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Federation Of Chambers Of Commerce: Iraq Sent A Positive Message To The World After Entering The Swift Platform


Economy     23-04-2023, 13:08  Baghdad – conscious – Nassar Al –Hajj  The Federation of Chambers of Commerce confirmed today, Sunday, that Iraq has promising investment opportunities and with all specializations, while indicating that its entry into the Swift platform gave a positive message to all countries of the world.


“Iraq has thousands of promising investment opportunities and with all the agricultural, industrial, commercial, commercial oil specialties, especially as it is a country of multi-good deeds and sites.”


He added, “There are great opportunities that can be global,” stressing


“the real need to extend the law and send a positive message to the world that Iraq is a safe environment for investment,


in addition to the need for banks to have a global correspondence through which the investor can enter and remove money.”


He explained, “The entry of Iraq to the platform in Swift gave the world a positive message that Iraq is its money and its financial dealings is white,” noting that


“the union has all the powers in the openness of international companies through the federations of the trade and industrial chambers in the countries of the world.”


And he added,  “The Iraqi investments are large and widespread in all countries of the world, including Oman, Dubai and Turkey, because the laws are facilitated and simplified,”


calling on “the government to improve the administrative improvement of these operations and


eliminate routine, bureaucracy, favoritism and other things that keep the investor away from investing his money in Iraq.”–.html


The Central Bank Announces The Creation Of The “International Organizations And Foreign Relations” Section


Economy     17-04-2023,  Baghdad – conscious  The Central Bank of Iraq announced today, Monday, the creation of the Department of International Organizations and Foreign Relations.


The Media Office of the Central Bank said in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (conscious), that “the governor of the Central Bank, Ali Mohsen Al -Alaq, and the accompanying delegation met the regional representative of the World Bank Farid Balha Al -Hajj and his executive team, as part of the World Bank meetings and the International Monetary Fund in Washington.”


He added, “The meeting dealt with researching the reality of the Iraqi banking sector and enhancing the concept of financial inclusion in the country through special programs with international institutions.


The two parties also discussed the recent measures carried out by the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq in combating money laundering and terrorist financing, as well as accelerating banking reforms for banks Government, government support for reform in this vital sector.


Al -Alaq stressed, according to the statement, “continuing to support the green economy and renewable energy through the clean energy initiative, which is to lend citizens to purchase solar energy systems and cooperate with government agencies to ensure the quality of systems,”


calling for “technical support and benefit from the expertise of the World Bank in expanding the Central Bank initiative to lend projects Small in light of the successful experiences of other countries.”  He pointed out that


“the creation of the Department of International Organizations and Foreign Relations, which is related to the Governor of the Central Bank to organize, promote and follow up on relations, programs and memoranda of understanding with organizations and foreign authorities.”


The World Bank’s regional representative expressed his cooperation “to build functional and technical capabilities for the central bank employees in the field of banking control, electronic payment companies and non-banking financial institutions.”–.html


Al-Khazraji: Al-Sudani’s Decisions Contributed To Recovering The Billions Of Looted Funds


Economy     21-04-2023,  Baghdad – conscious  Member of the Oil, Gas and Natural Resources Committee, Representative Muhannad Al-Khazraji, confirmed today, Friday, that


the audacity of the Prime Minister’s decisions recovered the looted funds, strengthened the state’s sovereignty,


and moved the economic recession, which contributed to a great loss that caused the dollar to rise against the Iraqi dinar.


Al-Khazraji said, in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that


“the coordination framework in particular and the State Administration Coalition are continuing to support the Prime Minister’s efforts to combat corruption,”


calling at the same time “the House of Representatives and other political components to support the government’s efforts in pursuing those wanted.” Through the International Interpol in cases of corruption and terrorism.


He pointed out that “hundreds of wanted people owe billions of dollars and live in complete prosperity, along with their families, as a result of the looting of public money,” noting that


“reforming the situation in the country takes a long time through integration between the executive and legislative governments to control economic security in the country and support independent bodies charged with fighting corruption.” Which is the main obstacle to the growth and prosperity of the national economy, especially since  the Sudanese government has achieved tangible successes on the ground in a period not exceeding six months.–.html


Central Bank: Dealing In The Iraqi Dinar Will Extend To The Private Sector


Economy    04-18-2023,  Baghdad – conscious  Today, Tuesday, the Central Bank confirmed that the reform package is a major shift for the organized economy, while noting that  dealing in the Iraqi dinar will extend to the private sector.


