IRAQ BRINGS IN $72.1M IN CUSTOMS REVENUE FOR AUGUST: FEDERAL CUSTOMS AUTHORITY

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SULAIMANI — The General Authority of Iraqi Customs said on Tuesday (September 1) that trade at the country’s border crossings brought in a total of 86 billion Iraqi dinars ($72.1 million) in income for August.

The authority said in a statement that despite coronavirus-related restrictions, the customs’ directorates and centers have made efforts to increase trade income at the border crossings.

It added that the customs income will increase by 4 percent at all the country’s border crossings in the next few months.

On August 2, the authority said that Iraq brought in a total of 76 billion Iraqi dinars ($63.7 million) in income from customs procedures at the border crossings in July.

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A series of important decisions during today’s cabinet session

2020.09.01 – 20:07

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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.  

  

Seventh /  

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.  

  

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Al-Sadr calls on the popular crowd to liquidate its bad elements and to stay away from political quarrels

01-09-2020 07:06 PM

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya

The leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, called today, Tuesday, the Popular Mobilization Authority to liquidate its bad elements, move away from political quarrels, and work on merging the good elements with the security forces to achieve preservation of state prestige.

This came in a tweet he made on his Twitter account, as follows:

Al-Sadr calls on the popular crowd to liquidate its bad elements and to stay away from political quarrels

Al-Kazemi makes a bitter confession and promises: We will soon act to enforce the law

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Council of Ministers

Al-Kazemi

Prestige of the state

2020-09-01 13:54

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Shafaq News / The Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi said on Tuesday that the security services will soon move and carry out operations to restore the prestige of the state and enforce the law, while acknowledging that the security services are not carrying out their duties to the fullest.

This came in statements he made during the weekly session of his government.

Al-Kazemi said, according to what was published by his media office, “When the government tries to restore the prestige of the state, there is an uproar because many parties live on chaos, so that the state becomes weak and loses its prestige.” 

He added, “We acknowledge that the security services were unable to fulfill their duties due to their demoralization being broken due to the demonstrations last October.”

Al-Kazemi added, “We are now working to restore the prestige of the state by implementing the law and challenging criminal groups and fugitive weapons, and we have started the procedures over the past week.”

“Soon the security services will carry out operations to restore the prestige of the state and enforce the law,” he added.

He pointed out that “the citizen has the right to demonstrate, but not the right to demonstrate in order to create chaos,” adding that “the ministers must work to meet with the demonstrators to explain the state’s conditions, and the procedures must be swift.”

Al-Kazemi also said, “The government is not required to perform great miracles. Rather, what is required is to provide security, protect the economy from collapse, and reach elections.”

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An Arab prime minister in Baghdad soon, and the Foreign Ministry reveals the reasons for the visit

Time: 09/01/2020 15:15:03

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Prime Minister of an Arab country intends to visit the capital, Baghdad, in the coming days.

The Iraqi Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement, which Al-Furat News received a copy of, that “Ahmed Nayef al-Dulaimi, the ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in Cairo and its permanent representative to the League of Arab States, with Nevin Jameh, Minister of Trade and Industry in the Arab Republic of Egypt, ways to strengthen and develop commercial and industrial cooperation between Iraq and Egypt, in light of the intensive preparation and coordination for holding the joint Iraqi-Egyptian Higher Joint Committee in the coming period, to be held in Baghdad between the prime ministers of the two countries.

Ambassador Al-Dulaimi affirmed that “Iraq has now become an attractive arena for foreign companies and investments, especially after achieving the final victory over ISIS terrorist gangs and its security stability, and its political openness to its regional and international environment, explaining: Coordination is underway with Baghdad to study draft agreements and memoranda of understanding proposed by the Egyptian side to reach a conclusion.” Deadline for the meeting of the Supreme Committee. ”

He pointed to “the importance of activating the land road between Egypt and Iraq to activate the intra-trade movement between the two countries,” pointing to “Iraq’s keenness to strengthen joint economic cooperation with Egypt, as part of the government’s efforts to rebuild Iraq, expressing Iraq’s aspiration to seek the help of Egyptian companies, expertise and manpower. To participate in reconstruction projects. ”

For her part, the Egyptian Minister, Nevin Jameh, affirmed the Egyptian government’s keenness to hold the committee as soon as possible, as the joint committee is one of the most important mechanisms for activating cooperation between the two countries in many fields, including commercial and industrial, expressing her aspiration that the coming period will witness strengthening and upgrading relations between Iraq. And Egypt. ”

She called for “the importance of strategic cooperation between the two brotherly countries in various commercial and industrial levels, as the recent presidential summit held in the Jordanian capital Amman represents a pivot for activating joint Arab cooperation and realizing the hopes and aspirations of Arab peoples.”

