As the Iraqi Government celebrated its final victory over ISIL this week, IOM, the UN Migration Agency, released a new study, which shows that 90 per cent of displaced Iraqis are determined to return home. This is similar to the long-term intentions recorded in 2016.

More than 1.3 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) have returned to their places of origin so far in 2017. In total since the start of the crisis in 2014, IOM estimates that more than 2.8 million displaced Iraqis have returned, while more than 2.9 million people remain displaced.

The IOM study, Integrated Location Assessment (ILA) analyzes both displacement and return movements of conflict-affected people across Iraq. Approximately 2.1 million displaced persons and more than 1.6 million returnees, based in 3,583 locations across Iraq, have been covered in the assessment, which was carried out between March and May 2017.

Only in Basrah and Najaf did families report that they consider integrating into the local community, where they are displaced.

According to the findings, Anbar was the single governorate where most returns took place in both 2016 and 2017, followed by Ninewa in 2017.

Among the main findings, this study identifies that residential and infrastructure damage is widespread. Nearly one third of returnees are reported to have returned to houses that have suffered significant damage, and 60 per cent to moderately damaged residences. Regarding infrastructure, most damage appears to affect roads, followed by the public power grid and water networks.

By John Lee.

The 12th Economic Forum of the Iraqi-French Council of Businessmen [Iraqi-French Business Council] was held recently in Baghdad.

Dr. Sami Al Araji, Chairman of the National Investment Commission (NIC) opened the forum with a welcoming speech to the attendees including the Iraqi Minister of Trade, French State Minister for the Foreign Trade Affaires, the Iraqi Governor of the Central Bank and a number of governors, Vice Ministers, Consultants, Director Generals, Heads of Provinces’ Councils, Chairmen of Commercial Chambers and Unions, company owners and businessmen.

Mr. Jack Batist Lomowan, French State Minister for the Foreign Trade Affaires concentrated in his speech on the deep relation between the two countries and the serious wish of both governments to enhance this relation in various fields disregarding the big challenges Iraq is facing now.

He considered this meeting as a step towards the next donors’ conference in Kuwait. He also mentioned the most important French companies which are interested in working in Iraq in addition to the new ones that are eager to start business here. Oil & Gas, energy, water, and infrastructure are main sectors in Iraq in addition to agro industries and medication plus having the French TALS Co. for fund Insurance and protection for the French companies working in Iraq as France has landed Iraq $450-billion aiming at supporting the Iraqi-French relations specially after the Iraqi Prime Minister visit to Paris last October.

He ended his speech by referring to the importance of mutual trust bursting from real political desire of the two leaders to move ahead with the two countries relation and find mutual responsibility and in common interests.

Mr. Raghib R. Blaibil, head of The Iraqi- French Council of Businessmen, considered this forum is a precious opportunity for Iraqi and French businessmen to meet and discuss the fruitful business potential for both sides. He also mentioned the improvement in the economic situation after defeating ISIS in Iraq and the victory our security forces achieved on the ground.

The will be for reconstructing, bringing the displaced back to their homes and the elevated oil price are strong factors encouraging us to invite the French companies to work and invest all over Iraq strongly and freely with no hesitation or fear.

Mr. Blaibil addressed the French airlines companies to start a direct line between Baghdad and Paris after the Iraq opened its airs to the international civil aviation.

The Iraqi-French Council of Businessmen representative Mr. Arnold Brolack inquired about sectors Iraq is willing to invest with the French side and what Iraqi aid is available to achieve tangible results after unifying the two parties’ views.

Mr. Ali Al Alaq, Governor of the Central Bank, long speech emphasized on the successful financial policies of the Central Bank of Iraq during the past years. These policies, in cooperation with the Ministry of Finance, saved Iraq from the sudden oil price drop shock and unstable economic situation.

Dr. Mahir Hamad, Vice Minister of Finance, and Mr. Faisal Al Haimis, Director General of the Trade Bank of Iraq gave their speeches too.

Dr. Sami R. Al Araji ended the first session works with a detailed presentation of strategic opportunities available for investment in Iraq.

The second session started later where bilateral discussions between the Iraqi and the French parties in different economic sectors took place.

French Alstom Transport Co. signed two memoranda of understanding with local governments in Baghdad and Basra provinces to build modern metro with international specifications.

(Source: National Investment Commission)

Petrofac’s Engineering & Production Services (EPS) division has secured an award worth US$160 million from Basra Oil Company (BOC), previously known as South Oil Company (SOC), for its Iraq Crude Oil Export Expansion Project (ICOEEP).

