Aiming for more sustainable options for dealing with the huge amounts of rubble borne out of the ISIL conflict, municipalities of around half a dozen devastated cities in western Iraq explored opportunities to establish debris recycling centres to help advance recovery efforts at a two-day workshop held in Ramadi’s Anbar University on 7-8 November 2018.

Hosted by Anbar Governorate and organized in collaboration with the Iraq Ministry of Health and Environment with technical advisory support from UN Environment, the gathering brought together – for the first time – key stakeholders from local authorities, technical government departments, university academics, demining experts, as well as UN agencies to discuss more sustainable options for dealing with the huge amounts of rubble created by the ISIL conflict.

“Over two years since retaking most of Anbar’s shattered cities from the grips of ISIL terrorists in 2016, rubble continues to be a major obstacle for tens of thousands of displaced persons to regain their homes, and restart their lives and businesses,” said Mr. Mustapha Arsan, deputy governor of Anbar Governorate.

Municipal representatives from the most damaged cities of Ramadi, Haditha, Hit, Qaim and Kubaisa, in Iraq’s upper Euphrates region, underscored the major problems they continue to face in removing colossal volumes of rubble. Lack of debris removal equipment and inadequate operational budgets were highlighted as major constraints. While most of the rubble in the streets has been removed, much of the remaining debris will be generated from building demolition.

The Qaim Maqam (head of district) of Ramadi, Mr. Ibrahim Al-Awsaj, stated that around 80 percent of Ramadi – capital of Anbar governorate with a population of over 570,000 people before the conflict – lay in ruins. Preliminary estimates by Ramadi municipality indicate that around three of the seven million tonnes of debris have so far been removed with extensive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization.

Furthermore, debris removal is significantly complicated by exceptionally high levels of contamination with unexploded ordnance and booby traps. “Over 20,000 explosive devices have so far been from Ramadi city alone,” said Mr. Al-Awsaj. Training and establishing clear procedures for dealing with explosives in the debris is a critical prerequisite for clearing-up the rubble.

“Debris continues to be scooped and dumped in an uncontrolled manner creating serious health and environmental risks and burdensome economic liabilities for the future,” decried Mr. Qais Abd, head of the Anbar Environment Directorate. Mr. Abd added that “future campaigns to remove debris haphazardly dumped all over the place may be needed,” engendering additional costs for the financially strapped local authorities.

Emphasizing that many other post-conflict cities faced similar challenges, UN Environment expert Martin Bjerregaard affirmed that considerable experience exists from elsewhere that can help inform Anbar’s debris management efforts. “We are not starting from scratch here,” said Mr. Bjerregaard, who went on to share lessons from neighbouring Mosul as well as Syria, Lebanon, Philippines, and going to back the Balkans conflict in the late 1990s.

The workshop also highlighted ongoing work by UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization and the International Organization Migration to establish debris recycling centres in Mosul with technical advice from UN Environment. This initiative will help create much needed jobs through cash-for-work programmes.

Original research by Anbar University engineer Mr. Salah Thameel found that crushed debris from Ramadi were of high quality and complied with Iraqi engineering standards for use in civil works, including as underlying subbase for roads.

“The cost of crushing the debris is about one third of buying fresh quarry materials and, if transportation costs are added, it would account for only 10 percent,” explained Mr. Thameel. Furthermore, “by reusing the crushed debris, we would significantly reduce negative environmental impacts of quarrying and polluting emissions from trucking gravel from quarry sites,” he asserted.

Crushing debris would not only significantly facilitate rubble removal operations by reducing the volumes handled, but would also result in important cost savings. “We are eager to start with recycling and welcome support from the friends of Iraq to help us in rebuilding our damaged cities,” stated Ms. Asmaa Osama, President of the Committee of Health and Environment and member of Anbar Provincial Council.

Workshop participants further recommended that an Anbar-wide debris management action plan led by the Governorate is developed to help coordinate debris recycling efforts across its damaged cities. Key actions including identification of potential sites for setting-up debris recycling centres were also discussed with a specific focus on Ramadi city as a demonstration pilot.

(Source: UN)

Daraji: 17 billion dinars per month salaries and allocations 47 employees in the office of Abdul Mahdi within the budget of 2019 !!
11/14/2018
The former deputy Rahim Darraji said on Wednesday that the expenses of the Prime Minister’s Office approved by the previous government in the budget of 2019 up to 17 billion dinars a month, calling on the new government to reconsider some paragraphs of the budget.

