With full powers … a Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad tomorrow to agree on the budget

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An informed political source stated, Saturday (January 30, 2021), that a Kurdish delegation will visit Baghdad tomorrow, Sunday, to resolve the issue of fixing the Kurdistan region’s share in the 2021 budget.

The source said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), “The Kurdish delegation will be headed by Qubad Talabani and the membership of the finance, planning and regional ministers, and the cabinet secretary will arrive tomorrow, Sunday, to Baghdad.”

He pointed out that “the delegation will be loaded with full powers on a final visit aimed at final agreement on fixing the region’s share in the budget.”

Earlier in the day, the representative of the Saeron Alliance, Riad Al-Masoudi, announced that the House of Representatives had fully completed the 2021 budget bill, while the date for the parliament’s vote was set.

Al-Masoudi said, in an interview with (Baghdad Today), that “the House of Representatives has fully completed the draft budget bill in 2021, and the project will be presented to the political forces within the next two days, to take final opinions.”

He added, “It is very necessary to reach an agreement between the political forces before submitting the budget to the vote under the dome of Parliament, so as not to delay the voting process.”

Al-Masoudi added, “The legislative chapter of the House of Representatives has been extended for a month, and it may not be extended for more than a month, and this period ends at the end of this week. Therefore, the vote on the 2021 budget bill will be taken before the end of this week, and this matter depends on the discussions, which will finally be launched during The next hours and until the voting session. ”

Yesterday, the reporter of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Ahmed Al-Saffar, announced that the price of a barrel of oil was raised in the budget to $ 45 instead of the previous price, which the government had set at $ 42.

Al-Saffar said, in a press statement, that “the committee reduced total expenditures from 164 trillion dinars to less than 130 trillion, in the draft federal budget bill for the fiscal year 2021,” noting that “the committee continues its sessions daily and for nearly two weeks, and the first review has been completed.” For all the articles included in the draft budget, and the final reading has begun.

He added that “the committee has reached Article 12 and there are clear changes in the overall, and there are also proposals, as well as maximizing public revenues according to raising the price of a barrel of oil from 42 dollars to 45, and thus the deficit was reduced to more than 57%, which is less than 30 trillion.” .

He pointed out that “there are other articles that have remained pending, and usually remain for the last days in relation to the reduction and the transfer between the chapters and the inclusion of the budget in functional grades, if any, and the region’s share,” expecting that the draft budget will be completed and presented to vote within a week or 10 days.


More than 4.8 million active bank accounts in Iraq

Time: 01/30/2021 13:09:35

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Iraqi Private Banks Association revealed, today, Saturday, the number of bank accounts in banks operating inside Iraq, indicating that they amount to more than 4.8 million bank accounts.

The executive director of the Iraqi Private Banks Association, Ali Tariq, said in a statement that the Euphrates News received a copy of it, that “bank accounts amount to more than 4.8 million accounts, which is a very good percentage, and are witnessing a significant annual growth of more than 44% thanks to the salaries localization program for employees.” The state and the opening of new companies in addition to the citizens’ need to save in banks because of the high interest rate for fixed deposits and purchases from the Internet and others.

He pointed out that “the number of currently activated bank cards is more than 11.2 million cards, while the number of automatic teller machines is 1170”, explaining that “the point of sale devices known as POS amount to about 4 thousand devices, and electronic payment companies are working on an increase to include all stores across the board. The country in the coming years. ”

Tariq pointed out that “the activated electronic wallets amount to more than 3.5 million wallets, and the points of cash payment amount to about 13 thousand devices spread throughout Iraq.”

He emphasized that “the strategy of the Central Bank of Iraq to enhance financial inclusion contributed to increasing bank accounts, bank cards and electronic payment devices, in addition to that it was able to diversify banking services to all citizens in Baghdad and the provinces,” noting that “the Central Bank works with the International Monetary Fund and the Monetary Fund Al Arabi, the World Bank, the Association of Private Banks and other financial institutions to promote the concept of financial inclusion “inside Iraq.


Parliamentary Finance meets with officials from the World Bank

Time: 01/30/2021 14:01:48 Read: 520 times

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Finance Committee held its meeting with officials of the World Bank.

The Information Department in the House of Representatives stated that “the Finance Committee holds its 35th meeting in which it continues its discussions on the draft Federal Budget Law for 2021, during which it reviews the results of its subcommittees’ meetings with ministries and government institutions.”

She stated that “within the committee’s agenda is to host officials from the World Bank.”

