KRG DELEGATION TO DISCUSS BUDGET WITH FEDERAL OFFICIALS ON SEPTEMBER 20

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SULAIMANI —Member of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) negotiating delegation Zagros Fatah said on Thursday (September 17) that Regional officials will visit Baghdad on September 20 to discuss the federal budgeting process.

Fatah told the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) official media outlet that the delegation will include representatives of the planning and finance ministries, adding that the focus would be coming up with the Region’s share of the budget.

In the 2019 budget, it was set at 12.67 percent, down from 17 percent in previous budgets.

In April, Baghdad cut off all budget transfers to Erbil in retaliation for its failure to send the federal government any of the oil it was required to under the 2019 federal budget law, causing a severe disruption in the Region’s finances.

Some funding was restored in a deal between the two governments last month, but it is a temporary agreement contingent on Erbil meeting certain conditions.

Fatah added that the delegation hopes to inject some long-term planning into the draft budget, setting out mechanisms that cover the next three years.

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Baghdad sends five months’ salaries to the federal departments in Kurdistan

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2020-09-17 16:11

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Shafaq News / The Finance Committee in the House of Representatives announced today, Thursday, that Baghdad has sent salaries of 5 months to employees of federal departments in the Kurdistan Region, and they will be distributed according to a certain mechanism.

A member of the committee, Hoshyar Abdullah, wrote in a leaflet that the amount reached Erbil.

He added that the committee followed up the matter from the Ministry of Interior until the Council of Ministers reached funding to Erbil, pointing out that among the funding is a salary of one month of debt for the region.

He continued that the aforementioned amount also includes the funding of four months’ salaries for the federal departments in the region, stressing that the region must distribute all the two salaries together to the employees.

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Finance confirms the continuation of payments for all recipients via electronic payment cards

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On Thursday, the Ministry of Finance confirmed the continuation of the payments of sums of money to all those who deserve it through electronic payment cards of all kinds.

The media office of the Minister of Finance said in a statement, “The Ministry of Finance assures to the honorable citizens of the continuation of payments of sums of money to all those who deserve it through electronic payment cards of various kinds, and that any investigative or judicial procedure.

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The American ambassador determines his position on the recent statement of the Sistani authority

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Today, Thursday (September 17, 2020), the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, affirmed his support for the recent “statements” of the Supreme Leader Ali al-Sistani, during which he spoke about fighting corruption, and in which he supported security operations to restrict unauthorized weapons.

Tueller said in a press statement, followed by (Baghdad Today), that “the United States supports the recent statements of the religious authority, Ali al-Sistani, regarding holding early elections as scheduled, and holding the killers of activists and protesters accountable in Iraq.”

He added, “The attacks on the US embassy in Baghdad and the coalition forces aim to undermine the sovereignty of Iraq,” noting that “the United States is discussing with the Iraqi government to ensure that the perpetrators of the attacks against the embassy and the international coalition are deterred.”

And that “his country does not seek a permanent American presence in Iraq,” referring to “the presence of political and sectarian parties working to undermine the private economic sector.”

The US ambassador in Baghdad pointed out that “Iran is still interfering in Iraq and there are foreign agendas to weaken Iraq.”

Tueller said that “ISIS still threatens many areas of Iraq,” noting that “the United States supports intelligence on the Iraqi government.”

(Baghdad Today) News Agency, Sunday (September 13, 2020), published the text of the full statement issued by the Office of the Supreme Religious Authority in Najaf, Ali al-Sistani, after his meeting with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, Jenin Blashart in Najaf Governorate .

 Family (Baghdad is keen today) on the full inclusion of the text of the statement without any modification or editing it, for the sake of accuracy, the full text to you as stated : 

 Sayyed Sistani received (long live) before noon today , Ms. Genin Hines- Blaschart Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, His Eminence noted during the meeting to his positions in a number of important issues , namely :

First: The parliamentary elections scheduled for next year is of great importance, and must provide them with the necessary conditions that give the results of a high degree of credibility, to be encouraged citizens to participate extensively. For this purpose, it must be conducted in accordance with a fair and equitable law far from the private interests of some political blocs and parties. It is also imperative that integrity and transparency are taken into account in the various stages of its conduct, and the supervision and control over them in a serious manner in coordination with the relevant department in the United Nations mission .

The early elections are not an end in itself, but it is the right of peaceful path out of the current impasse suffered by the country as a result of the accumulation of political crises, economic, security , and health and Khaddmaa and so on . It must be given the opportunity for citizens to renew their consideration of the political choices and be elected freely and away from any pressure from here or there , their representatives in the House of Representatives next, to be eligible to work towards solving problems and crises .

The further delay in holding the elections or hold them without providing the necessary success conditions so as not to be results convincing to most citizens will lead to a deepening of the country ‘s problems and reach God forbid the situation which threatens its unity and the future of his children, and you ‘ll regret all the parties concerned who holds power at the present time .

