Saleh for the Sharm el-Sheikh summit: Our vision is based on protecting Iraq’s sovereignty and avoiding the policy of axes
2/25/2019

"The real victory achieved by the direct threat of terrorism and its extremist ideology still requires many of us, the countries of the region and even the world to be a firm, decisive and sustainable victory," President Barham Salih said.


"Participants in the historic Arab-European neighborhood, economic imperatives and cultural integration impose themselves on everyone and support the adoption of joint action to enable our peoples to move together into the future," Saleh said in a speech at the Arab-European summit in Sharm el-Sheikh.

"I am coming from Iraq, which courageously confronted the threats of terrorism represented by the organization," he said, "and succeeded by adopting the principle of regional and international cooperation in undermining and breaking it," noting that "victory was the result of the will of the Iraqis and their defense of their country and cities, International and neighbors, whose role is not forgotten. "

He explained that "Iraq is now the leading role in the fight against terrorism and extremism, and its strategic location and resources and the need for reconstruction, looking forward to be a yardstick for the interests of the countries and peoples of the region is not an arena for contention and conflict, and Iraq in depth Gulf and Arab, and the Islamic side, and the natural and human resources , Can be effective in the region’s reunification and reduce tension. "

"Our vision for our national interests and development benefits is based on safeguarding the sovereignty and stability of Iraq and its exclusion from the policy of the axes," he said, adding that "we look forward to an active contribution to building a new stable system in the region based on joint security and economic integration through infrastructure interconnection and disarmament. Causes of tension and conflict. "

Saleh reiterated his call for "comprehensive cooperation, which is devoted to the mutual benefits of development and security between neighboring and neighboring countries on vital Bahrain in this region, the Gulf and the Mediterranean," pointing out that this vital part of the world when it enjoys security and prosperity, the stability of the world will be based on this region.

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The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) in Iraq has welcomed an additional contribution of AUD 2 million (approximately USD 1.5 million) from the Government of Australia to further enable stabilization and humanitarian efforts through explosive hazards management in liberated areas of Iraq.

This brings the current three-year contribution from Australia to a total of AUD 13 million (approximately USD 9 million).

The survey and clearance of explosive hazards are a crucial precursor to the commencement of humanitarian and stabilization initiatives, and the demand for assistance still exceeds the resources available. UNMAS in Iraq is working closely with the United Nations system and the Government of Iraq to enable humanitarian and stabilization efforts.

This contribution from the Government of Australia will further support UNMAS explosive hazards management activities to create safe conditions for the sustainable return of displaced people. It will also improve coordination, engagement and capacity enhancement of relevant government authorities, threat impact assessments as well as clearance and risk education initiatives. This will reduce the risk of explosive hazards in direct support of humanitarian and stabilization planning and delivery, while at the same time increase national capacities to manage the overall threat of newly identified explosive hazards in these areas.

The contribution comes in concert with a recent field visit organized for representatives of the Government of Australia to Fallujah in Anbar Governorate. During the visit, the delegation received a comprehensive briefing on UNMAS clearance activities inside the city’s most damaged areas, with its scale of destruction and contamination continuing to be prime inhibitors for the safe, dignified and voluntary return of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to their homes.

Australia’s Ambassador to Iraq, Dr Joanne Loundes (pictured), said:

“Although much progress has already been made, the huge scale of explosive hazards contamination in Iraq means there is still much to be done. We are increasing Australia’s contribution to UNMAS because we are committed to helping Iraq address these challenges and helping displaced families return to their homes.”

Mr. Pehr Lodhammar, Senior Programme Manager for UNMAS in Iraq, said:

“Through its continuous support and close collaboration with UNMAS, the Government of Australia is helping to reduce the threat posed by explosive hazards, including improvised explosive devices, thereby enhancing community safety and facilitating the return of displaced people to their homes.”

