Gulf Keystone Petroleum (GKP) has announced the appointment of Kimberley Wood as a Non-Executive Director with effect from 01 October 2018.

Kimberley Wood is a legal professional with 18 years’ experience and a specialist in the oil and gas sector.  Most recently she was Head of the Oil and Gas for EMEA at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP and remains a Senior Consultant for the firm. Throughout her career she has advised a wide range of companies in the sector, from small independents through to super majors.

Ms. Wood was a Partner at Vinson & Elkins RLLP from February 2011 to April 2015, and was previously at Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP. She was included as an expert in Energy and Natural Resources in the 2018 “Expert Guide” series and Women in Business Law, 2018 and is a member of the Advisory Board to the City of London Geological Forum.

Ms. Wood is currently a Non-Executive Director of Africa Oil Corp., an E&P company listed on the TSX (Canada) and Nasdaq OMX (Stockholm), with assets in Kenya and Ethiopia and a member of the Lundin Group.

Following Ms. Wood’s appointment, the Board will review the composition of the Board Committees.

Jaap Huijskes, Gulf Keystone’s Non-Executive Chairman, said:

“We are pleased to welcome Kimberley to the Board of Gulf Keystone Petroleum. She is a highly respected legal practitioner who has been counselling Boards for the past two decades.  We very much look forward to Kimberly’s contribution, in particular in this exciting phase of investment and of markedly increasing production from Shaikan.”

(Source: GKP)

Proposals for the Government Economic Program 2018-2022


Amer Al-Jawahiri
The Government’s responsibility for the constitutional period 2018-2022 includes the commitment and actual work to provide the best services and work diligently to ensure that the socio-economic development of Iraq is taken for the near, medium and long term as part of the successive phases of the country’s management, and the responsibility of each government to take into account the development of building blocks for the continuity of development and development. .

The abundance of pledges without procedures, with red tape, bureaucracy and corruption, has led to the loss of opportunities for development and progress, a clear institutional decline in many joints, loss of funds, increased difficulty of improvement and economic diversification, and the utilization of specialists and other factors led to despair, frustration and reluctance to actively participate in the challenge.

Development, construction and reconstruction, as well as economic deterioration, which increased the degree of dependence on oil revenues with the increasing impact of administrative imbalance.

The responsibility of the next government, supported by the House of Representatives, has a historical character and requires the fingerprinting of institutions, individuals and individuals. We recommend that the government program be included in the following axes.

Representatives of the private sector and independent civil society should participate in the final status consultations and ensure their participation in monitoring, monitoring, evaluation and evaluation. The program can be enhanced by visions from other angles:

1. Act resolutely to achieve the rule of law and eliminate any violations of the rights, freedoms, safety and property of citizens, and to identify procedural steps, such as the application of a strict traffic regime, the fight against encroachment on sidewalks and streets and their cleanliness, the cultivation of green areas and the environment; Respecting the employee assigned to the public service by providing the best performance.

2. The highest levels of interest in social values ​​and ethics, work, production, productivity, cooperative spirit, preservation of the environment, public and aesthetic properties and cleanliness of the street and the city through intensive special procedures that address all aspects of life and through all educational, cultural, organizational and religious institutions and public and private institutions.

And their representatives in dialogues and consultations on the basic issues, including the fight against corruption and social action on the street and accept the other and attention to culture and the arts in all areas and try to find opportunities for wide entertainment of luxury Mtem .

3. Develop and take decisive action to fight corruption according to a clear detailed program including the institutional method, who will do what and how and the timetable for implementation with the design of a method to monitor the investigations and follow up and correct the implementation, including accounting for the type, speed and cost of the public service and the cutting of the hand and the awareness and fight against the turn of the corrupt,

And institutions, to ride the new wave through the new entities they created and from the post-"hasty" portal as the real "advocate" is the scourge of corruption and climbers, the loss of the rule of law and the degradation of societal values.

4. Develop and implement a rehabilitation plan for all government cadres to improve their capacities, performance, productivity, creative spirit and cooperative values ​​towards the achievement of every employee’s duty as quickly and as efficiently as possible and with high flexibility, and the need to ensure that government institutions achieve the maximum productivity and the best quality and the best and fastest service.

5. Meeting the municipal services for all regions by improving their productivity around the clock for individuals and mechanisms and organizing a program of competition between regions, districts, and governorates to achieve these activities, whichever is the most beautiful.

