Iraq to ease Visa Procedures for Investors


By John Lee.

The Iraqi government has said it is introducing changes to simplify visa and residency procedures for visitors, international investors and entrepreneurs from a number countries.

It added that citizens of Lebanon will be able to obtain entry visas on arrival at Iraqi airports as part of a reciprocal agreement between the two countries.

(Source: Govt of Iraq)

Baghdad today publishes the minutes of the meeting of Baghdad and Erbil on the standardization of tariffs

Policy 2018/11/25 00:39 281 Editor: hr

Baghdad today – Baghdad

(Baghdad today) received a copy of the minutes of the meeting held between the authorities in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region, on the unification of customs tariffs in all governorates, which was held on the order of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, early November this year.

Between the minutes, the participants recommended the following points:

1- The commitment of Mark of Kurdistan Region to the implementation of the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (210) for the year  2009 concerning the determination of the years of entry of cars.

2. The Ministry of Agriculture and the Ministry of Agriculture in the Kurdistan Region to coordinate

Between them when issuing a unified agricultural calendar.

3. The Federal Ministry of Agriculture to review decisions concerning the prevention of importation of agricultural crops  and vegetables, as well as plants and seedlings from some neighboring countries and the world.

4. Harmonization of the temporary customs entry procedures, the adoption of the Customs Law and the instructions  issued thereunder, and the approvals of the sectoral bodies.

5. Direct coordination between the General Authority of the Federal Customs and Customs in the Kurdistan Region  in relation to the customs issue and the adoption of official e-mail addresses for communications and exchange of government correspondence and support the validity of the issuance.

6. The Ministry of Commerce / General Company for Exhibitions and Commercial Services of Iraq to adopt the main items sections of the Customs Tariff Law No. (22) of the year 2010.

7 – Elimination of customs points located on the roads between the Kurdistan region and the provinces adjacent to the region because it was rampant in which the phenomenon of financial and administrative corruption is difficult to control because of the lack of infrastructure necessary to accommodate the missionaries and damage to truck drivers and importers alike.

8 – Abolish the decisions of the Council of Ministers No. (189), which adopted the principle of the demarcation of the lump on the basis of the volume of containers contrary to the law of customs and customs tariff law and to contravene the decision of the Council of Ministers No. 393 of 2017.

9. Issuing a decision by the Council of Ministers to impose a charge of 5% on tobacco, cigarettes and alcohol to be transferred to the Ministry of Health / Hospitals and Medical Centers specialized in the treatment of cancerous tumors.

10- To provide the General Customs Authority / Statistics Planning Department  with the aim of standardizing the statistics and providing the statistical apparatus and quality control to serve the national economic decision-making industry and exchange them with the customs of the region on a monthly basis.

11- The approval of the General Authority of the Federal Customs of the customs approved by the customs of the Territory in the import of gold and precious metals (raw and occupied) in terms of customs duties and the value of the tax thereon.

12 – Formation of a committee of specialists from the Federal Customs and customs of the region and representatives of ministries and other relevant bodies to study the re-work transit of goods (transit) for its importance in support of the private sector and the national economy.

13- Involvement of technical representatives and experienced jurists from Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region, in the Committee for the Study of the Amendment of the Customs Law No. (23) for the year 1983.

14. Enforcement of the Federal Financial Budget Law in the Kurdistan Region and its adoption by Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region, especially regarding the customs issue.

15 – Enforcement of the Investment Law No. (13) for the year 2006 amended and the application of the customs issue by the Mark of the Kurdistan Region and the application of the Investment Law for the Kurdistan Region No. (4) for the year 2006 regarding the customs by the General Authority of the Federal Customs.

16 – The adoption of the US dollar as a basis for the calculation of customs duties and be fulfilled in Iraqi dinars in all federal ports and the adoption of the dollar exchange rate uniformly on the basis of the bulletin of the Central Bank of Iraq and determine the customs centers exempted from that later.

