Iraq Duty Free has responded to allegations regarding the renewal of its contract to run the duty free concessions at Baghdad and Basra airports in Iraq.

According to the statement from its CEO, Ahmed Kamal, the owner of company has not been convicted of “any crime of punishment that deprives the freedom in Iraq.”

His response is carried in full below:

Iraq Duty Free strongly refutes all such allegations regarding the contract renewal which have been aired on Al Ahad channel. The contract between Iraq Duty Free and Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority has passed through a number of legal and regulatory authorities before concluding it. It was approved by Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority and then further endorsed by Ministery of Transportation. So all allegations by Al Ahad channel regarding the contract renewal are baseless and these allegations are aimed to tarnish our reputation and business goodwill. What was published about us in Al Ahad Channel is flagrantly untrue, and we have requested the channel to show evidence and documents of what it has stated; or else the right of reply is assured for us by law.

As for what your website has reported about the Al Ahad Channel and what was published about our company, we would like to indicate to you and all observers that businesses in Iraq have been encountering many challenges and every day false accusations are being published here and there and the last of which is what was aired about us in Al Ahad Channel which is baseless and defamatory act targeted on a business which has employed hundreds, if not thousands, of Iraqis and is one of the major employers in Iraq. We not only bring a pleasant shopping experience to Iraq but also we bring world best brands for Iraqi travelers. As a responsible corporate citizen, Iraq Duty Free is regularly contributing its resources for the welfare of Iraqi people.

We inform you that our company has a contract of leasing Iraqi duty free shops, which was entered into with relevant parties under the supervision of the Ministry of Transportation, and our company has not lagged behind in implementing the provisions prescribed in the contract, as it is an investment contract and cost us millions of dollars in order to develop and modernize the free duty shops, showrooms and some works related to Baghdad International Airport in terms of modernization, reconstruction and development, and there is no legal impediment to prevent renewing the contract even before its expiry; rather both contracted parties are entitled by law to do that with mutual consent.

Regarding what is said on website about the owner of company, we would like to tell you that the owner of company is an Iraqi National and not convicted of any crime of punishment that deprives the freedom in Iraq; furthermore, there is no text or law that prevents him from contracting inside Iraq, requesting your esteemed website kindly to investigate the facts before publication, as the bad information could commercially affect the company’s reputation, especially that our company is of the leading companies in Iraq.

We would request Iraq Business News to not pick the defamatory news spread by Al Ahad channel. If Al Ahad Channel has any evidence or legal documents that confirm what is published about us, we request them to announce it before slandering it on media.

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Damaged currency causes great suffering and embarrassment to citizens


Some circles do not accept dealing with them
Baghdad / Huda al-Azzawi

The Iraqi citizen may be one of the few citizens in the world, who complain about not accepting the deal in the national currency torn or damaged by some departments or institutions or shops, which causes him many problems and verbal quarrels may reach sometimes to conflict with hands in full view of The concerned authorities that did not issue a clear and direct order obligates everyone to deal with the currency in any way.

Currency torn within salaries
Al-Sabah spoke with more than one official and a citizen in order to shed light on this problem.

"At the end of each month, we allocate more than (200) thousand dinars of the currency torn apart equally among the employees of our district," said a member of the committee to receive salaries in a state department.

The employee, who did not want to be named, said that «a lot of problems and verbal quarrels occur between us and the trustees of the Fund, who insist on handing over sums of money smuggled and affixed on both sides, beginning with the employee’s suffering in how to manage this currency rejected by most dealers, Cabs to shop owners ».

She cautioned the employee that all this is happening as a result of the absence of a number of measures and means that the Central Bank of Iraq to take to maintain the prestige of the currency and ease of circulation in the markets.

Currency exchange

As for the burning or buried currency, Hassan pointed out that it is submitted to the Central Bank exclusively to replace them according to certain controls, noting that the bank is working on its part to solve this problem through the processing of Rafidain Bank and Rashid new banknotes and small categories to pay within the salaries of employees,

He pointed out that t
he bank continues to print and improve the banknotes, especially small groups, and pump them to compensate for the damaged paper, while at the same time preserving the currency and accepting it whatever its status as a symbol representing Aadh country and inform the bank in the case of refusal of banks received the damaged currency of citizens.

