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Investors Iraq News
04-27-2016, 01:45 AM
Erbil marks the launch of its Provincial Development Strategy 2016-2018 with a breathtaking audiovisual performance at the historic CitadelAt an official ceremony at Erbil’s historic Citadel, the Governorate of Erbil launched its Provincial Development Strategy.
The ceremony was presided over by H.E. Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, and attended by members of the Council of Ministers, diplomatic corps and the Erbil Government. H.E. Governor of Erbil, Mr. Nawzad Hadi, presented the provincial strategy.
The*ceremony*was organized*in*collaboration with the Ministry of Planning and the High Commission for Erbil Citadel Revitalization*with support*from*UNDP’s Local Area Development Programme*which is*funded by the European Union. The ceremony*included a breathtaking audiovisual performance and*celebrated Erbil’s role as the “capital of tolerance and diversity.”
Prime Minister*Nechirvan Barzani*praised the strategy saying:
“The announcement of this strategic plan during such a difficult time demonstrates that the will and determination of our people for building a better future and for promoting tolerance and coexistence is*much*more stronger than the will of those who try to stop our path to prosperity and growth.”
UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said:
“This is a far-reaching*strategy*that*builds on Erbil’s impressive record and lays the foundation for*Erbil’s*continuing*resilience*and*future growth.*It has six smart goals and a realistic time-frame for implementation.”
Erbil is the second governorate in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, after Sulaimaniyah, to officially launch its Provincial Development Strategy. Dohuk will launch its strategy in coming weeks.
Through its pioneering Local Area Development Programme, UNDP is providing direct support to twelve Governorates to improve sector-wide planning and implementation, strengthen budget execution and service delivery, improve coordination between central and governorate levels and increase the participation of communities in local development.
The*Head of the EU Liaison Office in Erbil, Mr. Patrick Geysen,*said:
“The EU,*through*UNDP’s expertise, is supporting the institutions in addressing current challenges, but relying on the leadership of national and local governments, civil society organizations and citizens at the national and local levels.”
Governor of Erbil, Mr. Nawzad Hadi, and Head of HCECR, Mr. Dara Al-Yacubi, addressed the audience,*highlighting the*role of Erbil in hosting internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees*and recognizing the importance of the new strategy for accelerating Erbil’s growth and sustainable human development.
(Source: UNDP in Iraq)

Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. (http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2016/04/27/erbil-launches-provincial-development-strategy/)

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