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Butterfly Al-Kazemi and the US delegation discuss preparations for the next round of strategic dialogue
2021-07-15 | 05:27 Al-Kazemi and the US delegation discuss preparations for the next round of strategic dialogueAlsumaria news
Today, Thursday, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi discussed with the White House Coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa Brett McGurk and his accompanying delegation preparations for the next round of strategic dialogue.
The media office of the Prime Minister stated that “Al-Kazemi received the White House coordinator for the Middle East and North Africa, Brett McGurk and his accompanying delegation, and during the meeting, they discussed coordination and joint cooperation in various fields, and preparations for holding the next round of strategic dialogue between Iraq and the United States of America.”
The statement added, “Mechanisms for the withdrawal of combat forces from the area were discussed.” Iraq And the transition to a new stage of strategic cooperation that develops the relationship between the two countries and enhances security Iraq His Excellency, in addition to expanding cooperation in the economic, cultural and commercial fields, and in the field of health cooperation and confronting a pandemic Corona”.
He pointed out that, “during the meeting, regional situations were also discussed, and the region’s need to give precedence to the language of dialogue and calm, and the role of Iraq growing in this field. alsumaria.tv
butterfly The dollar continues to rise with the closure of the stock exchange in Baghdad markets
2021-07-15 08:37 Iraqi Dinar-DollarShafaq News/ The exchange rate of the dollar rose against the Iraqi dinar, on Thursday, with the closure of the main stock exchange in Baghdad.
Shafak News Agency reporter said; Al-Kifah and Al-Harithiya Central Stock Exchange closed in Baghdad at 147,900 Iraqi dinars for 100 US dollars.
While the price of the dollar this morning was 147,800 dinars, compared to 100 dollars.
Our correspondent noted; That the buying and selling prices stabilized in the banking shops in the local markets in Baghdad, where the selling price amounted to 148,250 Iraqi dinars, while the purchase prices amounted to 147,250 dinars per 100 US dollars. shafaq.com
butterfly With greater strength… Parliamentary Finance indicates the return of money smuggling to the currency sale auction
THURSDAY, 07-15-2021,PM 1:44 CBI US dollar, Iraqi dinarToday, Thursday, a member of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Jamal Cougar, revealed the return of “smuggling and laundering” of money through an auction by selling currency in the Central Bank “with greater force” after Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced last April to eliminate him.
Cougar said, “The auction that the Central Bank conducts daily is a major corruption,” noting that “the bills that are presented and the sales numbers that are announced are exaggerated, and they are more than the country’s needs, and they are money laundering and smuggling of hard currency to neighboring countries.”
Cougar added, “The House of Representatives had previously hosted the Central Bank and officials on the currency auction, and there was pressure on the government to stop it,” noting that “the Prime Minister announced at the time the elimination of corruption in the currency auction forever, but it was returned again and with greater force. Because the will does not exist, and because the country is open to political blocs and influential parties.”
Cougar explained that “Iraq is one of the few countries that conducts an auction of currency and is managed by the state, and it needs it because the state’s budget is spent in dinars and our resources come in dollars, and merchants need dollars to import goods from abroad, and therefore there must be an entity that does this work according to a certain mechanism.”
Pointing out that “the defect is not in the existence of the currency auction, but rather the dollar that is sold does not match the bills presented by traders and investors, as what is sold in the auction is profitable by some political parties and does not go to the right place,” according to Shafaq News Agency.
butterfly On April 11, 2021, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced the success of his government in stopping waste and corruption in what is known as the “notorious” currency auction.
Al-Kazemi said in a statement at the time, “Our measures to combat corruption continue despite the obstacles that some are trying to put in place, but we will continue without retreat.”
It is noteworthy that the accusations escalated regarding currency smuggling operations, which cast a shadow over the selling prices of the dollar in the local markets and led to an increase in its exchange rate.
While MPs demanded that the government take the initiative to stop the sale of currency in the Central Bank auctions, others stressed that Iraq is losing large sums of money as a result of daily smuggling outside the borders.
