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U.S. SUPPLIERS AND PRODUCTS NOW ELIGIBLE
UNDER IRAQ OIL-FOR-FOOD PROGRAM

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2003 U.S. suppliers will be eligible to compete for new commodity contracts to feed Iraqi citizens under the Oil-for-Food Program.

In November, the Oil-for-Food Program was formally transferred from the United Nations to the Coalition Provisional Authority, which administers Iraq. The Coalition Provisional Authority requested that the World Food Program (WFP), the U.N.s food aid agency, continue to manage the Oil-for-Food Program, under which food and humanitarian supplies are purchased, imported and distributed to Iraqi citizens.

Existing contracts developed before the war extend through June 2004, but WFP will soon issue new tenders to create a 60-day buffer stock of food. According to WFP, as much as $600 million may be allocated for new purchases, which are expected to include wheat, pulses, rice, vegetable oil and other commodities.

U.S. suppliers who are registered with WFP as official suppliers for international tenders will be eligible to compete for these contracts. Suppliers who are not registered with WFP can get registration instructions by contacting the WFP Food Procurement Service by e-mail at procurement@wfp.org, or by telephone to Rome, Italy at +39-06-6513-2993 or +39-06-6513-2547.

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