17- Forming a supreme committee headed by the legal department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers and with experienced legal members of the General Authority of the Federal Customs and the Kurdistan Region of Kurdistan to prepare a draft law to regulate the relationship and common competencies between them according to Article 114 of the Constitution of the Republic of Iraq 2005, And the level of administrative representation.

18- The adoption of a statement as a unified vehicle (a customs declaration issued in Arabic and Kurdish according to Article (55) of the Customs Law No. (23) for the year 1983.

19. Involvement of representatives of the Kurdistan Regional Council with experience in the preparation or amendment of any instructions, decisions or controls relating to customs affairs and the involvement of a representative in the presence of all meetings, activities and conferences inside and outside Iraq.

20 – Directing ministries and relevant sectoral bodies to amend all documents and seals and adopt them in Arabic and Kurdish according to the provisions of Article (4) of the Constitution, import permit, customs declaration, manifest, other receipts and certificates of conformity.

21- Forming a committee in the General Authority of the Federal Customs and the membership of experienced employees from Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region, preparing a manual to standardize the lists of prohibited, restricted, suspended and restricted materials and exempted from customs duties according to the laws, decisions and instructions in force in coordination with the relevant authorities.

22- Forming a committee in the General Authority of Customs to be a member of experienced staff for Mark of the Kurdistan Region to consider the amendment of the rates of customs duties imposed by the Council of Ministers Resolution No. (393) for the year 2017 and take into consideration the complaints that accompanied the application of the decision.

Review the national product protection decisions issued by the Council of Ministers based on the National Product Protection Law No. (11) for the year 2010 and coordinate with the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Region before issuing similar decisions in the future.

Cancellation of all exemptions from customs duties not provided for in the Customs Law No. (23) of 1984 in force and the obligation to apply the exemptions received in accordance with the provisions of the laws in force pursuant to Article (80/1) thereof.

25. The Ministerial Committee (9484/919) in 2018/3/11 shall complete the procedures for the standardization of import duties by 2018/11/30,

26- Directing Kirkuk Kurdistan Region to suspend the dissolved Coalition Provisional Authority Decree No. (38) for the year 2004 and the application of the Customs Tariff Law No. 22 of 2010 and the Cabinet Decision No. 393 for the year 2017 and to coordinate with it when making any amendments to the customs duties Future.

27. Allow the General Authority of the Federal Customs to send a team for inspection and control.

A breakthrough in the voting on the remaining ministries, an alternative plan for the interior and three candidates for the defense

08:18 – 24/11/2018

Private – Mawazin News

After a month of tension and attraction, the voting crisis on the remaining eight ministries in the cabin of Adel Abdul Mahdi to the end, as a result of the agreement to submit candidates to vote on Monday.

“The political blocs agreed with Adel Abdul Mahdi to put the cabinet cab remaining on Monday to vote, whether to reject the candidates or accept them,” a parliamentary source said in an interview with “Mawazin News” that “it is up to the members of the House of Representatives.”

He added that “the CVs of the candidates were sent to the Commission of Integrity, Accountability and Adequacy, to ensure that they are not covered by their actions,” noting that “the former candidates of the remaining cabin will be put to vote.”

He pointed out that “the Fatah alliance decided to choose an alternative candidate for the Ministry of the Interior in the case of rejection of Fayadh, while the Ministry of Defense there are three names will be submitted one of them and if rejected will resort to the second or third.”

The source confirmed that “next Monday will be the completion of the file of the vote on the cabinet cabaret, until the start of the selection of chairmen of the committees.”

President of the Republic arrives in Baghdad after the end of an official visit to Italy


Editorial Date: 2018/11/24 20:12 
(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) President Barham Saleh arrived Saturday evening in the capital Baghdad.
“President Barham Saleh arrived in the country after the end of a successful official visit to Italy,” a statement from his office said. 
And left Baghdad last evening, President of the Republic, Barham Salih, heading to Rome on an official visit to the Republic of Italy to participate in the conference {dialogues of the Mediterranean}.

