The 7th meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Intergovernmental
Commission on Trade and Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation chaired
by the Dmitry Rogozin, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, and
Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Iraq, was
held in Moscow on February 28, 2018. Vasily Lavrovsky, Assistant to the Head of
the Rosselkhoznadzor, and Julia Koroleva, Director of the FGBI “Centre for
Grain Quality Assessment”, participated to the said meeting.
The following was included in the meeting agenda: aspects of
trade and economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation that could
contribute to Iraqi economy recovery, basic infrastructure restoration and to
peaceful life of Iraqi citizens affected by multi-year combating terrorist
occupation of the significant territory of the country.
Ibrahim Al-Jaafari thanked Russia for assistance in
combating international terrorism and confirmed the Iraqi government intention
to have Russia as a leading trade and economic partner again as it had been
typical for bilateral relations between the countries.
Therewith, besides interactions in banking and financial
field, energetics, transport and construction much attention was paid to
cooperation in agricultural field and food trade.
Abdul Karim Hassan, representative of the Iraqi Ministry of
Agriculture, responsible for National programme on wheat production development,
confirmed that the Ministry is interested in qualification improvement and
training of Iraqi specialists in various fields of agricultural production.
Therewith, the parties agreed to promote scientific communication between the
relevant research institutions and laboratories including that one on
agricultural product safety and quality that should have positive impact on
animal and plant product supplies from Russia to Iraq.
Abdul Karim Hassan agreed that interactions between the veterinary
and phytosanitary regulatory authorities of the countries should be strengthened
and assured that the Iraqi competent authorities would take required measures
for granting Russian agricultural product access to the Iraqi market. In
particular, the Iraqi Ministry of Agriculture considers the possibility of
regionalization of the RF territory for some livestock diseases as well as plans
to carry out inspections of several Russian meat-processing plants for listing
the said Russian establishments in the Registers of exporters. The parties
noted that the scientists of the Federal Centre for Animal Health (FGBI
“ARRIAH”) were already participated in the foot-and-mouth disease control in
the territory of Iraq by providing high-quality vaccines and required
scientific and technical assistance.
According to Adel Al-Masoudi, Director General for
international relations of the Ministry of Trade, Russian exporters of food
wheat would have good prospects after agreeing requirements for grain quality
and safety. Therewith, the Iraqi party was recalled that the Iraqi specialists
had been invited to be acquainted with the Russian system for ensuring exported
grain safety and quality that is currently trusted by over 130 countries in the
world that buy Russian grains and products thereof.
Relevant protocol was signed based on the meeting results.