Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and United Nations Development Project (UNDP) Iraq has just recently renewed their partnership in a bid to further accelerate the implementation of social and economic projects in Iraq.
Loan assistance that came from JICA are implemented by the Government of Iraq which aims to improve both the living conditions of the locals and hasten their economic recovery. The focus is on the key sectors of electricity, water and sanitation, oil, irrigation, transportation, industry, health and communications.
JICA Chief Representative Kei Toyama stated that they aim to use this renewed agreement to fast track the implementation of these projects. JICA and UNDP Iraq have been partners since 2009 and have been crucial in building the mechanisms necessary to effectively monitor the progress of the projects and address any challenges that have faced them.
Zena Ali Ahmad, resident representative of UNDP Iraq, highlighted the significance of the renewed partnership which according to her shows the steadfast commitment of the government and people of Japan in ensuring the continued and sustainable recovery of Iraq and its communities. She further expresses her hope in seeing the results of this partnership despite the difficulties posed by the current COVID-19 pandemic.