He said Daraji, a member of the Finance Committee "The budget for 2019 is the second largest budget since 2003, but unfortunately it is no different from the previous one because the budget is prepared in a way that fills the following gaps," he said.

"The budget of 2019 is composed of Of 79 fields, including those allocated by the Office of the Prime Minister Which employs 47 employees monthly salaries cost the Iraqi government 3 billion dinars, and the addition of office supplies will be a total of 14 billion and a half billion dinars, and may total up to 17 billion dinars per month.

"We do not know whether this is the office of prime minister or mine Went to deduct this amount. "


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Member of parliamentary finance: We will work to include a budget item that obliges the government to install contracts
11/14/2018
The committee will work to find solutions to the comments on the draft federal budget law for the next fiscal year, while noting the committee’s intention to put a budget article binding the government to install contracts working in the state departments to the permanent owners.

Hamadoun said in an interview with Alsumaria News, "There are many observations that were raised on the budget next year, where we will work to find solutions, including the issue of grades through the development of a binding article to the government in the budget by installing contracts working in the state departments on the permanent owners to reduce the proportions Unemployment and the granting of this segment full wages,

"noting that" the total budget amount is 132 trillion dinars, up from the previous year 27 trillion dinars, and despite this, it has been devoid of any doors meet the aspirations of the citizen. "


"The Finance Committee in previous years was obliged to pass the budget, including observations as a result of the forestry situation and the war against Daqash, but today Iraq won and the citizen should see the development and construction and development of infrastructure

and reconstruction of liberated areas and development projects and rehabilitation of factories and factories and increase production and development of agriculture and industry ", Pointing out that" the deputies of the liberated provinces will not vote on the budget unless the fairness of their fans.

"The House of Representatives discussed in its session held Tuesday, November 12, 2018 Federal Budget for the fiscal year 2018 in the presence of Finance Minister Fouad Hussein.

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Minister of Trade: Poverty rate in Iraq exceeded 30%

11/11/2018

Minister of Commerce Mohammed Hashim al-Ani formed a high-level committee to study the status of the ration card and the amounts allocated for the purchase of its items, announcing his request to secure adequate financial allocations to ensure the provision of ration card items over the course of a full year.

The minister talked about a number of measures to increase financial allocations to buy ration card items and increase its vocabulary As well as improve their qualities through the agreement with global origin, saying, "It formed a high-level committee to study the status of the ration card and the amounts allocated for the purchase of food vocabulary.

" He added that "the new road map includes the request for increased allocations of money To buy food vocabulary over the course of a full year after it was distributed in recent years for only six months because of the lack of financial allocations.

"He promised to work to" include this in the law of the general budget. "

"The high poverty rate that has exceeded 30 percent in some provinces," he said, adding that "this requires us to take firm and effective measures to help poor families by ensuring the nutritional status of those covered by the ration card system, which number more than 36 million Iraqi citizens." ,

"The ministry is serious this time in securing the basket of food and improve the quality of mechanisms through the work is to be applied as well as work to increase the financial allocations through the General Budget Law for next year and the possibility of processing food vocabulary throughout the year, month.

" He also pointed to " To be covered by the Social Care Act and equipped with the full vocabulary ".

The Minister of Trade to recall the existence of new ideas for the development of the mechanisms of the ration card through a plan to ensure the processing of citizens basket of food at once and not fragmented as it loses the citizen accurate timing and may contribute to the change of vocabulary in poor qualities.

The Minister of Trade pointed to the importance of supporting the citizen for the purpose of marking The Minister of Commerce is working on a page where citizens could not raise their complaints and meet with officials of the Ministry of Commerce to open the door to a new approach in which the walls of the bureaucracy were removed.

Z allocation day in the week to meet the citizens of each Almadrra years and agents in Wazzarh.oaaln more than once his quest hard to change the institutions of the ministry’s performance, noting that the priorities of the provision of people’s livelihood and improve the quality of food vocabulary and increase the ration card allocations.

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Deputy: Tomorrow’s session will vote on the members of the joint committee with the government
11/7/2018

The MP of the coalition of others Hamdallah Rikabi, on Wednesday, the intention of Parliament to vote on the members of the Joint Committee with the government on ending the financial crisis, indicating that the House of Representatives will choose the members of the Finance Committee exclusively economic and financial.

" The meeting tomorrow will witness the vote on the members of the Finance Committee parliamentary economic and financial competence exclusively in order to begin the study of the financial budget before the end of this year.

" He added that "the parliament will nominate the members of the joint committee with the government to end the crisis and accelerate the budget to pass," noting that "political negotiations are still ongoing on the submission of the names of candidates for the ministries if presented at tomorrow’s meeting.