The suffering of the working class
For his part, said the citizen Rafie Abdul Latif MP, that the working classes and poor are the most social groups are vulnerable to deal with damaged currencies, because this segment traded in many of them, in addition to the same currency to factors that lead to damage early, such as moisture and wet and other It is noteworthy that even the gas stations have refused to accept the torn paper currency,

Therefore, the government and the concerned parties should enact laws to protect the currency as is the case in a number of foreign countries that have issued legal provisions criminalizing those who refuse to deal with them if they are torn or

Stamping of coins

On the re-minting of the coin for small groups and thus salvation from the problem of extinction of the currency currently in circulation, drew Professor of Economics, University of Nahrain Dr. Ngham Hussein Nima, that there were attempts in 2005-2006 to issue a coin of 250 dinars and 100 dinars and 50 dinars and 25

But the loss of the culture of trading in small metal groups among the public forced the Central Bank to stop circulation and convert it into scrap metal and sell it to a trader, so before taking any steps for the introduction of the coin must propagate the culture of trading in small metal categories

And this is certainly the responsibility of the Central Bank of Iraq through the dissemination of financial culture among all segments of the society and openness to the public to raise financial awareness among their ranks and to indicate the importance of dealing with metal groups And keep the currency

Measures to protect the currency
to that said economic researcher Hassan Jamg, said the currency ‘s strength will be in a positive state with the power of the state, the larger the strong and stable state and the economy in the active state, the same presence and effectiveness in the transactions of internal and external of this currency,

and no secret that most communities and nations take A number of measures and means to preserve this currency and to attempt to secure its material and moral status from any external influences that may be natural or by an effective act, such as the case of currency fraud or smuggling abroad,

it may be among the solutions to emphasize the need to respect National currency and dealing Regardless of their condition, and in the case that the currency is very tired or in poor condition, such as torn or semi-damaged, the obligation of government agencies to facilitate the taking or retrieval, and then delivery to banks or the competent banking authorities to destroy them and issue a new currency instead of that damaged.

International Monetary Fund: Iraq’s economy will improve in 5 years


The program ‘s credit path optimization
Baghdad / Emad Emirate
International Monetary Fund predicted that Iraq failed to curb public spending and control of the financial inability to maximize its resources and non – oil, while maintaining the level of economic performance is acceptable through a number of economic indicators for the years 2016/2022.

"The estimated program agreed between Iraq and the International Monetary Fund, and expectations of the economic and financial situation until 2022, indicate that the Iraqi economy will move towards achieving the credit ceiling of the Fund.

"The gross domestic product, which fell from 234.6 billion dollars in 2013 to about 171.7 billion dollars in 2016, because of the decline in oil prices in that year," and expected to "return to increase the value of GDP in the coming years to reach about 256 billion dollars In 2022, after the improvement in oil prices and increase the quantities exported to more than 4 million barrels per day and a barrel of exchange.

" Real output continued, expectations indicate that the "citizen ‘s share of GDP began to rise from $ 4533 in 2016 to about $ 5806 in 2022, the rise in real output rates to 2.1 percent in 2022, and the rise in real output of non – oil from the negative rates of rates over the years 2014/2016 to about 4.1 percent in 2022.

" Pressing expenses

"The measures by which the government seeks to maximize revenues and pressure public expenditure will boost public revenues, which will increase in accordance with the expectations of the International Monetary Fund in the coming years to reach 33.1 percent in 2022," he said.

Non-oil revenues For his part, said the academic economist d. "According to forecasts, public revenues will return to a higher percentage of GDP as a result of the relative improvement in oil prices and an increase in expected export capacity over the next five years, which is reflected in the increase in oil revenues that have taken the same direction as the general federations ."

He stressed in an interview for "morning" that "non-oil revenues are found to take the expected improvement according to the reform program committed by the government to the International Monetary Fund to increase the proportion of the lowest level in 2014, which amounted to 2.1 percent to about 5.5 percent of gross domestic product in 2022" .

Deficit reduction added Hisham "for public expenditure Vtaatouka IMF indicators fall to 31.1 percent in 2022, which can be through this reduction to reduce the deficit in public budgets and to achieve a balance between revenue and expenditure."

He pointed out that "the biggest reduction will be not in current expenditures, but in the capital expenditure, which is expected to decline from 22.6 percent in 2014 to no more than 8.6 percent of GDP in 2022, which will reflect the government’s ability to develop public services and infrastructure "He said.

