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The 2020 Budget Arrives Today In Parliament

Sunday 20 September 2020   122  Baghdad: Hoda Al-Azzawi   The Finance Committee in the House of Representatives expected the arrival of the 2020 budget bill, which was approved by the Council of Ministers in its extraordinary session held last Monday, September 14, to Parliament today, Sunday.

The committee’s reporter, Dr. Ahmed Al-Saffar, said in an interview with Al-Sabah: Because of the inconsistency in the information related to the budget’s items and accusing the committee of delaying it, we issued a statement confirming that its bill did not reach the parliament.

Al-Saffar confirmed that the figures circulated by the media regarding the vocabulary of the budget bill are untrue, indicating that he cannot currently officially declare the terms of the project despite his knowledge of it.

The media had circulated different numbers related to the draft budget law for 2020, such as the percentage of deficit in it, the amount of its need for internal and external borrowing to secure the salaries of employees and retirees, and the percentage of expected revenues.   LINK

Parliament Ends Reading Eight Bills

09/19/2020  The House of Representatives ended its fifth session of the fourth parliamentary session of the third legislative year of the first legislative term, which was held under the chairmanship of Mr. Mohamed Al-Halbousi, Speaker of the House, today, Saturday 9/19/2020, in the presence of 182 deputies, First reading of eight bills.

At the beginning of the session, the council postponed considering the appeals submitted about the validity of the membership of some women and gentlemen until a quorum of two-thirds of the members of the council is achieved.

The council completed the first reading of the draft law amending the Iraqi High Criminal Court Law No. (10) of 2005 submitted by the Legal Committee in view of the criminal gravity that the terrorist organization poses for the so-called ((Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) (ISIS)) against Iraq and the international community and the ugliness of the crimes that They committed and resulted in brutal massacres that amounted to international crimes.

The Council completed the first reading of the draft law of the National Authority for Nuclear, Radiological, Chemical and Biological Regulation submitted by the Higher Education and Scientific Research, Health and Environment Committees, to benefit from the peaceful uses of atomic energy in the medical, agricultural, industrial and educational fields and to conduct multiple applied research and to avoid the inherent risks of ionizing radiation on workers, society and the environment, including Illegal disposal of nuclear, chemical and biological materials and radioactive sources and to establish a legal framework to control them.

During the session chaired by Mr. Hassan Al-Kaabi, First Deputy Speaker of Parliament, the Council ended the first reading of the bill for Iraq’s accession to the International Convention on Loading Lines of 1966 and its amended protocol for the year 1988 amended in 2003 and submitted by the Foreign Relations, Services and Construction Committees in order to adhere to principles and rules Unified regarding loading limits for ships operating on international voyages and for the protection of lives and property at sea, and for the purpose of the Republic of Iraq joining the International Convention of Loading Lines for the year 1966, which entered into force on 7/21/1968 and the amending protocol for it for the year 1988 amended in 2003.

The Council also completed the first reading of the draft law ratifying the amendments made in 1999 and 2003 to the agreement establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization signed in Stockholm in 1967 and submitted by the Committee on Foreign Relations to keep pace with the changes occurring in the work of the World Intellectual Property Organization as Iraq is a member.

The House of Representatives completed the first reading of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to a protocol on preparedness, response and cooperation in the field of pollution events with dangerous and harmful substances for the year 2000 submitted by the Foreign Relations Committee for cooperation in the field of pollution of dangerous and harmful substances and preparedness, response and cooperation in the events of pollution with dangerous and harmful substances, and the preparation of emergency plans for the Republic Iraq.

In the same regard, the Council completed the first reading of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the International Convention on Container Safety for the year 1972 CSC submitted by the Committee on Foreign Relations to maintain a high level of safety of human lives during the loading and transport of containers used in marine transport.

The Council completed the first reading of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the 1992 International Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damages submitted by the Foreign Relations Committee to establish the principle of full responsibility for shipowners and to create a compulsory insurance system that authorizes the ship owner to limit his liability to an amount linked to the ship’s cargo.

The Council concluded the first reading of the draft law on the accession of the Republic of Iraq to the amendment of the Basel Convention on the Control of the Transport of Hazardous Waste and its Cross-Border Disposal, submitted by the Foreign Relations Committee to prohibit the transport of hazardous waste across borders, especially to developing countries.