The Government of Australia is an essential contributor to UNMAS explosive hazards management activities in Iraq. This latest contribution brings to AUD 18 million (approximately USD 13 million) the total amount of funds donated since 2016.

(Source: UN)

By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Economic treaty between Iraq, Jordan stirs Iraqis’ discontent

Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi and his Jordanian counterpart, Omar al-Razza, signed 14 economic agreements Feb. 2 between the two countries, during their meetings on the Iraqi-Jordan border, where a joint industrial city will be established.

The agreements include the transport, trade, health, agriculture, finance and energy sectors.

The recent economic agreements between the Iraqi and Jordanian governments have raised controversy in Iraq, as some Iraqi political and economic institutions believe these understandings favor Jordan and harm Iraq. The Asaib Ahl al-Haq (League of the Righteous), headed by Qais Khazali, said “the Iraqi citizens will pay the tax of these agreements.”

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Saleh stresses the importance of following the decisions of the Kuwait Conference for the reconstruction of Iraq

2/20/2019

(KUNA) – Kuwait’s Minister of Trade and Industry Khalid Al-Roudhan and his accompanying delegation stressed on Wednesday the importance of following up what was approved at the Kuwait Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq held in February 2018 and collecting 29.6 billion dollars Dollars.


Saleh stressed during the meeting, according to a presidential statement received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, "the need to strengthen trade cooperation between the two countries, and ways to develop it to achieve economic development in the interest of the two friendly peoples."

"Iraq has a serious desire to open up to its Arab, regional and international environment in the economic and industrial fields, in order to enhance its status and realize the aspirations of its people.

For his part, Minister Al-Roudhan stressed his country’s keenness to develop relations with Iraq and the willingness of Kuwaiti companies to invest and rehabilitate infrastructure in its cities.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues of interest to both countries, stressing the increase in the level of trade and economic exchange, exchange of experiences and joint coordination in all fields

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Saleh stresses the importance of following the decisions of the Kuwait Conference for the reconstruction of Iraq

2/20/2019

(KUNA) – Kuwait’s Minister of Trade and Industry Khalid Al-Roudhan and his accompanying delegation stressed on Wednesday the importance of following up what was approved at the Kuwait Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq held in February 2018 and collecting 29.6 billion dollars Dollars.


Saleh stressed during the meeting, according to a presidential statement received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, "the need to strengthen trade cooperation between the two countries, and ways to develop it to achieve economic development in the interest of the two friendly peoples."

"Iraq has a serious desire to open up to its Arab, regional and international environment in the economic and industrial fields, in order to enhance its status and realize the aspirations of its people.

For his part, Minister Al-Roudhan stressed his country’s keenness to develop relations with Iraq and the willingness of Kuwaiti companies to invest and rehabilitate infrastructure in its cities.

During the meeting, they discussed a number of issues of interest to both countries, stressing the increase in the level of trade and economic exchange, exchange of experiences and joint coordination in all fields

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The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has announced that it has launched it’s ‘IBBC Women’s Group’, dedicated to empowering and advancing women’s careers and networks across all areas of business in Iraq, the Middle East and Internationally.

Under the Chairmanship of Samar Thamer of AMS Iraq and coordinated by IBBC’s Agne Abramauskaite and Ashley Goodall, the Women’s Group will be organising events, talks and networking opportunities for those who wish to participate in this progressive and exciting new venture.

Background

IBBC Women’s Group primarily wants to encourage and reinforce the role of women’s socio-economic development in the Middle East Region.

We will work with our members to share knowledge and best practice, via networking opportunities, online platforms and events to ensure that standards are raised to benefit women in the ME. We want to encourage men and women to speak up and share the best practice and showcase greater awareness of women’s prospects globally.

IBBC Women’s Group is a part of Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), which facilitates business, trade and investment, for the benefit of the Republic of Iraq and its members, seeking to bring together Iraqi, British and international companies and public sector bodies through a joint platform identifying mutual interests and common goals.