The new two-year extension reflects Petrofac’s continued delivery focus and five-year track record as the incumbent operations and maintenance service provider.

The facility, which is responsible for a significant proportion of Iraq’s oil export, is located 60 kilometres (km) offshore the Al Fao Peninsula in Southern Iraq. It comprises a central metering and manifold platform and four Single Point Moorings (SPMs) which facilitate oil export onto awaiting crude carrier tankers.

In addition, Petrofac is responsible for almost 300 km of subsea pipelines,1800 metres of subsea hose infrastructure and a marine spread comprising 14 vessels.

Mani Rajapathy, Managing Director, Engineering & Production Services East, said:

“We are delighted to continue with our role in support of this key crude export facility. Since the start of our involvement in 2012, we have exported more than 2.2 billion barrels of oil while retaining an impeccable safety record. We have also remained focused on adding value for our client through the deployment of innovative and differentiated solutions.”

Ihsan Ismaael, Director General, Basra Oil Company, said:

“Petrofac is a key partner for BOC. The team has supported us over the last five years to significantly increase export from the ICOEEP facility and we look forward to continuing our relationship into 2019.”

(Source: Petrofac)

USAID says it supports Iraq’s fight against corruption


The senior adviser to the US Agency for Development Thomas Stahl announced the Agency’s support for Iraq’s efforts in the fight against corruption, pointing out that these efforts is a project of Tamkul, through which the Agency works to develop the capabilities of Iraqi ministries and local governments on the one hand and reduce cases of corruption on the other .

"The project started working with the Ministries of Health, Public Municipalities, Higher Education and Scientific Research as well as the local government of Basra," Stal said in a press statement.

"The agency has worked for the past three years with the Directorate of Water Resources in Basra Governorate.

On reconstruction efforts in the liberated areas, Stahl said his country provides 1.7 billion dollars in aid to Iraq.

He stressed that the aid is focused on relief of displaced families, especially in Nineveh Plain and Sinjar, and helping returnees to the liberated areas by providing electricity and water services as well as health services and rehabilitation of schools in their areas.

On his new $ 150 million grant to Iraq, Stahl said it would be provided through the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), noting that last year Washington provided $ 115 million to the provinces of Anbar, Erbil and Salahuddin, totaling $ 265 million.

"The province of Basra is not covered by these grants as it and the other southern provinces will include a program will soon begin under the name of" integration "and coincides with the end of the program" progress "and near the end of the program (thread) provided by the United States to those areas as assistance to the Iraqi government.


Central Bank: Baitkwin dealers will be subject to the provisions of the Money Laundering Law

Witnessed the last week, economic events prominent, most notably the threat of the Central Bank of Iraq, for traders in the currency Betekwin, subject to the provisions of the law of money laundering.

As revealed by the Central Bank, the intention of Iraq to borrow 2.5 billion dollars for the reconstruction of liberated areas, noting that the volume of retail operations in Iraq, which is 15 trillion dinars per month.

Four Iraqi banks announced their desire to open branches in the Gulf States.
The Association of Private Banks announced that 3 million Iraqis will establish bank accounts within the next two years.

Another notable news last week is the visit of a 23-member French delegation to Iraq to sign contracts with the transport to establish the Baghdad and Basrah Metro. 9%88%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%AA%D9%83%D9%88%D 9%8A%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%AE%D8%B6%D8%B9%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%84%D8%A3%D8%AD%D9%83%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%BA%D8%B3%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84/%D8%A7%D9%82%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A%D8%A9
Witnessed the last week, economic events prominent, most notably the threat of the Central Bank of Iraq, for traders in the currency Betekwin, subject to the provisions of the law of money laundering.
As revealed by the Central Bank, the intention of Iraq to borrow 2.5 billion dollars for the reconstruction of liberated areas, noting that the volume of retail operations in Iraq, which is 15 trillion dinars per month.
Four Iraqi banks announced their desire to open branches in the Gulf States.
The Association of Private Banks announced that 3 million Iraqis will establish bank accounts within the next two years.
Another notable news last week is the visit of a 23-member French delegation to Iraq to sign contracts with the transport to establish the Baghdad and Basrah Metro.

French company Alstom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Iraqi government for the development of urban transport in Baghdad and Basra.

The MoU was signed during the Franco-Iraqi government authorities meeting, in the presence of Dr.Sami Al Araji, Head of National Investment Commission (NIC) of Iraq and Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, French Secretary of State.