In the context of public discussions during the session, partly chaired by Mr. Bashir Haddad, the ladies and gentlemen demanded that the deputies be satisfied with the standard of reading and writing for applicants to volunteer in the security services and pay salaries to 323 employees in the Ministry of Justice because they had not been paid for nine months, and to call on the government to consider the service demands of the Baghdad outskirts regions

And the demand to reduce school fees in parallel education to reduce the burden on students and because of the health conditions and address the conditions of readers’ salaries, and to expedite the statement of the results of the investigation into the crime of killing a pharmacist with her parents in Baghdad, and to call for the House of Representatives to host the heads of the security services to discuss the targeting of the headquarters of diplomatic missions in the capital, Baghdad. To know its capabilities in imposing security and the rule of law, in addition to demanding the need to send the budget law for the year 2020.

For his part, the representative of the government in the House of Representatives stated that the executive authority is determined to solve the problems presented, including sending the draft budget law for the year 2020 during the current week, as soon as the cabinet finishes it.  After that, it was decided to adjourn the session to Monday 9/21/2020

Media Department  Parliament  9/19/2020      LINK

Corruption Heads

Sunday 20 September 2020  142  Alaa Hadi Al-Hattab  Fighting corruption has become a science with studies, strategies, arts, mechanisms and rules through which public money can be preserved and deal with administrative abuses, favoritism, and attribution in public administrative performance. Integrated parties, but this does not prevent the existence of important global experiences in dealing with corruption and its effects, including anti-corruption operations in South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Georgia and others,

nd each experience has its own strategies and tools, so it is not possible to put a fixed and one magic formula in anti-corruption operations for all countries that suffer from outbreaks.

The phenomenon of corruption, for each experiment has its own objective conditions related to the nature of laws, customs, traditions, and their own social upbringing. Mechanisms and treatments that succeed in one country can fail in another due to the difference in the objective conditions of each country, so the process of combating corruption has become a science that is studied in advanced stages of studies.Supreme.

Perhaps Georgia’s experience in combating corruption is one of the important experiences, as it relied on ten principles in different sectors through which it was able to transfer Georgia from a country where corruption strikes all its joints in 2003 to a country that advanced in international transparency and anti-corruption standards in 2011, and eight years were sufficient and sufficient to reduce From corruption processes and a big jump in development indicators in Georgia.

This experience relied in one of its principles on arresting what it called (bloodsuckers), meaning the big heads of corruption, from great merchants, politicians, deputies, ministers, and influential figures in Georgia. Arrests began after the judiciary issued arrest warrants against those involved in corruption.

The arrests were accompanied by the media that were It documents what is happening and publishes the names and pictures of detainees accused of corruption in the media to block the way to internal and external pressures and political interference to prevent the trial of an accused of corruption here and there – yes, the process involves human rights abuse – considering that the accused is innocent until proven guilty – but experience explained that it will restore consideration to whom Prove his innocence in the media.

The result was a fair and strict judiciary that does not compliment politically, merchant, notable or influential people, and even a “government” that may try to liquidate its opponents under the pretext of fighting corruption, as well as a strong government with a real will that does not fear any corrupt, big or small, and dealt in accordance with the law and the public interest to a large extent.

This was accompanied by a societal welcome, satisfaction and acceptance of this performance and the role in combating corruption, which included, in parallel and horizontally, a group of sectors and files that were tampered with by corruption.

What we need today is to develop strategies for a complete and integrated Iraqi experience in combating corruption and not linking the success of its implementation to individuals, but rather related to the institutional strategy for which it was established as an institution and a crisis treatment system far away from those who implement it, and even the institutional system governs the experience even the individuals who manage it, accompanied by systematic media marketing Accurate and thoughtful, because the marketing error here is negatively attributable to the success of the implementation, which reduces the community’s confidence in the good performance of the experiment and then loses its acceptance, sympathy and social support for it, especially with the presence of pioneering studies in this field and academic figures who can look and formulate that experience and the tools for its implementation.  LINK

Economic Debate On The Public And Private Sectors

Sunday 20 September 2020  62  Baghdad: Morning  A new experiment was organized by a group of young people and supervised by the “Himma Project” and called “an economic debate” that bore the title of work in the private or public sector.

From the “Himma Project” Ahmed Al-Jawadi said: “This experience is an economic debate among the youth to find out the orientations of this group, as well as educating young people about the economic reality in the stage of transformation that Iraq is experiencing towards a free social economy, which is managed by the private sector.

This debate was organized at the station’s site and gathered ambitious young people who wanted to have an active private sector and for youth creativity to have a pivotal role in the private sector, on which the economy’s management is located, especially since Iraq has a creative segment of young people who are capable of creativity and innovation.