Special: Cooperation between the public and private sectors is the key to industrial development

The industry looks forward to the production of traffic signs
Baghdad / Hussein Thugb
The cooperation between public sector productive and service institutions is an important center for supporting national production and activating it, and achieving major economic goals in light of the trend to develop national production in all its aspects and cover the largest proportion of the needs of local markets.

In the meantime, the General Company for Steel Industries revealed the signing of three contracts with the Municipality of Baghdad for the rehabilitation and manufacture of traffic signs in the capital Baghdad on both sides of Karkh and Rusafa.

The signing of contracts
, said Director General of the company ‘s engineer Jalal Abbas Hussein in a press interview that " the signing of these contracts is the first of the work of the plant traffic signs after his rehabilitation and opened by the Minister of Industry and Minerals Engineer Mohamed Xiaa Sudanese in the past month of March,

adding that "there ‘s overtures for the purpose of manufacturing Traffic signs on the airport road, explaining that it is hoped to sign contracts in the near future with some security agencies to manufacture car numbers according to international standards approved.

Progress plans
"Iraq is capable of being at the forefront of industrial countries in the region, if this approach is accompanied by phased plans that promote national production gradually and systematically in cooperation with major industrial blocs around the world," said Aqil al-Nouri.

He pointed out that "the most important steps should be to encourage the national industry to be adopted by public institutions, especially as they are manufactured in accordance with international quality standards, and under the supervision of the standardization and quality control, which requires all parties to work together one hand to promote national production and support from During its adoption of various requirements. "

He pointed out that "Iraq has the fundamentals of promoting the national production of natural resources and human resources, adding to the geographical location among the countries of the world, where it can invest in the establishment of major industrial cities in Iraq aimed at the products of the East and West markets, On industrial investment in Iraq.

" Attracting investment in turn President of the National Business Council Iraq Dawood Abdul Zayer in between more than an economic occasion the importance of working on the establishment of the major economic city in Faw district far south of Iraq (FAO economic authority) that can industrial and commercial investments attracted to Iraq to be a global trading center provides all the requirements of The work of international companies specialized, pointing out that "this city is achieving great economic growth for Iraq and address the biggest problems in our production sector."

General Manager of the company Engineer Jalal Abbas Hussein said that "the company has made offers to the security authorities to manufacture car numbers on the German side and was agreed in principle and the preparation of a contract form it," at the same time,

"the company to manufacture a model numbers of several parties
in cooperation with one of the investors specifications High quality to be a breakthrough for cooperation during the coming period.

" A future plan said Hussein that " the company has a future plan to announce the traffic signs plant as an investment opportunity in order to develop the lab is fully equipped and integrated production lines for the manufacture of traffic signs guidance and advanced cars on the numbers of foreign or German Similarly according to the requirements of the General Directorate of Traffic."

The Minister of Industry and Minerals, Engineer Mohamed Shi’a al-Sudani, opened the Traffic Marks Laboratory on 12 March after rehabilitation and adding some machines with self-sufficient capabilities to cover the needs of the Ministries of Interior, Construction, Housing, Municipalities and the Municipality of Baghdad from various signs of significance and publicity.

Five" alliances "Shiite" and three blocks "Sunni" and "Kurdish" to form the largest bloc in Iraq

According to the scenarios put forward, it appears that in Muqtada al-Sadr, "Sadr" and Haidar al-Abadi "victory" and Ammar al-Hakim, "national wisdom" are the closest to ensure the formation of the largest bloc through the alliance with Sunni parties such as Osama Nujaifi "coalition decision" in addition to Iyad Allawi

" The coalition of the Kurdistan Democratic Party led by Massoud Barzani, the other bloc, which weaves its strings with a clear Iranian consultation is the "conquest" led by Hadi al-Amiri and "State of Law" led by Nuri al-Maliki and the Sunni party, "Baghdad Alliance" led by Jamal Karbouli Kurdish parties are on the Defeated the National Union of change, this is what referred to the Middle East newspaper in a report published today.

The newspaper said that "began to fly here and there test balloons by the winning blocs, especially the large and medium on the formation of the largest bloc that will cost the formation of the next government," noting that "these balloons began to fly ahead of the announcement of the results yesterday morning by the Electoral Commission for elections officially, Although it was probably known to all by more than 90 per cent.

