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Cablegate: Iraqi Mot Expects Better Results From Reorganized Wto Unit

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SUBJECT: IRAQI MOT EXPECTS BETTER RESULTS FROM REORGANIZED WTO UNIT

REF: A. Baghdad 3134
B. Baghdad 2898
C. Baghdad 2830

SENSITIVE BUT UNCLASSIFIED. PLEASE PROTECT ACCORDINGLY.

1. (SBU) Ministry of Trade (MOT) officials have informed us that
Trade Minister Al-Sudani is seeking to reorganize his WTO unit and
"raise its profile" -- a move that he hopes will revitalize the
unit's work and improve interagency coordination in advancing Iraq's
WTO accession bid. The Minister is pressing the Council of
Ministers (COM) to approve 32 appointments to the new unit (nearly a
three-fold increase in staff). These will include not only MOT
employees, but also representatives seconded from all ministries
that have legislative drafting or other WTO accession
responsibilities. Those representatives would then liaise both with
their home ministries and with the Shura Council (Constitutional
Court) and the COM to move legislation and trade regulations forward
more rapidly.

2. (SBU) COMMENT: Our contacts, including the director of the MOT's
current WTO unit, are very pleased with this development and believe
it will facilitate their work. The COM must still approve the plan,
but Trade officials do not expect strong opposition. END COMMENT.
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