2020.09.01 – 20:07
Baghdad – People
On Tuesday, the Council of Ministers held a regular session headed by the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, during which a number of issues were discussed, in addition to the topics included in the session’s agenda, which included taking a number of decisions.
The media office of the Prime Minister said in a statement, of which “People” received a copy, (September 1, 2020), that “the Prime Minister addressed at the beginning of the session the basic duties of the government in serving the citizen and controlling order, and indicated that there are parties who subsist on chaos. The government is determined to work by force of law to restore the prestige of the state and raise the morale of the security services, which have suffered some breakage in the past period.
Al-Kazemi pointed out that “the government has plans to implement operations that would restore the prestige of the state and impose the law, in order to achieve security and stability throughout the country.”
The statement continued, “Al-Kazemi reiterated his emphasis on all ministers by listening to the legitimate demands of the demonstrators and taking quick measures regarding them, while clearing public opinion with the difficult challenges facing the country at the current stage, and the governmental efforts made to confront them.”
The Prime Minister stressed “not to allow bureaucratic practices and red tape to obstruct the government’s plans, referring to the important decisions issued by the Council of Ministers relating to the implementation of various projects that serve citizens, and directed the concerned ministers to follow them on an ongoing basis and to submit reports on the progress of work and the rates of achievement in them.”
The statement pointed out that “the Minister of Health and Environment reviewed the latest developments in the Corona pandemic in Iraq, and the government efforts to provide integrated medical services for the injured, while awareness campaigns continue to adhere to preventive measures to avoid infection with Corona virus, and urges citizens to adhere to them.”
The statement added, “The Minister of Electricity made a presentation on the electric power system, the level of production and distribution lines, and the ministry’s efforts to improve the level of electric energy services provided to citizens, while reviewing the most important problems and obstacles facing the work of the ministry and procedures to overcome them.”
The statement stated that “the Council of Ministers discussed the topics on the agenda, and issued a number of decisions regarding them:
First / Excluding the appointment of doctors from the Cabinet Resolution (92 of 2020), by amending the paragraph contained in the recommendations of the Ministerial Committee that was composed of Cabinet Resolution (73 of 2020).
Second / Approval of the following:
1- Transferring the contract for contract and wage employees in the Ministry of Electricity from the investment budget to the operational budget.
2- The dues referred to in paragraph (1) above from the electricity wages owed by the ministries and departments of the state financed centrally for the previous years shall be disbursed at a rate of 1/12 of the actual disbursement for the year 2019, according to the accompanying statement linking the letter of the Ministry of Electricity number: 28316 dated 31 / 8/2020, which represents salaries for part of the year / 2019 until 6/30/2020.
3- The Ministry of Finance allocates the amount of debts owed by ministries and state departments to the central government category, at a rate of 1/12 of the actual disbursement for the year 2019, for the purpose of covering the entire salary dues for contracts, according to the lists that will be sent to the Ministry of Finance in succession.
Third / The Cabinet approved:
1- The Iraqi Trade Bank opened a confirmed and postponed documentary letter of credit for a period of (12) months for the full amount of the two contracts (75,518,675 euros for cooling systems) and (382,215,000 euros for setting up quick-fix units 9- Wasit gas), and by submitting a guarantor from the Ministry of Finance.
2- Update paragraphs (1) and (2) of Cabinet Resolution No. (32) for the year 2020 to include the terms and conditions agreed upon according to what was mentioned in the Ministry of Electricity’s letter No. 28265 dated 8/31/2020, for the purpose of signing the loan and compensation agreement Letter of guarantee of documentary credit upon maturity.
3- Agreeing to authorize the Minister of Finance to have the power to sign according to the conditions mentioned in the Ministry of Finance letter 4664 of 9/1/2020.
Fourth / Approval of the recommendations of the consultative meeting concerned with setting controls on the import of motorcycles, taking into account the opinion of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, confirmed by the memorandum of the Legal Department of the number: MD / Q / 2/1/173 LQ, dated 10 / 8/2020.
Fifth: Approval of the recommendation of the Ministerial Council for Energy (25 of 2020) regarding the approval of the Ministry of Oil to proceed with the procedures for signing the Agreement Facility and Subordiation Deed, notified of linking the Ministry of Oil’s book number F / 270, dated 16 / 8/2020.
Sixth: Approval of the Ministerial Council for Energy’s recommendation (24 of 2020) regarding approval of what was stated in paragraphs (5 and 6) of the appendix to the contract between the South Gas Company and (BH-GE), regarding the Nasiriyah and Al Gharraf gas fields project.
1 – Choosing the date of the independence of Iraq and the salvation of the British Mandate on the third of October 1932 a suitable and appropriate date that is celebrated annually as a national day for Iraq.
2 – The legal department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers prepares a special draft law on (the National Day of the Republic of Iraq), which is separate and independent from the law on official holidays.
3 – Refer the draft law on the National Day of the Republic of Iraq to the Council of Representatives based on the provisions of Articles 61 / Clause First and 80 / Clause Two) of the Constitution.
The statement noted that “the Council of Ministers, in the context of the session as well, directed Al-Kazemi to the following:
1- The ministers of finance, trade and agriculture and the advisor to the prime minister, to find an urgent solution to ensure the transfer of farmers’ dues in exchange for the crops received by the ministries of commerce and agriculture during the year 2020.
2- Recommendations are submitted to the Prime Minister within a week, including a mechanism for completing the payment of all dues before the end of 2020.