6. Adopting the methodology of development and the development of the country’s economy and services on the priority level and the required procedures, including the formation of the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs (expanded), whose membership is a high level of specialists from governmental and private institutions, civil society, trade unions, farmers and academics,

And the binding opinion on the policies, programs and major projects with follow-up and ensure implementation, the most experienced management and reporting to the Prime Minister and effectively communicate with the House of Representatives, and can form a sub-sectoral process teams of the Council to follow up the implementation and Assessment and evaluation,

the Council and the status of the Council of State has the blessing of the House of Representatives and has a fleeting permanence of governments that come to the continuation of policies, plans and strategies to develop each of which touches and addenda that fit with the latest developments.

7. It is possible to form a mini-cabinet to discuss and decide on the strategic issues in addition to the Economic Affairs Committee. It is clear that there is a need for a Higher Tourism Council, the Industrial Coordination Council, the Higher Agricultural Council, the Private Sector Development Council and the Energy Affairs Council.

What is important is the interlock between these councils.

8. An independent team of forecasting and risk analysis should be established, preferably with the Council of Ministers or the Council of Ministers.

It can coordinate its activities with the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs and thus an important team to present recommendations and opinions in various activities related to the country.

It does not change, but it is possible to develop its capabilities and increase its membership with increasing challenges.

9. The Government shall commit to implement the National Development Plan 2018-2022 through a special team to follow up its implementation in coordination with the implementation of sectoral strategies and the commitment of all ministries to implement their interrelated commitments and plans.

10 – Stay away from the encirclement of Iraq loans and the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs to develop appropriate financial policies and policies, including reducing and eliminate waste outlets and resort to various means of financing, including the methodology of partnership with the private sector and when the need to borrow to finance the implementation of productive projects paid by the profits.

11. Develop a comprehensive, targeted and decisive environmental policy that includes education, education and awareness-raising with mass campaigns that involve the participation of all to care for the health of their children and grandchildren and the cleanliness and beauty of their cities.

12. Develop and implement a humanitarian policy, targeted and decisive for the treatment of slums and stopping their extensions, taking into account the comprehensive and sustainable economic development in the districts and governorates and the social repercussions related to the rule of law.

13. Forming a high-level national team to address the repercussions of the decline in the working and investment environment, to provide remedies, to make decisions, to take measures, to follow up and evaluate their results, and to cooperate with the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs in coordination with cultural and tourism activities and the comprehensive community system.

The attractiveness of investment according to the mechanism must be implemented, including reconsideration of the justifications and components and mechanism of work and objectives of the formation of the Supreme Committee for Investment.

14. The Supreme Council for Economic Affairs shall instruct and follow up on the obligation of the sectoral ministries to implement the approved strategies, through a mechanism and structure as stated in the recommendations of each strategy with the establishment of a high-level coordination group to follow up and implement all strategies to reach a comprehensive rescue plan approved by the federal government with the support of all Local governments and the region and then approved by the House of Representatives to take the nature of the binding law of the campaign "Iraq 2030"

for subsequent governments to be a comprehensive long-term cross-government program monitors and follows and evaluates by a solid committee emanating from the Council participates in Representatives of government institutions, the private sector, civil society and trade unions.

15. Not to speed up the legislation of drafts of laws previously sent to the House of Representatives in its previous session and withdraw them for re-examination by involving representatives of private sector institutions, civil society, trade unions and specialists according to a specific mechanism and timing to ensure wider participation of stakeholders to comprehensive and comprehensive legislation in order to avoid shortcomings in their legislation.

An important mechanism for the implementation of laws and legislation to achieve prosperity and services and participation of citizens to achieve development and reconstruction and improve services and improve the competitiveness of Iraq.

16- To nominate a bright and resolute national figure assisted by an integrated team of experts and support from the legal, legal, security, institutional, political and organizational institutions to manage the file of retrieving and controlling all government properties and lifting illegal behavior in order to act for the public interest inevitably without favoritism of any party.
Baghdad Economic Forum

The World Bank Group and the European Union have signed a €15.6 million (US$18.1 equivalent) technical assistance program to strengthen public financial management (PFM) oversight and accountability Institutions in Iraq and increase the efficiency in the management of public resources and delivery of services.

