Floating platform for the export of oil in BasraThe signing of a memorandum of understanding an Iraqi-American to improve the level of "transparency and efficiency" in the Ministry of Oil

Floating platform for the export of oil in Basra....The US Agency for International Development announced Sunday, the signing of a memorandum of understanding with the Iraqi Oil Ministry aims to "improve the effectiveness and transparency" operations ministry, he confirmed that the memorandum signed at the US Embassy headquarters in Baghdad ministry would help to "update" its ways and "fix" Administrative its mechanisms . A statement by the Agency that "the United States government, represented by the United States Agency for International Development signed a memorandum of understanding with the Iraqi Oil Ministry to draw support from the United States to the Ministry of Oil frameworks in order to improve the effectiveness and transparency of its operations." The statement added that it was "the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding those at the US Embassy in Baghdad ceremony held in the presence of Director General of Development and Training of the Iraqi Ministry of Oil feet of Mr. Mohammad Reza, and the Director of the US Agency for International Development Mission Mr. Thomas Stahl." And accuses the Ministry of Oil concealing vital information relating to the real figures for export and production oilfields, there are also accusations that the Ministry of deliberately delaying monument oil counters on export platforms, while the Ministry of Oil continue Bastdar strict directives to managers two years not to declare to the media under any circumstances.
The agreement provides, according to the statement, to provide support to the Ministry of Petroleum through administrative reform called the "thread" and funded by the US Agency for International Development, according to the principles of the strategic framework signed between the United States and Iraq agreement, it will also help the project "thread" the ministry to "raise the level of services the current foreground and taking into account the application of the principle of transparency in order to meet the Iraqi people's needs better, including improving procurement contracts practices and methods of application of new development in Iraq management system, in addition to the latest computer software used in the ministry's budget for venture capital management process for the introduction. "

The statement quoted the Director General of Development and Training in the Ministry feet Mohammad Reza assertion that "the cooperation of the signing of this agreement will be very useful for the ministry, has already achieved the US Agency for International Development Project (thread) a great effort to assist other ministries in the government Iraqi, and we look forward to achieve the same progress with our ministry. "

While stressing the United States Agency for International Development Mission Director Thomas Staal, according to the statement that "the signing of this agreement is part of the US commitment to help Iraq to manage its resources more efficiently for the benefit of its citizens."

The project is a project of the interdependence of development according to a US administrative standards for institutions of the Iraqi state aims to develop the work and get rid of excess red tape and modernize procedures, and is being applied in a number of state ministries.

And consistently civilian activists Iraqis to warn of the possibility of Transparency Initiative extractive industries concerned to review and monitor exports and oil revenues and natural resources in Iraq has failed, and expressed concern about "the absence of a real trend to build a state of institutions" which is the real guarantor for "the reduction of corruption", and stressed that talk about transparency "is not realistic in a country that did not provide final accounts for years."

Iraq had announced joining the initiative of transparency in extractive industries on the ninth of January 2010 was officially accepted into membership of the initiative in 10.02.2010 and through a statement issued by the International Secretariat of the initiative in Oslo, but he did not acquire full membership only in the twelfth of December the first in 2012, after fulfilling its obligations and implement the terms of twenty-one initiative.

And the initiative of transparency in the extractive industries is an international grouping based in Oslo and is designed to detect all oil and gas revenues so that they are known to the citizen to know his country's economy and the size of revenues and expenses as the initiative aims to create an atmosphere of transparency in the transfer of information between the members of society in order to reduce the phenomenon of corruption and distribution wealth peoples sons.

The most notable Transparency Initiative in the extractive industries standards in need Announcement of countries that fall within its framework and on a regular basis for all payments and material revenues received by governments of the countries concerned of oil, gas and metals companies, so that the announcement of such payments and revenues easily and be available to the public, as well as the subordination of payments and revenues oil and gas and mineral to review an independent body along with the participation of civil society organizations in virtually stages of the design, monitoring and evaluation and revision of the Declaration of petroleum payments and revenue process.