Damaged currency causes great suffering and embarrassment to citizens

5/21/2018

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
old.

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.

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Economic events awaiting the global markets

5/21/2018

During this week
Capitals / follow-up morning

The world markets are receiving a new week of important political and economic events amid central banks’ control of the scene. Several central bankers are also scheduled to speak on different occasions giving their views on monetary policy, as well as a number of central banks
Meetings.

Markets are also awaiting the presidential elections in Venezuela in conjunction with the economic problems experienced by the state.

The start of the week Many European markets are trading at the beginning of this week, with trades resuming on Tuesday.

Germany, France and Switzerland are among those markets celebrating Monday White Day. Central Bank Presidents The President of the Bank of England and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve are speaking on various occasions this week.

On Thursday, Bank of England President Mark Carney is due to speak at the Bank of England’s Markets Forum in London. On Friday, Carney and Jerome Powell are scheduled to take part in a panel discussion on the future of central banks at a Stockholm conference.

OPEC meeting

OPEC holds its monthly meeting on Monday, in the presence of the 13 member states along with 11 other oil-producing countries.

In OPEC’s regular meetings, developments in the oil market and levels of production and demand for crude are discussed. While the monthly report of the Organization of the increase in production in April by 12.1 thousand barrels per day to 31.930 million barrels per day.

European and the minutes of the Federal European Central Bank and the Federal Reserve announced the minutes of their last meeting over the weekend, which is often released after 3 weeks of the bank meeting.

On Wednesday, the Fed will announce its meeting at which it decided to set interest rates at 1.50 to 1.75 percent, a move that has been approved.

The European Central Bank is due to release minutes of its meeting on Thursday on interest rate stabilization, with interest rates on major refinancing and interest rates on lending and deposits at 0.00 percent, 0.25 percent and 0.40 percent respectively.

VENEZUELA, Venezuela – Venezuela held its presidential election on Sunday at a time of huge economic problems ranging from currency collapse to rising inflation, along with a lack of oil production.

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The role of economic morning

5/20/2018

Dr.. In the name of Brahimi, the
press in Iraq continues to be an important factor in the formation of collective opinion in all areas despite the entry of social media as a strong competitor, but a few of these newspapers succeeded in the economic field by keeping pace with the events we witnessed during the last stage,

New if we say that the morning comes in the forefront of its sisters from the Iraqi newspapers, so that it became a platform for all and different aspects of intellectual and school science in
economics.

What counts for the morning is not only keeping up with the events, but also taking the lead in many times in news and information, as well as its role in motivating and taking care of many important topics and putting them under the spotlight and at the dialogue table with a group of specialists to diagnose the economic imbalances through constructive criticism in a process matured by experience to reach what is It is
today.

The process of maturity has been the objectives of the economic morning, it seeks to raise the level of professional and treatment in the impartial opinion to serve the highest goals of the country away from the goals of self or interim and this is clear today where it could declare it as a page for all without exception, Professionalism and impartiality.

As I say, my testimony is insulted to the economic page and its employees because I have a brotherly relationship that has been consolidated during the experience of writing the weekly column since more than one year, prepared by one of my best experiences in writing to the press.

Economic woes that we believe are important to the general public and the economists in
particular.

The morning has contributed during the last year to at least the coverage of many important topics and may be the most prominent coverage of the activities of the week of financial inclusion, which was established in cooperation between the Central Bank of Iraq and Iraqi banks and this coverage was not just a press duty as much as it was a national duty to the importance of awareness in this

The important project that is being worked out now in Iraq, finally a word of thanks should be given to all the workers in the morning and especially the brothers in the economic page with my wishes to all with success and every year and morning okay.

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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)

The document: the Iraqi Central Bank stops dealing with the Bank of the Islamic country
5/16/2018

The Iraqi Central Bank decided to stop dealing with the Islamic Bank of Iraq in Iraq after accusing him of financing terrorism by the US Treasury Department.

According to a document seen by the agency (News Agency) issued by the Central Bank to all authorized banks and financial transfer companies and companies to mediate the sale and spread of foreign currencies to stop dealing with the Bank of the Islamic country.

"Due to the inclusion of AlBilad Islamic Bank and its Chairman (Aras Habib Mohammad) on the OFAC list, and based on the international agreements signed by the Iraqi side, and in order to preserve the integrity of the financial and banking system in Iraq, The following precautionary measures:

First: To stop the bank from entering the window of selling and buying foreign currency.

Second: The reservation to all the accounts of the bank and the accounts of the Chairman of the Board of Directors referred to above and notified us of these absences.

Third: The reservation on the circulation of shares of the bank and shares registered in the name of the Chairman of the Board of Directors.

On Tuesday, the US Treasury Department listed Arsab Habib’s Islamic Bank of Iraq as a terrorist group.

Habib, secretary-general of the National Congress Party and a candidate for Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi’s victory coalition, said he had conclusive evidence refuting the "fabrications" of the US Treasury Department .. /

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The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on the Governor and a senior official of the Central Bank of Iran, an Iraq-based bank and its chairman, and a key Hizballah official, all of whom have moved millions of dollars on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) to Hizballah.

They were designated as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224, which targets terrorists and those providing support to terrorists or acts of terrorism.