The initiative, which will be implemented jointly by the European Union and the World Bank, complements the $41.5 million “Modernization of Public Financial Management Systems” program launched by the World Bank in 2017. It addresses some of the key vulnerabilities in Iraq’s PFM and supports the commitments and objectives for PFM reform currently under implementation.

“PFM is an essential part of any development process”, said Saroj Kumar Jha, World Bank Mashreq Regional Director. “Sound PFM supports aggregate control, prioritization, accountability and efficiency in the management of public resources and delivery of services, which are critical to the achievement of public policy objectives, as well as to restoring the trust and social contract between Iraqi citizens and the country’s institutions”.

As aid is increasingly provided through modalities that rely on well-functioning systems for budget development, execution and control, a sound PFM system is fundamental to the appropriate use and effectiveness of donor assistance. A more efficient PFM system is also instrumental in reducing inequalities in wealth distribution and promoting a dynamic and prosperous economic environment more conducive to business development.

“As was pledged in the Kuwait Conference, the European Union is committed to stand by Iraq in reconstruction and economic and political reforms,” said Ramon Blecua, European Union Ambassador to Iraq. “Our cooperation with the World Bank has been very fruitful and this project complements ongoing efforts supporting public finance management. The focus of the project we are signing today will be on the coordination of government and donors, more efficient management of resources, enhanced oversight and accountability, and fighting corruption. The EU is ready to help Iraq in facing the challenges ahead to secure a better future for Iraq”.

The program comprises of three pillars and nine sub-components. Each sub-component corresponds to a specific Government reform commitment/objective and has been assigned to a lead government institution/department acting as WBG-EU counterpart. While some components will be recipient-executed with support from the World Bank, others will be initially WBG-EU executed on behalf of the recipient due to capacity constraints.

The program envisages the creation of a Donors’ Coordination Committee, where all decisions regarding public finance management reforms and donor support to reforms will be discussed under the supervision of the Government of Iraq to ensure ownership, coordination, complementarity and overall reforms.

(Source: UN)

Parliament forms its parliamentary committees and moves towards passing laws that are inoperative

Most notably oil and gas and the Federal Court and Intelligence
Baghdad / Sabah / Muhannad Abdul Wahab
The House of Representatives is currently moving towards the distribution of parliamentary committees among its members, under the emphasis on the need to adopt competence and competence, away from the political quotas that were adopted during the previous sessions.

This trend, according to parliamentarians, would accelerate the issue of passing the laws of the stalled and closer to the views between the political blocs in order to upgrade the institutions of the state and society and the provision of services in all governorates.

The deputy Bader Zeidi, in a press statement: "There are discussions on the distribution of committees according to the criterion of competence and integrity and leave the distribution of committees behind the scenes," noting that "over the previous sessions were distributed committees according to political quotas and this session will leave this idea and be distributed in Public and not in secret. "

He added that "they will not allow the naming of any person to the presidency of any parliamentary committee unless it meets all the conditions that qualify him," pointing out that "the current session will begin to pass laws that have been stalled since
previous sessions ."

The head of parliament, Mohamed Halbousi, directed yesterday to form a joint parliamentary committee overseeing the distribution of members of the House of Representatives to the specialized committees.

Regarding the adoption of important legislation, MP Jawad Hamdan said in a statement to "Sabah" that "one of the most important laws that we are putting forward in the parliamentary sessions of the current session, which was not enacted for political reasons, the oil and gas law and the Federal Court and the Council of Union and Intelligence,

Some amendments to the laws in the framework of the plan that was developed recently, "revealing at the same time," the existence of a tendency to amend some paragraphs of the
Constitution. "

"There is a committee to negotiate work on the study of laws and then start discussions with the political blocs in order to mature special ideas to be ready for discussion within the House of Representatives and then vote on them."

MP Ahmed al-Kanani said that "the block of construction seeks to amend some important legislation, including Article 30 of the law on health and social security in addition to the laws that fight corruption."

He pointed out in a statement to "Sabah" that "the disruption of some laws was the mood of the heads of blocs, either in the current session will be the deputy greater role and freedom to vote on some important legislation, in light of past experiences of previous sessions."