The MoU covers two major projects. The first project is to implement a 20 km Elevated Train in Baghdad, with the supply of rolling stock, electromechanical systems, tracks, associated civil works. The light rail system would link Al-Mustansirya, AlShab, Al-Wazyria, Alsarafia AlEtafia bridge, Al-Khadumia, AlMuthana airport and Al-Alawi.

The second project focuses on the development of the Metro System in Basra, which consists of two elevated lines of approximately 30km each, 15 stations and one depot for each line from North to South, from Zubair to Shat Alarab and from East to West, from Karma to the Desert.

These projects would significantly contribute to the development of the country’s urban infrastructure and national economy.

“We appreciate the opportunity to develop industrial cooperation with the Republic of Iraq, in order to better address the country’s needs for urban transportation. Alstom is ready to bring its innovative technologies and sees the signature of this MoU as a first step towards the development of a long-term partnership with Iraq”, said Bernard Peille, Managing Director of Alstom in Western & Central Asia.

Alstom is already well established in the Middle East & Africa Region with more than 3,800 employees, 1,800 suppliers and present in more than 15 countries in the region with offices and joint-ventures in Algeria, Morocco, South Africa and Kazakhstan.

(Source: Alstom)

Parliamentary expectations of delaying the adoption of the budget until February 2018

Finance Committee: Government has developed a solution to address the share of the region
Baghdad / follow-up morning
Members of the House of Representatives expected that the budget will be delayed until February 2018 for the large differences and objections by the political blocs.

The parliamentary finance committee confirmed that the forms obtained in the Kurdistan Region share of the federal budget for the next year 2018 by the Federal Council of Ministers will be dealt with Parliament, the deputy Jassem Mohammed Jaafar, that the amounts allocated to the province budget amounts to 14 trillion and the liberated provinces of ten trillions, calling for a fair Basra province, which is considered "basket of Iraq."

The MP for the coalition of state law, Ibtisam al-Hilali, in a press statement followed by "morning": "The Finance Committee received many requests and proposals from the political blocs on the budget and there are strong objections to the items,"

adding that "the House of Representatives will discuss all objections and make amendments and presented to the government Before passing in order to avoid being challenged by the government, "noting that" the budget is likely to be delayed until February of 2018 for the differences on them. "

In turn, called a member of the Legal Committee in the House of Representatives, high Nassif, Prime Minister Haider Abadi, "written agreements" in order to pass the budget law, stressing that the challenges facing the law may threaten to "postpone consideration".

Nassif said in a press statement: "There are concerns about the budget law may translate into postponement of consideration if there were no written agreements written by Prime Minister Haider Abadi," indicating that "the budget faces great challenges because of the absence of allocations and throwing the ball in the parliament" ,

Nassif pointed out that "the most prominent of these challenges the continuation of the work of the oil agreement with Kurdistan, despite the extension of the federal government control of Kirkuk oil and the allocation of the amount of trillion and 200 million dinars to the Peshmerga forces,"

and showed Nassif, "the Union of forces presented 11 points on the reconstruction of liberated areas From the control of the preacher, while the budget is not _khasasat this side.

" Share of the Region
For his part, said a member of the Finance Committee parliamentary Abdul Qadir Mohammed in a statement followed by "morning" that "the federal government reduced the share of Kurdistan within the draft budget for the next year, but at the same time introduced paragraphs in the draft budget, including paragraph 39, which indicates that the Council of Ministers Add Financial allocations for salaries of employees, the purchase of weapons, and electricity issues. "

He explained that "the government recognizes that the figure set for Kurdistan is not enough, especially for staff, so I put a material to amend the forms," ​​he said, stressing that "the parliament will transfer from the money allocated for sovereign allocations to the operating budget."

In the context, MP Jassem Mohammed Jaafar said in a statement received by "morning": "The budget went a balanced way when it relied on the census and distributed among the provinces, including the provinces of the region closer to justice, except Basra, which needs more fairness," calling the House of Representatives to "Balance the budget as fast as possible."

Jafar added that "the amounts allocated to the region up to about 14 trillion and the three liberated provinces (Nineveh, Salah al-Din and Anbar) up to the limit of ten," noting that "Basra, although it (basket Iraq), but suffer poverty and therefore need to resolve the petrodollar or add Towards Tralionin to be closer to the share of equity as other provinces. "

"The other provinces did not receive any grant when the Kurdistan region and the three liberated provinces were granted grants in 2017 to about 3 trillion dollars," Jaafar said.

