Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on Tuesday congratulated the people of Kurdistan in the Kurdish language on the occasion of the Norouz holidays.
“I would like to congratulate the people of Kurdistan on the occasion of Nowruz by saying, ‘Every Nawroz and you are well and I hope that next year will be better than the previous year,'” Abadi said during the weekly conference.
On Tuesday, the University of Nahrain held a scientific symposium entitled “Role of the Central Bank of Iraq in the settlement of salaries”, in the presence of the Director of Payments Department in the Central Bank, Subhi Abdul Karim, the financial and economic adviser to the Association of Iraqi Private Banks Samir Nusairi and a number of professors and specialists in economic affairs.
The financial adviser of the Association of Iraqi Private Banks Samir Nusairi, during the seminar, which was attended by “Economy News”, that the process of settling salaries is to enhance financial inclusion, which is a key objective in the strategy of the Central Bank for the years 2016-2020, noting that this project in fact to increase the prevalence In the next three years to about 30%, which means increasing the number of bank accounts by a large percentage.
He added that “the achievement of financial inclusion is linked to the strengthening of confidence in the Iraqi banking sector and attract home-based deposits, which exceed 77% of the total market cash volume of 48 trillion dinars, in addition to the creation of modern banking products that enhance customer confidence in the banking sector.”
For her part, the Director of Payments Department at the Central Bank, Subhi Abdul Karim, said that the Central Bank to develop a strategy on the subject of settling salaries to shift to electronic payment through the settlement of salaries of employees to be an effective tool in the transfer of e-culture culture of the community, indicating that the project will follow other projects aimed at Conversion of houses to banks to build reliable financial institutions in the next stage of investment.
“The central bank, in cooperation with government and private banks, will hold a week of financial coverage in the last week of April to introduce citizens to the importance of financial inclusion and to encourage participants to provide modern banking services to all segments of society.”
The Parliamentary Committee of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, the MP of the Kurdistan Alliance, Ahmad Hama, told the correspondent “Sputnik” in Iraq, on Tuesday, 20 March, on the amount of funds sent by the federal government to pay the salaries of Peshmerga forces of the Kurdistan region.
Hama assured our agency, that the Iraqi federal government, sent an amount of 317 billion Iraqi dinars, to the Kurdistan region, to spend on the salaries of employees of all ministries, including Peshmerga forces.
He explained that the amount of 35 billion dinars allocated to the Peshmerga forces, noting that “the agreement with the center, was to spend the salaries of the ministries of health and education only, but changed overnight, and Baghdad sent the full funds to all ministries.”The decision of the Finance Committee in the Iraqi parliament, MP from the Kurdistan Alliance for the mass of the Islamic Group, at the end of his speech, to the existence of a political agreement or what he called “cook”, resulting in the federal government to pay the salaries of all the employees of the region in all ministries, not only health and education.
“The Federal Ministry of Finance will pay the salaries of all employees of the Kurdistan region, including the Peshmerga forces, with the emphasis on continuing audit to ensure that salaries reach the beneficiaries,” a statement by the Iraqi prime minister said on Monday (March 19th).
The official spokesman of the Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan Region, Khalis Qadir, said in a statement to correspond with us, on March 2, that the commissions sent by the federal government to the region has gone a long way in resolving the outstanding issues between the parties.
He explained that the competent committees of the federal government, which works to audit the salaries of employees of the Kurdistan region, so far completed more than 96% of the instructions entrusted to it.
The official spokesman of the Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan Region, Khalas Qadir, in a special statement to the ” Sputnik ” in Iraq , on February 5, that the volume of funds salaries of employees of the Ministry of Health in the Kurdistan region for the month of January, about 50 billion Iraqi dinars, because the total staffing of the staff is 52 thousand employees.
“The Iraqi government has sent 317 billion dinars to the Kurdistan region, and this money is for all ministries, including the Ministry of Peshmerga and security forces, and not only the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government, after the arrival of salaries from the center, And health “.
The ministry added that the Kurdistan Regional Government needs 900 billion dinars, to distribute the salaries of all ministries without the system of saving the salaries of employees.
According to the Ministry of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan region, the salaries of employees of the Ministry of Health, Municipalities, Tourism, Interior, Martyrs, Martyrs and Anfal families, and political, financial and sexual prisoners will be distributed on Monday and Tuesday during this week.
The Cabinet held its regular session Tuesday, March 20, 2018 under the chairmanship of the Prime Minister, Dr. Haider Abadi.
