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To discuss the budget with the concerned authorities … Parliamentary finance sub-committees are formed

Political| 02:36 – 15/01/2021  Baghdad – Mawazine News  The Parliamentary Finance Committee continues to discuss the draft federal budget law for 2021 with the relevant ministries and government agencies.

A member of the committee, Sherwan Mirza, said that the Finance Committee initially discussed all the paragraphs and items of the draft federal budget law for 2021.  He added: The Finance Committee has formed sub-committees to meet with ministries, government agencies and governorates to discuss the items and allocations in the draft budget law.

He explained: The sub-committees will start their duties from tomorrow, Saturday, and the Finance Committee will then discuss the articles of the draft budget law in detail.     https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=137980

Parliamentary Finance: We Are Determined To Reduce Total Expenditures And Maximize Revenues In The 2021 Budget

Political| 01:00 – 15/01/2021  BAGHDAD – Mawazine News   The Parliamentary Finance Committee confirmed, on Friday, its intention to reduce total expenditures and maximize revenues within the general federal budget for the fiscal year 2021.

A member of the committee, Majida Al-Tamimi, said in a statement received / Mawazine News / a copy of it, that “Parliamentary Financial Committee meetings are continuing. To discuss the budget provisions for the year 2021, in preparation for making amendments to them in a way that suits the current stage data and takes into account the interests of the state and the citizen.

Al-Tamimi indicated, “the committee’s work for late hours because it is keen to vote on the budget as soon as possible,” confirming “the committee’s determination to reduce the total expenditures and maximize other revenues to reduce the deficit percentage and direct the use of resources to achieve the public interest.” https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=137972

Al-Halbousi And The Minister Of Planning Are Discussing The Possibility Of Implementing The Census At The End Of This Year

POSTED ON 2021-01-15 BY SOTALIRAQ   Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi and Minister of Planning Khaled Battal discussed, on Thursday, the possibility of implementing the population census at the end of this year.

In a statement, Al-Halbousi’s office said, “Parliament Speaker Muhammad al-Halbousi received Minister of Planning Khaled Battal al-Najm, and during the meeting they discussed the draft Federal Budget Law for the fiscal year 2021, where he discussed the most important investment projects that provide job opportunities for young people, as well as supporting projects. Continuing, whose number exceeds the (6) thousand projects.

The statement added that the meeting “discussed the need to find ways to ensure that work continues and does not stop, especially strategic projects, which represent a great value addition to the development and service reality,” indicating that “the possibility of implementing the general population and housing census at the end of the current year 2021, and the provision of allocations Appropriate financial to implement it ”.   LINK

Trump: The Number Of Our Forces In Iraq And Syria Is The Lowest In Years

Time: 01/15/2021 09:43:35 Read: 2,613 times   {International: Al Furat News} The outgoing US President, Donald Trump, announced that the number of US forces in Syria and Iraq is the lowest in years.

“The number of US forces in Afghanistan is the lowest in 19 years, stressing his commitment to ending the long wars,” Trump said in a White House statement issued Thursday evening about some of the president’s military achievements.

On February 29, the Trump administration signed a historic agreement with the “Taliban” movement, which stipulated the withdrawal of all US forces from Afghanistan by mid-2021 at the latest, in exchange for security commitments from the movement and its engagement in direct peace negotiations with the Kabul government.

In September, the number of US forces in Afghanistan reached 8,600, but the Pentagon indicated at the time that it was preparing for a new phase of withdrawal.

In the same statement, Trump added, “It was a great honor for me to rebuild our military and support our brave military men and women.”

He said that $ 2.5 trillion had been invested, including all new equipment made in the United States.

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced in his speech on the occasion of the centenary of the founding of the Iraqi army, “the withdrawal of batches of American forces within technical times during the past months, and the withdrawal of more than half of those forces will be completed in the coming days.”

He added, “Only hundreds of them will remain, for cooperation in the fields of training, rehabilitation, armament and technical support, and their redeployment outside Iraq is being scheduled entirely within agreements between the two countries.”   LINK

Iraq And Iran Are Looking To Sign An Economic Agreement That Would Be An Alternative To Another 44-Year-Old

Time: 01/15/2021 10:35:27 Read: 3,458 times   {Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Minister of Trade, Alaa Al-Jubouri, revealed that Iraqi-Iranian talks were to sign a new economic agreement that would be an alternative to a 44-year-old trade agreement between the two countries.

The meeting of the fourth joint Iraqi-Iranian committee to discuss a number of joint commercial and economic files was concluded in the Iranian capital, Tehran, this week.

At the conclusion of the meetings, Minister of Trade and Head of the Iraqi delegation, Alaa al-Jubouri, said that “economic and trade files of mutual interest were discussed with officials in the Islamic Republic of Iran,” describing the discussions as “smooth, as the Iranian side was understanding.”

He pointed out, “The committee’s meetings dealt with issues of common concern, and the discussions that took place within the framework of the specialized committees between the two sides touched on various commercial and economic sectors, reviewing areas of joint cooperation in many issues of concern to both sides, including technical and engineering services.”

He added, “This committee is an opportunity to overcome obstacles and solve problems that hinder cooperation in all areas that serve the interest of the two countries, and given the volume of trade exchange, which indicates the strength of relations between the two countries in light of regional and international circumstances and challenges.”

He pointed out, “The desire of the two countries to increase the volume of trade exchange, we call for the completion of the negotiations that took place in 2012, regarding the signing of a new economic agreement that meets the desire of the two countries and is an alternative to the trade agreement signed in 1977 through the formation of the specialized technical teams.”

Al-Jubouri continued, “We seek through this relationship between the two countries to concerted efforts towards strengthening joint work and achieving economic integration, and in the interest of the Iraqi government on the importance of the private sector and its active role in the advancement of the Iraqi economy, the Iraqi government has begun to give a great and real role to businessmen and investors in the process of economic construction.”

Especially since Iraq is currently witnessing fundamental economic changes represented in the transformation of its economy from a comprehensive central to a market economy, and this means giving the Iraqi private sector a greater role in the process of economic development.

The Iranian Energy Minister, Reza Ardakanian, announced the day before Wednesday, on the sidelines of the Iraqi-Iranian talks, that “his country’s proposal to establish a joint investment fund between Iran and Iraq was supported by the Iraqi Minister of Trade,” indicating that “the establishment of this fund will lead to support for the private sector in both countries.”    LINK

Japan Confirms Its Readiness To Support Iraq’s Policy And Its Efforts Regionally And Internationally

POSTED ON 2021-01-15 BY SOTALIRAQ   Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi stressed, on Thursday, the importance of benefiting from Japan’s experience in the advancement and development, while the Japanese ambassador indicated his country’s readiness to support Iraq’s policy and its efforts regionally and internationally.

In a statement, Al-Kazemi’s office said, “The Prime Minister received today, Thursday, the Japanese ambassador to Iraq, Kotaro Suzuki, and during the meeting they discussed developing bilateral relations between the two countries and strengthening ways of joint cooperation in various fields, especially in the field of investment and reconstruction, as well as Cooperation in the fight against the Corona pandemic ”.

Al-Kazemi stressed “the importance of the relationship with Japan, and benefiting from its experience in the advancement and development, as well as in spreading the values of tolerance, dialogue and the future outlook.”

For his part, the Japanese ambassador expressed his country’s government’s support for the Iraqi government’s wise and calm approach in dealing with internal tensions and regional files, and its adoption of the principle of dialogue in solving outstanding problems, in a way that serves the stability of the region, expressing Japan’s readiness to support Iraq’s policy and efforts regionally and internationally. .   LINK

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