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The Rosselkhoznadzor Officials Participated to the 7th Meeting of the Russian-Iraqi Commission on Trade and Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation

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.

 

Feb 28, 2018

Categorys: Events , Surveillance of the quality and safety of grain