Observers say that despite the Central Bank’s sales of hard currency and its pumping into Iraqi markets through sales outlets, the value of goods imported into Iraq does not equal 30% of the value of the dollar consumed at the local level daily. non14.net
butterfly Muqtada al-Sadr announces his withdrawal and his movement from participating in the upcoming elections and raises his hand from the current government
2021-07-15 Muqtada al-Sadr announces his withdrawal and his movement from participating in the upcoming elections and raises his hand from the current governmentThe leader of the Sadrist movement, Muqtada al-Sadr, announced his withdrawal and his party from participating in the upcoming elections, as well as withdrawing his support from the current government. This came during a speech he delivered today.
Al-Sadr said, in his televised speech, “You have my love and my love, Iraq, the Iraq of my fathers and grandfathers, you have my soul and blood, the Iraq of glory and jihad. And they raised every agent in you, so that nothing remained in you but ruin, humiliation and humiliation, O my homeland, there is a calamity in you, but in you is a calamity and corruption, and it is no longer possible to erase or reduce it.”
He added: “Everyone colludes against you, so you benefit and harm you, and I do not want to be from them, nor with them, nor among them. God is obeyed, and when someone hurts you, he is disobeyed.”
Al-Sadr continued: “In order to preserve what is left of the homeland and to save the homeland that the corrupt have burned and are still burning, I announce that I will not participate in these elections, as the homeland is more important than all affiliations, and I announce that I withdraw my hand from all those belonging to this government and the following, and if they claim to belong to us, the Sadr family, everyone is either A minor, negligent, or boasts of corruption, and everyone is liable to account.”
butterfly He addressed the Iraqi people by saying: “Oh, the Iraqi people, today you are called to support Iraq against the corrupt, subordinationists and printmakers, and you should not sell your homeland to them at any price. The homeland is with heart and conscience, and we are not looking for a homeland because our homeland is alive and does not die, even if it is a prisoner of injustice and distress. The fate of Iraq will be the same as the fate of Syria, Afghanistan and other countries that have fallen victim to internal, regional and international policies.
Al-Sadr concluded by saying: “Brothers, I am not one who shirks responsibility, but what is happening in Iraq and within an international satanic scheme to humiliate, kneel and burn the people for fear of the arrival of reform lovers who will remove corruption for the love of the country, but we are not kneeling, we kneel to God, so let them take all positions and chairs. And let them leave our homeland, and we wish these elections success and the arrival of all the righteous, and that the corrupt will be removed.” burathanews.com
butterfly The Minister of Oil discusses with the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources prospects for strengthening bilateral relations. And the outputs of the triple top / expanded
Thursday 15 July 2021 14:43 |……..Minister of Oil Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar affirmed Iraq’s keenness to consolidate bilateral relations with the brothers in the Kingdom of Jordan and expand the horizons of bilateral cooperation, in a manner that serves common interests.
During his meeting with the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Hala Al-Zawati, he said: The meeting included discussion, discussion, recommendations and outcomes of the tripartite summit between Iraq, Jordan and Egypt in the field of cooperation in the energy file, which was held in Baghdad last June.
They also discussed strengthening bilateral relations and joint cooperation between the two countries in the field of oil to serve the interests of the two countries and brotherly peoples.
butterfly The minister added that the (Basra – Aqaba) pipeline project to be established between Iraq and Jordan for the export of crude oil is of interest to the ministry and is currently under discussion by the technical and commercial committees, and we aim to achieve economic and commercial feasibility in a way that supports sustainable development plans and adds economic value to the two countries. .
On the sale of crude oil to Jordan, Ismail indicated that the Council of Ministers approved the renewal of the annual contract with a quantity of (10 thousand barrels).
For her part, the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources said: The visit comes to follow up and discuss the oil-energy file with Iraq after holding the tripartite summit, as well as discussing a number of topics of common interest, including the Basra-Aqaba pipeline project, which is one of the important strategic projects that bring economic benefit to both The two friendly peoples.
The Jordanian Minister of Energy had arrived in Baghdad to discuss a number of files and topics with the ministries of oil, electricity and planning.
butterfly The Minister of Oil announces to his Jordanian counterpart the renewal of the contract for the sale of crude oil to his country
Thursday 15 July 2021 14:40…….Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar announced Iraq’s approval to renew the contract for selling crude oil to Jordan.
