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Parliamentary Finance To / Nina /: The Rise Of The Dollar To 150 Thousand Dinars Will Negatively Affect The Citizen And The Employee In General

Sunday 06 June 2021 18:30 | Economic Number of readings: 82   Baghdad / NINA / – Member of the Committee, Representative Ahmed Hama Rashid, confirmed that the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance are responsible for the rise in the dollar exchange rate to 150 thousand dinars against 100 dollars, noting that this rise will negatively affect the income of the citizen and the employee in general.

Rashid said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA /: “The government, the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance are the ones who can deal with the dollar’s rise against the dinar, noting that the Finance Committee can recommend the Central Bank to pump more hard currency into the market to reduce its value in front of demand. However, the central bank is not obligated to take this recommendation.

Rashid stressed that “this rise will negatively affect the income of the citizen and the employee as a result of the increase in the prices of imported goods, merchandise and foodstuffs in dollars, indicating that the Finance Committee is not specialized in this issue and is within the competence of the Ministry of Finance.” The exchange rate of the dollar rose today, Sunday, to 150 thousand dinars. / End 8

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Speculators And Exchange Rate Stability

Articles   * Sameer Al-Nusairi   Several days ago, a new wave of criticism began from some media outlets affected by rumors launched and driven by speculators in the currency exchange market with the aim of creating a state of confusion and instability and trying to drag the money market into instability and thwarting the Central Bank’s plans to control the rates announced by the Central Bank of exchange rates Specific to the Ministry of Finance, banks and the public, and from these rumors is that the Central Bank will make a new change to the current rate.

Although the stability of the exchange rate is determined by supply and demand according to the effects and repercussions of the economic reality in a country like Iraq that suffers from challenges, repercussions, economic and financial crises, and structural and systematic defects in the management of the economy and money that the central bank does not bear alone because its role is clear, specific and independent focused on stimulating the economy according to the tools and applications of monetary policy But this cannot be achieved without joint coordination with fiscal policy and other economic sectors, activating the real economy, diversifying sources of national income, and leaving the unilateral economy based on oil as a major resource, which constitutes 93% of the revenues of the general budget and 57% of GDP.

Therefore, those who criticize the Central Bank must return to the statement of the Central Bank in which it determined the new exchange rates on December 2020, and in which the Bank clearly and transparently specified the reasons and rationales for determining the price, what measures it will take and what other parties must take in order to maintain the stability of the new rate Because the bank cannot work alone without a coordinated economic and financial approach supported by the Central Bank in accordance with the tasks and objectives stated in Law 56 of 2004, and here we can repeat what was mentioned in the Central Bank’s statement, which is the definitive answer to those who hold the bank responsible for the instability in the exchange rate

Where the bank announced in its statement that during the last months of 2020, intensive deliberations took place with the Prime Minister, the Minister of Finance and the legislative authority, regarding the economic situation in general and the financial crisis that the public finances are going through due to the decline in oil prices and production, and the economic and health challenges.

The Board of Directors of the Central Bank also held a number of meetings, some of which hosted the Minister of Finance for the same purpose. He explained that the reasons for adjusting the exchange rate and maintaining its stability in the future are as follows:-

1- It is the structural distortions in the Iraqi economy that have impoverished public finances and restricted the ability of reform that the government and the Ministry of Finance are seeking.

It is not a coincidence that the financial situation is so bad, but it took root more than a decade and a half ago due to the political leadership of the economy, the priority of political thinking over economic thought, development priorities and the rules of the relationship. Thus, fiscal policy failed to perform its roles, and monetary policy was preoccupied with restoring the confused financial policy outcomes.

2- The dependence of economic and financial policy on the ambitions and concerns of politicians led to the latest accepted models of financial management in Iraq, and the role of that administration was limited to distributing oil resources to life-sustaining requirements such as salaries and operational requirements.

3- Because of these combined conditions, the Central Bank had no choice but to intervene on more than one occasion to support public finances and save critical public spending requirements.

