MasterCard honors Doha Bank as the fastest growing partner in payment gateway services

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Doha Bank, one of Qatar’s largest commercial banks, has been recognized by MasterCard as the fastest growing partner in MasterCard Payment Gateway Services in recognition of the bank’s pioneering efforts in accelerating the adoption and use of digital payments in the country.
Mastercard’s secure and reliable payment platform provides partners with advanced technology solutions for payment processing and fraud prevention while enabling merchants to easily and securely accept a variety of digital payment methods around the world.
Furthermore, MasterCard Payment Gateway contributes to the growth of secure and seamless e-commerce for shoppers and businesses alike. As the current pandemic has contributed to a large number of shoppers switching to digital shopping, nearly two-thirds of consumers in the Middle East and Africa are now shopping online, a rate far exceeding the number of shoppers in the pre-pandemic period.
On this occasion, Ms. Nadia Al Ghassassi, Area Manager for Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Iraq at Mastercard, said: “As one of our strategic partners in Qatar, Doha Bank has succeeded in integrating the MasterCard payment gateway into its payments infrastructure. For this reason, we are pleased to honor them today for being one of our fastest growing MasterCard Payment Gateway Services partners in the country. At MasterCard, we are committed to working with our partners to enhance and consolidate our relationship with them and to develop payment systems on e-commerce platforms on a regional and global level, whether online, in person or via mobile. Therefore, our innovative payment solutions provide users with safe, reliable and smart ways to pay.” The partnership between MasterCard and Doha Bank encourages business growth and enhances merchants’ confidence in the post-pandemic era, which further supports and advances the payments sector in the Qatari market.
Brik Al Marri, Head of Retail Banking Group at Doha Bank, said: “Doha Bank is delighted to receive this recognition from MasterCard, the trusted partner in innovative technology around the world. Together, we look forward to accelerating the development and enhancement of digital payment systems to create a cashless society by providing our customers with a seamless and simple banking experience.”


Erbil Airport Director to Shafak News: No damages as a result of the bombing and flights stop for two hours

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Shafaq News/ The director of Erbil International Airport, Ahmed Hoshyar, revealed on Saturday, the safety of the airport from any damage after its surroundings were bombed by drones.

Hoshyar told Shafaq News Agency that air traffic will stop for the next two hours as a result of the bombing.

The Kurdistan Counter-Terrorism Service announced, earlier today, that Erbil International Airport was bombed by a booby-trapped drone.

The airport has been subject to repeated attacks targeting a military base of the international coalition forces inside the airport, often launched by Iraqi militias linked to Iran.

The fight against terrorism announces that Erbil International Airport was bombed by booby-trapped drones

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Shafaq News/ The Counter-Terrorism Service in Kurdistan Region announced on Saturday that Erbil International Airport was bombed by a booby-trapped drone.

The agency said in a brief statement that it will publish more information about the attack at a later time.

The airport has been subject to repeated attacks targeting a military base of the international coalition forces inside the airport, often launched by Iraqi militias linked to Iran.

In numbers and details.. the 2022 budget and a precedent that did not happen before

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In numbers and details.. the 2022 budget and a precedent that did not happen before

{Economist: Al-Furat News} The financial advisor to the Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, revealed the completion of the draft federal budget bill for 2022.