"The parliament and the government decided on Tuesday to form a joint committee between the two sides to prevent the return of the budget from parliament to the government and speeding passage after making the required amendments.

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UNDP Supporting Women CRSV and SGBV Survivors of Trauma

After a long process of a series training and consultations meetings which started in October 2017 targeting 114 female social workers in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs/ Directorate of women protection, UNDP started developing a national analytical report for women survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence (CRSV) and Sexual and gender based violence (SGBV) in Iraq.

Through an advanced training on expressing writing and listening skills to collect women stories, social workers as first responders were capacitated on appropriate approaches for conducting interviews with survivors and how to handle potential challenges, such as the re-traumatization of survivors. These techniques enable women to share their stories, detail their needs, make their demands for rehabilitation and compensation in a sensitive and secure environment.

The next stage will be collecting stories by MOLSA social workers of women CRSV /SGBV survivors in Ninewah, Salahaldeen, Diyala, Anbar, Baghdad, Karbalaa, Babil, Misan, Kirkuk and Basrah.  These stories will be analyzed to develop a national analytical report to be approved and adopted by the government. This report will be one of the resources that will inform efforts of the Iraqi government to strengthen its social protection and transitional justice policies.

H.E Minister Mohammad Shiaa Alsoudany said: “Iraqi women faced many challenges in life, hence the Government with all its institutions as well as the local and international community must stand with the Iraqi women, who represent patience, strength and willing to move forward in life, in their long and painful journey. He added that. Mr. Alsoudany stated, “Many women are exposed to violence and cannot speak out, which leads to psychological effects reflected on their families as well”.

UNDP’s Gender Specialist, Ms. Sundus Abbas said: “In Iraq, the biggest obstacle facing reconciliation is dealing with the past in ways that make a fresh start possible. Expressive Writing in Dealing with the Past is a key methodology in achieving community reconciliation in Iraq’s post-conflict environment which help increasing the well-being of groups at risk”. She added: “Women voices, roles and stories are often ignored; therefore, we came up with this initiative to reach out to a wider group of women and listen to their stories through our newly-established partnership with the MOLSA team of female social workers”.

Senior Undersecretary of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs Mr. Falih Al-Amiry highlighted that “social workers play an active role in showcasing what is happening within the society especially civilians that been subjected to violence”. adding that: “this kind of documentation is much needed now in Iraq especially in post liberation phase”.

Mrs. Uttor Almusawi, Director General of Women Social Protection Department at the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs explained that, “women are the most targeted group in Iraq; therefore, we hope to be able to reach out to all women who have experienced violence through our teams of social workers across Iraq. With UNDP’s support, we count on this project to help women victims to document their stories and to draw lessons through this initiative for future use. We also want to record all stories of those who play an active role as peace builders in their communities. And we are interested, not only in individual stories, but also those of communities”. She added that: “This is one of our main responsibilities in the department of Women Social Protection”.

Bedaa Mohammed, a 36 years old social worker has been working in Baghdad for the last 7 years. She commented: “Women usually keep their stories and their communities’ stories in their hearts, especially when it refers to sexual violence. This is our role as social workers to help them in dealing with this dark past and document their stories. Expressive Writing in Dealing with the Past approach is a very important tool, especially in our current situation. This initiative gave me many new skills, and I feel that I can contribute with my colleagues in documenting Iraqi history”.

Though its Support to Integrated Reconciliation in Iraq Project, the UNDP is working in partnership with the Implementation and Follow-up Committee for National Reconciliation to develop, support and sustain civic participation in reconciliation and transitional justice processes at every level of society, with a focus on communities. The project is comprising three main pillars: 1) Public Awareness Raising 2) Local Peace mechanisms, processes and committees and 3) Documenting the experiences, needs and demands of Iraqi citizens for reconciliation with special emphasis on the redress of sexual and gender violence during previous conflicts.

(Source: UNDP)

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IBBC returns to Dubai on 25 November with a full agenda of expert speakers to discuss the most important issues facing Iraq’s economy.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, President of IBBC and The Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iraq, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan & Kazakhstan will open the conference, alongside H.E. Mr Abdullah Ahmed Al Saleh, Undersecretary of the UAE Ministry of Economy for Foreign Trade & Industry, H.E. Mr Bangen Abdullah Rekani, Iraq’s Minister for Housing, Reconstruction & Public Municipalities, Dr Mehdi Al Alak, Secretary General of the Council of Ministers, Michael Townshend the Regional President of BP Middle East and Jon Wilks CMG Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Iraq.

