Al-Kazemi makes the first statement after his meeting with the political forces regarding the “ White Reform Paper ”

1,178 Policy 10/12/2020 21:51

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Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi made, on Monday 10/12/2020, the first statement after his meeting with the political forces regarding the “white reform paper”.

Al-Kazemi said in a tweet on his Twitter account, “The white reform paper that we presented today to the political forces is a project for a solution to the chronic economic management crisis, complete dependence on oil and not to diversify sources of income.”

He added, “The interaction of the brothers in the political forces with the paper and its proposals betrays a responsibility towards our people that deserves to be praised.”

Today, Monday, Al-Kazemi held a meeting with the political blocs, in the presence of the Speaker of Parliament Muhammad Al-Halbousi and the President of the Supreme Judicial Council, Faiq Zaidan, to discuss the reform paper.

 During the meeting, according to a statement by the Al-Kazemi Media Office, which was attended by the Minister of Finance and Planning, “a discussion of the reform white paper on overcoming the economic challenges that the country is going through, especially with regard to the financial aspect.”

Al-Kazemi pointed to “the size of the challenges facing Iraq, whether at the health level and the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, or at the economic level and stifling financial crisis, or at the level of major security challenges, and he stressed that despite the pressures and obstacles that the government is facing, it is determined to work hard.” To overcome the ordeal. ”

He indicated that “the government has assigned specific duties that culminate in early elections, and a date has been set for them, and the election law has been finalized, and work is continuing with the election commission and the concerned authorities, to conduct the elections on time, and thus we have responded to the will of our people and our rational reference.”

 He stressed that “addressing economic challenges is not an easy task, and that the current crisis is systematic, not related to this government and its procedures, and it needs real and radical reform and long-term plans to overcome them, stressing the need for integration in work between the authorities to achieve what we seek.”

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi reviewed “the reform paper, indicating that it is a preliminary paper that needs everyone’s efforts to develop it, and to benefit from existing expertise, in order to translate it into a reality for long-term work.”

He stressed that “the white paper represents the beginning of economic reform, and although it is lengthy and includes some measures, it will be a base upon which we can develop the future vision of the country, expressing his hope that the House of Representatives will discuss and approve the reform paper in principle, to be a general framework for real action.” Jad can boost the Iraqi economy. ”

The decision of the Finance Committee reveals the date of sending the Kurdistan salary money

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The reporter of the Finance Committee in Parliament, Ahmed Al-Saffar, said today, Monday, that the federal government will, today or tomorrow, send 320 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region.

Al-Saffar said, in statements to Kurdish media, that “all matters for sending money to the region are ready, and Baghdad will send an amount of 320 billion dinars to Baghdad, today or tomorrow.”

Al-Saffar added, “The Iraqi government needs 14 trillion dinars per month to secure expenses, while the incoming does not exceed 4 trillion dinars.”

The decision of the Finance Committee indicated. Until “the Iraqi deficit during the next 4 months amounts to 40 trillion dinars, and this poses a danger to the economy of Iraq and the Kurdistan region.”

The Minister of the Region for Negotiations with Baghdad, Khaled Shawani, revealed, on Thursday (August 20, 2020), a condition set by Baghdad to send more than 320 billion to the Kurdistan region, indicating that this condition is linked to Iraq’s imports.

“The role of America, Britain, as well as the United Nations representative in Iraq in the negotiations between Erbil and Baghdad was positive, and it contributed to bringing the two parties closer together and reaching an agreement,” Shawani said in a televised interview.

And on sending 320 billion dinars a month by Baghdad to the Kurdistan Regional Government, Shawani says that “the agreement between Erbil and Baghdad is for three months, meaning that the Iraqi government will continue to send 320 billion dinars per month for only three months, and if Iraq’s imports increase, the Kurdistan region’s share of The budget will increase to more than 320 billion Iraqi dinars, and the agreement on the Iraqi federal budget for the year 2021 may be in another form. ”

He added, “It is easier to agree with the government than to pass the budget bill in Parliament. Therefore, it is necessary for the Kurdistan Regional Government and its representatives in Baghdad to take serious work, to facilitate the determination of the Kurdistan region’s share in the project and pass it in Parliament.”

Shwani valued Al-Kazemi’s role in rapprochement between Erbil and Baghdad, and said that “Al-Kazemi played a positive role in the agreement between Erbil and Baghdad.

On Saturday (August 15, 2020), the Iraqi federal government agreed with the Kurdistan Regional Government to unify the procedures of the air, sea and land border crossings, agree on customs accounting, and install a technical team of employees of the two governments to monitor the implementation of the agreement.

The agreement also included unifying customs procedures and ports in the Kurdistan region with the outlets of the federal government, and setting up accounting systems to collect customs imports collected at the ports of the Kurdistan region and dispose of them in accordance with Federal Financial Management Law No. (6) of 2019.