No one expected that 10 per cent if there was a change in seats and rules could change the political equations that States, parties and parties began weaving on unsuspecting fires, High shed light And the challenges in the region , " noting that" about three days before the announcement of the results turned Hananah in the city of Najaf as a kiss for politicians and ambassadors together. "

The young cleric Moqtada al-Sadr won the surprise and upset the balance of the largest votes, "54 seats" of the total seats in the parliament, "329 seats," noting that " Prime Minister Haider Abadi was the first well-wishers and leader of the wisdom movement Ammar al-Hakim, ,

While the congratulations came to Sadr even from the Kurdish leader angry at him from Baghdad after the referendum, Massoud Barzani, the ambassadors of Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria and Jordan visited the Sadr in his home, blessed and wondering what in the quiver of this man who in the way of his alliances can be the next form of the next government But the shape of the nakedness S whole.

He said that "the announcement of the results did not close the curtain on what has been achieved, has called for 90 deputies to convene an emergency session of parliament to discuss what they called the fate of the electoral process following complaints and appeals and problems in the counting and sorting,

but the Commission’s announcement of the results at dawn yesterday cut the majority of doubts opened the door only The Parliament has not been able to hold the emergency session, which was surrounded by its president Salim al-Jubouri, who lost the electoral round after his alliance with former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi,

to a deliberative session has no effect can result, Ao " The elections are a way for the people to achieve stability, and the integrity of this means must be preserved and removed from all suspicions.

Iraq and its people are more important than the victory of people and political blocs," said Jabouri in a spirit that appeared to be mathematical to his loss that seemed surprising to many .

The newspaper said, "Although this map is still a breakthrough, so if the news of the possibility of withdrawal of the Virtue Party," 7 seats "of the coalition of victory, led by Abbadi, the equation may become more difficult only if the disintegration of one of the blocks or the opposite bargains in the form Temptations on positions and positions, which means that there is not yet a clear hope that a political majority government will be formed in exchange for an opposition minority . "

The five-year plan establishes an effective development state


The proposal to establish a follow up sub – plans
Baghdad / Hussein Tgb
is a five – year plans an important focus in achieving development goals, it included important projects coincide with the human development taking place in the country and
the growing need for services and expansion continuously, which can be informing the user through this kind of plans.

A member of the Baghdad Economic Forum Amer Jawahri said: "The importance of launching the plan for the national economy stems from interfering with the strategies adopted and with the goal of taking concrete actions to clear the economy by focusing on all the basic productive and service sectors and increasing productivity for the individual and institutions and to make extraordinary efforts to achieve the objectives and productivity

and planned service for all institutions And to promote, support and develop all private and private sector businesses and projects to convert a number of public companies into joint stock companies listed in the Iraqi Stock

" Annual plans

He added that "the five-year plan is divided into five annual plans is the annual planning budgets, and the plan is part of a number of plans, which must be to achieve Iraq’s strategy and vision towards 2030, and it is time to develop the vision until the year 2040,

Of the implementation of the measures and steps systematic and serious because its implementation will reflect on the development of serious steps towards achieving prosperity for Iraq. "

It is imperative to meet the real challenge. The challenge is to effectively implement the five-year plan and the sub-plans to put Iraq on the path of the right productive product, in strict accordance with the rule of law methodology, fighting corruption and bureaucracy, and implementing the principle of good governance and stringent standards for selecting competent economic leaders to put them in the right place. Really.

Group participation

"The launch of the plan requires the collective participation of all government institutions, the private sector, civil society organizations, unions, professional, cultural, technical and sports organizations, youth and women’s organizations.

Therefore, we believe that the National Development Plan (similar to the Central Bureau of Statistics) And its sub-plans towards the implementation of plans towards Iraq 2030, a competitive product attractive to investment.

" Education campaigns and the jeweler that "community participation is absolutely necessary for everyone to know the usefulness and reflection of their direct and indirect efforts on the prosperity of society and their children and grandchildren,

to achieve this requires education and awareness campaigns with the establishment of mechanisms to engage those institutions to participate each in the implementation of specific activities," noting that " "It is important and useful to involve all media and the arts in this future national effort."

He pointed out that "the proposed body ensures the diligent professional implementation and the achievement of the results of the sub-plans and the five-year target for long-term vision as the biggest challenge to be an effective parliament and authority by using the people and its institutions the stakeholder …

Therefore, the priorities of the proposed mechanism to establish a mechanism for monitoring, .

Al-Jawahiri said that "the proposal to include the management body of the device representatives of private sector organizations and professional organizations, and the mechanisms of the work of the body and all institutions must be national excellence, everyone must support the procedural steps and the work of the body with historical responsibility.