Mazhar Muhammad Salih said in a press statement, “The financial authority represented by the Federal Ministry of Finance is close to completing the preparation of the draft federal budget bill for 2022,” noting that “the Budget Strategic Committee and through its meetings held in more than 24 meetings throughout the year, I have concluded that the spending ceiling in the 2022 budget will not exceed the spending ceiling in the 2021 budget, and if there is an increase, it is likely to be 10%.”
He added, “The only thing that has been updated in the 2022 budget, is that the price of a barrel of oil will be around $50 per barrel, as announced by the Minister of Finance, and there are non-oil revenues that are supposed to increase, and therefore the assumed deficit that was proven in the 2021 budget is up to 29 trillion dinars.” It is expected that it will decrease to 18-20 trillion dinars, which will lead to a decrease in the deficit and an increase in revenues.”
He pointed out that “this budget may be legitimate if it is submitted to the Council of Ministers before the government enters the stage of conducting business, or Parliament suspends its work,” noting that “according to the available information, the draft budget is prepared and will be submitted in the near future.”
And he indicated that “the budget was dealt with with high impartiality and outside political disputes, and enjoys high transparency, and that it included applications of the reform white paper, especially with regard to diversifying non-oil sources, addressing waste and unnecessary expenditures, and directing expenditures correctly,” he said.
Saleh added, however, that “the 2022 budget can be more balanced, stable, and open to investments more broadly than the 2021 budget, and its coming after Covid 19 also has accounts,” noting that “it is certain that the endeavors to complete the draft budget are devoid of any political interests.” On the grounds that it tends here and there, and among its principles is social justice and the fair distribution of income as much as possible.
He stressed that “it was prepared without any political pressure, because the government is basically independent by nature, and outside of political pressure, and I am confident that it was prepared with high professionalism outside of any political biases, and that the days will prove that,” noting that “the share of the Kurdistan Region when assessed, It will be taken with high justice, realism, and harmony consistent with the national unity of Iraq.”
And Finance Minister Ali Allawi had announced on August 26 last, today, Thursday, the completion of the preparation of the 2022 budget, and that it will be presented within 3 weeks in the Council of Ministers,” noting that “the price of a barrel of oil in the 2022 budget will be $50.”
It is noteworthy that the government specified in this budget In 2021, the price of a barrel of oil is based on $ 42 per barrel and an export rate of 3.25 million barrels per day, but Parliament calculated it at a price of up to $ 45, using the Iraqi currency in evaluating the price of a barrel instead of the dollar, which ended a major political debate about restoring government support to the value of the dinar. Iraq against the dollar.
With regard to the Kurdistan region, the budget obligated the region to pay at least 250 thousand barrels per day from the production of oil fields in the Kurdistan region to the Iraqi government for export, in return for paying the salaries of employees working in the Kurdistan region, and settling the related dues between the two sides, after being audited by the Board of Financial Supervision. .

A series of explosions rocked the city of Erbil

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Shafaq News/ Shafaq News Agency correspondent reported that explosions were heard shortly before midnight on Saturday – Sunday in the city of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region.

The reporter said that the sounds of a series of explosions resounded in the city from the direction of Erbil Airport.

Shafaq News obtained a picture that appears to show an explosion from the airport.

A security source told Shafaq News Agency, that the information available to the security authorities indicates that missiles have occurred in the vicinity of Erbil Airport.

No further details were immediately available.

The airport has been subject to repeated attacks targeting a military base of the international coalition forces inside the airport, often launched by Iraqi militias linked to Iran.

Al-Kazemi is on an official visit to Tehran tomorrow, Sunday

Saturday 11 September 2021 | 07:29 PM

Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi will start an official visit to the Islamic Republic of Iran tomorrow, Sunday; He is accompanied by a high-level political and economic delegation to hold talks with senior officials in Tehran. And the Iranian news agency “IRNA” stated that, “During his upcoming visit to Tehran tomorrow, Al-Kazemi will hold talks with senior Iranian officials in various bilateral and international fields of common interest between the two countries.

Saleh: The world is looking forward to the Iraqi elections, and we want them to be able to achieve reform


Baghdad/ Al-Mawrid News
, the President of the Republic, Barham Salih, confirmed today, Saturday, that the world is looking forward to the Iraqi elections, and that the government is able to succeed in organizing them.
Saleh said in his speech during the “Islamic Day Against Violence against Women” conference, which was held in Baghdad, that “we want the October elections to achieve reform, and all political and social forces should support the voters’ choice in choosing their representatives.”
He added, “The world is looking forward to the Iraqi elections with interest,” noting that “Iraqis are looking forward to a strong state capable of realizing rights.”
The President of the Republic emphasized “the government’s ability to succeed in organizing the elections.”
Saleh pointed out that “our security forces, with their various formations, including the army, the popular crowd and the Peshmerga, are able to combat the remnants of ISIS.”

The Chief of the Kurdistan Region Presidency Office, Fawzi Hariri, receives the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Development Bank, Ziad Khalaf

Kurdistan Regional Office Chief Fawzi Hariri (right) and International Development Bank Board Chairman Ziad Khalaf Abdbanks

Economy News – Baghdad

The Chief of the Kurdistan Regional Office, Fawzi Hariri, received in his office in Erbil, Ziad Khalaf Abed, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Development Bank, in the context of strengthening partnerships and cooperation with financial institutions in the region.

During the meeting, Khalaf reviewed the most important achievements and developments at the level of the bank and the huge infrastructure of the bank, including its application of the controls and standards of the information technology system, which at the same time led to the bank obtaining the highest standards of classification and evaluation at the level of Iraqi banks despite all the challenges that the banking sector is going through. Iraq in general.

