KRG CANCELS BAGHDAD TRIP AS BUDGET NEGOTIATIONS STALL AHEAD OF VOTE

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SULAIMANI — An expected trip to Baghdad by a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) negotiating delegation was scrapped on Wednesday (February 24) because neither side appeared willing to compromise about their budget demands.

NRT reporter Omed Muhammed said that he surveyed the lawmakers who sit on the Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee and they said that everything is settled in the draft 2021 Federal Budget Law, expect where it concerns the Kurdistan Region.

On Tuesday night, a spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi said in a statement that the Kurdistan Region’s share is the main obstacle preventing passage of the bill.

A final vote on the legislation has been pushed back three times already because of the failure of Baghdad and Erbil to come to an agreement.

Over the weekend, MPs said that there would likely be a vote on Thursday, but it could be pushed back again.

KRG Spokesperson Jotiar Adil said in a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the KRG remains confident that an agreement can be reached.

Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) Spokesperson Mahmoud Muhammed said that a delegation from his party would go to Baghdad to meet with officials from the Shia and Sunni parties in an effort to break the deadlock.

(NRT Digital Media)

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Member of the Democratic Party: The Kurdish negotiating delegation provided all the facilities to agree on the budget

Time: 02/24/2021 20:29:49 Read: 1,677 times

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} A member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party, Repin Salam, announced on Wednesday that the Kurdish negotiating delegation had provided all facilities to agree on the region’s share in the 2021 budget.

Salam said {to Euphrates News} that “optimism must always be the approach of the Kurdish democracy, and on the ground there are points that call for this optimism, including postponing early elections and ending the political auctions that followed them.”

He added, “US President Joe Biden also called Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazimi, according to the White House statement, which stressed the necessity of the Baghdad-Erbil agreement, in addition to Baghdad and Erbil being subjected to missile attacks.”

Salam added, “Baghdad did not abide by the provisions of Article 10 of the 2019 federal budget for the region’s share, and the salaries of employees were not paid for five months.”

“The Kurdish delegation provided all facilities, and we hope that the 2021 budget will be fair to all provinces,” concluded the member of the Kurdistan Democratic Party.

The head of the Kurdish negotiating delegation, the deputy head of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Qubad Talabani, confirmed that negotiations will continue in Baghdad to solve the problems and ensure the financial dues for the region in the federal financial budget for 2021.

Talabani said in a press statement, that he “informed all parties of the need to adhere to the law and the constitution,” Pointing out that “the Kurdistan Regional Government is committed to its duties in exchange for providing all financial dues and salaries of employees.”

The delegation of the Kurdistan region, headed by Talabani, had launched a new round of negotiations last Monday in Baghdad over the region’s share in the draft federal budget law for 2021.

Wafa al-Fatlawi.

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The Minister of Finance announces measures to support the effects of changing the exchange … and discusses the White Paper procedures

Time: 02/24/2021 16:38:52 Read: 5,096 times

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The Minister of Finance, Ali Abdul Amir Allawi, chaired, on Wednesday, an expanded meeting to discuss the goals achieved by changing the currency exchange rate.

According to the ministerial statement, the Euphrates News received a copy of it, that “during the meeting, a review and discussion of the positive effects of changing the exchange rate of the dinar against the dollar and the effect of that step on rebalancing the Iraqi economic reality burdened with challenges and obstacles and protecting it from the risk of collapse.”

He added, “The meeting also discussed mechanisms to change the investment environment, support the private sector, and support industry and agriculture in line with corrective measures for the course of the national economy.”

The statement continued, “The meeting also discussed the encouraging measures related to the work of the banking sector and its contribution to providing support to the various productive sectors. As well as procedures for automating the tax and customs system and simplifying all administrative processes in line with the adoption of the White Paper, and the Minister listened to most of the problems raised by representatives of the private sector and industrialists. “. 

Allawi stressed during the meeting, “the ministry has taken several measures in support of the effects of changing the exchange rate and continues to work on translating it effectively to protect the poor classes, in conjunction with the approaching vote of the House of Representatives on the draft of the general budget bill.”

It is noteworthy that the meeting took place in the presence of the representatives of the ministries of finance and planning, the advisor to the office of the prime minister, Abd al-Hussein al-Anbaki, the financial advisor to the Ministry of Finance, a number of directors general, heads of bodies and a group of representatives of the private sector and industrialists.

