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Parliamentary Finance: Iraq Will Collapse Economically As The Borrowing Law Has Been Passed

Pratha News Agency129 2020-11-04  The Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed, on Wednesday, that Iraq will face an economic collapse as the borrowing law has been passed in its current form.

Committee member Ahmed Hama said in a press statement that “the borrowing law presented by the government is 41 trillion Iraqi dinars, as it is passed, because the country will face a major economic disaster and an unprecedented economic collapse,” noting that “the government of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi has failed to prepare the draft budget law.” For 2020 ”.

He added, “The white paper presented by the government is old and what was contained in it are paragraphs previously mentioned by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.”

Noting that “the government has failed in its reform program submitted by the House of Representatives and is trying to shirk its responsibilities towards employees and citizens.”

The deputy of the Fatah Alliance, Qusay Abbas, confirmed today, Wednesday, that the financial crisis that the country is going through will continue for the next year.  http://burathanews.com/arabic/news/379829

{Digitization} The Reform Paper

Thursday 05th November 2020  7  Dr.. Basem Brahimi   In order for any plan or strategy to succeed, we must be able to measure its effect on the ground, in other words it is necessary to “digitize” the plan or strategy in order for the speech to be based on scientific evidence, but if we do not have numerical indicators to measure the application, then that Will lead to controversy about the success of Lack thereof.

As it becomes then based on diligence and subjective impression, and this matter is subject to difference, which applies to a large extent to most of the previous strategies, if not most of them, as we find that they included in their chapters non-measurable goals or measurable goals, but without announcing “their digitization.” That is, it remained open to the ceiling and ultimately depends on the description.

This matter is considered a major reason for the failure of the previous plans to succeed and the inability to follow up or monitor them to determine the extent of success and failure in implementation, especially with no specific body to monitor implementation that has the ability to account and announce the results to the public.

Therefore, what raises concerns today is that the white paper announced by the government will be implemented and that we reach the same previous results that the previous plans have reached, and this matter calls for us to emphasize the importance of “digitizing”, that is, specifying specific numbers for its goals that are set according to realistic data that take into account potential changes. Over the years of the plan.

And then assisting in the implementation process and later evaluating the extent of each party’s success in reaching the special goals Out.

In this context, we reaffirm a proposal that we previously presented that includes the Economic Committee in the Council of Ministers to follow up on the implementation of the paper, as it is a higher body than a ministry as well as it includes economic ministries and entities not associated with a ministry, of an economic nature. Its meetings are to be evaluated achievement and requirements Success.

But if the paper remains with general non-digital goals and no higher body has been identified to follow it up, then this will reduce the chances of success and evaluation together, that this paper is an important opportunity to reform the Iraqi economy and cross it to safety in the midst of the current crisis; So we feel obligated to provide any idea that could contribute to Its success.  LINK

“Financing The Fiscal Deficit” Tops Saturday’s Parliamentary Session

Thursday 05th November 2020  18   Baghdad: Morning  The Media Department of the House of Representatives announced that the law on financing the fiscal deficit will top the agenda of the parliament session that will be held next Saturday.

A member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Hanin Qaddo, explained that the second reading of the borrowing law in the Saturday session does not mean passing it according to what the government wants. You need about 10 trillion Iraqi dinars to order

Securing employees’ salaries, but in the borrowing law you asked for 41 trillion dinars, and we do not know

Where will the 31 trillion dinars go?

And he indicated, “The Parliamentary Finance Committee has sent official books to the Iraqi government, asking for clarifications, and we are awaiting the official response to us.” Financial, and this will be after receiving the governmental answers to us, to what we asked for important clarifications.

The Minister of Finance, Ali Allawi, confirmed earlier, that when parliament votes on the borrowing law, the salaries of employees will be paid “directly”, but if the law does not pass, it is possible that the salaries will be distributed “after two weeks.” Yesterday, Tuesday, Ahmed Mulla Talal, a spokesman for the Prime Minister, said: Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi contacted the political blocs in order to complete the vote on the borrowing law, so that salaries would be paid.   LINK

Parliament Hosts Al-Kazemi And The Financial Crisis, The Most Prominent Files

Thursday 05th November 2020  17   Baghdad: Muhammad Al-Ansari   The House of Representatives has been witnessing a “parliamentary movement” for some time to host Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to discuss several files, most notably the financial crisis and the scheduling of US forces.

