Iraq calls on Lebanon to return funds from the "era of Saddam Hussein"

Baghdad / News:Foreign Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari on Wednesday called on the Republic of Lebanon to return the Iraqi funds allocated to it and to deal with them according to al-Aida . Al-Jaafari said during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Gibran Bassil during his visit to Lebanon,

which he currently conducts and followed the course of the ‘news’, that Iraq has complaints and demands on Iraqi funds spotted in Lebanon, expressing the hope that the Lebanese government to deal with them according to the return .

Jaafari added that ‘the circumstances experienced by Iraq during the nineties will not cancel his right to claim his money, and that his country will also hesitate to return any legal debt to Lebanese citizens towards Iraq, despite the circumstances surrounding him .

According to Lebanon’s Minister of State for Combating Corruption, Nicola Tueni, "Iraq’s debt has been accumulating since Saddam Hussein’s regime when Iraq was besieged and the United Nations established the oil-for-food program
."Jaafari’s visit to Beirut will continue for three days, during which he will meet

Speaker Nabih Berri, Prime Minister Saad Hariri and a number of other leaders and officials, as well as reports of his meeting with Hezbollah Secretary General Hassan Nasrallah .

Sadr office vows Nuri al – Maliki and Jamal Karbouli .. For this reason

A spokesman for the Sadrist movement, Sheikh Salah al-Obeidi, on Tuesday, accounting for what he described as "politicians thieves," stressing at the same time that he is headed by Nuri al-Maliki and Jamal Karbouli.

"The large number of files of corruption in previous years does not mean that crimes committed against the Iraqi people are left, and these files are the funds that were leaked by the Red Crescent before 2010 when it was run by Jamal al-Karbouli," Sheikh al-Obeidi said in a brief statement.

To open these files and hold the money and hold accountable the corrupt Maliki regime that returned the siphon to the country and covered their corruption in political deals suspicious in previous years .. And days pregnant events.

Sadr said in a tweet on Twitter that "either is the time to hold accountable those who stole the money of Iraq and raise the good of the right? Or is it time to reach the rights of the citizen without his control by the parties?"

"The time is right for the citizen to carry out his duties towards his homeland to the fullest and leave partisan, sectarian, sectarian, ethnic, regional, tribal, family and personal interests."

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

While Turkey was eagerly anticipating a new government in Baghdad to sort out many problems with Iraq, a last minute decision by the outgoing prime minister has added a fresh item to the list of ongoing disagreements between the two countries.

Haider al-Abadi unexpectedly signed a decree to set up three new checkpoints in government-controlled areas in northern Iraq that will effectively slash Turkey’s trade with it.

The trucks that enter the country normally pass through the sole border crossing that is controlled by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and will now also have to pass at least one of these additional checkpoints.

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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)

By John Lee.

Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi has asked Iraq’s Integrity Commission to investigate the delays and stoppages in some infrastructure projects in Basra and other southern provinces.

He said some of these delays were the result of corruption, while other we because of what he described as a dereliction of duty and a failure of leadership.

He added that they will also look at the administration of border crossings to ensure that they are outside the influence of any political group.

(Source: Govt of Iraq)

Corruption has become the biggest threat to the future stability of Iraq following the defeat of Islamic State, Britain’s ambassador in Baghdad has told the Evening Standard newspaper in London.

Jon Wilks said that although there were “remnants” of IS still present, the country was “settling down ahead of expectations” and starting to recover from decades of war and insurgent attacks.

But he warned that corruption — which this month sparked violent protests in Iraq’s second city Basra — still posed a significant risk because of the negative effect that it had on business investment and public confidence.

Full report here.

(Source: Evening Standard)

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 "

In May of this year, we reported claims that Iraq’s anti-corruption bodies were investigating the contract to operate the duty-free shops at Baghdad and Basra airports, following reports of corruption from Al-Ahad TV.

According to a new report from Al-Ahad TV, and to documents recently received by Iraq Business News (see below), the Iraqi Parliament has recently written to the Minister of Transport asking him to appear in parliament to answer questions in relation to a varitety of matters, including apparent irregularities in the extention of the contracts with Iraq Duty Free, which is owned by Financial Links.

The report alleges that the provision of 5 busses, 200 passenger trollies and other items to the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) amounts to bribery and corruption, contrary to Iraqi Law.

The Parliamentary Anti-Corruption Bureau has also written to the Inspector General for the Ministry of Transport asking him to investigate the contract.

Iraq Duty Free denies any wrongdoing.

We’ll report more details as the story unfolds.

Additional information:

New report from Al-Ahad TV (in Arabic):

Original article:



What does it mean to be an Iraqi?


Adnan Abu Zaid The
question goes far beyond being typical in a globalized era because of the globalization of cultures and societies. Special identities have become intertwined, and many of its distinctive features have been eroded, and this traditional Iraqi origin has been accentuated by emptying its content in favor of not belonging because of loss of self-confidence and nationhood.

Today, Iraq is living in a state of self-distrust, caused by fundamental political and social changes in its country, especially the irregular change in 2003, by the largest military machine in the history of man, is concerned about his future, after the change failed to create a stable state,

In today’s need to devise methods and tools in which he retrieves his determination, and gathers his will, to build society, and to establish new social equations, producing a generation capable of creativity and creation.

Iraq needs to discard the "patriotic" fanaticism, and my belief, open to the public, through windows rich in filters that attract the pros and cons of international experiences, to build a new country in a shorter time, and lower costs, if the Iraqi benefit from the experiences of developed countries.

Iraq needs a new concept for the elite. In the midst of globalization, in which a society can not resist its strong winds, Iraqi society needs to renew its social identity. The elites have conscious tools of guidance and leadership that keep pace with the age of globalization and avoid traditional stereotyping.

And to rush to change the society with emotional and moral drives in line with the spirit of modern civilization ..
Iraq will not feel its Iraq to dry the levels of despair, and not to fail to remove the jungle and waste that turned his life into dark caves because of corruption and mismanagement and the era of despicable dictatorship, as the decay that is rooted in Iraqi life will remain for a very long time, From approaching it, by the ordinary individual and elites.

The sense of the Iraqi ego will be unconscious as long as belonging becomes a burden on the individual.

The feeling of the importance of the Iraqi presence and the attempt of the individual to flee to the other existence is lost, so that another identity can be given to him. While developed countries are proud of their countries of origin despite their naturalization of other nationalities.

There is no doubt that the pride of "Iraq" needs to re-activate the feeling of the homeland, a process that is not artificial and can not be imported.
It is an instinctive feeling that grows over time as corruption subsides, moral values ​​rise, corruption values ​​are eroded, parties become mass organizations defending Citizen is not about special interests.

Any political change, at the level of governments and parties, will not contribute to the recovery of the lost sense of identity unless accompanied by an institutional and partisan self-coup and the contribution of the influential at the higher social, functional, cultural and capital levels. In absolute confidence in the future.