The opening of the first streets of the Green Zone near the Embassy of Riyadh in central Baghdad


Arab World News

The opening of the first streets of the Green Zone near the Embassy of Riyadh in central Baghdad

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RT got pictures of the lifting of the security barriers surrounding the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad, which is scheduled to open parts of them on Sunday.

The pictures showed that the lifting of the barriers began from the street near the Iraqi parliament building and the Saudi Embassy, ​​which is located in the good hotel next to Karkh of Baghdad.

Earlier, a source in the office of Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi told RT that “the process of opening the Green Zone will be partial, not total.”

He called on Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to open the area to citizens, stressing the need to implement this measure to break the barriers between them.

Former Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi, during his term in office, ordered the reopening of the area, but it did not last a few days before it was closed to passers-by.

Shortly after the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003, following the US invasion of the country, the area of ​​10 square kilometers of presidential palaces became home to government buildings and foreign embassies.

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Parliament votes on the financial committee to take the task of investigating the facts in the drowning coin and the building of the Central Bank {extended}


Release date: 2018/11/24 17:10 
{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The House of Representatives held its {15} under the chairmanship of Mohammed Al Halbusi and the presence of 219 deputies.
A statement by the Information Department of the House of Representatives, received the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, “The beginning of the session, which began to recite verses from the Holy Quran, the President of the Council to include the request submitted by MP Uday Awad and the location of 100 deputies to form an investigative committee on the privatization of the distribution sector Electric power and the files of the contracts of the company «Car and Qian» and working in the field of refineries, on the agenda of the next session. 
On the request of the deputy for the province of Kirkuk Dylan Ghafour and 54 deputies on the problems occurring between the peasants of the components of the preservation of agricultural land, the President of the Council of Security and Defense and Agriculture committees and regions and provinces not organized in the region in coordination with the deputy to resolve the issue. 
The Council voted by majority to assume the Finance Committee task of the Commission on the truth in the project of the new building of the Central Bank and file drowning currency in the building of Rafidain Bank.
The Presidency of the Council decided, in agreement with the members, to postpone the vote on the judges nominated for the Federal Court of Cassation to the next meetings. 
In their interventions on the IDP camps, the members of the Council demanded the end of the displaced persons’ file and return them to their areas and compensate the victims financially and morally and calling on the international organizations and the Iraqi Red Crescent Society to intervene and help them return to their areas. 
On the other hand, members stressed the need to take advantage of rain and divert water to the rivers to benefit from them and to build dams to absorb the floods and consider the areas that have been hit by the floods and the exhaustion of all state institutions to deal with these floods and compensate the affected and the delivery of necessary assistance to them and the formation of a parliamentary committee to visit these areas. 
The Council also voted on the following resolution:
First: Forming a crisis cell and providing the efforts of the concerned ministries of the state concerned and giving full powers to deal with the crisis. 
Second: Provide the necessary allocations to compensate the affected and restore the stability of liberated cities to ensure the return of displaced persons from the emergency reserve for the year 2018 or through the Ministry of Finance to conduct transfers to provide the necessary funds. 
Third: Increase the allocations of liberated cities and the allocation of displaced persons in the budget of 2019. 
The President of the Council announced the intention of the Prime Minister to send the names of ministers to complete the cabinet cabin during the next two days after receiving them from the government and the names and biographies of members before 48 hours of voting. 
The meeting was adjourned and resumed at the invitation of the Presidency at a later date



Supportive of exports from Kirkuk

NRT Digital Media

47 minutes ago

SULAIMANI – The New Generation Movement caucus in the Iraqi parliament called on the Iraqi government on Saturday (November 24) to reveal the details of an agreement between the Kurdistan Region and Baghdad to resume the export Kirkuk’s oil.

“We support restarting exports of Kirkuk’s oil through Kurdistan Region’s pipeline to Ceyhan by SOMO,” the New Generation MPs said during a news conference in Baghdad.

They also said that they back any peaceful deal implemented institutionally between  the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region, but not ones based on personal understandings between politicians.

The New Generation lawmakers, however, called on the Iraqi government to disclose the details of the deal to the Iraqi parliament in the interests of transparency.