Al-Kanani stressed the existence of insistence on overcoming all barriers in order to mature the important laws that are in the interest of the citizen, "pointing out at the same time that" the parliamentary committees began to form and will have a task, especially the
Legal Committee . "

For his part, MP Khalil Mawla said in a statement to" Morning ", that" we will not have any red lines on any law as long as it is in the interest of the people where there are legislation ready to vote from the last parliamentary session.

believes that" one of the most prominent laws that we are passing is related to investment, "pointing out that it "

Governor of the Central Bank of the {morning}: cash reserve is approaching 60 billion dollars

An initiative to rehabilitate Baghdad bridges in coordination with banks
Baghdad / Abbas Abboud and Ahmad Abed Rabbo
The governor of the Central Bank Ali al-Alaq that the size of reserves of hard currency up to 60 billion dollars, and covers 170 percent of the size of the mass of the local currency, while revealing the existence of a plan for the future restructuring of the Iraqi currency.

Al-Aalak said during a dialogue with him "morning", that the Central Bank will launch in coordination with the banks initiative to rehabilitate the bridges of Baghdad, similar to the Baghdad initiative launched to rehabilitate the public squares. Of things to be calculated for the central bank is the exchange rate stability, how is it? What are your future plans in this direction?

– The stability of the exchange rate is one of the macroeconomic features, and is an important indicator of the stability of the country economically, which makes it a key task of the Central Bank, as stated in the law, because it is directly linked to the purchasing power of citizens, This means that any disruption in the standard of living of the citizens may increase the challenges faced by the government, so we have worked hard to stabilize the exchange rate and reduce inflation rates. .

We have succeeded in overcoming a very complex and challenging phase, especially when the country’s oil revenues have fallen to 70 percent in some months, in light of the war against terrorist gangs by setting a set of balances that have made inflation no more than 2 percent.

Will the value of the Iraqi dinar remain the same or is there an intention to raise
– The exchange rate in Iraq follows a monetary policy based on the fixed exchange rate of the dinar and this does not mean absolute stability, may come under some circumstances may increase or reduce it according to various economic data.

We are currently moving towards no change in the value of the dinar, as it is not right to make changes under completely unstable conditions, which may confuse the overall situation. Why are not there large quantities of small coins, and what is the reason for the absence of metal groups?

– We have small currencies in the appropriate quantities, but the frequent movement and circulation and use and lack of attention to lead to damage quickly, as the Central Bank of Iraq after 2004 to mint coins in large quantities but did not receive acceptance or popularity in the local market, which caused losses, Because the market has been accustomed to paper currency making it difficult to market the coin.

So the central bank recently put in place a plan to compensate for the existing small categories damaged, as next month will be large quantities of them will meet the needs of the market completely.

On the other hand, we receive a lot of damaged banknotes and replace them with new banknotes through an expanded committee that checks them to make sure they are correct. Our doors are open to citizens to receive any amounts of damaged currency. Where does the central bank print the local currency?

– We print in international companies
, possess enough capacity to print banknotes within the advanced security standards in France, England and Germany, the design is by the Central Bank, and the paper used in printing is very high specifications.

The Central Bank is trying to print non-counterfeit paper. We have succeeded in this. The counterfeit quantities are very few and negligible, and we have very advanced equipment in the electronic and electronic detection of counterfeit currency, called comprehensive machines, so we do not rely on human effort Just.

The central bank has recently offered the category of 50,000 dinars, is there an intention to put the category of 100 thousand? – These ideas are traded by the Central Bank, but at the present time, there is a tendency in some countries to reduce the categories of currencies so as not to be stored or counterfeited, and that the currencies of small groups, may lead the citizen to bid farewell to banks for the difficulty of storage.

But generally the central bank has a future plan to restructure the Iraqi currency, including the deletion of zeros, but that plan needs to deliberate steps, and a stable situation in order not to be exploited in the fraud and other.

How does the dollar sell in the central bank or what is known as the currency auction? – It is a common mistake now to talk about the currency auction in some media and social networking sites, while this auction has been suspended since 2006, but what is happening now is the process of financing the foreign trade of the dollar, covering the country’s needs for import in addition to the requirements of travel and treatment And the transfer of profits resulting from investments and others.

The government gets the dollar through the sale of oil and then replace the dollar with the Iraqi dinar from the central bank, because the balance of the state’s financial dinars, and then the central bank to withdraw the local currency from the market and replace them in dollars, to maintain
monetary stability .

The process of withdrawing the dinar by meeting the market need of the dollar represents a revaluation of the local currency, and this method does not represent the diligence of the Central Bank, as its law provides for the sale of foreign currency in a simple and unconditional manner, in addition to the existence of an agreement between Iraq and the IMF International approved by the House of Representatives in 2008 provides for this.