Second: The current government is invited to continue and to move firmly and strongly in the steps taken towards the application of social justice, and control of the border crossing points, and improving the security forces performance so characterized by a high degree of discipline and professionalism, and to impose the prestige of the state and the withdrawal of unlicensed weapons in it, and not allow the division of areas of the country to the provinces controlled by certain groups by force of arms under far different from the application of the laws in force addresses .

 The government is also invited to take serious and extraordinary steps to combat corruption and open large files in this regard according to legal procedures, away from any selective, to obtain all corrupt fair punished and the rights of the people recover from it , whatever its location and whatever their backers  .

 They are also required to work seriously to detect both practiced criminal acts of killing or injuring or otherwise against demonstrators or security forces or innocent citizens, or who attacked public or private property, since the start of the movement popular demands for reform in the past year , in particular those who have acts of kidnapping or behind the recent assassinations .

The conduct of justice against all those who have committed the crimes mentioned will remain an urgent requirement must be achieved in one day, an effective method in the prevention of recurrence and deterrence for oud to fold .

Third: The preservation of national sovereignty and to prevent violations and violations and stand against foreign interference in the affairs of the country and the removal of retail risk and division by the responsibility of all, and it requires a national stand united against several thorny issues affecting the supreme interests of the Iraqis present and future, and can not be reached under conflicting passions and drift beyond the personal interests or partisan or regional, what is required from the various parties to live up to the level of national responsibility and not to give any pretext the country ‘s sovereignty, stability and independence of its political decision .

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KRG DELEGATION TO DISCUSS BUDGET WITH FEDERAL OFFICIALS ON SEPTEMBER 20

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SULAIMANI —Member of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) negotiating delegation Zagros Fatah said on Thursday (September 17) that Regional officials will visit Baghdad on September 20 to discuss the federal budgeting process.

Fatah told the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) official media outlet that the delegation will include representatives of the planning and finance ministries, adding that the focus would be coming up with the Region’s share of the budget.

In the 2019 budget, it was set at 12.67 percent, down from 17 percent in previous budgets.

In April, Baghdad cut off all budget transfers to Erbil in retaliation for its failure to send the federal government any of the oil it was required to under the 2019 federal budget law, causing a severe disruption in the Region’s finances.

Some funding was restored in a deal between the two governments last month, but it is a temporary agreement contingent on Erbil meeting certain conditions.

Fatah added that the delegation hopes to inject some long-term planning into the draft budget, setting out mechanisms that cover the next three years.

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Plasschaert announces a forthcoming visit to Tehran, stressing the importance of continued stability in Iraq

Time: 09/17/2020 16:32:47

(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The UN Secretary-General’s special envoy to Iraq, “Jenin Hennes Plasschaert”, announced that she will visit Tehran soon.

This came during the envoy’s talks with the Iranian ambassador in Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, at the embassy headquarters today, Thursday, where she confirmed her readiness to go to Iran soon.

In this meeting, the Masjids of Plasschaert reviewed the most important developments on the Iraqi arena, and Iran’s position in this regard, and the Iranian and international sides emphasized the importance of stability and security and the continuation of Iraq’s progress towards progress away from any tensions, given the important role it plays in political, security and economic issues. The area level.

According to the same report, the early parliamentary elections, the situation in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the results of the visit of Iraqi Prime Minister “Mustafa Al-Kazemi” during the past month to Iran, as well as the recent meeting between the United Nations envoy with Ayatollah Sistani, were the most important axes of the meeting between Ambassador Masjedi and the envoy of the Secretary-General. To the United Nations to Iraq today.

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The Minister of Planning announces the formation of the Joint Coordinating Council between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt

09/17/2020 17:03

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Minister of Planning, Khaled Battal Al-Najm, announced, on Thursday, September 17, 2020, the issuance of a diwani order to form the Iraqi-Jordanian-Egyptian Coordination Council, in light of the results of the tripartite summit between the three countries, which was held in the Jordanian capital recently.

Al-Najm said in a statement received by Al-Masala that it is in implementation of the decisions of the tripartite summit in Amman. The Joint Coordinating Council was formed with Jordan and Egypt, headed by the Iraqi side, indicating that the formation of this council came with the aim of strengthening joint Arab action, to confront the challenges and address the crises. The region is witnessing, and seeking to expand multiple strategic partnerships, and take advantage of the potentials offered by the geographical contact of the three countries, and the complementarity of interests between them.

Al-Najm added that the council will undertake joint coordination, to increase the volume of cooperation and mutual support, pointing out that the council will be chaired by it, and include in its membership the ministers of oil, reconstruction, health, industry, youth and electricity, in addition to the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, and the President of the National Investment Commission. And agents of a number of ministries, and the ambassadors of Iraq, in Egypt and Jordan.