Wafa Al-Fatlawi

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Al-Bakhati: Most of the budget chapters have been decided, and we are at the end of its draft

Time: 02/24/2021 22:17:02 Read: 585 times

Representative of the Iraqi Alliance and the Parliamentary Services and Reconstruction Committee, Jassim Al-Bakhati to the Euphrates: The

budget carries a set of problems and pitfalls, and the Parliamentary Finance Committee has been working to overcome them. We

collided with a set of budget problems, including the failure to allocate job grades for the unemployed and graduates. 

There are three partners in the budget: The government, the people, and the House of Representatives

most of the budget doors We settled at the end of the draft budget law and will be presented to the House of Representatives

there are two teams Mtsaraan in the House of Representatives pass the budget on  the

objectors stop when the issue of the region ‘s repeated

financial allocations that went by the government to the provinces was 2 trillion rose to 4 trillion dinars to each province

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Saleh: There is cautious optimism that reveals real GDP projections for 2021

Time: 02/24/2021 18:05:30 Read: 2,184 times

{Baghdad: Al Furat News} The financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, confirmed, on Wednesday, that there is optimism about the recovery of the Iraqi economy accompanied by caution, while revealing the real GDP in 2021 according to expectations.

Saleh said {for the Euphrates News} that “the Iraqi economy has begun the recovery phase and growth rates will be positive this year, after the contraction of real GDP by an estimated 11% in 2020, and expectations confirm today that Iraq will reach this output to 3% in 2021. “.

Saleh promised, these indicators are “good … it stops the deterioration and moves the wheel of the Iraqi economy, works to reduce unemployment and supplies sectors in general, especially since we have two positive events that lie in the improvement of oil revenues and agriculture, especially food security in the issue of grains.”

He added, “Improving agricultural and oil revenues will work to move the Iraqi economy for the next ten years, and get out of the bottleneck for 2020; there is optimism with caution.”

The Corona (Covid-19) pandemic and the sharp decline in oil revenues further exacerbated long-term economic vulnerabilities in Iraq, as real GDP contracted by an estimated 11% in 2020, reflecting the slowdown in non-oil activity and oil production cuts as a result of OPEC decisions. +. According to the International Monetary Fund 

, the large deficit in public finances and the external current account of 20% and 16% of GDP, respectively, restricted the government’s ability to respond effectively in terms of public finances to the crisis.

In its report, the International Monetary Fund emphasized, there is a need for a comprehensive package of short-term economic policies based on a reliable financial strategy to overcome the health crisis, ensure economic stability, and protect vulnerable groups.

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Barzani to the US ambassador: We want correct and effective relations with Baghdad on the basis of the constitution

Kurdistan Region

Nechirvan Barzani

2021-02-24 10:17

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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, during his meeting with the US ambassador to Iraq, today, Wednesday, considered the strategic dialogue “an important framework for the sustainability of relations,” stressing Erbil’s readiness to establish correct and effective relations with Baghdad.

A statement by the presidency of the region received by Shafaq News stated that “Barzani received today, the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller,” noting that “during the meeting, the two sides discussed the latest security and political developments in Iraq and the attacks on Erbil and then on Balad and Baghdad.”

The statement added that “the two sides stressed the importance and necessity of coordination between the concerned parties in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and the continuation of cooperation and support provided by the international coalition to confront terrorism and protect peace and stability.”

The statement indicated that “the American ambassador expressed his country’s commitment to continuing the US-Iraqi strategic dialogue,” noting that “Barzani considered the strategic dialogue as an important framework for the sustainability of relations between America, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.”

The statement continued, “Barzani reiterated that the Kurdistan Region desires correct and effective relations with the federal government and is ready to solve his problems with him on the basis of the principles of the constitution.”

The statement also indicated that “the meeting witnessed a discussion of the situation in the Kurdistan Region and the importance of the parties’ lineup, the latest developments in the outbreak of the Corona virus, the efforts to provide vaccines and the upcoming Iraqi elections, the cooperation of the United Nations and the international community in this regard, and the agreement between Erbil and Baghdad to normalize the situation in Sinjar, the situation in the Nineveh Plain, and a number of other issues.” Of common interest. ”

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Barzani to the US ambassador: We want correct and effective relations with Baghdad on the basis of the constitution

Kurdistan Region

Nechirvan Barzani

2021-02-24 10:04

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Shafaq News / The President of Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, during his meeting with the US ambassador to Iraq, today, Wednesday, considered the strategic dialogue “an important framework for the sustainability of relations,” stressing Erbil’s readiness to establish correct and effective relations with Baghdad.

