IMF loan depends on subjecting the salaries of”senior staff” for income tax and cut budget expenditures


Iraqi delegation negotiating with the International Monetary Fund for a loan worth $ 5.5 billion


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19/05/2016 20:34
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Long-Presse / Baghdad

Financial advisor to the Prime Minister, revealed the appearance of Mohammed Saleh, said on Thursday that the approval of the International Monetary Fund for lending to Iraq required a reduction of the general budget of about 13 trillion dinars expenses and the placement of “senior staff” allocations to settle the dues of oil companies income tax, and pointed out that the conditions also included an exception the armed forces and junior staff of the income tax provisions, as he emphasized that the loan will open the door for loans from industrialized nations worth more than $ 15 billion.

A financial advisor to the Prime Minister, the appearance of Mohammed Saleh, in an interview with (long-Presse), said that “the agreement with the IMF on Iraq for a direct loan from the Fund valued at $ 5.5 billion, went toward cost-cutting in the public budget for the current year by about 13 trillion dinars, without prejudice to the ration cards and a network of social welfare and affairs of the displaced. “

Saleh added that “the Fund to impose conditions on the Iraqi side in exchange for the loan, including the control of the Integrity Commission and the Office of Financial Supervision and devices anti-money laundering in financial transactions, in addition to the settlement of dues of oil companies and avoid the accumulation of dues,” he said, adding that “the International Monetary conditions are also included subjecting the entire income and allowances of senior staff to the income tax, and the exclusion of the armed forces and junior staff of the income tax provisions. “

Saleh revealed that “the benefit of this loan does not exceed 1.5% per annum and for a period to allow more than two years, exempting from the payment, to be repaid over five years from the date collected and according to the semi-complex mechanism,” she returned to “the loan will open the door for industrial nations (G7) to lend Iraq amounts of up to $ 15 billion, and favorable terms. “

The Finance Minister Hoshyar Zebari announced on Thursday, to reach an agreement with the World Bank Fund for a loan worth $ 5.4 billion, and as pointed out that the loan will allow securing additional financial assistance to reach about $ 15 billion over the next three years, confirmed the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq , on the Keywords that the annual interest rate of the loan is up to 1.5%.


IMF Mission Reaches Staff-Level Agreement on Financial Assistance under Three-Year Stand-By Arrangement with Iraq


Press Release No. 16/231
May 19, 2016

End-of-Mission press releases include statements of IMF staff teams that convey preliminary findings after a visit to a country. The views expressed in this statement are those of the IMF staff and do not necessarily represent the views of the IMF’s Executive Board. Based on the preliminary findings of this mission, staff will prepare a report that, subject to management approval, will be presented to the IMF’s Executive Board for discussion and decision.

The Iraqi authorities and the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) have reached a staff-level agreement on a request for a 36-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA). Under the arrangement, and subject to the approval of the IMF executive board, Iraq could have access to IMF credit amounting to SDR 3.894 billion (about US$5.4 billion) subject to the finalization of the macroeconomic framework and financing assurances. Iraq’s previous US$3.7 billion (200 percent of quota) SBA approved in February 2010 expired on February 23, 2013. Iraq received a $1.2 billion disbursement under the Rapid Financing Instrument in July 2015.

Mr. Christian Josz, Mission Chief for Iraq, issued the following statement today in Amman:

“Iraq has been hit hard by the conflict with ISIS and the precipitous fall in oil prices. The ongoing armed conflict with ISIS continues to strain the country’s resources and is resulting in new waves of internally displaced people, now reaching over 4 million. The steep fall in oil prices is causing a large external shock to the balance of payments and budget revenue, which depend predominantly on oil export receipts.

“To address the urgent balance of payments need, the Iraqi authorities and IMF staff have agreed on a three-year program of economic and financial policies that will bring spending in line with the lower level of oil prices and ensure debt sustainability. The program also includes measures to protect the poor, strengthen public financial management, enhance financial sector stability, and curb corruption. The Iraqi authorities deserve the support of the international community in the implementation of these policies.

“The IMF Board could consider the three-year SBA once agreed prior actions have been implemented, in June or July.

