29 April 2003
– 25 April 2003)
of “Shippable” Priority Items for Iraq Reaches $549 million
value of priority goods and supplies that can be shipped to Iraq
from the Oil-for-Food pipeline within the new 3 June timeline
offered by Security Council resolution
1476 (2003), reached $548.6 million this week. The
increased value of shippable items from last week’s total of $455
million was directly related to the extension of time granted to
suppliers under the new resolution.
1476 (2003) of 24 April gave the Programme an additional 21 days in
which to identify priority items identified as food, medicines,
health supplies and water and sanitation supplies, for shipping to
Iraq. Most of these
supplies, covered by 206 contracts, are in the food ($262.4
million), electricity ($144.8 million) and health ($57.4 million)
sectors and are already in transit to Iraq.
The Office of the Iraq
Programme and UN agencies and programmes are continuing to identify
the most easily accessible priority items in the pipeline and
negotiate with suppliers to speed the shipment of supplies under
already approved contracts.
The UN agencies and
programmes actively involved in the review of the Oil-for-Food
pipeline are: FAO, UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, WFP.
shipments to the Jordanian port of Aqaba this week included 20,000
tons of bagged rice and 12,500 tons of bagged sugar. Fifty thousand
tons of wheat arrived in Kuwait last week. Shipments into northern
Iraq this week included 2,479 metric tonnes of high energy biscuits
and 2,008 metric tonnes of sugar.
Benon Sevan, Executive Director of the Office of the Iraq Programme,
will speak at the National Press Club in Washington tomorrow
(Wednesday) at 10.a.m.
Additional information is available from the website
of the Office of the Iraq Programme. For further information
please contact Ian Steele email: firstname.lastname@example.org