As well as laying down controls by which the two parties are bound to control the entry of import materials into Iraq, and the two governments are committed to the policy of oil production within the OPEC Plus agreement according to proportions.

It was also agreed to finance the Kurdistan region at an amount of 320 billion dinars per month for the months of August, September and October, to pay some of the region’s expenses.

The agreement stipulates that in the coming years it will be agreed to set an amount in a fair percentage from the federal budget for the Kurdistan region through the introduction of constitutional standards, population ratios, and Kurdistan region’s imports (oil and non-oil) in the previous year.

The agreement document, which will be in effect until the approval of the federal general budget for the year 2021, states that within 35 days of this agreement, an agreement will be concluded on a mechanism for the payment and scheduling of payment of the TBI’s debts owed to the Kurdistan region, as well as the treatment of previous Kurdistan region debts, provided that the region does not object to presenting All information required to develop an action plan to be addressed.

Regarding the issue of auditing the accounts, the agreement provides for the formation of a joint committee from the Office of Financial and Federal Supervision and from the region to deal with the issue of accounts entailed by the two parties and to agree on methods of settling accounts between the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government and from the accounts of the year 2014 until 2020, and the region provides all the information requested by the government Federal.

According to the document, the Kurdistan Regional Government expresses its readiness to conclude an agreement on the energy file, including electricity and gas, in accordance with the legal and technical contexts that are agreed upon between the competent authorities in the two governments.

Parliamentary Finance decides to send the borrowing bill to the Presidency of Parliament

10/12/2020 16:17

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk: The Finance Committee in the House of Representatives announced, on Monday, October 12, 2020, that a draft borrowing law will be sent to the Presidency of Parliament.

A statement by the committee received by Al-Masalla said that the Parliamentary Committee held a meeting at its headquarters in the House of Representatives building headed by its Vice President Muthanna Abdul Samad Al-Samarrai, in which it discussed the economic situation in the country and the borrowing bill that the government sent to Parliament to approve its legislation in light of a severe economic crisis it is going through. Country.

Al-Samarrai stressed during the meeting the need to study the borrowing bill extensively before legislating it and study its economic effects on Iraq, especially what it represents in bearing great burdens that may continue for generations to come, indicating the need for the government to expedite the sending of the economic reform paper that is supposed to include real solutions and serious steps to maximize The country’s financial resources just as hastened to send a borrowing bill.

The committee decided to submit the bill to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives in preparation for presenting it to the House, reading it for a first reading, and transferring it to the committee’s financial advisor to provide detailed advice on the law. It was also agreed that the government should send the economic reform paper that Parliament voted, provided that it is sent within 60 days of its approval. Conditional on borrowing on 6/24/2029, which has not yet been done.


Al-Kazemi is conducting a European tour that includes three countries





European tour

2020-10-12 12:50

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Shafaq News / A government source said, on Monday, that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi made a European tour at the head of a high-level government delegation.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, that the tour will start on the 18th of this month, and includes all of London, Paris and Berlin, at the head of a large government delegation, which will take place during the conclusion of a number of agreements at various levels.

He added that the delegation consists of

Fouad Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, Minister of Finance

Jumaa al-Jubouri, Minister of Defense

Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar, Minister of Oil

Nasser Al-Shibli, Minister of Transport

Mustafa Al-Jubouri, Governor of the Central Bank

Qasim Al-Araji, National Security Adviser

Fawzi Hariri, representative of the Kurdistan Region

Soha Dawood Elias Al-Najjar Investment Authority

Ahmed Muhammad Najati Arbeli, Coordinator of the Council of Ministers

Hassanein Rashid Naqi Sheikh Prime Minister Protocol

Hamid Naim Khudair Al-Ghazi as prime minister

Muhammad Ali Muften Al-Lami, integrity

Salem Jawad Abdul Hadi Chalabi, Iraq Trade Bank

Harith Muhammad Hassan Karawi, Adviser to the Prime Minister

Ahmed Azhar Abdel Saheb Shams Ali Isfahani, advisor to the Prime Minister

Ahmed Abbas Talal Atabi, a spokesman for Al-Kazemi

Fener Ali Abdel Redha Haddad, Advisor to the Prime Minister

Mashreq Abbas Hassan Janabi, Adviser to the Prime Minister

Haider Hamada Ahmed Hassan, Media Director of the Prime Minister’s Office


12 Oct 2020

Baghdad-Al-Sharqiya, October 12: The Finance Committee in the Iraqi Council of Representatives submitted the government borrowing bill to the Presidency of the Council in preparation for its presentation and first reading in preparation for approval of its legislation during its meeting headed by Muthanna Al-Samarrai, Vice Chairman of the Committee.

Al-Samarrai stressed the need to study the borrowing bill extensively before enacting it and studying its economic effects on Iraq, especially what it represents in bearing great burdens that may continue for future generations, stressing the need to expedite sending the economic reform paper, which is supposed to include serious steps to maximize the country’s financial resources during the sixty-day period Set by Parliament.

