WFP supports Iraq in modernising its Public Distribution System

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of Iraq have launched an initiative to digitise the national public distribution system (PDS).

The first phase of digitisation will reach nearly 1.3 million people in and around Baghdad and Dohuk.

The PDS is Iraq’s biggest social safety net, providing food entitlements to almost the entire population in Iraq of 39 million people.

WFP is providing technical support to the government as it starts using identification technology and a citizen database to reduce processing time, improve service and maximise resources.

“The initiative guarantees the most efficient use of government resources and ensures that the intended citizens receive their food entitlement,” said WFP Country Director and Representative in Iraq Sally Haydock at the launch in Baghdad. “We’re using digitisation to better serve Iraqi citizens through this key social safety net.”

With WFP’s support, the government will move to a digitised system where citizens’ data is safely encrypted and stored, and where security is enhanced using fingerprints or iris scans. This will allow the government to identify and remove duplicate records as well as conduct biometric verification at the time of food collection. The new system replaces the current paper-based system.

WFP is also designing a mobile application, myPDS, that people can use to collect their entitlements as well as to update their family information about births, deaths and marriages – at their convenience, using personal smartphones.

“The ministry is working on updating data as we put in place technology-based solutions that address people’s needs,” said the Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Hashem Al-Ani.

WFP is partnering on the initiative with the Iraqi Ministry of Trade. Modernising the PDS is one of the priorities of Iraq’s National Poverty Reduction Strategy (2018 – 2022). WFP’s partnership with the ministry dates to the early 1990s when WFP established a database for the PDS.

(Source: WFP)

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Iraq allocates 7 billion dollars as receivables to foreign oil companies by the budget of 2019
1/12/2019

"The draft federal budget for Iraq for the current year 2019 allocated between 6 to 7 billion dollars, as annual financial dues paid to foreign oil companies operating in Iraq on the cost of development and operational projects," Ihsan said in a press statement on Friday.

The Iraqi parliament is studying these days the draft federal budget for Iraq, where the draft budget was built on the price of a barrel of Iraqi oil $ 54 per barrel, and the rate of exports from southern and northern Iraq, the rate of three million and 880 thousand barrels per day, mostly from the southern ports.

Foreign oil companies, notably Exxon Mobil, British Petroleum, Shell International, Lukoil, PetroChina, Malaysia’s Petronas, Japan’s Gapex, Gazprom and others, are investing in a number of large and medium oil fields in southern and central Iraq.

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Ivanka Trump and Nicky Hayley are candidates for the presidency of the World Bank
12 January 2019

The names of former United States Ambassador to the United Nations Nicky Hailey, the daughter of US President Donald Trump and his adviser Ivanka, are on the list of candidates for the post of World Bank president to replace outgoing Kim Jong-kim, the Financial Times reported.

In addition to Ivanka and Haili, who resigned as Washington’s ambassador to the UN Security Council last month, other names are being traded, including US Assistant Secretary of State for International Affairs David Malpas and Mark Green, president of the US Agency for International Development.

And last Monday, Kim suddenly announced his resignation from the helm of the bank more than three years after the end of his second term.

"It was a great honor for me to serve for six years as president of this unique institution full of people who are dedicated to their work and dedicated to their mission of eradicating poverty," said Jim Young-Kim,

He said he planned to "join a company and wants to focus on infrastructure investments in developing countries."

World Bank Chief Executive Cristalina Georgieva is due to be interim president after Kim leaves and even elects a new president.

"The ministry has received a large number of nominations," a spokesman for the US Treasury Department said on Friday.

"We have begun an internal review process on a US candidate, we look forward to working with the governors to choose a new president," he said.

Under a non-written agreement, the United States, the largest shareholder in the fund, has always chosen a bank president since its establishment in the wake of the Second World War.

On Thursday, the World Bank Council said it would begin accepting nominations for the bank’s presidency early next month and would announce a successor to Kim by mid-April.

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World Bank report: Iraq will be the highest Arab economic growth by 2019

January 11, 2019

World Bank report: Iraq will be the highest Arab economic growth by 2019 The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries are expected to witness a rise in economic growth to 1.9 percent in 2019, according to a World Bank report. The show report recently released titled Figures (Global Economic Prospects: The Middle East and North Africa “bleak skies”) that growth in the GCC will rise to 2.6 percent , supported by the movement of an active investment at the level of the oil – exporting countries, the bank expects that growth declines in Algeria To 2.3 percent due to slower government spending than in 2018. Egypt will see a growth rate of 5.6 percent in 2019, boosted by investments and reforms in the expected business climate. The growth rate in Morocco and Tunisia will reach 2.9 percent in 2019 if tourism indicators improve and political reforms continue.

Although Iraq recorded modest growth in 2018 at 1.9 percent, reconstruction projects, according to the report, will be an important driver for the growth of its economy and neighboring economies, with an expected 6.2 percent, the highest in the Arab world. Growth in Jordan is likely to see a slight improvement of 2.3 percent. 2018 The 2018 estimates showed an improvement in growth to 1.7 percent amid improved economic activity in oil exporting and importing countries. Algeria registered a growth rate of 2.5 percent last year, Egypt with 5.3 percent, Morocco with 3.2 percent and Tunisia with 2.6 percent.

The World Bank has warned of the dangers facing the region, which can discourage growth, as conflicts can escalate and lead to greater damage to income and economic activity, not to mention health and social well-being.

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By John Lee.

Oil production at Majnoon oilfield is reportedly planned to increase from 240,000 barrels per day (bpd) currently to 290,000 bpd by the end of 2019 and 450,000 bpd by the end of 2021.

State-owned Basra Oil Company (BOC) took over the field from Shell and Petronas at the end of June 2018, with operations and maintenance contracted to Chinese company Anton Oilfield Services Group (Antonoil) and the US company KBR.

More here.

(Source: Reuters)

By John Lee.

Turkey has reportedly appointed a special envoy to Iraq to resolve the water sharing issues between the two countries.

According to Daily Sabah, former Forestry and Water Affairs Minister Veysel Eroğlu (pictured), who will take up the post, pointed to the “inefficient” use of water resources in Iraq, saying “Turkey will share its experience and know-how in the efficient management of water with the Iraqis.

He added that Turkey will try to ensure an equitable share of water from the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers.

More here.

(Source: Daily Sabah)