The first Iraqi official to give up his foreign nationality
12/16/2018
The first Iraqi official to give up his foreign nationalityIn the first incident in Iraq, the presidency announced on Sunday that President Barham Saleh has legally renounced his (British) nationality by complying with the Iraqi constitution.

Presidential spokesman Luqman al-Faily said in a statement that "the legal procedures for the resignation of President Barham Salih from British citizenship have been completed."

Al-Faily added, "President Saleh is very grateful to the United Kingdom for granting citizenship during the days of his opposition to the former regime.

His resignation comes as a result of his commitment to the Iraqi Constitution in Article 18, paragraph 4, which stipulates that persons may not have another nationality Elected or appointed as sovereign in the Republic of Iraq. " is over

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What is the number of retirees in Iraq and what is the fate of their salaries?
12/16/2018
What is the number of retirees in Iraq and what is the fate of their salaries General Pension Authority answer The
General Pension Authority of the Ministry of Finance revealed the number of retirees in Iraq.

"It is planned that the House of Representatives will issue the Social Security Law, which stipulates, in one of its clauses, the increase of pensions in the public and private sectors," said the director-general of retirement and social security Ali Jafar al-Helou.

He added that "compensation for victims of terrorism, we deal with them according to the laws of the institution of martyrs."

"The salaries of pensioners line red and will not be affected by anything, they have priority after salaries and will receive their retirement continuously and there is no problem in that."

He revealed that "the number of retirees amounted to 3 million and 600 thousand retirees."

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UNDP is committed to support the economic and regulatory reforms in Iraq

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) jointly with the Iraqi Ministry of Planning (MoP) organized a consultation session for Director Generals from the Ministry of Higher Education and the Ministry of Planning MoP, to discuss and develop a road map to institutionalize the Regulatory Impact Assessment as an evidence-based approach, and tool for policy making.

The session was intended to introduce a globally adopted tool to systematically and critically review the new and existing regulations, and analyze the projected social, economic and environmental impact, it was also a kickoff process through interactive consultation with key stakeholders, to enrich the discussion on the implementation of the Regulatory Impact Assessment, and reinforce the national ownership for smooth implementation.

The Deputy Minister of Planning, Mr. Qasim Enaya was among the session attendees along with other senior officials. He said:

“The Ministry of Planning is committed to actualize the Regulatory Impact Assessment Approach, and is mandated by its law to review the legislations related to inclusive development, we are also committed to assume our role to ensure the most feasible and effective policies, and regulations available, to produce the greatest economic and social net benefit to society, while simultaneously meeting the needs of government ”.

UNDP Country Director Mr. Gerardo Noto said during the session:

UNDP is fully committed to support the Government of Iraq and the coordinating role of the Ministry of Planning in the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals SDGs, and Agenda 2030. the development agenda which is adopted by Iraq is an integrated, interconnected and comprehensive approach, to inclusive development that should be translated into coherent public policies and regulations, aligned with economic, social and environmental sustainability.

“This consultation is affirmation of a key principle of Agenda 2030 underlined by SDG 16 (16.6 Develop effective, accountable and transparent institutions at all levels and 16.7 Ensure responsive, inclusive, participatory and representative decision-making at all levels)”.

Inspired by the government commitment, UNDP asserted its intention to continue the support provided to various government entities that seek economic and regulatory reforms, for inclusive and sustainable development.

This support is provided by UNDP through the Funding Facility for Economic Reform-Federal Project launched in early 2016, to provide technical assistance through the deployment of high caliber international experts to support national reforms agenda.

(Source: UNDP)

As part of its brutal campaign against northern Iraq’s Yezidi minority, the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) committed war crimes and crimes against humanity when it sabotaged irrigation wells and destroyed other farming infrastructure, Amnesty International said in a new report.

A year after Iraq’s government declared military victory over IS, Dead Land: Islamic State’s Deliberate Destruction of Iraq’s Farmland details how the armed group also burnt orchards, looted livestock and machinery and laid landmines in farming areas.

“The damage to Iraq’s countryside is as far-reaching as the urban destruction, but the consequences of the conflict on Iraq’s rural residents are being largely forgotten,” said Richard Pearshouse, Senior Crisis Adviser at Amnesty International.

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(Source: Amnesty International)

As part of its brutal campaign against northern Iraq’s Yezidi minority, the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS) committed war crimes and crimes against humanity when it sabotaged irrigation wells and destroyed other farming infrastructure, Amnesty International said in a new report.

A year after Iraq’s government declared military victory over IS, Dead Land: Islamic State’s Deliberate Destruction of Iraq’s Farmland details how the armed group also burnt orchards, looted livestock and machinery and laid landmines in farming areas.

“The damage to Iraq’s countryside is as far-reaching as the urban destruction, but the consequences of the conflict on Iraq’s rural residents are being largely forgotten,” said Richard Pearshouse, Senior Crisis Adviser at Amnesty International.

More here.

(Source: Amnesty International)

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By John Lee.

US Energy Secretary Rick Perry spent the last two days trying to convince the Iraqi government that it’s in its best interest to cut energy ties with Iran.

But according to a report from Washington Examiner, his efforts have had limited success.

Perry tweeted:

“In bilateral meetings with Iraqi President @BarhamSalih, Prime Minister Abdul-Mahdi, and Speaker Mohammed Al-Halbousi I reaffirmed that the U.S. stands ready to assist the Iraqi people in transitioning from Iranian energy dependence to using their full domestic energy potential.”

Iran is Iraq’s neighbor and an important supplier of the natural gas that fuels the nation’s electric grid, which is crucial to Iraq’s economy and oil industry.

More here.

(Source: Washington Examiner)

On Wednesday 12th December, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) was pleased to host a first meeting between the British Chambers of Commerce and Chamber of Commerce & Industry representatives from the Kurdish Region of Iraq.

Erbil Chamber of Commerce is a founding member of IBBC and the IBBC is now the affiliate Chamber for Iraq of the British Chambers of Commerce.

Liam Smyth, International director represented the British Chambers.

Dr Dara Al Khayat, Chairman Erbil Chamber and Chairman of the Kurdish Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry was joined by the Chairmen of Sulaimani and Dohuk Chamber of Commerce.

The work of all the Chambers was discussed and in particular areas where the KRG requested UK involvement was identified.  Apart from oil and gas and utilities there was much discussion about the agricultural and food processing potential of the region. In addition mining, tech and textiles were also put forward as sectors which foreign investment would be most welcome.

Both sides looked forward to continuing engagement with each other to mutual benefit.

(Source: IBBC)