Constitutional violation of its part, called for the National Coalition MP Jamila Obeidi, the government to send the final accounts for the budget this year and previous years, noting that sending the draft budget law without the final accounts is a "constitutional violation."

Jumaili said in a press statement: "The Constitution obliges the government to send the draft budget law accompanying the final accounts of the budget this year to find out what is left of them and the amount of money disbursed and this has not happened four consecutive years,"

adding that "the President of the Republic is obliged to force the government to send the final accounts in his capacity Patron of the Constitution and its application, "loaded with the Ministry of Finance" responsible for those violations as the body supervising the implementation of the government’s financial policy, "as she put it.

Petrodollar maturity in turn, called on the governor of Dhi Qar Yahya Nazareth, the central government to include the province benefits from the proceeds of petrodollar within the general budget for the 2018 items.

Naciri said in a press statement on Tuesday: "The province did not receive any amounts of these revenues during the last period, which was reflected negatively on the environmental and service reality in light of the delay of more than 400 projects because of the financial crisis," and noted that "petrodollars were Dedicated to compensate those affected by the oil industry and to improve the environmental reality in the province. "

Naseiri said that "the province hopes the central government to pay special attention to the affected provinces and work to launch those late allocations to address the decline in services because of the financial crisis."

Yasiri to «morning»: We issued decisions to prevent the travel of a number of senior officials

Our success in the face of corruption depends on the enactment of new laws

BAGHDAD – Abbas Aboud – Shaimaa Rashid
revealed the head of the Integrity Commission, Hassan al-Yasiri, the Authority was able to stop the waste and recovery of nearly 2 trillion Iraqi dinars during the current year in its work in the fight against corruption, calling on the House of Representatives to expand the work of the Commission and the parents through the legislation of laws that He also called on citizens to contribute to the fight against corruption and cooperate in delivering the right information.

He pointed out that the citizen may encourage the employee to corruption by offering him a bribe. He commended the actions of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in combating this serious scourge.

* With the celebration of the Week of Integrity, and in response to skeptics of its work, what are the achievements of the Commission in the past period?

In the beginning of his speech with Al-Sabah, Al-Yasiri started the Integrity Week, during which the Authority is keen to spread the values ​​of integrity and education among the community.

Integrity must be a behavior and a method. We need to spread this culture through the annual integrity week.
Al-Yasiri said that the Commission has raised the slogan of combating corruption and has taken steps to increase its work and change the approach it used previously. Instead of receiving funds to receive complaints, they formed field and mobile teams.

The field teams received praise at the Arab and international levels, Including the Ministries of Industry, Transport, Education, Agriculture, Health, Justice, the Real Estate Bank and perhaps some other ministries, where their investigations resulted in the referral of ministers, deputy ministers and leaders to the judiciary as a result of the work of these teams.

The head of the Integrity Commission, the mobile teams include investigators and auditors go to the state departments and open files regardless of the existence of complaints against them or not, while the formation of teams mobile inspection secret visits to the institutions and ministries that have contact with the citizen and suffer from cases of extortion such as passports and tax Border crossings and others.

* The media reports of the imminent overthrow of large heads accused of corruption.Will we see confirmation of these reports in the near future?

It is regrettable that many have no knowledge of the work of the Integrity Commission and the laws that determine this work.

The Commission issued decisions prohibiting the travel of a number of senior officials, which is unprecedented, the last of which is the governor of Basra, who was not prevented by the judiciary from traveling.

Deputies and ministers and provincial councils in full, which forced them to review the body and the judiciary to resolve their position .. What many do not know that the work of the Commission is an achievement, but implementation is subject to the judiciary and the executive bodies.

[Asharq Al-Awsat] In some corruption cases, large amounts of money have been robbed, while a few corrupt ones are not commensurate with the size of the offense.

In your opinion, is the defect due to the procedures of the Commission or to the articles of the Penal Code?
In order to deal with this big imbalance, we need a legal system competent to combat corruption that is deterrent and strict.

The Parliament has demanded legislation to combat corruption, but we have not yet found a response.

The Commission has had to propose several laws that facilitate its work, On the information and the protection of witnesses and informants and the amendment of the Penal Code in force and also proposed to tighten all penalties associated with corruption and waste of public money .. Of course some of the deputies responded to the proposals of the Commission, but this response remained little and did not materialize on the ground, Its only need political will to make them come out legal as a system.

Is corruption a crime of honor?
Yes, corruption is at the top of crimes against honor, and in truth we were surprised by the enactment of the amnesty law to include the corrupt.