“The rights of Kirkuk governorate should be preserved in the petrodollar budget and the rights of the people should no longer be ignored. We are calling on the Iraqi government not to punish the Region’s people because of their conflicts with the Region’s leadership,” the statement added, in apparent reference to disagreement over the size of the share of the budget allocated to Erbil.

They added that the Iraqi government should transparently report all income derived from oil exports originating in the Kurdistan Region, in order to ensure that no revenue is appropriated corruptly.

In reply to a question about Kurdistan Democratic Party leader Masoud Barzani’s recent trip to Baghdad, New Generation MP Rabun Maruf said, “it appears that there are strong relations between the Kurdistan Region’s politicians and the Iraqi government and they have no personal problems.”

He then added that, when problems do arise, they are because of personal problems between politicians and that the people of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq pay the price.

(NRT Digital Media)

President Barham Salih invites Pope Francis to Iraq while at Vatican



By Rudaw 2 hours ago

President Barham Salih invites Pope Francis to Iraq while at Vatican
Pope Francis (left) hosts Iraqi President Barham Salih at the Vatican on November 24, 2018. Photo: Salih Twitter
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Iraqi President Barham Salih met with the head of the Roman Catholic Church at the Vatican on Saturday.

“Iraq can bring together believers from all faiths to affirm values of peace, tolerance & confront extremism,” tweeted Salih after meeting Pope Francis.

Iraq’s head of state said he was “honored to have met His Holiness the Pope.”

“I invited him to visit Ur, where Abraham started his mission of peace and unity,” he said.

The ruins of Ur are in Tel al-Muqayyar in Iraq’s southern Dhi Qar province.

“He cares deeply for Iraq and prays for our success,” added Salih, a Kurd from Sulaimani who is making his first visit to Europe as president.

He met with Italian PM Giuseppe Conte and President Sergio Mattarella in Rome on Thursday.

While there, Salih also spoke at the Mediterranean Dialogues explaining Iraq can be a catalyst for order in the Middle East.

The last census in Iraq was in 1987, when 1.5 million Christians were counted.

Prior to ISIS, local groups estimate the Christian population stood at 400,000-600,000. Roughly half have left Iraq since 2014, and around 130,000 sought shelter in the Kurdistan Region.

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Pope Francis at the Vatican in January.

Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Babylon, was elevated to cardinal in the Church in June in a bid to increase the number of cardinals in places where Christian populations are dwindling.

Sako was born in 1948 in Zakho, a city in northwest Iraq, which is now a part of the Kurdistan Region.

Disclosure of the date of the meeting of the political blocs to agree on the candidates of the security ministries


Political situation

Saturday 24 November 2018 12:32 pm

Baghdad / / … MP revealed the alliance of the conquest, Mahdi Taki, Saturday, the existence of consultations will be held today between the political blocs to resolve the candidates of the security ministries and submitted to the Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.

Taqi told “Iraq News” that “the political blocs will meet today to consult on the candidates of the portfolios of the Ministries of Defense and Interior and submit them to the Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.”

“It is likely that during this week the ministerial cab will be submitted to the House of Representatives for the purpose of voting on it,” he said.

The MP for the alliance of victory Haidar al-Fawadi said on Saturday that the Interior Ministry decided in favor of the candidate of the Fath Alliance Faleh Fayyad, likely that the Prime Minister will submit his candidates for the remaining ministries tomorrow or the day after tomorrow.

“The prime minister, Adel Abdul Mahdi, will present the names of eight candidates for the remaining ministries, including the ministries of interior and defense, in a meeting on Sunday or Monday,” al-Fawadi said in a statement.

He added that “the Ministry of the Interior resolved to Faleh Fayyad and there is an atmosphere within the House of Representatives to pass the accumulated experience in the field of security.”

Al-Fawadi pointed out that “it is necessary to resolve the issue of the ministerial cabin and then open the file agencies and agencies that are managed by the Agency for the advancement of Iraq and get out of the problems and crises that hit him and that the Iraqi citizen is the only concern.”