Will Iraq soon begin funding its own stabilization?

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Marta Ruedas, United Nations Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary General (L), meets with Fuad Hussein, Iraq’s Minister of Finance, at his office in Baghdad, December 1, 2018. Photo: Iraqi Ministry of Finance / social media

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Baghdad may soon begin contributing to the UNDP’s stabilization programme in Iraq, it emerged on Sunday, after a top UN official met with Iraqi Minister of Finance Fuad Hussein. Just how much Baghdad is able to contribute to UNDP’s $504.76 million Iraq budget is unclear.

Marta Ruedas, the UN Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General, met with former-Iraqi presidential candidate Hussein at his office in Baghdad on Sunday.

“Discussion covered the Government of Iraq’s possible contribution to UNDP’s stabilization programme, which to date has completed more than 1,500 projects helping millions of Iraqis with education, health care, water supplies, jobs, and electricity,” the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a post on social media Sunday.

Discussion covered the Government of #Iraq’s possible contribution to UNDP’s stabilization programme, which to date has completed more than 1,500 projects helping millions of Iraqis with education, health care, water supplies, jobs, and electricity. pic.twitter.com/5fG2uocdaU

— UNAMI (@UNIraq) December 2, 2018

“DSRSG Ruedas and Dr. Fuad Hussein also discussed the work of UN agencies assisting the remaining 1.8 million internally displaced persons, many of whom are living in camps that were recently affected by floods,” it added.

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq manages a budget of $504.76 million – the vast majority of which was donated by the governments of Germany and the United States.

Some 97 percent of its $200.22 million expenses are devoted to “early recovery” efforts, according the UNDP website.

In 2014, right before the war with ISIS began, Iraq contributed $500,000 to UNDP’s core budget. For understandable reasons, Iraq does not seem to have contributed since.

Rebuilding cities shattered by Coalition airstrikes and street fighting, developing long neglected infrastructure, and alleviating the simmering grievances of Iraqi communities is expected to take years of investment.

Last year, Baghdad estimated it would need between $80 and $100 billion. However, at a conference in Kuwait in February, 76 donor countries pledged just $30 billion.

To boost its finances, Iraq has tried to reboot its limping oil industry, most recently resuming Kirkuk oil exports via the Kurdistan Region pipeline to the Ceyhan port in Turkey – warming relations with Erbil. Newly elected Iraqi President Barham Salih has also been touring the Middle East and further afield drumming up support for Iraqi trade.

Although a small contribution to the UNDP stabilization programme will likely have little obvious impact, it would mark an important step for Baghdad taking charge of its future. It would be an acknowledgement that international donors will not maintain support forever.

Neither UNDP nor the Iraqi Ministry of Finance have published further detail.



Change headed by the Kurdistan government and activate the presidency of the region

Release date: 21/12/2018 21:45

(Baghdad: al-Furat News) revealed a senior source in the Kurdistan Democratic Party, the party’s political bureau held a meeting on Sunday, and resolved the issue of the party’s candidate for the head of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

On Monday, a meeting of the Democratic leadership will take place until the candidate for prime minister is officially announced.

The source said that “there is a strong possibility that Barzani is pleased to be a member of the Political Bureau and the adviser of the Security Council candidate for the post of prime minister, Lana in the event of activation of the presidency of the Kurdistan region will receive the Barzani Nigirvan.

For his part, said Nuri Hama, a leading member of the Kurdistan Democratic, “The Democratic leadership will hold a meeting on Monday, to discuss the conditions of the Kurdistan region and visit Massoud Barzani, head of the Democratic Party to Baghdad and neighboring countries, as well as discuss the results of the visit of a delegation of the Democratic Union and the National Movement for Change to form a new government For the Kurdistan region. ”

“There are several scenarios in this regard, and will be discussed at tomorrow’s meeting also without a doubt, but it is likely not to talk about the file of the first person responsible for the formation of a candidate for the post of President of the Kurdistan Regional Government in the next meeting, The government, because that is in the outcome of the talks and agreements carried out by the democratic and in the end will be the identification of the first person to form the new Kurdistan Regional Government. ”

And on their candidate for the post of prime minister next, said Hama Ali, the media say that pleased Barzani is the candidate and on the other hand is talking about Nechirvan Barzani, but it is normal to be one of those prime minister. ”


Tomorrow .. Parliament receives the biographies of the candidates of the remaining ministries with the book of accountability

07:45 – 02/12/2018

BAGHDAD (Reuters) –

The biographies of the candidates of the remaining ministries have not yet arrived in parliament, a parliamentary source said Sunday, confirming that the council will receive them tomorrow.