4- The Central Bank understands the difficulties facing the government’s reform intentions, but this does not prevent it from tying any steps that the monetary authority can take to effective steps to carry out reforms that inevitably affect the institutions of the financial authority, especially the effective collection institutions, customs and tax institutions, and other institutions. The other public levying, and that spending be streamlined and rationalized, all of which depends on the political will of the higher state institutions that support the financial authority’s directions to achieve this.

This requires the government’s direction to support the vulnerable groups, which will inevitably be directly affected, especially by any measure to change the exchange rate.

5- The legislative authority will have an important role in supporting the Central Bank’s direction to adjust the foreign exchange rate, as failure to take such a decision may make us obliged to take difficult decisions that may put Iraq in a situation similar to what neighboring countries have been exposed to.

It should also be emphasized here that this change (devaluation) in the value of the Iraqi dinar will be for one time only and will not be repeated.

6- The financial crisis that Iraq was subjected to due to the Corona pandemic and the resulting deterioration in oil prices and the decline in oil revenues, this led to a large deficit in the general budget and the Ministry of Finance had to borrow from banks and re-discount them with the Central Bank in large amounts, for the purpose of paying salaries. And meet the other spending needs related to services provided to citizens.  * Economic and banking consultant   Views 96 Date Added 06/06/2021    https://economy-news.net/content.php?id=25301

The Dollar Rises To 1500 Dinars, And The Central Bank Sells 207 Million

Time: 06/06/2021 15:57:24 Reading: 2,652 times   {Economic: Al Furat News} The dollar exchange rate in the local markets rose today, Sunday, to 1500 dinars.

Prices fluctuated at this rate during the past hours on local stock exchanges, between stability or slight decline.

While the Central Bank of Iraq sold, today, Sunday, in its auction to sell the currency, more than 207 million dollars, of which 180 million were for the purposes of strengthening balances abroad (remittances, credits), and 26 million and 700 thousand dollars in cash.  LINK

Labor And Central Bank Are Preparing To Launch The “Financial Inclusion” Initiative

Sunday 06 June 2021   134   Baghdad: Batoul Al-Hasani   The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, in cooperation with the Central Bank, is preparing to launch the financial inclusion initiative to support youth and provide financial services, while the Director of the Employment and Training Department in the Ministry, Raed Jabbar Bahed, revealed to Al-Sabah, the existence of “fake offices” for employment offices across the country.

Bahed said: “Article 23 of the effective labor law allowed the Ministry of Labor to grant licenses to private employment offices, and these offices have the powers to employ youth and foreign workers,” noting that “the ministry has so far granted only 40 licenses to offices in Baghdad and the provinces.”

He added, “There is a ministerial committee headed by the Ministry of Labor and membership of the Intelligence Service, the Ministry of Interior and National Security and the Residence Department, which suddenly visits the fake offices and arrests the owners of those offices, as well as the Ministry’s inspection committees, as they refer the violators to the judiciary and the Labor Court to take legal measures against them.” .

He revealed that “an extensive meeting was held with representatives of the Ministry of Interior and the Directorate of Residence to discuss the closure of the fictitious employment offices that have spread remarkably, which called for strict intervention by the responsible authorities to curb this phenomenon in violation of government laws and instructions,” noting that “there are two million And 600,000 unemployed are only registered in the ministry’s database, and there are many others They did not register.

On the other hand, the Director of the Employment and Training Department in the Ministry stated, “An agreement was concluded with UNICEF to cooperate in the field of youth support and launch the financial inclusion initiative in cooperation with the Central Bank to provide host communities of women and men and small businesses with much-needed financial services that will help them start and develop their own business.”   LINK

An Economist For / Nina /: Investment Is The Real Entrance To Economic Reform In Iraq

Sunday 06 June 2021 18:57 | EconomicNumber of readings: 22  Baghdad/ An expert in economic affairs, Safwan Qusay, confirmed that investment is the real entrance to economic reform in Iraq, stressing the need to activate the role of accounting and its infrastructure.

Qusai said in a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency / NINA / that “adopting the government’s economic reform approach requires an orientation towards investment, which is a real entrance to economic reform by activating the role of accounting in Iraq by accelerating the adoption of international financial reporting standards for all companies operating in Iraq and whose shares are listed in the stock market.”