" Good governance

"The five-year plan is gaining importance because it includes key axes, including good governance and the private sector, reconstruction in the provinces and alleviation of poverty, and focus on the promotion of productive sectors (agriculture and industry)

and increase the production capacity of electricity that move the rest of the sectors to the rate of The plan also includes increasing production capacity in the crude oil sector, providing sustainable employment opportunities, reducing poverty, and launching loans in
liberated areas . "

He stressed that "the implementation of the five-year plan will work to establish the application of the foundations of the development of active social responsibility in Iraq and not rely on the sources of oil in the first place."

Us report: Abadi "weak" and Iraq’s decision to follow Iran


Baghdad/Iraq News Network-Ray Brookings, Saturday, that the Iraqi elections that took place on the 12th of last May helped strengthen the power of the crowd and weaken Prime Minister Haider Abadi, who was described as America’s man in Baghdad.

The Institute said in a report that "elections in the country had encountered violence and turmoil like Iraq shouldn’t be underestimated however, Iraq will turn into a new chapter," stating that "the election weakened Abadi, who was sometimes described as (America’s man in Baghdad).

" He added that "despite the publicity and high expectations on the prospects but Abadi failed new beginning inspiration contribute to easing ethnic and religious tensions and the formation of national consensus needed by Iraq", saying that "elections have strengthened the power of the crowd".

He said the report that "the elections can provide an opportunity to create a clean slate between societies and between members of rival political class and between citizen and State, but not a panacea." 8%B9%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%8A-%D8%B6%D8%B9%D9%8A%D9%81%D9%88%D9%82%D8%B1%D8%A7%D 8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D8%A7/

UNHCR announces final election results


Referral of the file {examination of devices} of integrity .. And a parliamentary session today to discuss the {violations}
Baghdad / morning
While the Independent Electoral Commission revealed the final results and the number of seats obtained by the entities and parties competing, during a press conference held at dawn on Saturday, revealed the media office of the Prime Minister, the transfer of a file involving a violation of the Commission to integrity,

A specialized company, a move that came at the same time during which the House intends to hold an emergency session today, to discuss "violations that accompanied the electoral process ."

The announcement of the final results of the elections, preceded by an invitation by the Commission, urging "all lists and candidates to adhere to the law and the Constitution and follow the legal procedures for objections," rejecting at the same time "all forms of pressure exerted by some affected by the election results.

" The head of the electoral administration in the Office Riad al – Badran, at the beginning of the conference , which was held at dawn on Saturday, that " the Commission received 1416 complaints about breaches accompanied the electoral process, including 1250 in the public vote, and 139 in the voting, and 27 complaints in the voting

He said al – Badran , The number of complaints classified as "red" was 33 complaints, while the green number of 423, while the number of complaints yellow 960, pointing out that the number of stations that have been canceled results
of 103 stations.

By John Lee.

Newtechnic, which describes itself as a world leader in building engineering technology, has reportedly won the contract to design the facade and oversee the co-ordination and construction of the new Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) building in Baghdad.

According to New Civil Engineer, the building, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), will be 172m high and will stand on a 200m by 100m podium.

Chief Executive Andrew Watts said he will deploy UK- and US-based design-engineering teams to work on the project, which is expected to be completed by 2021.

More here.

(Source: New Civil Engineer)

Iraq agrees to the arrival of international experts to document the crimes of "urging"

The United Nations envoy for law enforcement and civilian protection, David Marshall, announced on Thursday the approval of the Iraqi government to send a team of international experts to Iraq to investigate the crimes of "urging."

"Majid al-Araji, president of the Baghdad Federal Court of Appeal, received David Marshall, the United Nations envoy for law enforcement and civilian protection, UNAMI, as part of the international team to investigate" crimes "committed in Iraq, a statement from the Supreme Judicial Council said.

"The Iraqi judiciary welcomes any assistance provided by the United Nations in combating the organization of the terrorist organization by knowing the nationalities of its elements and their ties with the countries that support them after Iraq suffered from terrorism for 15 years," Araji said.

"The UN Security Council will send an investigative team in Iraq to document the crimes committed by the terrorist organization and consider them as war crimes and genocide," the statement said, adding that "the Iraqi government has agreed to the arrival of the team, which will consist of international experts Iraqi experts, Iraqi judges and prosecutors ".