During his meeting with the Jordanian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Hala Al-Zawati, he said that: The Council of Ministers agreed to renew the contract to sell crude oil to Jordan with a quantity of 10 thousand barrels.
butterfly The Minister of Finance chairs the session of the committee to prepare the budget strategy for the years 2022-2024
Thursday 15 July 2021 14:25……Minister of Finance Ali Abdul-Amir Allawi chaired today the meeting of the fourteenth session of the committee for preparing the federal general budget strategy for the medium term 2022-2024.
The Ministry of Finance stated in a statement that the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / received a copy of it: “The session, which was held in the presence of the Prime Minister’s advisors, the minister’s advisor, and the general directors of the ministry and related ministries, is the strategic plan of the Ministry of Labor/Social Protection Authority for the years 2022-2024 related to the requirements for implementing The Social Welfare Development Program with the aim of raising the level of its performance and improving the quality of services provided to a large segment of the Iraqi people, and the report submitted by the Ministry of Health and Environment on the strategic vision for the development of the health and environmental sector for the years 2022-2024..
butterfly During the meeting, Allawi stressed the need to focus and redouble efforts and energies towards enhancing and developing the efficiency of health and social care in accordance with international standards, given that the health and social care sectors are among the sectors most closely aligned with citizens.
Allawi stressed giving priority to the implementation of health facilities projects under construction and accelerating their entry into service.
butterfly International Red Cross: Iraq and Iran exchange the remains of 47 soldiers
Thursday 15 July 2021 18:40……..The International Red Cross announced that: Iraq and Iran exchanged today, Thursday, the remains of 47 Iraqi and Iranian soldiers, who died in the war of the eighties.
And it stated in a statement that: The exchange process took place under the supervision of the committee, as the remains of 4 Iraqis and 43 Iranians were returned to their country at the Shalamcheh border crossing near the city of Basra.
The committee added: “More than 30 years have passed since the end of the armed conflict between Iraq and Iran, and thousands of families are still unaware of the fate of their loved ones. We will continue our support to the concerned authorities in providing answers to these families.”
butterfly The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers: Eid holiday begins next Sunday
Thursday 15 July 2021 18:16 ……The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced that the Eid Al-Adha holiday will start next Sunday.
And it stated in a statement: The blessed Eid Al-Adha holiday will start on Sunday, 18/7/2021, and end on Saturday, 24/7/2021, provided that official working hours will resume in all state departments, on Sunday 25/7/2021./ 3 . finished
butterfly The Minister of Planning discusses with the Jordanian Minister of Energy, the mechanisms of electrical interconnection between the two countries and the establishment of the joint economic zone
Thursday 15 July 2021 16:45 ………Minister of Planning Khaled Batal Al-Najm discussed with the Minister of Energy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Hala Jawad, the mechanisms of electrical interconnection between the two countries, and the establishment of the joint economic zone.
The Ministry of Planning said in a statement that the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / received a copy of it: “During the meeting, which was attended by the Jordanian ambassador in Baghdad, prospects for joint cooperation between the two brotherly countries were discussed, in light of the outcome of the tripartite summit of the leaders of Iraq, Jordan and Egypt which was held in Baghdad before the end of last June.
The two sides discussed the practical steps that have been achieved to complete the requirements of the bilateral electrical interconnection between Iraq and Jordan, and to strengthen the linkage between Jordan and Egypt.
butterfly The meeting also witnessed a review of the procedures related to the oil pipeline project, as well as completing the requirements for establishing the joint economic zone, and providing it with electric power from the Jordanian side.
butterfly Nassiriyah Hospital Fire: Arrest Warrants Issued…..15th July 2021 in Healthcare, Politics…..Authorities in Iraq are facing accusations of negligence following the fire at the al-Hussein coronavirus hospital in Nassiriyah on Monday. Estimates of the death toll range from 60 to over 100, with more than 100 people injured.
The fire is believed to have started when sparks from faulty wiring caused an oxygen tank to explode.