Iraq because the process of preparing accounting information according to those standards will develop confidence in accounting information and move the Iraqi stock market to attract foreign investments and thus expand economic activity in the shortest way and at low costs.

He added: Activating the role of accountability in leading the oversight process with all agencies concerned with combating corruption will enhance the ability of the Iraqi economy to rise away from the hands of the corrupt.”

The economist stressed the need to invest accounting minds with international orientations to lead the control and investment process.    https://ninanews.com/Website/News/Details?key=908478

Parliamentary Economy Launches An Invitation Based On A Report From The Financial Supervision

Time: 06/06/2021 17:12:33 Reading: 1,352 times   {Economic: Al-Furat News} Member of Parliamentary Economy and Investment, Mazen Al-Faili, called on Sunday the House of Representatives to reconsider contracts for oil licensing rounds.

Al-Faili said in a press conference, “The reports of the Financial Supervision Bureau indicated a set of observations on the oil licensing rounds contracts, and those reports showed that these companies have greatly harmed the Iraqi economy,” calling on the government and the House of Representatives to “adopt the recommendations of the Financial Supervision Bureau and set a timetable.” It is clear to implement those recommendations because of their impact in boosting the country’s economy and reducing the effects of the financial crises that it has suffered. Below we list the most important observations that we have made about those contracts, in addition to the observations of the Financial Supervision Bureau:

1. We call for responding to the recommendations of the Financial Supervision Bureau by re-examining Oil licensing contracts by Parliament and amending their formulation in light of the requirements of the national interest

2. The absence of a special law regulating these contracts and that they are not subject to the Government Contracts Law No. (87) of 2004 and the instructions for implementing contracts, in addition to the fact that they are not subject to the Investment Law No. (13) of 2006 amended, which excluded investment in the fields of oil and gas extraction under Article (29) Therefore, we call on Parliament to respond to the recommendation of the Financial Supervision Bureau to adapt the legal status of contracts for licensing round companies.

3- The Office of Financial Supervision was not provided with copies of foreign and local labor contracts for the Halfaya oil field, so the salary amounts were not verified and matched with the signed contracts and the amounts actually received.

4- A genuine financial member was not included in the joint management committee of the Maysan and Halfaya oil fields due to the importance of his role in discussing budgets submitted by foreign companies, determining the costs of petroleum operations, and his involvement in the analysis of standard documents of contracts and tenders for petroleum operations.

5- A foreign auditing company has been assigned to audit the accounts of foreign companies operating in the Halfaya and Maysan fields without the involvement of an Iraqi authority licensed in the profession of auditing and has not been certified by the Board of Audit and Oversight Profession – in contrast to the system of practicing the profession of auditing.

6- Paragraphs of the contract with foreign companies operating in the Halfaya oil field were amended with an increase in its duration from (20) years to (30) years, although no material obligations were added to the operator, and the share of the Iraqi government partner was reduced from (25%) to (10%). Of the gross profitability wages and increase the profitability of foreign companies!.

7- The audits carried out by the Oil Licensing Expenses Division were limited to documentary audits only, without conducting an audit on the accounting system.

8- The report of the international auditor was accepted despite the fact that foreign companies did not submit some documents that justify the costs of petroleum operations, contrary to Article (4/20/e, d) of the contract.  LINK

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The Value Of The Iraqi Dinar Continues To Decline .. Government Steps To Save It And Expectations Of High Market Prices

Political | 05:54 – 06/06/2021   Special – Mawazine News   The exchange rates of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar rose, on Sunday, to record levels, reaching 1525 dinars against the dollar in the local markets, despite the government’s assurances that it would continue to follow up the exchange rates to maintain the dollar price.

Today, the exchange shops traded the price of the dollar at $1525 per dollar, in a new decline in the value of the Iraqi dinar, a price the dollar has not reached for nearly 14 years, while government sources talked about future steps with the aim of controlling the price of the local market.

A government official said in an interview with “Mawazine News” that “the rise of the dollar is a result of market speculation and rumors of a new price rise, and this type made the citizen in a state of confusion because of hoarding the dollar in homes, in addition to the transfer of money from the dinar to the dollar by many.”

