Prime Minister: We will remove obstacles to the work of the companies executing the projects
The first 04/11/2023
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Yesterday, Monday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shia'a Al-Sudani stressed the importance of cooperation and coordination between the executive and legislative authorities to reach work integration and achieve the goals of sustainable development, while discussing lagging hospital projects in Baghdad.
A statement by the parliament's media department stated, "The prime minister met with the Strategic Planning and Federal Service Committee headed by Representative Laila Al-Tamimi. During the meeting, the file of the government program and the federal general budget law were discussed, in addition to appointing holders of higher degrees and firsts."
He added, "The meeting discussed ways to activate the private sector in implementing strategic projects and completing lagging ones, and working hard to achieve economic reform as a first step towards comprehensive reforms in the structure of the Iraqi state."
The Prime Minister stressed, according to the statement, "the importance of cooperation and coordination between the executive and legislative authorities to reach the integration of work and achieve the goals of sustainable development," in addition to the importance of activating the oversight role with the aim of evaluating the government's work and enabling it to improve its performance in serving the citizen and supporting its efforts in fighting corruption.
He continued, "The prime minister urgently directed his office to offer to open the electronic form to the Council of Ministers for a vote."
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister chaired an expanded meeting to discuss lagging hospital projects in Baghdad and mechanisms for activating work in them.
The meeting included the sectoral and competent authorities in the state, as well as representatives of all companies implementing 13 lagging hospital projects, eight of which are supervised by the Ministry of Health, three hospitals supervised by Baghdad Governorate, and one hospital implemented for the Ministry of Higher Education.
During the meeting, the reasons for delay in each of the lagging hospitals were reviewed, as reports confirmed the different reasons for delay between high prices and spare parts, some of which are related to corruption, as well as legal issues pertaining to the judiciary.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister said: The file of lagging projects is among the government's priorities in working to advance them, especially those related to the health sector.
And he indicated that "the government will work to remove all obstacles facing the work of the implementing companies, which must also commit to implementing their lagging projects according to the required specifications with specific time limits," stressing "the rejection of any postponement or additional delay."
Al-Sudani pointed out that "one of the reasons for the delay in projects is the lack of serious follow-up to them, which caused the construction of a hospital to take ten years, which affected the general situation and the citizen's degree of acceptance of the state's decisions."
He stressed that he "will continue to follow up the progress of work in lagging hospitals and in the smallest details, in addition to the work of the follow-up team in the Prime Minister's Office."
In addition, the Prime Minister received a phone call from Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, and the call dealt with bilateral relations between the two countries, and ways to develop them in a way that serves common interests.
During the call, the Prime Minister stressed "the importance of reaching a peaceful solution in Ukraine, and taking dialogue as a way to end this crisis, which has caused many tragedies."
For his part, Zelensky said, "Iraq is a pivotal and important country, and he is keen to develop relations with Iraq in all fields, based on this importance."
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