The bank’s advisor, Ihsan Shamran, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The government supported the reform package launched by the Central Bank,” noting that “there is great harmony between the financial authority and the government.”


He added, “Countries whose legal systems are good have an excellent economy because they do not deal in dollars,” noting,


“Companies and government institutions have responded, including Iraqi Airways, by relying on the strength of the Iraqi dinar, regardless of the exchange rate.”


And he continued, “The public began to deal in the Iraqi dinar as a national currency,” explaining,


“This will extend to the private sector, including car showrooms, and at a close stage, the furniture and electrical dealer will not need the dollar.”


And he stated, “This is considered a real step and a big shift for the organized economy,” explaining,


“The real value of the dinar that exists now is more than one and a half dinars, because the bank’s reserves are very high and therefore the national currency cover is high.”


And he stated, “Iraq’s economic interface is the central bank, which takes corrective steps,


the most important of which is the platform that transformed foreign trade in Iraq into real trade, after the relationship between the dollar that exits the country and the commodities was disconnected between them,” pointing out that


“through the platform All these matters have been seized, including the dollar that is sold by the central bank to the bank and then to the public, and the public asks the bank to transfer it to the merchant who exports the commodity to Iraq.


It has been seized and has become clear.


He pointed out, “Iraq and the Central Bank are in compliance with international concerns, including combating money laundering and financing terrorism,” explaining that


“we have exited the gray area and turned into a respected compliant country, and


the Central Bank has now become an internationally recognized institution, as compliance is a feature of the ethical and legal features of work.”.–.html


The “Tripartite Budget”… Positive Steps To Promote Development And Investment


Economical 04/19/2023   Baghdad: Shukran Al-Fatlawi  Specialists in economic affairs praised the governmental and parliamentary directions aimed at approving a tripartite budget, stressing that


this step shows the existence of a medium-term government vision for spending paths and trends and project priorities.


And it can be positively reflected in creating more interaction with local partners in various sectors, and while they warned against the continued dependence of the budget on a single financial resource to support its items,


they stressed the need to exploit the financial abundance to support the “industrial, agricultural and tourism” sectors.


The “triple” budget that extends until 2025 is a positive point that was welcomed by a number of specialists in economic affairs, who praised the paragraphs supporting the increase in sustainable development rates, especially in the health and education aspects, praising at the same time the establishment of a fixed exchange rate in the law.


A researcher in economic and institutional reform issues at the Middle East Institute in Washington, Nawfal Abu Al-Shoun, during his interview with Al-Sabah, sees a number of positive aspects in approving a tripartite budget, including “the presence of a medium-term government vision for spending paths and trends and project priorities that will be positively reflected by approving a budget for a period of three years.”


In addition to the importance of the step in being a real motive for more interaction with local partners in the private sector and investors.


Abu Al-Shoun pointed out that “the stability of the tracks during the implementation period of this budget avoids delaying its approval in the future, as happened more than once, and the


governments were forced at that time to follow the state’s requirements according to previous budgets with a clear disruption of interests,” warning at the same time, against “the continued adoption of The budget is almost completely based on export resources for one commodity that fluctuates in prices, is not controlled, and is subject to collapse and a sharp decline (oil), as happened in alternating economic cycles, expressing his fear of building the budget according to exaggerated price expectations.


The spokesman explained that “accelerating the approval of the budget, which was delayed, will be an effective factor in moving influential economic joints in the country,


which can be achieved by approving the budget for the next three years, consistent with the ministerial curriculum and the government program, and


limiting the effects of negative attitudes that try to create unreal convictions related to the budget.”



The proposed expenditures in the new budget amount to 197 trillion and 828 billion dinars ($152 billion, according to the official exchange rate), including investments worth 47 trillion and 555 billion dinars ($36.5 billion).


