20 May 2003
of Shippable Priority Items for Iraq
$1 Billion Mark
total value of priority items from the Oil-for-Food Programme’s
humanitarian pipeline that can be shipped to Iraq by 3 June has
reached $949 million. Most of these supplies are in the food ($463
million), electricity ($239 million), agriculture ($119 million) and
health ($88 million) sectors.
The UN agencies
and programmes actively involved in the review of the Oil-for-Food
pipeline - FAO, UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, WFP – are currently looking at
additional ‘shippable’ contracts worth some $330 million.
1476 (2003) of 24 April has given the Oil-for-Food Programme until 3
June to identify priority items identified as food, medicines,
health supplies and water and sanitation supplies, for shipping 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.
Despite the jump in the value
of shippable items from $778 million to $949 million this week, this
upward trend is expected to slow as the 3 June “window” of
opportunity for suppliers, provided by resolution 1476 (2003),
Contracts from Escrow
As of 19 May, the Office of
the Iraq Programme had received contract applications from WHO for
some $22 million worth of essential drugs that were unavailable from
the humanitarian pipeline of already approved contracts. Barring
objections from the Security Council Sanctions Committee, the cost
of the drugs will be met from the Oil-for-Food escrow account.
Additional information is available from the website
of the Office of the Iraq Programme. For further information
please contact Ian Steele email: email@example.com