Ammar Al-Masoudi

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President of the Republic: Macron will visit Iraq next Wednesday

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Presidency of the Republic of Iraq announced, on Tuesday, September 1, that French President Emmanuel Macron will visit the country next Wednesday from Lebanon, which he is currently visiting.

The visit is the first for Macron to Iraq, and Iraqi sources said that the visit is an expression of standing by Iraq in the face of the crisis afflicting it.

Macron is the highest-ranking official to visit Iraq since Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi took office in May, and it will take one day after his visit to Beirut.

A source in the Iraqi government told AFP that President Macron will meet the Prime Minister and the Iraqi President and it is hoped that he will hold talks with active politicians.

According to local media outlets, the visit will focus on Iraqi sovereignty, in light of Baghdad’s insistence on walking on an independent path away from the regional confrontation, and this reflects France’s message that its Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian carried upon his visit to Baghdad last July, that Baghdad should distance itself from Regional tensions.

On 27 August, Minister of the French Armies, Florence Parly, visited Iraq, during which she met with officials in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region.

According to the sources, it is expected that Iraqi Kurdish leaders and leaders will go to Baghdad to meet Macron, as the French President will not stop in Erbil, as did most foreign officials who visit Iraq.

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Kurdistan rejects Baghdad’s approach to transfer the salaries of the region’s employees to the cards

Tuesday 1 September 2020 | 05:06 PM

The Parliamentary Services Committee announced, on Tuesday, that the Kurdistan region refused to direct the central government to transfer the salaries of the region’s employees to a Master Card to prevent money loss and waste .

A member of the Services Committee, Hassan Fadam, said that “the problem of salaries for the region’s employees has not been solved because of the region’s refusal to be truly frank about the number of its employees and the loss of money and its failure to go to the employee when it is transferred to Kurdistan .”

He added that “the central government asked the regional government to transfer the salaries of its employees to the Master Card, and the government undertakes to pay their salaries every month and finance their cards without delay .”

He explained that “Kurdistan has rejected the order as it leads to uncovering the true numbers of its employees and preventing corruption and waste of money through the door of employees ‘ salaries .”

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Representative economy: Parliament will meet next week and the government is obligated to submit a draft budget

Baghdad / Al-Akhbariya

A member of the Parliamentary Economic Committee, Nada Shaker Jawdat, confirmed today, Tuesday, that the House of Representatives will hold its session next week to pass important laws, while she indicated that the government is obligated to submit the draft budget.

 “Parliament is determined to hold parliamentary sessions during the next week to pass important laws, especially amending the election law and approving the amendment of the Federal Court,” Jawdat told Al-Akhbariya.

She added that “the government is obligated to present the budget according to the laws in effect in October of this year, to study it and make sufficient amendments to it to be ready in December for voting and passing it.”

 Jawdat indicated that “the government cannot be left alone in the economic planning file, and it must seek the help of experts and not be satisfied with government advisors, as well as taking into account the views of the Parliamentary Finance Committee and other concerned committees.”

https://www.ikhnews.com/index.php?page=article&id=225404

Macron and Barzani tomorrow in Baghdad

Iraq is preparing to receive French President Emmanuel Macron, tomorrow, Wednesday, which is the first official visit by a high-ranking head of state, since Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi assumed the presidency of the Iraqi government last May. Since last year, during the reign of former Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, French President Emmanuel Macron intended to visit Iraq, but the visit was postponed for unknown reasons. An official reception will be held at the presidential palace in the Green Zone in the center of the capital, Baghdad, where the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, will receive the French President Emmanuel Macron. An informed source told the media, “The president of the Kurdistan region, Nechirvan Barzani, will be in Baghdad tomorrow, Wednesday, to meet with officials in Baghdad and French President Emmanuel Macron, due to the short schedule of Macron’s visit, who will not be able to go to Erbil.” On the other hand, the source said that ” This reflects France’s message that its foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, carried during his visit to Baghdad last July, that Baghdad should “distance itself from regional tensions.” On the 27th of last August, the French Minister of the Armies, Florence Parly, visited Iraq, during which she met with officials in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. French President Emmanuel Macron was dissolved yesterday evening, Monday, in Beirut, hours after the Lebanese President Michel Aoun appointed the diplomat Mustafa Adib to form a new government, which is the second visit of the French President to Lebanon within one month after the Beirut port explosion and the political situation in Lebanon worsened. This reflects France’s message that its foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, carried during his visit to Baghdad last July, that Baghdad should “distance itself from regional tensions.” On the 27th of last August, the French Minister of the Armies, Florence Parly, visited Iraq, during which she met with officials in Baghdad and the Kurdistan region of Iraq. French President Emmanuel Macron was dissolved yesterday evening, Monday, in Beirut, hours after the Lebanese President Michel Aoun appointed the diplomat Mustafa Adib to form a new government, which is the second visit of the French President to Lebanon within one month after the Beirut port explosion and the political situation in Lebanon worsened.

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