The source told Mawazine News that “the House of Representatives will receive the curricula vitae of the candidates for the vacant ministries on Monday by Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi.”

He added that “the biographies that will reach the parliament will be an official letter in addition to another book of the accountability and justice confirms not to include any of the names of its actions.”

The source said that “the deputies will have a period of not more than 24 hours only in order to examine and check the names of candidates for the remaining ministerial posts.” Finished 29 /


UNAMI reports the number of casualties last month, the lowest since 2012

Editorial Date: 2018/12/2 20:07

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) According to figures recorded by the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) killed a total of 41 Iraqi civilians and injured 73 others, as a result of the acts of terrorism and violence and armed conflict that occurred in Iraq in the month of November 2018.

The UNAMI recorded in the statistics of the month of October last killed a total of 69 Iraqi civilians and wounding 105 others.

These include the figures according to the mission statement received by the {Euphrates News} copy of it, “all citizens and other civilians who are counted as civilians at the time of death or injury – such as police in non-combat duties and civil defense and personal security teams and the police and the personnel of the fire department.”

“It is regrettable that there have been casualties, but the latest figures have been the lowest since UN UNAMI began deploying them in November 2012.”

The Special Representative added , “The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, Jan Kubic, : “They are not just numbers, they are people with families, but these figures, while sad, also reflect the continuing decline in the level of violence as the country recovers from the fight against terrorism and moves towards a stable and prosperous future.”

The statement pointed out that ” Baghdad was the hardest hit, with a total civilian death toll of 55 (23 dead and 32 wounded), followed by Ninawa province (8 dead and 19 wounded), and Anbar province (4 dead and 15 wounded).


Parliamentary finance reveals a move to install all contracts



Information / Baghdad ..

The parliamentary finance committee revealed on Sunday that there is a move within the House of Representatives to pressure the government in order to provide funds within the budget to install all contract employees in all governorates.

“The Finance Committee has called on the government to install contracts in all ministries and governorates,” said a member of the Committee Haneen al-Qaddo said that “the Finance Committee is waiting for the government’s response to the confirmation of the request that was submitted on the amendment of the budget and the installation of contracts to the permanent owners” .

“The owners of contracts and if the government agreed to install them, their allocations will be within the budget of their ministries.”

He pointed out that “many requests were submitted to the government in order to install contracts on permanent owners, where everyone is waiting for the approval of the government on the budget amendments after the formation of a special committee to amend the budget between parliament and the government.” Ending / 25 n



Member of Wisdom: Abdul Mahdi will nominate names for interior and defense


Date of release:: 2018/12/2 8:40 
(Baghdad: al-Furat News) A member of the National Wisdom Movement, Abdullah al-Zaidi, that Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, will nominate the names of the Ministries of Interior and Defense because of the continued disagreement between them between the political blocs.
“Al-Zaidi told the {Euphrates News}” there is a public threshold on the government of Abdul Mahdi, which calls for serious disagreement in resolving differences, especially with regard to the Interior, “noting that” Abdul-Mahdi wants to throw the ball in the House of Representatives in the selection of the Interior Minister and refers to the delegation of political blocs. ” 
“There are blocs that were committed to entrusting Abdul Mahdi and did not get any ministry,” adding that “the stream of wisdom will have a significant role in urging the removal of the government from the impasse and the events of change and completion of the formation of ministerial cab,” pointing out that “there are a number of players Those who control the political process and the coming days will make a difference. ” 
He pointed out that “Abdul Hadi will nominate the names of the security ministries if no solution is reached with the political parties on them,” referring to “
“The agreement was reached with Abdul-Mahdi to nominate more than one political figure for each ministry, and the dispute is not on the person of Faleh Fayyad, but the principle principle among others and the opening not to nominate any party leader or personality took office during the previous government to give a positive impression of change in the street.” 
He stressed that “there is no political entity can promote the political process alone, and that the mandate granted to Abdul Mahdi restricted by some blocks, and there are issues of the will to pass the ministers and not to insist on a certain personality.”