It is a powerful network of some of the most important global corporations as well as key Iraqi and British companies and enjoys the highest-level of support from governments and Global Organisations.

Activities

  • Reinforce measures to promote women in corporate leadership through the IBBC
  • Increase women’s access to mentorship and training opportunities that could led by the companies and academic institutions that are linked with IBBC
  • Support social awareness and promote gender equality at work and communities
  • Create networking, business and mentoring events on and off line
  • Influence the Iraqi government where possible to drive progress towards women’s empowerment

If you have an interest in the IBBC’s Women’s Group and would like to participate, please join our newly created LinkedIn & Facebook groups to keep up to date on activities going forward:

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(Source: IBBC)

Special Parliament reveals the most prominent laws to be presented in the new legislative term
2/14/2019


A member of the legal committee, Hussein Ali Karim Fenjan, on Thursday, that the House of Representatives seeks to enact and approve a number of important laws affecting the Iraqi citizen, in the second legislative term.

"There are priorities for the laws set by the relevant committees, and this depends on the type of law and the delay, some laws need to be discussed and intensive dialogues in some others can not be delayed," he said in a statement.

He pointed out that "there is a tendency to pass laws (the Federal Court, the financial management of the public debt, and the new civil service law), we hope to vote in the new chapter," noting that "there is slow in the work of the House of Representatives in connection with the convening of meetings, Accelerate the passage of important laws. "

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The opening of a new branch of the Industrial Bank in Baghdad

2/10/2019


(Baghdad: Al Furat News) The Secretariat of the Council of Ministers announced on Sunday, the opening of a new branch of the Industrial Bank near the building of the Electoral Commission in Baghdad, to facilitate banking procedures.


The Secretariat said in a statement received by the agency {Euphrates News} a copy of it, "the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers Mahdi Alalak, opened a branch of the Industrial Bank near the building of the Electoral Commission."

He stressed the importance of "the importance of banking expansion in providing services to citizens in light of the government’s trend towards the advancement of economic reality in the country and investment initiative of the Central Bank in facilitating banking and lending."

For his part, the Bank’s General Manager Bilal Sabah Hussein said, "The opening of the new branch comes to introduce electronic tools in the provision of its services in line with the development in the banking industry."

He explained that the new branch "will contribute to the process of settling salaries of state employees of the departments that fall within the scope of its work, through cards issued by the bank, which contributes to reducing the total cost of the process of paying salaries and keep cash within the banking system."

It is noteworthy that the Industrial Bank is one of the banks contributing to the process of settling the salaries of employees announced by the Central Bank of Iraq earlier

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Finance calls on ministries to receive a copy of the budget of 2019
2/9/2019

The Ministry of Finance said in a statement that it "invites the Ministry of Finance in the federal government, representatives of ministries, governorates and councils, and entities not linked to the Ministry, to review the Ministry of Finance to receive a copy of the amended and ratified budget law, Starting next Monday and the days following the week.
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The President of the Republic Barham Saleh has ratified the Financial Budget Law for 2019, while praising the "efforts that contributed to the preparation of the draft budget and study and legislation, whether in the government or the House of Representatives," he stressed "the need to provide basic services for citizens, and start the stage of construction and reconstruction"

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Deputy for reform: the budget included large funds for services and the reality of the case shocked
2/5/2019

MP of the Alliance for Reform and Reconstruction, Gandhi Mohammed al-Ksanzan, said the budget included large funds for service projects in all governorates.


"The budget has secured good amounts for the allocation of projects in the side of water and sewage in all governorates of Iraq," Al-Ksanzan told the Euphrates News.

He added that "the reality of the situation and the clear before the eyes confirms that services are poor in all joints of services so far and there is no improvement even by 1%."

The Iraqi provinces witnessed large demonstrations to protest the poor services for decades.

While the Commission on Human Rights, the low level of services provided to citizens in infrastructure, electricity, health, environment and education for the mafia corruption to steal most of the funds allocated to these projects or poorly implemented.

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