A statement by the presidency of the region received by Shafaq News stated that “Barzani received today, the US ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Toller,” noting that “during the meeting, the two sides discussed the latest security and political developments in Iraq and the attacks on Erbil and then on Balad and Baghdad.”

The statement added that “the two sides stressed the importance and necessity of coordination between the concerned parties in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region and the continuation of cooperation and support provided by the international coalition to confront terrorism and protect peace and stability.”

The statement indicated that “the American ambassador expressed his country’s commitment to continuing the US-Iraqi strategic dialogue,” noting that “Barzani considered the strategic dialogue as an important framework for the sustainability of relations between America, Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.”

The statement continued, “Barzani reiterated that the Kurdistan Region desires correct and effective relations with the federal government and is ready to solve his problems with him on the basis of the principles of the constitution.”

The statement also indicated that “the meeting witnessed a discussion of the situation in the Kurdistan Region and the importance of the parties’ lineup, the latest developments in the outbreak of the Corona virus, the efforts to provide vaccines and the upcoming Iraqi elections, the cooperation of the United Nations and the international community in this regard, and the agreement between Erbil and Baghdad to normalize the situation in Sinjar, the situation in the Nineveh Plain, and a number of other issues.” Of common interest. ”

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The Kurdistan Regional Government expects an imminent agreement regarding its budget share

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Kurdistan Region

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The financial budget

2021-02-24 07:48

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Shafaq News / The Kurdistan Regional Government expected, on Wednesday, that it would reach an imminent agreement regarding its share in the federal financial budget for the current year.

“Discussions are continuing with Baghdad regarding the region’s share in the budget,” government spokesman Gutiar Adel said in a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting in Erbil.

He added, “We want to agree with Baghdad not to secure the salaries of employees only, but to provide job opportunities for youth and new graduates.”

Adel pointed out that “if the need arises, the KRG delegation will head to Baghdad again,” adding, “We expect to reach an agreement soon with Baghdad in this regard.”

He said, “The political parties must take into account that failure to reach an agreement will harm the whole of Iraq and not the Kurdistan Region alone.”

And on the draft financial budget for the Kurdistan Region, Adel said that “in the near future, we will finish preparing the draft budget.”

He added that “all ministries in the region have sent their data to the Council of Ministers, and I expect to complete the draft law within ten days to send it to the regional parliament for discussion and voting on it.”

“We consider preparing the budget as part of the reform project, and adding more transparency to the government’s revenues and expenditures,” Adel added.

Regarding the recent restrictions to fight Corona, which were issued by the Ministry of Interior yesterday, Tuesday, he said that “the recent decisions issued regarding confronting the Corona virus are not final measures. Rather, the committee will meet soon to assess the situation and issue other decisions in light of the epidemiological situation.”

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Al-Rasheed begins distributing MasterCard (Al-Nakheel) cards to defense personnel

Editing date: 2/24/2021 12:46 • 67 times read

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Al-Rasheed Bank, on Wednesday, began issuing MasterCard (Al-Nakheel) cards to employees of the Ministry of Defense, in Nineveh.

The bank said in a statement. “Today, MasterCard (Al-Nakheel) cards have started to be distributed to the first, fifteenth, sixteenth and twenty divisions at the Ministry of Defense.”

The bank added, “The bank’s special teams distributed all MasterCard cards (Al-Nakheel) to all formations of the Sixteenth Infantry Division of the Nineveh Operations Command.”

The bank added that “the special teams will proceed to distribute the remaining cards to the remaining employees of the above teams, and their national salaries within the Rasheed Bank, respectively.”

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Continuing negotiations over the share of Kurdistan … Kurdish parliamentarians rule out holding a parliament session this week

Political | 02:44 – 24/02/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News,

from the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan bloc in the House of Representatives, MP Rizan Sheikh Delir, excluded, on Wednesday, the holding of the House of Representatives session this week, pointing out that negotiations will continue regarding the region’s share of the federal budget for 2021.

Representative Rizan Sheikh Delir explained, according to media Her party, that “negotiations will continue until an agreement is reached on the region’s share in the federal budget,” excluding “holding a session of Parliament this week.”

She added: “The council will meet after completing all the paragraphs of the fiscal budget for 2021.” Ended 29 / A43

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