“Iran’s Central Bank Governor covertly funneled millions of dollars on behalf of the IRGC-QF through Iraq-based al-Bilad Islamic Bank to enrich and support the violent and radical agenda of Hizballah.  It is appalling, but not surprising, that Iran’s senior-most banking official would conspire with the IRGC-QF to facilitate funding of terror groups like Hizballah, and it undermines any credibility he could claim in protecting the integrity of the institution as a central bank governor,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.

“The United States will not permit Iran’s increasingly brazen abuse of the international financial system.  The global community must remain vigilant against Iran’s deceptive efforts to provide financial support to its terrorist proxies.”

Today’s action cuts off Iran’s use of a critical banking network and follows last Thursday’s disruption of an IRGC-QF-associated currency exchange network procuring millions of dollars through the UAE.  Both actions seek to stifle Iran’s ability to abuse the U.S. and regional financial systems.  These actions continue the aggressive campaign against the IRGC and its proxies that the Treasury Department has led under this Administration.

These actions build upon President Trump’s May 8 decision to cease the United States’ participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and begin reimposing U.S. sanctions that had been lifted under the JCPOA, including against the Central Bank of Iran.

The IRGC-QF was designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 on October 25, 2007.  The IRGC-QF’s parent organization, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) itself was also designated on October 13, 2017 pursuant to E.O. 13224 for its support to the IRGC-QF, and consistent with the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

Hizballah was designated by the Department of State as a Foreign Terrorist Organization in October 1997 and as an SDGT pursuant to E.O. 13224 in October 2001.  It was listed in January 1995 in the Annex to E.O. 12947, which targets terrorists who threaten to disrupt the Middle East peace process, and also designated in August 2012 pursuant to E.O. 13582, which targets the Government of Syria and its supporters.

Iran’s Central Bank Governor and a Senior Staff Officer

OFAC is designating Valiollah Seif, Iran’s Central Bank Governor, for assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.  Seif has conspired with the IRGC-QF to move millions of dollars through the international financial system in a variety of foreign currencies to allow the IRGC­QF to fund its activities abroad.  Seif has also supported the transfer of IRGC-QF-associated funds to al-Bilad Islamic Bank, an Iraq-based bank which is also being designated today.

OFAC also is designating Ali Tarzali, the assistant director of the International Department at the Central Bank of Iran, for assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.  Tarzali has worked with Hizballah and proposed that the terrorist group send funds through Iraq-based al-Bilad Islamic Bank.

As a result of today’s actions, Veifollah Seif and Ali Tarzali are subject to secondary sanctions pursuant to the Iranian Financial Sanctions Regulations (IFSR), which implement, among other authorities, the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions and Divestment Act of 2010 (CISADA).  Pursuant to the IFSR, OFAC can prohibit or impose strict conditions on the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by a foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction for designated agents or affiliates of the IRGC or persons designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 in connection with Iran’s support for international terrorism or E.O. 13382 in connection with Iran’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

Today’s designations of Valiollah Seif, Iran’s Central Bank Governor, and Ali Tarzali, assistant director of the International Department at the Central Bank of Iran, do not extend to the Central Bank of Iran.  However, due to President Trump’s May 8, 2018 decision to cease the United States’ participation in the JCPOA, as of August 7, 2018, the United States Government will re-impose sanctions that extend to certain transactions with the Central Bank of Iran, including sanctions on the purchase or acquisition of U.S. dollars banknotes by the Government of Iran.  Furthermore, on November 5, 2018, additional sanctions will be re-imposed on persons knowingly engaging in certain significant transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

Al-Bilad Islamic Bank and Its Chairman and Chief Executive

OFAC is designating Aras Habib, the Chairman and Chief Executive of Al-Bilad Islamic Bank, for assisting, sponsoring, or providing financial, material, or technological support for, or financial or other services to or in support of, the IRGC-QF.  Aras Habib enabled the IRGC-QF’s exploitation of Iraq’s banking sector to move funds from Tehran to Hizballah, jeopardizing the integrity of the Iraqi financial system.  Habib, who has a history of serving as a conduit for financial disbursements from the IRGC-QF to Iranian-backed Iraqi groups, has also helped provide IRGC-QF financial support to Lebanese Hizballah.  Al-Bilad Islamic Bank is being designated for being owned or controlled by Aras Habib.

As a result of today’s actions, Aras Habib and Al-Bilad Bank are subject to secondary sanctions pursuant to the IFSR, which implement, among other authorities, CISADA.  Pursuant to the IFSR, OFAC can prohibit or impose strict conditions on the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by a foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction for designated agents or affiliates of the IRGC or persons designated pursuant to E.O. 13224 in connection with Iran’s support for international terrorism or E.O. 13382 in connection with Iran’s proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

Hizballah Official Working with IRGC-QF

OFAC is designating Muhammad Qasir (Qasir) for acting for or on behalf of Hizballah.  Qasir acted as a critical conduit for financial disbursements from the IRGC-QF to Hizballah.  Qasir has worked with the IRGC-QF to transfer funds.

Qasir is subject to secondary sanctions pursuant to the Hizballah Financial Sanctions Regulations, which implements the Hizballah International Financing Prevention Act of 2015.  Pursuant to this authority, OFAC can prohibit or impose strict conditions on the opening or maintaining in the United States of a correspondent account or a payable-through account by a foreign financial institution that knowingly facilitates a significant transaction for Hizballah, or a person acting on behalf of or at the direction of, or owned or controlled by, Hizballah.

Identifying information on the individuals and entities designated today.

(Source: U.S. Department of the Treasury)