According to the government’s economic adviser, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, preparing a budget for three years is contained in the Iraqi Financial Management Law, and


“it can be amended by the Council of Ministers based on a proposal from the Ministries of Planning and Finance for the second and third years and with the approval of the House of Representatives.”


Saleh says that this gives the government “legislative flexibility that distanced financial planning from the constitutional rigidity and difficulties of annual legislation.”  And he adds that


the House of Representatives, as far as the matter relates to the legislation of the Federal General Budget Law, has the power to reduce unnecessary expenditures and make some transfers between expenditure chapters without increasing expenditures, and this is what is happening now.


Al-Sudani Directs The Submission And Discussion Of Monthly Reports Of Non-Oil Revenues Collected By The Ministries


April 18 Information / Baghdad…The Council of Ministers, in its session held on Tuesday, issued several decisions, including deeming tomorrow an official holiday for Yazidi citizens on the occasion of the Yazidi New Year, approving recommendations for converting the land of Al-Rashid Camp into green spaces, opening Sinbad Street, rehabilitating and opening the atomic energy road.


A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Media Office, which was received by Al-Maaloumah, stated that “Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani presided today, Tuesday, the sixteenth regular session of the Council of Ministers,” noting that


“the session witnessed consideration of the general conditions, issues and files related to the government’s implementation of its program based on Priorities for




combating corruption,


poverty and unemployment, and


achieving economic reform steps.


The Prime Minister stressed, “the importance of continuing the momentum of what has been achieved from the government program, and


the importance of the citizen feeling the seriousness of the state agencies in implementing the projects that they promise to complete, in order to build confidence,” noting,


“the need to accelerate efforts during the coming weeks and months to reinforce the principle of trust and that the state Do what you promise.”


The Prime Minister directed “all ministries to submit monthly reports that include non-oil revenues collected by the ministries and discuss them.”


And with the advent of Eid Al-Fitr, the Prime Minister directed that “the Eid holiday be from Thursday, April 20, until Monday, April 24, may God bring it back to Iraq and the Islamic nation with goodness and stability.”


And with the celebrations of our Yazidi people on the Yazidi New Year, the Council of Ministers approved on this occasion that tomorrow, Wednesday, April 19 of this year (2023), will be an official holiday for Yazidi citizens.


The council also decided to consider the first Wednesday in April of each year an official holiday for the Yazidi component.


The Council of Ministers continued to study the issues on its agenda and took the necessary decisions and directives in this regard.


In the field of land and infrastructure development for the capital, Baghdad, and projects to reduce population pressure and pressure on the city center and its outskirts, the Council of Ministers approved the recommendations set out in the minutes of the meeting held in the office of the Prime Minister on March 15, 2023 for the purpose of transforming the land of Al-Rashid Camp into green spaces, opening Sinbad Street, and rehabilitating And opening the path of atomic energy, according to the following:


1- Re-allocating all the lands of Al-Rashid Camp to the Amanat Baghdad (except for the Al-Rashid Military Hospital) to enable the Amanat Baghdad to start work.


2- The Municipality of Baghdad shall refer the designs and plans for the project to a consulting company for the purposes of designs and development of master plans and present them to the Prime Minister for approval, and then referral for the purpose of implementation, under the supervision of the Office of the Prime Minister.


3- Transferring the cement factory of the Iraqi General Company for Cement Industry, one of the formations of the Ministry of Industry and Minerals, which has been suspended since 1982, to another location to use it as spare parts for other factories. Because it interferes with the implementation of the rational project.


4- The Ministry of Health undertakes the establishment of a second medical city in Baghdad on the structure of Al-Rashid Military Hospital, which is allocated to the Ministry of Health on an area of (401) dunums.


5- Oblige the executing company of the Al-Rashid Camp project to establish an air base in the outskirts of Baghdad, to be determined later, after obtaining the necessary approvals, as a substitute for the Al-Salam air base.


6- Stopping all allocation orders for the lands of Al-Rashid Camp that contradict the implementation of the project, and no part of it can be invested outside this vision, and canceling previous cabinet decisions.


