The World Bank provides $ 200 million to support social stability in Iraq

More than 1 million families benefit from programs …

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06/04/2018 – 12:50


The World Bank Group on Friday approved a $ 200 million emergency stabilization and social stabilization project in Iraq aimed at improving the livelihoods of more than 1 million Iraqis in liberated areas.

The emergency project to support social stability and resilience of citizens, especially those most vulnerable to poverty, will provide cash support, short-term employment opportunities and other forms of social support.

The project provides cash and employment support to 150,000 families, benefits some 840,000 people and generates about 15 million working days.

The project will also increase access to psychosocial services for more than 150,000 people who will receive mental health services and address the effects of violence against women and mitigate the impact of the psychological and social conflict on the population.

At the same time, the project will support the development of medium-term social safety nets and support for livelihoods through micro and microenterprise financing, which will benefit some 12,000 families.

“This project is vital to ensure that Iraq reconstruction not only rebuilds the traditional infrastructure, but also improves the lives of Iraqis and social stability,” said Saroj Kumar Jah, Regional Director, Mashreq Department, World Bank. Individuals and families in order to address the effects of the recent conflict, help communities start economic activity and create more jobs. ”

The project will rely on existing social researchers and existing payment methods, and will mainstream the concept of strong social accountability, citizen engagement and grievance processing mechanisms to build social cohesion, trust and strengthen the relationship between the central government and local governments.

These mechanisms will also take into account aspects of equality between women and men and support for vulnerable and vulnerable groups, which will help address some of the root causes of violence.

The project is part of an integrated package of World Bank support for the reconstruction and development of liberated areas that focuses on infrastructure and social dimensions.

“The project will support efforts to combat poverty and stabilize the liberated areas … At the same time, income-generating microfinance programs will provide opportunities for families to resume business activities and create employment opportunities,” said Mohammed Shi’a al-Sudani, Iraqi Minister of Labor and Social Affairs. In these areas ».

The project will also strengthen the capacity of social safety net programs to withstand, in order to enable the Iraqi government to assist poor and vulnerable groups and build resilience to shocks effectively and efficiently.

“One of the key components of this project is to ensure that citizens are able to cope with current and future shocks,” said Ghassan Al-Khoja, senior social protection officer at the World Bank in Iraq and head of the project team. The project will improve social safety net programs for 1.2 million families throughout Iraq. It will also allow families to invest in health and education and put an end to inter-generational poverty. ”

Abadi returns to Baghdad after concluding visit to Japan

Editorial Date: 2018/4/6 8:21


Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi returned to the capital Baghdad after the closure of official visits to Japan, which lasted two days.

Abadi and his accompanying government delegation visited Tokyo last Wednesday and held a series of talks with the Japanese government and companies focused on the reconstruction of Iraq.

Iraq and Japan signed two agreements concerning the first completion of the water project of Basra Al-Haritha to provide water to the people of the city of Basra, while the second agreement is the reclamation of land between the Euphrates and Tigris in the irrigation sector of the second phase.

Japanese Prime Minister Sinzo Abe has decided to reduce the level of security risk to enter the Japanese in a number of Iraqi provinces, leading to the entry of more Japanese companies to work.


delegation to visit Baghdad next week .. Relations: the relationship with Arbil Bazdhir

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After a period of tension and severe complications, the relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government and the Iraqi government towards normalization, and in this context and away from the eyes of the media there are dialogues and negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad continue and cut positive distances and officials say that there is good progress in bilateral negotiations.

“The relations between Erbil and Baghdad are flourishing, and the talks in various fields are continuing and have fruitful results, such as tackling the issue of border crossings, reopening airports and salaries,” he said, adding that there were negotiations to address other issues and they were optimistic of good results.

He added that there is no doubt that the talks have been going on for months and are linked to several issues and resulted in good results and positive and have been resolved in particular, including border crossings and airports and a number of issues related to customs. And that there are a number of issues that are still under discussion are ongoing, including the audit of the salaries of employees of the region because of which the distribution of salaries began in the first month of this year, according to Kurdish TV Rudao.

He continued that the Iraqi Prime Minister wants to solve this problem also, so the commissions continue in their tasks to complete the resolution of the audit of salaries for all staff of the region. Another important issue that everyone wants to solve seriously is the issue of oil, whether it is production or export safety, and the federal government believes that this issue should be resolved in a transparent and clear way.

He said he believed that the provisions of the Constitution, laws and decisions in force and the law of the general budget scheduled for 2015 important sources of how to address the issue of oil production and export.

And on the position of the Kurdistan Region on the normalization of relations between the region and Baghdad is scheduled to a delegation from the province to visit Baghdad and says the head of the provincial presidency in this regard that the situation with Baghdad is moving towards better and next week will witness a meeting between the parties.

Relations between Baghdad and Arbil have been strained after the referendum, but the Iraqi prime minister says relations between him and Barzani have made the situation go toward normalization.



A government consultant explains Iraq’s five plan: welfare, growth and job opportunities

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2 hours ago

The economic adviser to the Iraqi government revealed the appearance of Mohammed Saleh on Friday that Iraq will see a remarkable change in growth in the coming years with the launch of the five-year plan for the years 2018-2022

, Saleh told Shafak News, “The plan in its objectives and principles development track will translate fact to achieve an annual growth rate In gross domestic product (GDP) is more than 7 percent, compounding welfare by more than double the population growth rate of nearly 3 percent a year. ”

“Public and private investments will occupy important axes in maximizing gross domestic product (GDP) on the well-being of the individual in providing employment and employment, and the market share or the private sector in investments will be about 40 percent of the total investment of the five-year plan,” he said.

He also praised the role of the private sector in the next five-year plan by “establishing the principle of partnership between the state and the private sector in investment, production and operation, which all constitute the philosophy of the plan and its principles based on the concept of the social market. Private sector “.

“In addition to the role of the state in financing the market through the development funds that facilitate the conditions for civil projects and address the same time monopolies by sponsoring the competitive activity of the market.”

The Cabinet approved in its last meeting headed by Haider Abadi the five-year national development plan for the period 2018-2022.

The Council noted in a statement that “the government approved the new five-year plan, which is based on key axes, including good governance and the private sector, reconstruction in the provinces and alleviation of poverty.” The plan focuses on the promotion of productive sectors (agriculture and industry) Targeted economic growth of 7 percent.

He added that the plan also included increasing production capacity in the crude oil sector to 6.5 million barrels per day, in addition to providing sustainable employment and poverty reduction.

Iraq has implemented two five-year plans, the first 2010-2014, and the second 2013-2017, and is preparing to adopt the so-called 2030 development plan.