The council voted on a draft of the cooperation project in the field of finance and insurance with the Chinese government side.
The system of missions, fellowships and financial assistance was voted on.
The Cabinet voted on the registration of diplomatic vehicles.
Also voted on the draft law abrogating law no. 127 of 1981, the law of ratification of the Arab Labor Convention No. 10 of 1979 on paid study leave and Arab Recommendation No. 3 of 1979 attached thereto.
The Council voted on the draft law for the ratification of the basic cooperation agreement between the Government of the Republic of Iraq and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (undp).
During the meeting, the Cabinet reviewed a report on the launching of reconstruction activities, whether through the plan of action to restore stability or through the data of the Kuwait Conference.
A bill to regulate the limits of excreta for agricultural land and orchards was also voted on.
He also presented a report on the completion of the chemical weapons destruction program in Iraq.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Tuesday called on all concerned in the Kurdistan Region to monitor the distribution of salaries to the employees of the region.
“I call on everyone in the Kurdistan region to monitor the distribution of salaries to citizens,” Abadi said at the weekly press conference.
“Abadi said that” the imposition of the authority of the federal government in the Kurdistan region is in the interest of the Kurdish citizen, “he said.
The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region announced on Monday that it received the amount of 371 billion and 540 million and 465 thousand Iraqi dinars from the Central Bank of Iraq for the salaries of employees and workers in the region, including the Peshmerga forces, indicating that the Ministry of Finance and Economy in Kurdistan can not secure the salaries of all employees, Has been approved from the share of the province in the federal budget for the current year.
The Federal Ministry of Finance has recently announced the launch of salaries of all employees of the Kurdistan Region, including salaries of the Peshmerga forces, stressing the continued scrutiny to ensure that salaries reach the beneficiaries.
The Ministry of Finance and Economy in the Kurdistan Regional Government announced on Sunday, Sunday, the distribution of salaries of employees of the Ministry of Education for the month of November 2017, both inside and outside cities, indicating that after the holiday of Norrouz will resume the salaries of other ministries.
A cargo plane carrying electronic devices coming from the UAE landing at the airport and another heading to Jordan in the first international flights since Baghdad lifted the ban on the airports of Kurdistan.
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The return of life
Sulaymaniyah (Iraq) – resumed the Sulaymaniyah airport in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq on Tuesday, international shipping after a week of lifting the ban imposed by federal authorities in Baghdad six months ago on the airports of the province.
The correspondent said that a cargo plane carrying electronic equipment arrived in Sulaymaniyah on Tuesday afternoon coming from Sharjah in the UAE.
“At 1315 local time (1015 GMT), an Iraqi Airways plane also left for the Jordanian capital of Amman carrying 39 passengers,” the director of information at Sulaymaniyah airport Dana Mohammed said.
Mohammed confirmed that this is the “first international flights” since the lifting of the embargo on Baghdad airports Erbil and Sulaymaniyah.
The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi decided last Tuesday to reopen airports Erbil and Sulaymaniyah in Iraqi Kurdistan to international flights, after six months of the embargo, and after the approval of the territorial government to subject them to the authority of the federal government.
The Iraqi government imposed a ban on international flights from Erbil and Sulaymaniyah airports to the end of September, days after a referendum on the independence of Kurdistan, which Baghdad considered illegal.
Baghdad has also decided to close land border crossings in the region, and sent troops to regain control of areas controlled by the Kurdish Peshmerga forces for years, especially during the chaos that followed the attack of the Islamic State Organization in June 2014.
Among these areas was Kirkuk, which led to the loss of the region oil resources under his control in that province.
The extension of the embargo has contributed to Erbil’s financial turmoil, especially since the Kurdish region is suffering from a financial crisis caused initially by the decline in oil prices and later exacerbated by the punitive measures taken by the Iraqi government in response to the referendum on secession.
Earlier reports had revealed that the ban had cost the Kurdistan region considerable losses. The number of passengers traveling through the two airports dropped by 72 percent.At Erbil International Airport, flights in the past years ranged from 50 to 60 daily flights, but now it has been reduced to only five to six domestic flights.
It is estimated that the number of passengers through the Sulaymaniyah airport before the ban by one thousand and five hundred passengers decreased in turn to 350 passengers only, and caused a significant decline in the number of passengers financial region losses of $ 400 thousand per day.
According to these reports, the number of flights launched from Erbil airport in 2016 amounted to 13 thousand and 883 flights, and at Sulaymaniyah airport, the number of 5 thousand and 89 trips, 33% of the total flights from Iraq.