Raghad Daham


Parliamentary Finance announces raising the price of a barrel of oil in the budget and reducing total expenditures

01/29/2021 17:32

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Parliamentary Finance Committee announced today, Friday, January 29, 2021, to raise the price of a barrel of oil in the budget to $ 45 

The committee’s reporter, Representative Ahmed Al-Saffar, said in a statement to the media that the committee reduced the total expenditures from 164 trillion dinars to below 130 trillion, in the draft Federal Budget Law for the fiscal year 2021, pointing out that the committee continues its sessions daily and for about two weeks, and the first review For all the articles included in the draft budget, and the final reading has begun.

He added that the committee has reached Article 12 and there are clear changes in the overall, and also there are proposals, as well as maximizing public revenues according to raising the price of a barrel of oil from 42 dollars to 45, thus reducing the deficit to more than 57%, i.e. less than 30 trillion.

He pointed out that there are other articles that remained pending, and usually remain for the last days in relation to the reduction and the transfer between the chapters, the inclusion of the budget, job grades, if any, and the region’s share.

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Parliamentary Finance: The budget will be ready for voting next Monday

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Economy News _ Baghdad

The Parliamentary Finance Committee clarified, on Friday, that all the difficulties that went through auditing the country’s general budget, except for the share of Kurdistan, have been overcome, pointing out that next Monday’s session in which the budget will be ready for voting, especially after a meeting that will be held tomorrow between the leaders of the political blocs and the committee.

“The budget is currently in its recent negotiations, and most of the financial allocations have been agreed upon, except for the share of the Kurdistan region,” said a member of the committee, Representative Jamal Cougar, in a press.

He added, “The next meetings of the committee will discuss non-oil revenues such as collection and income taxes such as mobile phone taxes and others.”

Cougar stressed, “Next Monday’s session will be the budget ready to vote pending the completion of the meeting of leaders of political blocs with the Finance Committee in order to agree to pass it and determine the proportion of the Kurdistan region in it.


Parliamentary Finance resolves the date for approving the budget and identifies 3 points of contention

Time: 01/28/2021 22:25:51

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Parliamentary Finance Committee decided, on Thursday, to approve the budget, while identifying 3 points of contention in it.

The committee’s reporter, Ahmed Al-Saffar, said in a televised interview, “We have reached the end of discussing the draft federal budget law for 2021, and 3 outstanding issues will be resolved, including the transfers.” 

He stressed, “There is no deduction in salaries and instead of income tax,” noting that “the region’s share, transfers and job grades are the most prominent obstacles in the draft law;

Al-Saffar referred to “a governmental agreement and to a parliamentary extent regarding the” SOMO “company and the Ministry of Natural Resources, but parties, blocs and representatives of political agendas want to put up barriers and obstacles to the agreement. 

And that “the Ministry of Oil prefers to receive 250 thousand barrels from the region at a price {sumo}, because they sell oil for less than 9 to 11 dollars.”

Al-Saffar concluded, “The exchange rate is within the authority of the Central Bank and has been changed under pressure from the Ministry of Finance and the International Monetary and the World Bank for loans that are not equal to oil revenues. And

raising the exchange rate to 1450 dinars is a wrong decision and the speculators benefit from it and harm the citizen.”

Wafa Al-Fatlawi


In his first call, Blinken informs Iraq of the continuation of the strategic dialogue


Fouad Hussein

Anthony Blinken

2021-01-28 15:19

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Shafaq News / The new US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken confirmed to his Iraqi counterpart, Fouad Hussein, on Thursday, that the strategic dialogue sessions will continue between the two countries.

This came in the first phone call Blinken made with Hussein since he took office a few days ago.

The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Blinken stressed the importance of continuing discussions within the framework of the strategic dialogue between the two governments.

He indicated that the new administration is interested in bilateral relations between the two countries, and that his ministry will build the pillars of dialogue on the basis of the continuity of the path that was reached in the previous rounds of strategic dialogue, and build on those results. 

Minister Blinken expressed his “condolences to the families of the victims of the two terrorist incidents in the capital, Baghdad, and the province of Salah al-Din.” 

“The Biden administration stands with the government and people of Iraq in the fight against terrorism with strength,” he said. 

For his part, Hussain expressed his congratulations to Minister Blinken on his assumption of this important position in the new administration and wished him progress and success.

He stressed the importance of starting dialogue sessions, and the need to reach clear understandings in relations between Baghdad and Washington, in the context of strengthening ties and in the interest of the Iraqi and American peoples. 

The two ministers also discussed a number of issues in the region and regional stability. 

Hussein stated that the Iraqi government’s continuous efforts aimed at removing tension from the Iraqi arena, pointing out that regional conflicts and international tensions between some countries in the region negatively affect the internal Iraqi situation.

From this standpoint and awareness of its dimensions, Hussein looks forward to joint work with his American counterpart and foreign ministers of some governments in the countries of Iraq’s geographical neighborhood to reduce tensions and conflicts on the regional environment, all of which requires new understandings and constant communication. 