“During the mission the team met with the Minister of Finance Hoshyar Zebari, Acting Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI), Ali Allaq, the Financial Adviser to the Prime Minister Mudher Saleh, and officials from the ministries of finance, oil, planning, electricity, the CBI, and representatives from the Kurdistan Regional Government, Board of Supreme Audit, and pension commission. The team would like to thank the Iraqi authorities for their cooperation and the open and productive discussions.”



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Iranian diplomacy»: Moqtada al-Sadr in Qom does not intend to return to Iraq until further notice


Mohammed Almzhadji

May 20, 2016

London «Quds Al-Arabi» announced the site «Iranian diplomacy» who is close to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, citing an informed source, that the leader of «the Sadrists» Iraq, Muqtada al-Sadr, located in the city of Qom, the religious center is important in Iran, and that it «does not intend to return to Iraq until further notice. »
Website of Iran said that the Iranian Foreign Ministry refuted the «official visit to Muqtada al-Sadr and his meeting with senior Iranian officials», not its presence in the city of Qom. He stressed «insider» that Muqtada al-Sadr wants to stay in Iran to «indefinitely», and he does not intend to return to Iraq at the present time.
On the other hand, one of the cleric’s aides said he ordered his armed followers to withdraw from the streets of Baghdad, some neighborhoods that have been deadly bombings announced the organization of the Islamic State claimed responsibility. Published Saraya peace, a subsidiary of the chest, hundreds of gunmen in Sadr City and five other Shiite areas in the capital, after he accused the government of failing to prevent attacks by the organization.
Killed at least 80 people and wounded more than 140 others in three bombings in Baghdad on Tuesday, the deadliest in a wave of attacks on the Iraqi capital so far this year. He said al-Sadr aide said the cleric is not to review the arms in front of citizens and avoid friction with the security forces and avoid being drawn into violence. Witnesses said the Peace Brigades withdrew from the streets of Sadr City on Tuesday night.
And increased pressure on the prime minister, Haider Abadi bombings, to resolve the political crisis caused by his quest to reshuffle aims to combat corruption. And it caused the crisis in the shell work of the parliament and hampered the government provided an opportunity for insurgents to launch more attacks on civilians.

Wasit is preparing for the establishment of the International Exhibition of Energy, Economy and Investment


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{Wasit: Euphrates News} preparing Wasit province for the establishment of the international exhibition of energy, economy and investment, under the slogan {Wasit Iraq’s breadbasket} for the period between 23-26 of the current month on the land of Kut textile factory where is this exhibition first economic event in the province sponsored by the government {local legislative and executive}.
The governor of Wasit owner behind the valley in a statement the agency {Euphrates News} received a copy of it today , “The main purpose of this exhibition is to rotate the wheel of the economy and attract investment companies , in addition to exchange experiences , ” noting that it is the first event of its kind in the province of economic sense to raise the investment level,
and stressed the valley that ” the exhibition will give the opportunity to compete among the investment companies to provide better services and offers that will actually improve the investment in the province , which provides an opportunity to run her sons and the elimination of unemployment crisis rampant at the moment because of the austerity economic crisis passes in the present time.
it is said that the province of Wasit provinces are safe and of economic, trade and agricultural resources , making it a good investment opportunity and a shop for theinflux of investment companies .anthy

NATO: We will send military experts to Iraq to train officers


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Secretary General of NATO announced [NATO] Jens Stoltenberg on Thursday that the alliance would send experts to Iraq at the earliest to study train Iraqi officers.
He Stoltenberg told a news conference after the Foreign Ministers of Member States meeting in the alliance that this comes at the request of Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi and within the NATO initiative to train Iraqi officers in Jordan.
He said that the meeting discussed ways to increase efforts to support the international coalition against al [Daash].
He stressed Stoltenberg that NATO will do projects for the defense electronic collaboration with Jordan as well as assist in the development of special forces capabilities and in establishing a national center for intelligence in Tunisia.
the NATO foreign ministers ‘ meeting saw earlier today the signing of the accession of the Republic ofMontenegro for membership protocol alliance to become the Lists 29.
the Secretary General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization [NATO] Jens Stoltenberg has telephoned Prime Minister Haider al – Abadi on the fifth of may this and assured him that “NATO ‘s commitment to helping Iraq and increase the pace of armament him to build capacity.”