On the other hand, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Development Bank stressed to Hariri the bank’s keenness to cooperate with all the regional banks in the field of infrastructure development, activating advanced electronic payment systems and providing the best banking services in accordance with the digital financial technology that the bank has reached and with approved international standards and providing investment opportunities according to a future vision. And strategic directions to support all vital sectors and what the next stage requires.

At the end of the meeting, the President of the Kurdistan Regional Court, Fawzi Hariri, valued the active role played by the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Development Bank in managing and developing the institution to reach the ranks of banks in the regional and international countries, and thanked him for the spirit of constructive cooperation for work.

The International Development Bank signs the first memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to support the sports sector and provide opportunities for youth


Economy News – Baghdad

The International Development Bank signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to support the youth group in society.

The bank said in a statement received by “Al-Iqtisad News”, that “with blessed and unremitting efforts by the Minister of Youth and Sports and the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Development Bank, a ceremony was held today (yesterday) for the signing of the memorandum of understanding between the ministry and the bank.”

He added that the signing includes a “strategic partnership between them to support the youth sectors, which include the largest segment of society,” noting that “this is through activating the loans of the Central Bank’s initiative for small and medium projects to meet the needs of young people and reduce unemployment, in addition to developing the sports reality in Iraq and supporting the working administrative staff. in this sector.”

The statement explained that the support includes benefiting from “banking services and electronic payment technologies and contributing to activating the initiative of the Central Bank of Iraq for housing loans that the ministry intends to provide to its affiliated administrative bodies and formations and benefit from the advantages of settling salaries.”

He pointed out that there was “cooperation regarding the signing of an agreement on electronic collection of all fees and subscriptions related to the services of the Ministry of Youth and Sports throughout Iraq and joint cooperation in the fields of investing all youth forums affiliated with the Ministry of Youth through sister companies determined by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and having strategic partnerships with the bank for the purpose of rehabilitating, operating and managing it.

The government announces strict measures to prevent election fraud

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Baghdad – Mawazine News
, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced, on Saturday, that strict measures have been put in place to prevent election fraud.
Al-Kazemi said during the extraordinary session of the Council of Ministers, according to a statement by his media office, a copy of which was received by Mawazine News, “We are holding the extraordinary session today, due to the proximity of the parliamentary elections that will take place on their scheduled date on October 10, as well as the fortieth visit of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him). He indicated that “there are strict security measures that have been put in place to prevent any cases of penetration or attempts of fraud, and an international and international presence has been coordinated to give a higher percentage of the acceptance of the elections.”
He added, “Exactly after 29 days, the early parliamentary elections will be held, which represent the only solution to Iraq’s problems, and we will succeed in completing these elections and enhancing the people’s confidence in the political journey that cannot continue without that,” stressing “the completion of all the requirements of the electoral process, especially the issue of securing it.” and maintaining its integrity, under international supervision.
He pointed out: “We have provided all the needs of the Electoral Commission at the highest levels of financing, insurance and support, to ensure that the polls are conducted in a way that achieves the aspirations of the people, and I attended today in the Security Committee, and we made the first simulation; provinces.
Al-Kazemi continued, “We stressed to the nominated officials, including ministers, governors, and others, to completely prevent the use of state resources, and the commission is required to inform us of any exploitation of these resources, and I call on all candidates and political parties to fully commit to healthy competition.”
And Al-Kazemi said: “For our sake, for you, and for the sake of Iraq, we urge effective participation in the early elections, for our children deserve a better future and a decent life, and the time has come for them to enjoy a country free of corruption and injustice. Seriously fighting corruption and standing up to the corrupt.
He stressed: “We have allocated 80,000 visas for Islamic countries to participate in the Arbaeen ceremonies, and we direct the Cabinet Secretariat to expedite the notification of the decisions, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs should issue instructions to our embassies urgently, and direct the Ministry of Interior to take the necessary measures and facilitate them for the honorable visitors from all countries abroad, taking into account all The necessary health measures, and we wish safety for everyone, as they perform this visit in which the master of the youth of the people of Paradise and his family went without religion, reform and fighting corruption.”
He added: “A while ago, we attended the conference to combat violence against women, and we stressed the importance of women taking their role in the elections, because of their important position in society.” Ended 29/A43