For his part, the American Secretary referred to the US support for the Iraqi economy and the strengthening of partnership and economic interaction in various sectors. He pointed to the coordination between the two governments regarding confronting the Coronavirus, and addressed the security and political situation of the countries of the region and the role of the United States in it in the future. 

At the end of the phone call, Minister Blinken stressed the importance of communication, looking forward to a meeting with Minister Fouad Hussein in the near future, according to the statement.


Finally, the 2021 budget is ready for approval in Parliament


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2021 budget

2021-01-28 15:16

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Shafaq News / A representative source said, on Thursday, that the draft General Budget Law for 2021 is ready for voting in Parliament.

The source told Shafaq News Agency, “The budget law has become ready for voting in the House of Representatives after amendments were made to some articles of the law and the deficit was reduced by 50% after it was 71 trillion dinars.”

He added that “the Parliamentary Finance Committee will, next week, distribute copies of the revised draft of the Maronite law to the heads of political blocs 24 hours before the date of the voting session on the budget law.”

The source pointed out that “next Monday is the day set for resuming parliamentary sessions and voting on the budget law.”

Next Tuesday falls on the second of February, the last day of the legislative term of the House of Representatives after it has been extended for a month, and that Wednesday is the first day of the start of the legislative recess of the House of Representatives, and the House has not announced whether it will extend the separation to vote on the budget or enter the holiday.


Plasschaert: The government of Iraq asked the UN Security Council to protect the elections and we are awaiting their response


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2021-01-28 09:32

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Shafaq News / Jalil Khalaf, Chairman of the Board of Commissioners of the Independent High Electoral Commission in Iraq, announced, on Thursday, the distribution of 12 million electoral cards, indicating that more than 14 million citizens have registered their electoral data.

The representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq revealed a request submitted by the Iraqi government to the UN Security Council regarding the protection of the integrity of the elections.

Khalaf said in a press conference attended by the Shafaq News Agency correspondent; “Iraq is on the verge of elections, the first of its kind in the country’s history, indicating that Iraq will be divided into 83 electoral districts.”

He continued; Chair of the Commission; That the new electoral system differs from the previous system, and that division of districts may be easier for the commission’s work.

He added, “The Commission has participated in the United Nations office in preparing the timetable for the progress of technical and logistical procedures.”

He stated that the Electoral Commission extended the registration period for political alliances of the blocs wishing to participate.

Khalaf indicated that the number of distributed cards is 12 million cards, indicating that the number of voters registered 14 million and 869 thousand voters, while three new births were registered in the elections.

With regard to the elections abroad, Half said that the Commission is communicating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Health to ensure the safety of the commissioners in the countries where the elections are to be held, pointing out that there is a plan in this regard.

He pointed out that 52 embassies and 19 international organizations expressed their desire to monitor the parliamentary elections in Iraq.

In turn, Jenin Blashardt, the representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Iraq, indicated that the elections are one of the biggest challenges facing us and requires a real nail for all efforts, indicating that the commission is a responsible party for ensuring the smooth and fair elections.

Plasschaert continued; There are many Iraqis requesting to participate in the election process, while the Iraqi government has submitted a request to the UN Security Council to protect the integrity of the elections.

She said this could be done in different ways; We have supervision and monitoring, as monitoring is the cornerstone of the international community’s presence in the elections.

And she added that this is exactly what the Iraqi government requested from the Security Council, and she explained that the Security Council has not taken any decision on its participation in the Iraqi elections, so we are awaiting the Security Council’s decision.

While the UN representative in Iraq indicated that monitoring the election process is taking place in many countries and its aim is to protect the integrity of the elections and the dimensions of the role of weapons and money.

She emphasized that the election process is led by Iraq, and the United Nations cannot play the role of the commissioner.


The President of the Republic receives a written message from the King of Jordan

Political | 04:32 – 01/28/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News

, President of the Republic Barham Salih, on Thursday, at the Peace Palace in Baghdad, received Jordanian Prime Minister Bishr Al-Khasawneh, in the presence of the foreign ministers of the two countries.

At the outset of the meeting, the Prime Minister conveyed the greetings of King Abdullah II to the President of the Republic and handed him a written message from the King, while the President and the Prime Minister loaded his greetings to his brother King Abdullah, and bilateral relations between the two countries were discussed.

Barham Salih affirmed keenness to advance the frameworks of bilateral cooperation between the two countries, and Iraq’s aspiration to build advanced relations and raise the level of cooperation with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in all fields to serve the common interests of the two brotherly peoples, and to move towards broader horizons by strengthening the understandings and protocols agreed upon between the two countries.

He noted the importance of pursuing tripartite coordination between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt, to build strategic cooperation relations based on common interests, to confront the challenges of terrorism and extremism, reduce regional tensions and crises, and create a system for peace and stability in the region.