New Delhi, 28 March 1974
The Government of INDIA
The Government of the REPUBLIC OF IRAQ
BEARING IN MIND their mutual friendship and common interests and aspirations,
DESIROUS OF facilitating and coordinating implementation of the various existing as well as future cooperation agreements between
the two countries,
HAVING IN VIEW further development and expansion of their relations in the trade, economic, agricultural, industrial, cultural, technical
and scientific fields, and
CONFIDENT THAT the existing relations in all these fields shall expand rapidly on the basis of equality and mutual benefit.
HAVE AGREED as follows :
The Government of India and the Government of the Republic of Iraq have agreed to establish a permanent Indo-Iraq Joint Commission
for Economic and Technical Cooperation with an overall responsibility for promotion and coordination of trade, economic, agricultural,
cultural, technical and scientific cooperation between the two countries.
Article I I
The objectives of the Joint Commission shall be :
(a) to coordinate and to oversee the functioning of the various bodies in the two countries engaged in the execution of existing and
future agreements/protocols concerning operation between the two countries, unless otherwise provided for specifically in any of
(b) to facilitate speedy implementation of the existing as well as future agreements/protocols for cooperation in the fields referred
to in Article I; and
(c) to explore and identify new avenues for broadening the cooperation between the two countries in the fields referred to in Article
A. In the fields of trade, economic, agricultural and industrial cooperation, the tasks of the Commission shall be :
(a) to explore the prospects, conditions, and forms of cooperation with the object of identifying specific areas/projects/ programmes
in the two countries which would provide opportunities for mutual cooperation and to initiate such studies or investigations as may
be necessary for this purpose;
(b) to formulate specific programmes in mutually agreed spheres for the purpose of reinforcing economic growth in the two countries
through mutual cooperation;
(c) to review, from time to time, programmes of cooperation between the two countries, with a view to facilitating their expeditious
(d) to explore possibilities of intensifying economic contacts ,
between financial, industrial and commercial institutions in the two countries; and
(e) to study and utilise for mutual benefit the planning activities of the two countries to further the above-mentioned objectives.
B. In the fields of technical, scientific and cultural cooperation, the tasks of the Commission shall be :
(a) to discuss plans of technical and scientific cooperation between the two countries materialised through :
(i) mutual exchange of specialists for the purpose of specialised studies, granting of technical assistance execution of projects
and setting up of institutions;
(ii) organisation of technical consultations;
(iii) provision of training facilities;
(iv) exchange of technical documentation;
(v) cooperation between organisations engaged in design and consultancy services;
(vi) cooperation between the cultural organisations of the two countries; and
(b) to devise measures for coordination of technical, scientific and cultural cooperation between the two countries, their agencies
and other organisations.
(a) The Commission shall be composed of representatives at the ministerial and official levels, appointed by the respective Governments.
(b) Each Government shall appoint a Co-Chairman of the Commission.
(c) Each Government shall also appoint an Executive Secretary to the Commission.
(d) Each Government shall appoint the Co-Chairman and other members of the Joint Commission within three months of the signing of
(e) The two Co-Chairmen shall notify each other the names of the members representing their respective Governments and any alteration
which may take place in regard to their representation on the Commission.
(f) Each Government may appoint a number of experts and advisers to attend the meetings of the Commission.
(g) The Commission may set up such standing or ad-hoc committees as it may deem appropriate.
The decisions and recommendations of the Commission shall be recorded and signed by its two Co-Chairmen. Such decisions and recommendations
shall come into effect after exchange of letters between the two Co-Chairmen notifying each other of the approval of their respective
The Commission shall function in accordance with this Agreement and the Internal Regulations attached hereto. The Internal Regulations
may be amended upon a recommendation from the Commission and on exchange of letters of approval between the two Co-Chairmen.
(1) All agreements/protocols concluded after the coming into force of this Agreement between India and Iraq in the fields referred
to in Article I shall be notified to the Joint Commission within one month of the conclusion unless otherwise provided for specifically
in such Agreements/Protocols.
(2) The recommendations and findings of the Committees set up under the existing or future agreements/protocols in the fields referred
to in Article I shall be reported to the Commission through the Executive Secretaries.
The Permanent Joint Commission now established under this Agreement shall be deemed to be a continuation of the Joint Commission set
up through the exchange of letters on the 6th day of April, 1973 between the two Governments.
This Agreement shall come into force upon signature. It shall remain valid unless terminated by either Government by giving a six
months’ notice in writing to the other Government.
DONE in New Delhi on the 28th day of March, 1974 in three original copies in Hindi, Arabic and English languages, all of which are
Minister of Petroleum and Chemicals,
Government of India
Economic Bureau, Revolutionary Command Council, Government of the Republic of Iraq