In the framework of the efforts made to develop the oil sector, and to solve the legal and contractual problems that hinder development and expansion, the Council of Ministers approved the recommendation of the Ministerial Council for Energy (32032i) for the year 2023, regarding approval of the consensual settlement between the Basra Oil Company and the consortium of (Shell and Petronas) companies.


Among the decisions related to the oil and energy sectors, the Cabinet approved the recommendation of the Ministerial Council for Energy (23026i) for the year 2023 regarding the direct call to convert the Sadr gas station (1, 2) from the simple cycle to the combined cycle, according to the following:


1- Approval of the recommendation of the Central Committee for Review and Approval of the referral in the Ministry of Electricity taken at its third session (confirmed in Paragraph 8 specifically) regarding the referral of the direct invitation numbered (MOE-HQ14-2021). Converting Al-Sadr gas station (1,2) from the simple cycle to the combined cycle under the custody of the American company (Stellar Energy), for a total amount of (288,598,800) dollars, only two hundred and eighty-eight million, five hundred and ninety-eight thousand and eight hundred dollars,


and a specific price of (877,200) dollars Only eight hundred and seventy-seven thousand and two hundred dollars per megawatt, with an increase of (3.2%) over the estimated costs,


with a total capacity of (229) megawatts, with an implementation period of (36) months, which is equivalent to (1095) days, (as far as the issue relates to financial validity), and you bear The Ministry of Electricity ensures the integrity and accuracy of contractual procedures in accordance with the laws, regulations, and instructions in force.


And to be of European and American origins, equipment and station with American specifications.


2- Authorizing the Ministry of Electricity to complete the referral and contracting procedures according to the financial powers.



The Council of Ministers also approved the recommendation of the Ministerial Council for Social Services (23012g), according to the following:


– Approval of the national policy for the sustainability of urban development projects (Nakheel – PALMS) and its implementation plan, according to what was stated in the book of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research / University of Karbala.


The Council of Ministers agreed to consider the deceased in the Ministry of Electricity (Qasim Hassan Ajil Alewi, Ahmed Zaki Nabat) as a result of their injury during work, as contractors in accordance with Cabinet Resolution (315 of 2019), and to promote their retirement transactions, based on the Unified Retirement Law, and for the Federal Service Council to undertake Take the necessary procedures by appointing one for each of their relatives.


In the field of financial and administrative reform, the Council of Ministers approved the submission of the entities whose details are indicated in the statements included in the book of the Federal Office of Financial Supervision dated March 6, 2023,


their data to the aforementioned Bureau, as quickly as possible,


to complete the procedures for controlling public money, and to give the matter great importance, while providing data necessary within (20) working days starting from the date of issuance of this decision,


otherwise, investigative committees shall be formed to identify the defaulters, and submit their recommendations within a period not exceeding (30) days.السوداني-يوجه-بتقديم-تقارير-شهرية-للإيرادات-غير-النفطية-التي


Low Oil Prices In World Markets


Energy  Economy News – Baghdad   Oil prices fell on Monday, as concerns about rising interest rates, the global economy and the outlook for fuel demand outweighed prospects for tight supplies due to OPEC+ supply cuts.


Brent crude fell 48 cents to $81.18 a barrel by 00:45 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate crude fell 48 cents to $77.39 a barrel.


The two benchmarks fell more than 5% last week, their first weekly decline in five weeks, as implied demand for gasoline declined from a year ago, raising fears of a recession in the world’s largest oil consumer.


Dollar Exchange Rates In The Local Markets Today


Monday 24, April 2023 11:03 | Economical Number of readings: 411  Baghdad / NINA / – The exchange rates of the dollar on the local stock exchange recorded a slight decrease today, Monday.


The selling price was 143,750 thousand dinars for one hundred dollars, and the purchase price was 141,750 thousand dinars for one hundred dollars.


In the north, the selling price reached 144,250 dinars for one hundred dollars, and the purchase price was 142,250 dinars for one hundred dollars.


In the south, the selling price reached 144,500 dinars for one hundred dollars, and the purchase price was 142,500 dinars for one hundred dollars./


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