Al-Jawadi pointed out that the participants in the debate were divided into small groups to discuss the topics presented and explain their opinions and the reason for their preference for one of them over the other, and after that, each group chose a person to represent it for the final debate for which 6 people qualified and faced each other in a final debate.

The debate stated that the volume of absorption between the two sectors is different and in large proportions, as the volume of absorption is very large in the private sector and is not limited to expanding with the expansion of the volume of work, but in the public sector, despite its large size now, it stands at certain limits.  LINK

Iraq Balanced The Oil Markets And Succeeded In Managing The File

Sunday 20 September 2020  86  Baghdad: Farah Al-Khafaf  At a time when Oil Minister Ihssan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail confirmed the keenness of the producing countries from within OPEC and the producers allied with it outside the organization to abide by the agreement to reduce production and work to achieve the goal of stability and balance in global oil markets, the oil expert Hussein Al-Marzouq considered  that Iraq had succeeded in managing The oil file and the balance in the markets after his commitment to reduce, and urged other countries to take steps Similar.

Oil market recovery

Al-Marzouq said to “Al-Sabah”: “The oil markets have started to recover a little, after being dominated by stagnation during the past months due to the spread of the Corona virus,” expecting that “the beginning of next year with the start of the production of the Corona vaccine, according to weights, will witness a significant increase, and it has happened. The price of one barrel of oil reaches about $ 50 in the middle of the year

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Al-Marzouq pointed out that “the concerned authorities set the national interest and agreed to the reduction process, despite the criticism of some. However, this reduction resulted in higher prices, which compensated for the reduction rate and more than that, and preserved its markets, which is the most important point,” according to his opinion.

The commitment of the producers to the agreement And the Minister of Oil had said after the conclusion of the 22nd meeting of the Ministerial Committee for Monitoring Production through the electronic department: “The Ministerial Committee welcomed the commitment of the producing countries from OPEC and their allies, including Mexico, to the agreement to reduce production, as the percentage of commitment for the last month reached August according to independent secondary sources ( 102 percent), which is a good percentage that positively affects the reality of the oil market.

He pointed out that the meeting affirmed that the producers should fully adhere to the agreement according to the announced rates, as well as compensating the unreduced quantities for the past period.

Technical Committee Report

For his part, the Director General of the Oil Marketing Company, Alaa al-Yasiri, said: “The meeting was held in the presence of Saudi Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman and Russian Energy Minister Alexander

Novak ». As the monthly report prepared by the Joint Technical Committee was reviewed, during which developments in the oil market were discussed for the period following the previous meeting that took place on August 19 last, as well as the expectations for the last quarter of the current year 2020 were discussed, and the production rates for last August were reviewed for the producing countries. Members and allies from outside OPEC.

Al-Yasiri added that “it was agreed to hold the ministerial meeting during the period from 15-19 October next.” LINK

Saleh And Toller Discuss The Need To Ease Tensions In The Region

Time: 09/20/2020 16:01:37 Read: 806 times  (Baghdad: Al Furat News) The President of the Republic, Barham Salih, received today, Sunday, at Baghdad Palace, the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller.

During the meeting, according to a statement by the Media Office of the Presidency of the Republic, “they discussed relations between the two countries, and ways to develop prospects for cooperation in all fields in the context of the strategic dialogue between the two countries, in accordance with common interests, in addition to discussing the situation in Iraq and the region.”

The meeting discussed “the latest developments on the regional and international arenas, and the need to reduce tensions and use the language of dialogue in resolving outstanding issues, leading to security and stability, respect for sovereignty, and rejecting interventions and attacks.”  LINK 

Al-Kazemi: The Situation Is Sensitive Economically, Health And Security, And We Have Popular Demands That We Seek To Provide

Time: 09/20/2020 13:20:12 Read: 2,288 times  (Baghdad: Al Furat News) Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi considered, today, Sunday, the stage that Iraq is going through at the present time as sensitive.

Al-Kazemi said during the meeting of the Supreme Commission for Coordination between the provinces that “we have to deal with the current challenges that the provinces face from a technical side, not a political one.”

He added, “The situation is sensitive economically, health and security, and we have popular demands that we strive with all efforts to overcome all challenges and provide the requirements in a realistic way.”  He pointed out, “The need to deal with a team spirit and make more efforts to fulfill the requirements of our people.”   LINK

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