The situation in Iraq is different from other countries, because of the lack of diversity in the financial revenues of hard currency other than oil, as the Iraqi private sector is unable to support the local market in dollars through imports, which makes the market depends entirely on trade finance Through the
central bank .

How much is the central bank’s reserve of foreign currency and what is the size of the local currency’s currency?

– The size of the cash reserve of foreign currency is always measured to the size of the currency mass of the local currency in the market, in addition to other international standards, especially as the International Monetary Fund recently developed a new standard, which added the ability of the state to cover trade and debt repayment.

As for the Central Bank of Iraq, it has a reserve of foreign currency is very comfortable within international classifications and is ahead of other countries, compared to the mass of cash offered by the local currency, as the reserve is close to 60 billion dollars, compared to 43 trillion dinars, which means it covers 170 percent of the size The monetary bloc, especially as the Arab Monetary Fund considers Iraq to be a country that exaggerates the size of reserves of foreign currency.
Are there any bodies that monitor the reserves of foreign currency and can the central bank act in such funds?

– The supervision is subject to several levels, foremost of which is the Internal Control Department of the Central Bank, in addition to an audit committee composed of independent observers who report to the Board of Directors of the Bank.

The Committee also supervises the Internal Audit Department of the Central Bank. In addition, On the final accounts of the Central Bank, the data of this office are internationally accredited by the international financial institutions, not to mention the ongoing monitoring by the Office of Financial Supervision.

The Central Bank of Iraq is the most institution subject to the multiplicity of regulatory bodies, and can not be disposed of any amount except within the standards provided for in the law and adopted internationally, so the rumored lack of reserve or conversion are all false rumors.

What happened during the past years, from the decline in oil prices sharply, so did not stop the revenues in some months to fill the salaries of employees, made the Central Bank to two options, either the collapse of the situation or intervention to save, so the government issued treasury transfers worth 20 trillion dinars,

And we bought them from the market, which affected the size of the cash reserve at the time, but we maintained the balance by maintaining the reasonable level of this reserve in exchange for meeting the need for the budget and maintain the exchange rate and inflation rates, this achievement is recorded to the Central Bank and has become highly praised by international organizations. How do you evaluate your relationship to the country’s fiscal policy?

– There is a close relationship, but along the line fiscal policy negatively affects the monetary currency, because the first may take certain trends do not benefit the second, for example when he notes a decline in foreign exchange reserves draws criticism to the central bank, but in fact When the budget law recognizes a financial deficit and provides for the deficit to be met by treasury transfers,

it means that such remittances will be financed by the central bank. Is the number of private banks exaggerated, and how do you evaluate their work? – When I took responsibility, I found that the number of private banks and transfer and exchange companies outweigh the need of the market, as we did not grant any new license to open a commercial bank or leave a banking company, and we have canceled the financial transfer companies, with an intention to restructure banking companies, leading to control The biggest is there is a plan to merge some banks.

But granted us licenses to open a number of Islamic banks based on the facilities provided by its law as the Council of Representatives put a paragraph to help establish the reduction of capital required at the establishment.

There are currently 70 banks working in the country, 20 of which are branches of foreign banks, but most of them are newly formed, so did not reach the level of ambition, and these banks worked under exceptional circumstances experienced by the country. The initiatives of private banks to lend to citizens are very limited. Why?

– As you know, the main task of banks is to provide credit through the granting of loans and other services, in return, take the money of depositors and give them a percentage of interest, but Iraqi banks in general have great difficulty in the practice of this activity, when you grant a loan, often does not meet the borrower to pay on Despite the large guarantees taken by banks and the high interest rate, as borrowers could be up to 20 percent.

The problem is that when the bank starts its actions against the borrower, for example, the property is facing a significant delay in legal proceedings by other parties, in addition to tribal or partisan threats, which makes banks afraid to grant loans.

Recently, there has been talk of replacing the dollar with other currencies in remittances with Iran because of US sanctions. How will this happen?

– The transfer of the dollar from Iraq to Iran has been suspended since 2012, and the Iranians are aware of this, as the conversion in other currencies, because any transfer of dollars will pass the US Federal Reserve, which leads to the suspension of the transfer.