This evening .. A political-parliamentary meeting to resolve the controversial points in the election law


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The Parliamentary Legal Committee announced, on Monday, that it had held a meeting this evening with the heads of political blocs to resolve the election law and the multi-district file that was voted on in principle

Committee member Rebwar Hadi said, “The committee will hold a special and expanded meeting this evening with heads of political blocs, experts and others .”

He added, “The meeting will settle the disputed points on the election law and the electoral districts that have been voted on in principle,” noting that “all the most likely options with the number of electoral districts in each governorate are parallel to the number of women seats .”

Hadi said that “in the event that differences are not resolved during today’s meeting, the committee will continue meetings to resolve all disputed points about the law.”

Humti discusses with Al-Kazemi ways to develop economic and banking relations

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran, Abdel Nasser Hemmati, discussed today, Monday, with the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, ways to develop economic and banking relations between the two countries.

The Governor of the Central Bank, Abdel Nasser Hemmati, who is visiting Iraq with the aim of following up on the agreements signed on June 17, 2020, met with senior Iraqi officials, with the aim of expanding economic and banking cooperation; Today noon, Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.

In addition, the Governor of the Central Bank of Iran reviewed during his talks today with his Iraqi counterpart and the Minister of Finance in this country, Tehran’s financial claims regarding the sale of energy to Baghdad, as well as activating the mechanism of bank transfers between the two countries.

It is reported that Hemmati and his accompanying delegation arrived Monday morning in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad

Parliament sessions .. The House of Representatives keeps its session open and decides to resume next Tuesday

2020/10/12 17:30

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Section : Iraq

Baghdad / Obelisk:

Monday 12 October 2020

Parliament keeps its session open and decides to resume next Tuesday

The start of the meeting of the blocs with the Electoral and Representative Legal Commission in Parliament

Parliament offers condolences to the Iraqi people on the death of Mr. Al-Tawergawi

The House of Representatives resumes its 11th session headed by Al-Kaabi

Bad news .. Iraq once again stops paying employees’ salaries



Iraqi Finance

Staff salaries

2020-10-12 10:31

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Shafaq News / An informed source revealed, on Monday, that the Iraqi Ministry of Finance had stopped paying employees’ salaries, a few days after the launch of salaries late last September.

The source told Shafaq News Agency that the Finance Ministry informed banks to stop paying salaries due to the lack of the necessary cash flow on the one hand, and pending the parliament’s vote on the lending law.

And he indicated that banks have released salaries to most ministries, and the rest of them belong to departments of different ministries and some independent bodies.

It is customary to pay the salaries of employees, starting from the 15th of each month and until the 26th of the same month, but last September, the salaries of government employees were late for the first time, due to the financial crisis.

And the Iraqi Finance had previously confirmed that the financial pressure in the country will continue in the foreseeable future, as the country’s main source of income from oil exports will be constantly affected by the global decline in demand and the massive outbreak of the Coronavirus.

And last September, the total financial revenues from the sale of oil amounted to 3.1 billion dollars, while Iraq needs 5 billion dollars to cover the salaries of 4.5 million state employees.

And Iraq, the second largest producer of crude in the “OPEC” after Saudi Arabia, with a daily average of 4.6 million barrels in normal conditions, and depends on crude to provide more than 90 percent of its revenues.

The Kurdistan Region Presidency announces the results of the tripartite meeting with the Iraqi President

Kurdistan Region

Barham Salih


The three presidencies of Kurdistan

2020-10-12 07:30

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Shafaq News / The Presidency of the Kurdistan Region announced, on Monday, the results of an expanded meeting held in the presence of the presidencies of the region with the Iraqi president, in Erbil.

A statement by the region’s presidency received by Shafaq News stated that the meeting expressed its support for the government’s steps and federal constitutional institutions to protect the security and stability of the country and create stable conditions to protect the work and duties of foreign representations.

The meeting also expressed support for holding early elections in the country, and discussed the status of the constitutional Article 140 areas – the disputed areas -.

The statement stated that the meeting expressed its support for the Iraqi government’s recent steps to normalize the situation in Sinjar, the return of the displaced, as well as all attempts for demographic change in the conflict areas, and called on the federal government to guarantee a mechanism for security and stability in those areas.

In another axis, the meeting discussed the steps of dialogue between Baghdad and Erbil, and expressed its support for the two parties’ attempts to deal with the problems once and for all, and to be in a way that guarantees the constitutional rights of citizens in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq in general.

The meeting also discussed the internal conditions of the region, and global challenges due to the outbreak of the Corona virus and its consequences, and the meeting also discussed the financial crisis and the meeting stressed the need to skip this stage and protect the interests of citizens in Kurdistan, and it is necessary for all Kurdish parties to harness their capabilities and unify their positions to confront this sensitive situation and its future repercussions.

The meeting also condemned the killing of Asayish officer Ghazi Saleh Al-Alykhan in the borders of Dohuk governorate.