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********Iraq chairs the ministerial meeting of the Arab Economic and Social Council

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Thursday 20 December


Baghdad - Nas

The extraordinary meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) was held at the headquarters of the Arab League in Cairo on Thursday at the ministerial level to prepare and prepare for the Arab summit on Iraq.

"The extraordinary session of the Arab Economic and Social Council comes at the ministerial level under the chairmanship of Minister of Commerce Mohammed Hashim Al-Ani and the presence of Ambassador Haifa Abu-Ghazaleh, Secretary-General of the Arab League," the Ministry of Commerce said in a statement received today (December 20, 2018) Assistant to the Head of the Social Affairs Sector at the Arab League and Ambassador Kamal Hassan Ali, Assistant Secretary General and Head of Economic Affairs, to prepare the draft agenda items of the Arab Economic and Social Development Summit, to be held in the Lebanese capital Beirut next month.

"The agenda of the Council includes 23 items, foremost of which is the report of the Secretary-General of the Arab League on joint economic, social and development work and a report on follow-up to the implementation of the Arab Economic and Social Development Resolutions at its third session in Riyadh 2013, In accordance with a decision of the Economic and Social Council. It also includes an item on Arab food security, which will include a number of topics, including Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir's initiative on the Arab Emergency Food Security Program, Integration and Trade Agricultural plant Thoroughbred, and livestock products in the Arab region. "

"The draft agenda includes an item on the developments of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, the completion of the requirements of establishing the Arab Customs Union, the Arab Charter for the Development of the SME Sector, and the Arab Strategy for Sustainable Energy 2030, And the strategic vision to promote and activate joint Arab action between the tourism and cultural sectors in the Arab countries and the management of solid waste in the Arab world. "

"The table also includes an item on the support of the Palestinian economy, which includes the strategic plan for sectoral development in Jerusalem (2018-2022) and the achievements of the Jerusalem and Al Aqsa funds, as well as an item on financing for development, "The Council will recognize that the Arab Strategic Framework for the Eradication of Poverty 2030 and the Platform for Action for the Family in the Arab Region must be implemented within the framework of the implementation of the goals of sustainable development 2030, Arab Ministers of Health (pinktank), a regional initiative for women's health. "

"The Council will include the Arab Strategy for the Protection of Children in the Status of Asylum in the Arab Region, a proposal submitted by the Council of Arab Ministers of Social Affairs on Child Labor in the Arab Region, and an item on the promotion of technical and vocational education in the Arab world, The 14th Arab Sports Games in 2021, and a progress report on the efforts of the League of Arab States to support the implementation of sustainable development goals 2030 in the Arab region, as well as forums (Arab private sector forum, youth forum Arab and Civil Society Forum ").

"The table includes the draft agenda, a proposal submitted by the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan on the economic and social burdens resulting from the hosting of Syrian refugees and its impact on host countries, the challenges faced by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East, "He said.

The statement pointed out that "the delegation of the Republic of Iraq was headed by Adel Khudair Abbas, Director General of the Department of Foreign Economic Relations," noting that "the agenda agenda included 6 important items, first follow-up implementation of the Greater Arab Free Trade Area, and the second item on the discussion of the report of the Secretariat General about Periodic reports to follow up the Greater Arab Free Trade Area ".

He added that "the third item concerns the terms of reference for the study of the project of establishing an Arab electronic portal to facilitate transport and trade, in addition to the report of the Secretariat on the developments of the Arab initiative for food safety and trade facilitation." The fifth item included technical support provided to FTA member states, Greater Arab and Trade Processes ".

He pointed out that "it is hoped that the meeting will continue for four days starting this Saturday and ends on Tuesday," explaining that "will be held after the extraordinary meeting of the Economic and Social Council at the level of senior officials, and then at the ministerial level, which will be held on Thursday, 2018, in the presence of Minister of Commerce Mohammed al-Ani. "
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