And another official on the government’s measures adds, “The central bank will follow a plan in the coming days, to suspend the license of money exchange shops that manipulate the price, in addition to forming price control committees.”

He pointed out, “The government’s policy is clear, which is to maintain the price of the dollar, and what is happening is not a dollar shortage crisis, but rather speculation in the market only.”

The prices of consumables have risen in the Iraqi market, for example, mobile recharge cards, some stores, have raised their price, and traders are talking about the imminent rise in consumer prices, and this will reduce the purchasing value of citizens.

Marwan Jassim, a food trader in Jamila, told Mawazine News that, “The market price is linked to the dollar, and today there is an inflation of the dollar issue, so we find that some traders anticipate any government step and raise the price of their materials.” Ended 29   https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=156030

Within A Month, The Iraqi Stock Exchange Is Trading 191 Billion Shares, Worth 183 Billion Dinars

Economy  Sunday 6 June 2021 | 12:08 PM| Number of readings: 56  Today, Sunday, the Iraqi Stock Exchange announced the circulation of 191 billion shares, with a financial value of more than 183 billion dinars, during the month of May .

The market stated in a report, that “the number of companies whose shares were traded during May amounted to 59 joint stock companies, while the shares of 25 companies were not traded due to the difference in the prices offered from those required by investors, while 19 companies continue to be suspended for not providing disclosure out of 103 companies listed in the market .”

He added that “the number of traded shares amounted to 191 billion and 808 million and 942 thousand shares, with a financial value of 183 billion and 365 million dinars, through the implementation of 6966 deals,” noting that “the ISX60 traded price index closed at 571 points, recording a decrease of 3% from its closing in previous session .”

He pointed out that “the number of shares purchased from non-Iraqi investors for the month of May amounted to 942 million shares, with a financial value of 3.551 billion dinars, through the circulation of 17 joint-stock companies, while the number of shares sold from non-Iraqi investors reached 1.631 billion shares, with a financial value of 1.716 billion dinars, through The circulation of 17 joint-stock companies .

It is noteworthy that the Iraq Stock Exchange organizes five trading sessions per week from Sunday to Thursday, and includes 103 Iraqi joint stock companies representing the sectors of banking, telecommunications, industry, agriculture, insurance, financial investment, tourism and hotels.    https://aynaliraqnews.com/index.php?aa=news&id22=148259

The Finance Committee Comments On Sending Two Important Files To Baghdad

Political | 05:25 – 06/06/2021  Baghdad – Mawazine News   suspended the Parliamentary Finance Committee, on Sunday, about sending two important files to Baghdad.

Committee member Shirwan Mirza said that “sending the two files is a good positive step to resolve the outstanding problems between the two sides.”

Mirza added, “Qubad Talabani, Vice President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, made good strides in discussions with officials in Baghdad to ensure the Kurdistan Region’s share in the budget, after a series of marathon negotiations that spanned for more than a year and a half.”

He continued, “I am not aware of the date of the new visit of the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government to the capital, Baghdad, to discuss the entitlements of the Kurdistan region in the financial budget for the year 2021.”

And the Kurdistan Regional Government announced today, that it will send the file of Kurdistan Region’s oil expenditures and non-oil revenues to Baghdad during this week. https://www.mawazin.net/Details.aspx?jimare=156024

Parliamentary Energy Of / NINA /: There Is No Legislation For The Oil And Gas Law Without The Agreement Of The Leaders And Leaders Of The Political Blocs

Sunday 06 June 2021 17:48 | political Number of readings: 146   Baghdad / NINA / – The Parliamentary Oil and Energy Committee has revealed the fate of the oil and gas bill, which is still stalled, and has not seen the light during successive legislative sessions until now.

In a statement to the National Iraqi News Agency ( NINA ), a member of the committee, Representative Ghaleb Muhammad Ali, stated that “the bill is political, and it will not pass in any legislative session of the House of Representatives without the agreement of leaders and leaders of political blocs.”