I have been very much aware of the media that did not shed light on the negative aspects of this law and the citizen is aware of the negative effects of its application. The regulators are frustrated and will give criminals the opportunity to escape their crimes.

* The subject of "international experts" was linked after the announcement of Prime Minister Haider Abadi war on corruption, and lists of names of some personalities appeared on social media claiming that the owners are corrupt and will be investigated .. What is the truth?
C) In such difficult and dangerous subjects, citizens should be careful to convey information because we do not want more confusion and misinformation.

Information that is important and dangerous should be sent to the concerned bodies, and not talk on the street or Facebook, And I think that some of these publications are intended to embarrass the government and weaken the citizen’s confidence in the state and its regulatory bodies.
On the subject of international experts, I doubt that Iyad is behind the political agendas aimed at political dichotomy and mixing papers on this aspect.

The subject of international experts, in short, is that Iraq requested United Nations Anti-Corruption Assistance to provide the government and the Integrity Commission with some experts for advice and advice.

We met with representatives of the United Nations. We reached a preliminary agreement to provide advice and assistance in money recovery and extradition files.

From our request to the experts .. As for what is being circulated in the street of rumors and rumors that international experts are conducting the investigations is not true at all, Iraqi laws do not give them any validity.

[Asharq Al-Awsat] To what extent did the Authority succeed in recovering Iraq’s smuggled funds abroad?
C / in the file of the recovery of money smuggled, it is a file, while some of it related to the money of the former regime and the memorandum of oil for food and medicine, the body was able to complete hundreds of files in this regard in coordination with the prosecution and the Ministry of Justice and Foreign Affairs in this regard ..

The files are ready and some arrived Interpol International, which issued a red bulletin distributed to the countries of the world for the confiscation and return of funds to Iraq.

The problem in this file is political because there are countries that do not cooperate with us, which requires the assistance of the government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to fulfill their responsibility in approaching these countries.

As a result of our work and our investigations, the former Minister Abd al-Falah al-Sudani was arrested in Beirut according to the file of the Commission and the red bulletin issued by Interpol.

The Commission also succeeded in preparing the file of the former secretary-general of the Ministry of Defense Ziad al-Qattan. He was arrested in Jordan, For the purpose of his extradition to Iraq and trial.

* Do you have an approximate amount of money being recovered or in the process of recovery?

As a result of the cooperation of some countries with us, Iraq was able to recover more than 2 million dollars from the deal sonar equipment, which was the main supplier British nationality.

[Asharq Al-Awsat] Did the Commission issue warrants for the extradition?
C / There are accused of the Iraqi judiciary in 15 countries, notably America, Britain, Lebanon, Jordan, Poland and others .. Such notes object to the implementation of political problems and not technical .. Iran and Turkey, we do not have with them such problems.

* The region is a closed file can not access the body, despite being part of Iraq, what are your future actions and the most prominent files that did not respond to them?

The law of the Commission includes Iraq as a whole except for the region. A law has been issued in the region to establish an Integrity Commission, but this body has not filed a file against anyone.

However, despite the legal registration, the TRA is proud that two years ago Masoud Barzani, Najirvan Barzani and Jalal Talabani demanded disclosure of their financial liabilities.

The answer came from the region that we are a federal body that has no jurisdiction over the region.

The Commission insisted on its position on the grounds that Jalal Talabani, President of the Republic of Iraq, regardless of being a Kurd and is obliged to disclose his financial debt, while the President of the region and Prime Minister positions are sovereign and take their salaries and privileges from the public budget and must disclose their financial debt also.

[Asharq Al-Awsat] What are the reasons for the closure of the offices of the inspectors?

These are strange calls, because they come at a time when the voices are rising to combat corruption.

The country is suffering from corruption and all the regulatory bodies must cooperate, not at least at this stage.

There are thousands of cases in which the offices of the public inspectors have been investigated. Through which the waste of public money .. Instead of these calls, we call on the House of Representatives to expand the work of the Commission and the parents and inspectors general.

* All blocs and parties raise the slogan of fighting corruption, how much is the proportion of sincerity in these slogans?

We are talking about our competence and we do not want to enter into political disputes. We are very interested and we wish anyone who raises the slogan of fighting corruption to translate it in the form of a legal and practical system, because we do not want words in the air. We want laws that help combat this scourge.

* Everyone is waiting for a war on the corrupt, what is the role of the citizen in helping the body?