Badr Al-Ziyadi, a member of the Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, stated that «the Presidency of Parliament asked members to set a date to host the Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi to discuss several files, foremost among which was the martyrdom of the leaders of victory and scheduling the withdrawal of US forces.

He added, “Parliament will discuss several matters during hosting Al-Kazemi, including the financial crisis, the file of elections, the file of foreign visits, as well as the file of the investigation committees set up by the government to investigate the martyrdom of the deputy head of the Popular Mobilization Authority, Abu Mahdi Al-Muhandis.”

Al-Ziyadi, a representative of the Saeron Alliance, explained that “the political forces’ preoccupation with the elections file is the latest to raise the file of US violations, ”pointing out that“ the coming sessions next week will see the scheduling of the withdrawal of American forces again.   LINK

The Council Of Ministers Holds Its Regular Session Under The Chairmanship Of The Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi

November 3 – 2020  Today, Tuesday, the Council of Ministers held a regular session chaired by the Prime Minister, Mr. Mustafa Al-Kazemi, during which they discussed the latest developments in the country in addition to discussing the topics included in the agenda.

The Minister of Health and Environment presented a detailed report on the Corona pandemic, the challenges facing the ministry, and the government efforts made to contain the pandemic and reduce its risk, and to provide all medical and health supplies to face it.

After the Council discussed the topics included in its agenda, it issued the following decisions:

First /

1- Approving the amendment of the instructions for the classification of contracting companies and contractors and their inclusion in the black list, in a manner that allows the extension of the objection period stipulated in Article (8 / third) of the aforementioned instructions, for another period and for specific reasons, to be a general rule from which all contracting companies and contractors benefit .

2- Extending the period granted to contracting companies and contractors for an additional period of (30) days.

3- It applies to the previous cases in relation to the objection granted to the companies included in the blacklist.

Second / Approval of the recommendation of the Ministerial Council for the Economy regarding the recommendations of the Diwaniya Order Committee (20 of 2019), which is responsible for re-examining the decisions of the Council of Ministers (40 and 365 of 2016) confirmed , according to the following: For the book of the Central Bank of Iraq, No. M / 1/179 of 9/25/2019, deleting the phrase (and not included) mentioned in paragraph (1-e) of the recommendations, taking into consideration the opinion of the Ministry of Finance.

Third/

1- Agreeing to authorize the Minister of Finance, Mr. (Ali Abdul Amir Allawi), the power to negotiate and sign a draft agreement to avoid double taxation and prevent evasion from paying taxes on income and capital between the government of the Republic of Iraq and the government of the Republic of India, as amended by the State Council, based on provisions Article (80 / Clause Six) of the Constitution.

2- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepares the necessary authorization document in the name of the government of the Republic of Iraq for the Minister of Finance in accordance with the approved contexts, and submits it to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in order to obtain the signature of the Prime Minister.

Fourthly/

1- Agreeing to authorize the Minister of Finance, Mr. (Ali Abd al-Amir Allawi) the power to negotiate and sign a draft agreement to avoid double taxation and prevent evasion from paying taxes on income and capital between the government of the Republic of Iraq and the government of the Republic of Turkey, as amended by the State Council, based on the provisions of Article (80 / Clause Six) of the Constitution.

2- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepares the necessary authorization document in the name of the government of the Republic of Iraq for the Minister of Finance in accordance with the approved contexts, and submits it to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers in order to obtain the signature of the Prime Minister.

Fifth /

First: Approving the recommendations fixed in the minutes of a meeting regarding the security surveillance camera system in the Baghdad governorate by completing the remaining percentage of the project according to the following conditions:

1- Commitment to the prices specified by the technical authorities (the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Communications), at the time of price analysis and the year of processing.

2- Obliging the supplying company to hand over the project’s maps, pin numbers, and everything related to the security camera system.

3- The beneficiary (Ministry of Interior) endorsing the receipt of the project, according to the technical specifications approved by the Baghdad governorate.

4- Obliging the implementing agency to maintain the project according to the formula approved by the governorate of Baghdad.

Second / Baghdad governorate investigating the project in question, in accordance with the State and Public Sector Employees Discipline Law No. 14 of 1991 as amended, and taking appropriate measures regarding violators of the instructions in force.

Third / Transferring the project from Baghdad Governorate to the Ministry of Interior, in order to follow up and supervise the completion of the project.

The Media Office of the Prime Minister   3-November-2020   https://pmo.iq/press2020/3-11-202001.htm

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