Is there a control of the Central Bank in its branches in Kurdistan? – There was an abnormal situation in the status of branches of the Central Bank in Erbil and Sulaymaniyah, where it belongs to the Ministry of Finance in Kurdistan and this represents a violation of legal and constitutional, at a time that all the countries of the world have one central bank,

so we moved with the provincial government and agreed with them to close those branches, And the opening of a new, so the Central Bank opened its new branch in Erbil and will open another branch in Sulaymaniyah, as the central bank is currently playing its full role in Kurdistan.

What is the role of the Central Bank in supporting community initiatives and activities, such as the Baghdad Initiative launched by the Association of Private Banks?

– We are working in the Central Bank to stimulate social contributions and initiatives by the banking sector and other financial institutions. We have established an optional fund called Tamkeen, in which banks and exchange companies participate in monthly amounts. We have established an internal system for this fund and a board of directors.

As well as environmental and youth.
Within this fund, we coordinated with the Ministry of Agriculture to dig artesian wells in some Iraqi provinces to contribute to solving the water scarcity experienced by the country, as we seek to launch the initiative to rehabilitate the bridges of Baghdad in order to appear properly.

Honored by the Union of Arab Banks as the best Arab central bank governor, what are the most important achievements that led to this honor?

– We, as a central bank, have close relations with central banks and international or Arab organizations, and those relations we have worked to deepen in order to benefit from those institutions in the transfer of the central bank from a bank that works with the mechanisms, standards and objectives of the twentieth century to another working in the 21st century,

We have succeeded for a long time in introducing new functions and tasks in the Bank’s work related to financial and monetary stability, developing methods of monitoring and abiding by the rules, methods and standards of combating the laundering of illiteracy.

Terrorism financing, risk management, overall quality and economic modeling
The US Treasury Department said that the efforts exerted by the Central Bank in this regard are equal to the effort it has made in its previous history, as Iraq was classified in the financial organization responsible for the classification The countries within the framework of money laundering, within the gray area, and his way to enter the black area, to become a financially isolated area and the Iraq assessment report contains 700 observations.

In the past few months, we have become the normal follow-up region, as we have been in the world, in the face of the great challenge that the country has experienced in terms of security and finances. So we have become very impressed with these financial institutions. , Federation of Arab Banks.

The central bank intends to put huge amounts of currency in small groups


(Baghdad: Al-Furat News) The Central Bank of Iraq intends next month, to put large amounts of local currency, with small groups.

The governor of the bank Ali al-Aal in a press statement that "the Central Bank of Iraq, the development of a plan to compensate the market in small categories of local currency, as will be next month large quantities and huge ones," noting that "these quantities will meet the need of the local market for those categories of currency" .

He added that "the bank continues to receive local currency damaged by citizens and replace them with new currencies," revealing at the same time, "the existence of a competent committee to examine the damaged papers to ensure their safety from fraud and manipulation."…storyid=174262

Massoud Barzani and Qusrat Rasul agree on three items on negotiations with Baghdad

The Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) agreed on joint action in Baghdad and Arbil, while agreeing on three issues.

"The political offices of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) met today at the Saladin Resort headed by Massoud Barzani and Kuzrat Rasul," a joint statement by the two parties said.

The statement added that "the two political offices agreed on three points first is to emphasize the unity of the situation and joint work in Baghdad and Kurdistan in order to protect the interests of the people and taking into account the sensitivity of the situation, and to this end continue to take the joint committee to take the necessary actions and preparations," adding that " That a joint meeting of all parties was called for the unity of the Kurdistan House and the participation of all parties in the political process.

"The third matter is that, given the sensitivity of the situation in Kirkuk and the need to deal with it, it was decided to direct the committee formed at the previous meeting to study the situation and move towards taking the necessary steps." 8%AA-%D9%85%D8%B9-%D8%A8%D8%BA%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AF

UNDP trains mid-ranking police officers to Improve the effectiveness of Local Police

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Training and Qualification Directorate in the Ministry of Interior’s (MoI) jointly delivered two pilot courses on training of trainers (ToT) on the topic of ‘Improving the Effectiveness of Local Police (IELP)’.

The course duration was two weeks and was attended by 38 mid-ranking police officers from the training academies in Baghdad, Anbar, Ninewa, Basra, Salah Al-Din, Kirkuk and Diyala provinces. The overall course objectives were to introduce and upskill participants’ knoweldge and techiques in improving public security in the operational environment and, to introduce new and practical training presentation techniques. The pilot IELP TOT was designed and delivered as a follow-up to the basic IELP pilot training that took place in March 2018.