Arrest warrants have been issued for several officials. (Sources: Reuters, BBC, The New Arab)
butterfly China to Build New Refinery at Fao…….15th July 2021 ……Reuters reports that China’s state-owned China National Chemical Engineering Company (CNCEC) is to build a 300,000-bpd oil refinery at the Iraqi port of Fao. (Sources: Reuters, Mehr)
butterfly Enhancing Agricultural Development will Facilitate Accession to WTO……15th July 2021……..A workshop on “WTO Accession and Agriculture” was organised from 4th to 7th July 2021 in Baghdad.
Agricultural development consistent with WTO standards needs enhancement in Iraq for facilitating the negotiations leading to the accession process.
The workshop provided a comprehensive overview of the agriculture sector as perceived within the WTO and the Agreement on Agriculture and its pillars.
Representatives from various government institutions from Baghdad and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq including officials from the Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Industry participated in the workshop.
The workshop was organized by the International Trade Centre (ITC) a joint agency of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and United Nations (UN), through “Strengthening the Agriculture and Agri-food Value Chain and Improving trade policy in Iraq (SAAVI)” project.
Funded by the European Union (EU), the project is contributing to inclusive economic growth and job creation, particularly for youth, by improving Iraq’s agriculture competitiveness and supporting trade development. It is also particularly focuses on providing support to Iraq in the process of acceding to the WTO.
Mr. Adel Almasoodi, Director General, Foreign Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Trade opened the workshop and reaffirmed Iraq’s commitment to the accession to the WTO and assured the support of his team to the SAAVI project.
butterfly H.E. Martin Huth, Ambassador of the European Union to Iraq and Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Iraq were also present.
Speaking on the occasion, H.E. Martin Huth, Ambassador of the European Union to Iraq said:
“The EU has a strong interest in Iraq acceding to the World Trade Organisation in order to bring Iraq into the illustrious WTO group of 164 states. WTO accession, and the economic reforms that it entails, represents a clear opportunity for Iraq to implement the goals of the White Paper.
“Being a full member of the WTO, will allow Iraq to improve its collaboration on trade and investment with all WTO members and ultimately support the creation of decent work for all Iraqis.”
Ms. Irena Vojáčková-Sollorano, the United Nations Resident Coordinator to Iraq said:
“The drive for economic reform, including political commitments in resuming the WTO accession process with a clear roadmap, is a clear signal of a better future awaiting Iraq.”
The workshop included sessions from experts from WTO, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Trade Centre. In addition the trade policy technical team from the International Trade Centre, Geneva, including Mr. Jean-Sébastien, Senior Officer for Policy and Business and Ms. Devika Rajeev, Associate Programme Officer, were present in Baghdad to facilitate the workshop.
This workshop is the first in a line of capacity building sessions that will be organised through the SAAVI project to support Iraq to accede to the WTO. (Source: UN)
butterfly KRG starts 27 Projects over Past Year…….15th July 2021……..The ninth cabinet of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) started 27 multisectoral projects from March 2020 to June 2021, as it reaches the 2nd anniversary since its foundation.
The KRG invested $332 million on housing projects, developed a $250 million wheat marketing project, distributed $2.56 billion worth of business licenses, and completed the MED Steel factory in Erbil with a budget of $100 million.
Over 400,000 plants were distributed to farmers, and a $10 million food processing plant was constructed in Duhok as part of government efforts to promote local products.
The ninth cabinet commissioned a 100-bed hospital in Shiladze, and allocated $4 million USD to run three blood banks in the region. They further allocated $585,240 for an autism center in Erbil, $2.1 million as a bonus for health workers, and 1.6 billion dinars for cancer treatment hospitals.
The KRG launched the 150-meter road in Erbil, and relaunched the 100-meter highway project in Sulaimani after years of delay.
The 300 MW Khabat power plant and several new initiatives in Halabja were other projects of significance. (Source: KRG)
Zig I like this from article above………….”H.E. Martin Huth, Ambassador of the European Union to Iraq said:
“The EU has a strong interest in Iraq acceding to the World Trade Organization in order to bring Iraq into the illustrious WTO group of 164 states. WTO accession, and the economic reforms that it entails, represents a clear opportunity for Iraq to implement the goals of the White Paper.
“Being a full member of the WTO, will allow Iraq to improve its collaboration on trade and investment with all WTO members and ultimately support the creation of decent work for all Iraqis.”