forms of procedures related to these cities, and providing them with the required efficiency.
Third: The team is empowered with the following powers:
1- Approving new urban development plans and referring them for approval.
2- Negotiating with developers and investors to implement infrastructure and other investment projects and issues related to the construction of new cities.
3- Preparing innovative models for partnerships with the private sector by offering them investment opportunities in distinctive and economically feasible places in the capital and the governorates, in exchange for encouraging them to establish low-cost infrastructure and homes in new cities.
4- Studying brochures of terms of reference and criteria for projects and urban development in these cities and taking the necessary measures in this regard.
5- Studying the investment requests for new cities sent to the team, selecting the qualified ones and referring them to the investment commissions to issue investment licenses in accordance with the law.
6- Forming technical teams and supporting committees as executive bodies for the new cities, with the participation of community activities representing segments of society, investors, and service and government agencies.
7- Submitting the minutes of the team's meetings regarding the distribution of housing units and residential plots of land within the new cities and approving them by the Prime Minister.
The statement stated, “In order to define the general course of the state and the government within the framework of empowering women, promoting their rights, and taking into account the integration of gender in legislation, policies, decisions, and programs approved by state agencies and institutions, the Council of Ministers approved today the approval of the National Strategy for Iraqi Women (2023-2030).” .
And the statement continued, “Within the framework of the government’s direction to support women as well, the Council of Ministers approved a draft law to join the statute of the Organization for the Development of Women in the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and to refer it to the House of Representatives.”
He pointed out that, “with the aim of supporting vulnerable groups in society, and for the privacy of widows, divorced women, and people with special needs, the Council of Ministers approved the recommendation of the minutes of the National Housing Council session, with the exception of widows, divorcees, and people with special needs exclusively from those covered by Cabinet Resolution (13 of 2020) regarding reducing ( 20% of the price of the housing unit - and make it (75%), equal to the community groups covered by the discount for the complexes constructed by the Ministry of Construction, Housing, Municipalities and Public Works. Government debts shown in the Ministry's book.
And the statement stressed that “on the occasion of the advent of the blessed month of Ramadan, the Council of Ministers approved the proposal of the Ministry of Commerce regarding adding materials (half a kilo of starch, (1) kg of noodles, (5) kg of zero flour, and a layer of table eggs) to the special basket.” In the blessed month of Ramadan for every family, based on the financial allocations for the year 2023.
And he stated that, “Based on the directives of the Prime Minister during his recent chairmanship of a meeting of the Supreme National Committee for Water, during which he emphasized the optimal use of water, and encouraged farmers to use modern irrigation systems, the Council of Ministers agreed to zero the customs fee related to modern irrigation systems imported by the sector.” private".
"The cabinet continued to discuss other issues on the agenda, and issued the following decisions regarding them," the statement said:
First / Approval of the recommendations of the minutes of the (twenty-ninth) meeting of the Diwani Order Committee (45 of 2018), regarding the development of ways, mechanisms and solutions necessary to complete public hospital projects.
Second / Approval of the Army Aviation College draft law, which was reviewed by the State Council, and referred to the House of Representatives, taking into account the notes of the legal department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
Third / Approval of the following:
1- Authorizing the Director General of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority, the authority to negotiate and sign a draft air transport agreement between the Government of the Republic of Iraq and the Government of the Republic of Finland, based on the provisions of Article (80 / Clause VI) of the Constitution.
2- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepared the necessary authorization document on behalf of the Government of the Republic of Iraq to the Director General of the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority in accordance with the approved contexts, and submitted it to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to obtain the signature of the Prime Minister.
Fourth / Approving the issuance of a system to amend the religious schools system (2 of 1993), which was audited by the State Council, based on the provisions of the constitution, and the Endowment Management Law (64 of 1966), taking into account the opinion of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, and the remarks of the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers during meeting session.
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