 He added that eight committees will be formed within the framework of the council’s work, which are the Transport, Investment and Reconstruction Committee – Energy and Industry Committee – Financial and Banking Committee – Political and Security Committee – Education and Youth Committee – Cultural and Media Committee, and Agricultural Committee, noting that the coming days and weeks will witness a decade Many joint meetings, and the crystallization of a unified vision for cooperation between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt.

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Iraq sends a new message to its neighbors

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Shafaq News / On Thursday, the Iraqi Foreign Minister, Fouad Hussein called on neighboring countries to respect the sovereignty of Iraq and not to interfere in its affairs, warning that ISIS is trying to organize itself in Iraq, Syria and some African countries .

Hussein said during the hosting by the European Press Club in the Belgian capital Brussels, which is the second leg of the official tour that he is conducting in a number of European countries   , “Iraq is looking forward to expanding its relations with   European countries and expanding cooperation with them in all fields,” calling on European companies to invest in particular. In the field of energy, and the oil and gas industries . ”

Hussein pointed out that “Iraq seeks to find balanced relations with neighboring countries, and not to use its lands against any neighboring countries,” stressing “the need to respect the sovereignty of Iraq, the sanctity of its lands, and not to interfere in the internal affairs .”

He continued, “We ask the neighboring countries to respect the sovereignty of Iraq, and not to interfere in its affairs .”

In response to the questions of a number of journalists, the Iraqi minister touched on the developments in the political and security situation in Iraq, noting that “Iraq has faced several challenges, including: terrorism, the drop in global oil prices, and the face of the Corona pandemic .”

And between “we are trying to deal with the Corona virus in cooperation with different countries,” pointing out that “the decline in oil prices has led to something similar to the economic crisis .”

On the security issue, Hussein warned that “the terrorist organization ISIS continues to pose a threat to Iraq, neighboring countries and the world as a whole, and they are trying to reorganize themselves in Iraq, Syria and some African countries.”

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Disclosure of when the draft budget will be sent to Parliament

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2020-09-17 09:38

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Shafaq News / On Thursday, a government source revealed the date for the government to send the current 2020 federal budget to Parliament.

The source told Shafaq News that the cabinet sent the draft budget to the General Budget Department at the Ministry of Finance after voting on it last Monday.

He explained that the Budget Department will prepare the final version of the draft project in light of the amendments made to it by the Council of Ministers during the voting session.

The source indicated that the government will then send the project to Parliament next week, for discussion and approval.

The government has not yet disclosed the budget numbers, but the leaks indicate that it amounts to about 120 trillion dinars, with a deficit of about 70 trillion.

Iraq did not pass the fiscal budget law as a result of the protests crisis that swept the country since October 2019 and toppled the previous government headed by Adel Abdul Mahdi at the beginning of this year.

Mustafa Al-Kazemi’s government faced difficulties in preparing the draft budget at a time when the country was suffering from a stifling financial crisis, resulting from the collapse of oil prices in world markets.

Iraq relies 97 percent on oil revenues to finance the country’s annual budget.

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100 US dollars is equivalent to 100 Iraqi dinars .. Is it possible? An economic expert answers.

09/17/2020 16:05

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The economic expert, Salam Sumaisem, said that the government is now obliged to reduce the value of the Iraqi dinar against the dollar in order to obtain greater quantities of Iraqi money against the dollar without printing more, and thus preserving the currency from collapse.

In an interview with the “obelisk”, Sumaisem said that in the pre-2003 era, the currency was printed without cover and in large quantities, and it was reduced without a balance. Today, it can be reduced with a balance, indicating that this reduction increases the amount of exports because it pays people They import from abroad to the demand for local goods, which will lead to a devaluation of the currency and the demand for it becomes more.

Several countries resorted to writing off zeros of their currency, with the aim of restoring some confidence in the national currency by trying to absorb inflation represented by high prices and the erosion of purchasing value.

Sumaisem indicated that the time is not appropriate to manipulate zeros or the currency because its value will change, and with regard to removing zeros, this requires monetary stability and that was decided during the era of Sinan al-Shabibi administration of the Central Bank.

The economic expert called for improving the status of the dinar so that every 100 dinars would be equal to 100,000 Iraqis, and thus raising the zeros so that every 100 dollars equal to 100 Iraqi dinars, and thus the dinar would be equal to the dollar.

But Sumaisem believes that raising the zeros is not possible at the present time, due to the monetary and economic crisis that Iraq suffers from.

And deleting zeros from the currency is the process of replacing the old currency with a new one whose price is less than the old currency by the number of zeros that will be deleted, for example deleting three zeros from the Iraqi currency means that one dinar from the new currency is equivalent to 1000 dinars from the old currency.

The Iraqi Minister of Finance proposed reducing the price of the Iraqi dinar as a measure to confront the financial crisis, as Sumaisem believes that this proposal will be the closest scenario .. and will prevent compromising the storage in the central bank.

 

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