18 August 2003
Food Contracts Top $1 billion for Week
contracts valued at more than $1 billion have been prioritized in
the past week for delivery to Iraq following consultations between
the Coalition Provisional Authority, Iraqi experts and the United
Nations. The World Food Programme will work directly with
contractors to expedite shipments of most of the prioritized items
which range from rice, and milk powder to vegetable ghee and sugar
($439.4 million). WFP will also manage food-handling items including
machinery and spare parts and crop fumigation supplies ($292.4
million). Funding for these items is already covered under the
Oil-for-Food Programme. Another 136 food contracts valued at $212
million and 17 food handling contracts ($13 million) which had been
approved but not funded, will be paid from funds in the
Programme’s escrow account.
in the past week, some 14 ‘orphan’ contracts for food and
related equipment ($134
million) in transit to Iraq, were prioritized for adoption by the
United Nations Office of Project Services (UNOPS).
two contracts for some $23.7 million worth of agricultural items
have also been prioritized. The contracted items range from forklift
trucks to tractor spare parts and irrigation equipment.
Executive Director in Iraq
Executive Director of the Iraq Programme, Mr. Benon V. Sevan, has
been in Iraq since 6 August for discussions with UN agencies, Iraqi
Ministries and the CPA, regarding closure and handover arrangements
for the Oil-for-Food Programme by 21 November. During visits to the
three northern governorates he focused on issues related to local
operational and financial capacity to maintain services beyond 21
November. By that date, all fixed and movable assets and
responsibility for the administration of any remaining activities
under the Programme will be transferred to the CPA and all
unencumbered funds will be transferred to the Development Fund for
of arriving goods
a letter to the Coalition Provisional Authority on 9 August 2003,
Mr. Sevan confirmed new arrangements for the inspection and
authentication of goods prioritized under resolution 1483 (2003).
Subject to security assessment and clearance, the United Nations
independent inspection agents (Cotecna) will be deployed to
operational bases at Zakho, Umm Qasr, Basrah, Baghdad and Kirkuk.
Cotecna inspectors will also travel as needed, to inspect and
authenticate arriving goods at some 50 other agreed delivery
locations inside the country. On 21 November the responsibility for
authenticating goods will pass to the CPA.
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