He added, “The main obstacle in approving the bill is the oil of the Kurdistan region, because according to Articles 111 and 112 of the Iraqi constitution, oil belongs to all Iraqis and any new fields are jointly managed by the federal government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, but the regional government does not take into account this constitutional text It exports oil and seizes revenues without supervision.”

The House of Representatives is still seeking to pass one of the main stalled legislations since successive sessions until now, which is the draft oil and gas law, after the parliament’s presidency confirmed during the previous legislative term the importance of legislating the oil and gas law during the coming period./ End 5 https://ninanews.com/Website/News/Details?Key=908467

Mazhar Muhammad Salih: The Rise In Oil Prices .. Additional Income To Cover The Deficit And Compensation For Borrowing

Sunday 06 June 2021 11:23 | Economic Number of readings: 380   Baghdad / NINA / – Adviser to the Prime Minister for Financial Affairs, Mazhar Muhammad Salih, confirmed that the rise in oil prices is an additional revenue to cover the deficit and compensate for internal and external borrowing.

He told the National Iraqi News Agency ( NINA ): The differences in the prices of Iraqi sourced oil, whose prices exceed the price specified in the federal general budget of 45 dollars per barrel, is considered an additional cash income.

Saleh added that: this additional revenue flows into the balances of the federal general budget to fill the deficit gap in the annual budget, estimated at about 29 trillion dinars.

He continued: This additional income is considered a compensation for the planned borrowing in whole or in part and a substitute for any debts, whether internal or external.

Saleh pointed out that: indicators up to the moment show that these differences will cover, if oil prices continue with this improvement, about 80% of the deficit gap.   The price of Basra oil recorded a noticeable increase in the recent period, exceeding $70 per barrel. / https://ninanews.com/Website/News/Details?key=908383

General Electric: 3 Essentials That Iraq Needs To Advance The Electricity Reality

Time: 06/06/2021 10:56:04 Reading: 5,694 times  {Economic: Al Furat News} The American General Electric Energy Company has identified 3 basics that Iraq needs to advance the reality of electric energy during the next stage.

And the CEO of the company in Iraq, Rashid Al-Janabi, said in a statement that Al-Furat News received a copy of it, that “Iraq is currently facing a major challenge in energy resources, but there are many qualified solutions to address this shortage, and (General Electric) has innovative and reliable technologies. To contribute to bridging the gap within the Iraqi energy sector, and that these solutions support the plan set by the Iraqi government to improve the electricity situation in the country.

He added, “Iraq needs to add energy to the national grid by developing and building new stations, improving operations and performance in the current stations used for power generation, and enhancing the performance and stability of the national electricity network, and all of this falls within multi-axial tracks.”

Al-Janabi indicated that “the power plants, which operate today on the simple cycle, can be converted to the combined cycle to enhance their production capacity by up to 50% without the need to use additional fuel or increase their emissions, citing the example of the Basmaya plant, which operates in the combined cycle with General Electric units, which is the largest power plant today. And the most efficient in Iraq,” he said, noting that “Iraq can benefit from its natural gas resources and convert it into fuel to produce electricity by building giant plants and using dozens of HA gas turbines manufactured by General Electric, which are the most efficient globally to meet the future need for energy in Iraq. Iraq”.

He explained that maintaining and maintaining what Iraq produces today, and carrying out repair and service operations in electric power plants in various parts of it, can result in maintaining the supply of more than 8,000 megawatts of electric power, to meet the peak demand during the summer.

He stressed that the Iraqi energy transmission network can be strengthened by building secondary stations, which contribute to opening bottlenecks, especially in densely populated areas, in addition to transferring the energy produced from stations to cities and governorates, and we are also working to link the network with the Kingdom of Jordan, in a step that will contribute significantly. In removing the pressures placed on the network and supplying electric power according to the highest levels of reliability.

Regarding the possibility of establishing electrical and secondary stations in the liberated areas such as Mosul, Anbar and Salah al-Din, al-Janabi said: “Work is underway to build secondary stations in Mosul and Salah al-Din to support the stability of the network in these areas after they were damaged, knowing that GE was one of the first companies to enter the liberated areas.”.   LINK

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