Improving the Effectiveness of Local Police (IELP) is also known as Knowledge Led Policing and, primarily focuses on improving the skills and techniques of local police on how to collect, validate, analyze and prioritize information to ensure effective and timely use of information in the police operational context. It also focuses on building effective partnerships with relevant stakeholders at local level to improve public safety and security while also building trust and confidence between the police and the local communities.

Furthermore, the MoI’s Police Affairs Agency has identified IELP as a core- police function in its on-going efforts to transform Iraqi police from a fighting force against ISIL to a more service-oriented police service in post-war Iraq.

The TOT course curricular was developed through a collaborate partnership between MoI Training and Qualification Directorate, UNDP and the Danish National Police and, the courses were delivered by qualified instructors from the Danish National Police. The pilot courses were well received by the participants and the MoI Training and Qualification Directorate. Among others, the participants found the new training techniques on dual presentations and very useful and highlighted that it was the first time they received training on such techniques.

Major General Zeyad, the Director General of Training and Qualification Directorate, MoI attending the course closing ceremony said:

“Policing principles as IELP is very important and has been identified by MoI as one of the core police functions that would significantly benefit to develop the Local Police in Iraq. By educating police trainers from various police training centers, we have now started the basis for a nationwide rollout of IELP policing principles in Iraq. It is important to have a pool of qualified trainers when new principles/ topics are introduced and implemented – therefore as the first batch who successfully completed the IELP ToT you have an important role to play”.

UNDP Senior Police Advisor, Finn Bernth Andersen said:

“UNDP believes that highly qualified police trainers are a key precursor to take forward the implementation of new and highly relevant policing principles such as IELP in Iraq. Over the past four weeks of the course delivery, the participants have demonstrated that the professional standard of Iraqi Police trainers is high and, we are confident that the Iraqi Police trainers will contribute to the successful rollout of IELP Policing principles”.

UNDP is grateful to Germany, United Kingdom and Denmark for their generous funding in efforts to improve local Police in Iraq. UNDP Rule of Law Programme supports a comprehensive programme on security sector reform in Iraq to assist the Government in advancing its Security Sector and Justice Reform Programme.

The overall programme of work is implemented through collaborative partnerships with the Office of the National Security Advisor, Ministry of Interior, Higher Judicial Council, Ministry of Justice, Parliamentary Security and Defense Committee, Iraqi civil society and a range of International Partners.

(Source: UNDP)

Central Bank: We aim to create a solid banking sector


Adopt participatory and evaluation control
Baghdad / Hussein Thugb

New trends adopted by the Central Bank to change the banking reality and make it move to a better stage of the banks contribute to the realization of social benefits and contributions to the actual economic development through the implementation of service and productive projects in more than a detailed economic.

Director General of Banking and Credit at the Central Bank Ihsan Al-Shamran confirmed "the Central Bank’s accession to the organization (Aliyevi) on the issuance of standards of Islamic banking, came at the request of the organization, which wanted to join the Central Bank, after the expansion of Islamic banking in the country and exceeded 20 banks, This organization in the state of Bahrain and another in Malaysia.

" And the central bank is pushing the banking sector towards a real service to the national economy, especially as the function of banks to raise funds from those who have financial abundance and employment towards the benefit of the national economy and parties involved in the process.

He stressed that "the new central bank’s directions include the development of the rules of control. Here I mean the participatory supervision of the supervision of support, taking by hand and guidance to create a solid banking sector capable of supporting the national economy and employing funds in the tracks that support the process of
sustainable development .

" The government adviser said Shamran: " The positive step of the central bank to support active economic sectors across the 6 trillion dinars initiative, including 5 trillion dinars , agricultural, industrial and housing banks specialized and« 2 »trillion dinars for private banks , " noting , "It ‘s a big shift in the central work The government adviser, and this initiative enable the protection of the state at the time of financial hardship and indirect instruments.

Social Responsibility

He pointed out that "the social initiatives launched by the Central Bank, with the participation of the banking system after the local banks began to realize social responsibility for them," it is not surprising that "around the world there is a social responsibility rests with the banks as they contribute to projects that belong to the community and also contribute To the benefit of most of its categories, where a percentage of the profits allocated to
community initiatives .

