Twinning initiative held for ministry of planning
UNDP Iraq facilitated an important twinning initiative between the ministries responsible for key areas of planning in Iraq and Jordan. This was an opportunity for the two nations to share ideas and learn from one another’s experiences.
After several years of development, the Jordanian Government has implemented an Aid Information Management System, similar to Iraq’s Integrated Development Management System. The Jordanian Ministry of Information is now sharing its valuable practical experience with its neighbours. As the UN’s global development network, UNDP organised the workshop to allow representatives from Iraq’s Ministry of Planning to draw on Jordan’s detailed knowledge of strategic national planning, including, monitoring and reporting on Jordan’s own National Development Plan. UNDP Iraq’s Sudipto Mukerjee, Head of the Economic Recovery and Poverty Alleviation Cluster said “the workshop helps us consolidate a relevant system for Iraq.”
Mr Ziyad Obeidat, Head of Programmes at the Ministry of Planning in Jordan explained that “The initiative has given us the chance to exchange our experiences and views, and to identify current best practices.” Dr Sami M. Polous, Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Planning agreed, saying he was “Pleased to hear about the excellent practices of Jordan’s government, in particular its socio-economic planning and its monitoring and evaluation tools.” He added “the workshop was a chance for us to review our national agenda and executive development programme.”
It is hoped that bringing these organisations together will promote a genuine partnership between the two neighbours. The workshop also strengthened the Memorandum of Understanding signed between Ministry of Planning in Iraq and Ministry of Planning in Jordan in December 2011. Following the workshop, Mr Obeidat stated that he was “Looking forward to future cooperation between the two governments.”
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