A delegation of high-profile Iraqi Governmental Officials will be in attendance including Dr Hamid Ahmed, Deputy Chairman of the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee (PMAC), Dr Sabah Mushatat, Investment and Reconstruction Advisor of the Prime Minister, Mr Louay Al-Yassiri, Governor of Najaf, Mr Nawjad Hadi, Governor of Erbil, Dr Wijdan Salim, PMAC and Mr Abas Imran, Technical DG, Ministry of Transport. Delegates will have the opportunity to engage with the speakers in dynamic and concentrated debates during Roundtable Discussions. Further Iraqi officials are expected to confirm their attendance in the coming weeks.

Other confirmed speakers include Christopher M. Cantelmi, Principal – Infrastructure & Natural Resources – International Finance Corporation (World Bank) and Kareem K. Ismail, Resident Representative for Iraq and Yemen, International Monetary Fund (IMF). Additional expert speakers are drawn from the Department of International Trade, Shell, Rolls-Royce, Siemens, Serco, SKA International Group, Basrah Gateway Terminal, Khudairi Group, G4S, National Bank of Iraq, Management Partners, EY, AFC Iraq Fund, Chevron, Wood and more.

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  • Regulatory & Financial Framework – Encouraging International Investment
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A Pre-conference Reception and Networking Event is planned for Saturday 24 November at the Address Dubai Marina, where delegates can enjoy the spectacular surroundings and view. With Dubai being a hub for local and international companies in the region operating in Iraq, the conference attracts suppliers, investors, producers and buyers from Iraq, the UK and the wider international business community.

IBBC will also be holding a Tech Forum on 25 November, which will run in parallel to the conference at the same venue. Ticket holders will get complimentary access to the forum, where some of the key innovators of Tech in Iraq will be speaking on Fintech, the Consumer Economy, E-Government and the Start-Up Economy. Speakers include representatives from EY, Citi Bank, Restrata Group, MediaWorld, Khudairi Group, Avaya and the Technology Department of the Kurdistan Regional Government.

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The United States has told Iraq that it will be allowed to keep importing crucial gas, energy supplies and food items from Iran after Washington reimposes sanctions on Tehran’s oil sector, three Iraqi officials said.

The waiver is conditional on Iraq not paying Iran for the imports in US dollars, said the officials, who included a member of Iraq’s ministerial committee that oversees energy activities, Reuters reported.

The US sanctions take effect on Nov. 4.

The ministerial committee official said Iraq’s finance ministry had set up an account with a state-run bank where Baghdad would deposit in Iraqi dinars the amounts owed to Iran for the imports.

Central bank officials said in August that Iraq’s economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad would ask Washington for permission to ignore some US sanctions.

Iraq imports crucial supplies from its neighbor including gas for power stations.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

The United States has told Iraq that it will be allowed to keep importing crucial gas, energy supplies and food items from Iran after Washington reimposes sanctions on Tehran’s oil sector, three Iraqi officials said.

The waiver is conditional on Iraq not paying Iran for the imports in US dollars, said the officials, who included a member of Iraq’s ministerial committee that oversees energy activities, Reuters reported.

The US sanctions take effect on Nov. 4.

The ministerial committee official said Iraq’s finance ministry had set up an account with a state-run bank where Baghdad would deposit in Iraqi dinars the amounts owed to Iran for the imports.

Central bank officials said in August that Iraq’s economy is so closely linked to Iran that Baghdad would ask Washington for permission to ignore some US sanctions.

Iraq imports crucial supplies from its neighbor including gas for power stations.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

Inspector General of the Ministry of Justice recommends the recovery of 48 billion dinars as a result of fraud
11/5/2018

The Office of the Inspector-General of the Ministry of Justice on Monday recommended the recovery of funds exceeding 48 billion dinars, as a result of fraud of a number of properties, during the first nine months of this year.

The Inspector General of the Ministry Karim al-Ghazi said in a statement that "the investigative committees formed in the Office, recommended within its work to recover the amount of (48) billion and (700) million and (60) thousand dinars since the beginning of this year to the end of September 2018,

These funds are real estate estates recommended by the investigative committees to cancel their restrictions as a result of counterfeiting and re-ownership of the Ministry of Finance.

"The second source is the difference in the real value of the properties offered as collateral for obtaining loans from government banks," Al-Ghazi added, adding that "this resulted in the disbursement of loans and the loss of public money."

He stressed that "the committees recommended the recovery of funds, and impose administrative penalties for the defaulters, in addition to referring them to the courts of investigation issues of integrity, to be punished for the violations they committed."

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