The actual needs and explained that "the prime minister formed a committee to manage the lending initiative to 6 trillion dinars, and the central bank part of the committee that looks at the actual needs and the real joints that require directing money towards them and benefit the national economy," noting that "the central bank encourages projects to support Which drives the market through this initiative.

" Support the economy

He pointed out that "amounts of the initiative start less than 50 million dinars and up to 20 billion Iraqi dinars, and this is a positive indicator of the Central Bank in support of the economy and society."

He stressed that "the central bank’s assessment of participatory assessment leading with banks, to precede the imbalance in performance and evaluation of work, and we have committees specialized in the selection of bank leaders to show the importance of looking at the horizon of the farthest results.

" Under the guardianship of banks that put under the tutelage, Shamran said: "The status of troubled banks under the tutelage comes from the possibility of returning to life and revive it, to protect the funds of depositors and reputation banking, which led us to adopt measures to help revive it, 2016 Nearly 8 banks are very troubled and then plans by the Central Bank saved 6 banks and resumed activity.

Current service reality and processing mechanisms


Abdul-Zahra Mohammed al-Hindawi
Despite the government efforts to provide services, as well as monitoring a lot of money over the years, but these services are still below the level of ambition and does not satisfy the citizen, which prompted the people of the provinces to demonstrate to demand better service reality ..

Here we find it necessary To be quick solutions and procedures by the government and is within the capabilities and powers available to them in order to ensure the provision of services and create a state of satisfaction with the citizen to achieve justice first, and the government is working for the second .. And this number of proposals that can be worked to achieve what We mentioned:

• Achieve justice in the processing of electricity throughout Iraq, regardless of the number of hours of processing, except for hospitals and desalination plants, so that citizens feel equal in rights, as stipulated in the Constitution.

The sense of justice is important in absorbing The curse of people.
• In order to give credibility to the government promises, it is necessary to carry out practical procedures on the ground and within the available means, for example immediately to the municipal departments in all provinces to carry out a large campaign to cover the streets, especially in the slums through the investment of available mechanisms and manpower in these departments,

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• The Prime Minister to announce the definition of minimum and upper ceilings of salaries of all members of the state from the youngest employee to the highest degree of functional and reduce the discrepancy between salaries, taking into account the economic conditions in the country .. Such a measure would create a state of satisfaction in Street because it represents an aspect of social justice.

• The need for senior officials in the government to go down to the street and to view the requests and needs of people and work on the field, to create a state of trust between the citizen and the official, as well as follow-up service projects.

• The creation of a committee or formation linked to the Prime Minister’s Office to take over the complaints of citizens directly through the allocation of a number of telephone lines and to refer those complaints to the concerned authorities to take the necessary procedures to address them, to deal with all issues very seriously regardless of the nature of the complaint or problem It was simple,

such as (a rash of sewage in this street, or the breakdown of electricity in that alley, or even the absence of a waste car one day .. and others), and can be devoted to program (radio – television) morning or evening long (2 hours) ) Via the radio of the Republic of Iraq or the Iraqi channel ,

To receive complaints and transferred directly to the said office to take follow – up very quickly, that is to take deterrent measures against those who balk at the implementation of those complaints

• Minimize the movement of government processions in the public streets, or at least the failure of these processions to crowd people and bypass
the systems of passage.

• As a result of the failures in the processing of the electricity file over many years, it became inevitable thinking to refer this file to a global company known to manage (production and distribution), as is the case in many countries of the world that have succeeded in this regard, and remains the task of the government is the formulation of public policies For this sector and follow up the implementation mechanisms.

• Issuing instructions and encouraging measures for farmers to activate agriculture. This is achieved through the investment of state-owned agricultural land by farmers and granting them soft loans to encourage them to invest in agriculture, as well as supporting other farmers.

• Take urgent measures to address the status of suspended investment projects through the provision of allocations or offer as good investment opportunities

• Support the private sector and enable it to achieve partnership with the public sector to contribute to the activation of the economic cycle, which leads to the reduction of unemployment rates in the country

• The need to initiate the government to deal quickly with the rapid slums file by inviting foreign companies with great potential to undertake the construction of low housing complexes The cost of the poor and the investment formula, provided that the government meets the basic requirements in this regard.

• The need to fight red tape and reduce the bureaucracy, which often lead to obstructing many of the government’s efforts and open wide doors to corruption, and this is achieved by reducing the excess rings and activating electronic transactions with the citizen.