Under the Patronage of H.E. Adnan Badran, the Prime Minister of
Jordan, the Government of Jordan hosted the fourth meeting of the International
Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq (IRFFI) which was held in the Dead Sea,
Jordan during the period 18-19 July 2005. The meeting was organized by the
Coordination Office for the Reconstruction of Iraq/Ministry of Planning and
The meeting was Co-Chaired by the Canadian Ambassador Michael
Bell, Chair of the Donor Committee and H.E. Dr. Barham Saleh, Iraqi Minister of
Planning and Development Cooperation. With the participation of the United
Nations, the World Bank and participants
from 56 countries and international originations, with a total of more than
During the meeting the Iraqi Minister provided an overview of
reconstruction priorities for 2005 that were prepared by the Iraq Strategic
Review Board. On the other hand, it was announced that Denmark became a full
member of the IRFFI committee, having pledged a total of US$ 10 million to the
UN Trust Fund.
On the second day of the meeting, Jordan 's intervention
presented by H.E. Suhair Al-Ali, Minister of Planning and International
Cooperation urged the donor community to expedite the efforts in reconstructing
Iraq and to provide support to implement the Iraqi National Development
DECISIONS ADOPTED BY THE DONOR COMMITTEE :
The donor committee
1) Took note of the World Bank Progress Report in accordance
with the terms of reference of IRFFI.
2) Took note of the United Nations Progress Report in
accordance with the terms of reference of IRFFI.
3) Took note of the Iraqi government recommendations for short
term priorities, and the World Bank and the UNDP agreed to further discuss the
4) Agreed in principle to initiate a multi-donor stocktaking
exercise. A subcommittee of members, including Canada , the European Commission,
and the United Kingdom , has been mandated to begin planning for the review,
including further discussion of funding mechanism, the Terms of Reference and
the timing of the review exercise.
5) The IRFFI terms of reference were amended to reflect the new
Iraq donor coordination mechanism, and the committee welcomed the participation
of Iraq government in an ex officio capacity.
6) On request from the United Nations, the committee agreed on
three main points:
a) That the interest earned on donor deposit to the UN Trust
Fund be credited to the Trust Fund and allocated as per established mechanism.
The committee agreed that this rule should apply to all UN agencies, except
those where governing bodies have approved specific by-law requiring that
interest be allocated directly.
b) That the six -month narrative and financial reports required
by the UNDP ITF letter of agreement be consolidated into one 6 monthly report.
c) That the independent lessons- learned review exercise of the
first year operations, which was not foreseen in the IRFFI terms of reference,
be charged to the UNDP ITF account as direct costs.
7) The next IRFFI donor committee meeting will take place in
Turkey in February 2006.