C / citizen cornerstone in the fight against corruption, especially in the delivery of the right information, and integrity and support the work of the Commission .. Sometimes it is the citizen is the cause of corruption by exposing a bribe to an employee to exceed the law or get what is not worthy of it is a contributor and partner in Corruption, and therefore we call on the government to set strict standards in the selection of employees in its institutions to prove their competence and security.

[Asharq Al-Awsat] What are the reasons that led you to resign?
I have not been subject to political pressure not to resign or to abandon it, I submitted a single resignation only and rejected Prime Minister Haider Abadi because he wants to eliminate corruption, and I saw it is my duty to support and stand for this task ..

The second resignation, Health never happens.
* Is the staff of the body efficient or needs more training?
C / The Commission has 250 investigators out of the 2,700 employees on its staff, and these investigators are under surveillance to assess their performance and account in case of default, knowing that the Commission considers the limits of 15 thousand cases annually.

The Commission does not have allocations except salaries, so its plans collide with the financial obstacle. Training the Commission’s investigators outside of Iraq on the modern investigative method, for example, needs funds, so we resorted to agreement with foreign countries to train the investigators free of charge and some agreements were signed with Singapore, Malaysia, France and South Korea.

From sending them next year for training in modern investigative techniques and raising their efficiency.
[Asharq Al-Awsat] What about the phantom projects that the Commission investigates?

C / integrity check in a number of these files and the Commission to refer all cases to the judiciary after completion, as it is keen not to delay any file .. I have investigated in major cases despite the lack of a large number of investigators and auditors.

[Asharq Al-Awsat] Are officials of dual nationality problems of integrity?
This is why we have presented a proposal on behalf of Iraq in which we demanded that dual nationality should not be a hindrance to the recovery of the accused and the funds.

Especially the United States, but the resolution passed and we hope that the countries will cooperate with Iraq in this regard.

What is the response of officials to disclose their financial liabilities?
C / Our presidency and the ministers responded well, as 20 ministers submitted a disclosure of financial wealth out of 22, while the House of Representatives is the real obstacle in the disclosure of financial receivables

.. The problem facing us that the judiciary does not issue a judgment on those who do not disclose the financial burden On the grounds that there is no explicit legal provision that makes disclosure of receivables a crime but is a disciplinary offense.

Expert for the {morning}: 2018 will see a revival of {Made in Iraq}


The step of the Ministry of Industry to work on the development of production and the activation of marketing, welcomed by experts and specialists, stressing the need to enter into partnerships with the private sector to achieve self-sufficiency in the fields of

"The government has worked during the last period to promote the industry through partnership with the private sector, but this step has been delayed because of the war on terrorism, but we hope to activate it during the next year, especially after the statements of the Prime Minister Dr. Haider Abadi, in which he stressed the determination to promote the slogan "Made in Iraq" through

Fruitful partnership and praised al – Saadi as "directed the Ministry of Industry to develop local production and activation of marketing through cooperation with the private sector , " noting that " the partnership between the two sectors (public and private) is the perfect solution is to achieve self – sufficiency in several areas , such as cement, iron, steel, petrochemical and some industry Electrical industries and other fields. "

The Minister of Industry and Minerals, Mohamed Shi’a al-Sudani announced in a statement, to go to "reduce the cost of production and activate the marketing and disposal of products to ensure the sustainability of production and continuity of work in the companies of the ministry."

Al-Sudani said: "The classification of public companies between the loser and the profit depends on the achievement of these companies of profit by calculating the cost of production, including salaries," pointing out that "reducing the cost of production and marketing of the product would contribute to increase work meals and reduce the price of the product,

The local product is a strong competitor in the market, especially as it is characterized by the high quality and specifications required by the

" Quality of the product Saadi believes that "the local product is known for its quality, especially what is produced in the national companies known and well-known," pointing to "

In the meantime, the General Company for Petrochemical Industries announced its intention to resume operating its production units and resume work next year 2018 after supplying them with natural gas and completing the
rehabilitation process .

The company’s general manager Khalid Kazem Naji said in a statement received by Al-Sabah, a copy of the agreement recently signed with Basrah Gas Company to supply the company with sufficient quantities of natural gas to operate its production units and start production next year with a 60 percent start-up rate.

"He said. The implementation of the plans and pointed out that "the company stopped working completely in 2011 because of the processing of sufficient quantities of natural gas for the purpose of supplying power plants ."

"The company will start implementing the plan for rehabilitation once the loan amount is received for this purpose, the company will return its production of low density polyethylene and high density used as raw materials in the manufacture of pipes and tanks, plastic containers and agricultural covers, bags
and others.

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