Monthly Archives: November 2018

Parliament: financial question seven aftershocks have billions in p.r. and Wednesday’s meeting will be decisive

Parliament: financial question seven aftershocks have billions in p.r. and Wednesday’s meeting will be decisive


Detect parliamentary Finance Committee, Monday 19 November 2018, the fact the great mobility of questioning the agency relationship Central Bank Governor and former Governor Abdel Basset Turki pointed to the possibility of overthrowing the relationship crisis sinking billions.

Committee member Ahmed Hamma Rashid, (here), so there are no current mobility, but there was host to the Governor of the Central Bank/agency relationship and the World Bank Group, next week ", noting that" light will decide hosting hosting conversion to questioning or interviewing other officials. "

And the "rational transfer some current or former officials to justice or integrity on what our relationship is going to conceal that, Governor of the Central Bank/agency, will present data and documents proving corruption billions, according to his promise to us."

In the context of Financial Committee member of Parliament underlined, Haitham Al-juboori, Monday 19 November 2018, its Central Bank Governor decided to host, at its scheduled meeting on the 21st of the same month.

Jabouri said in a press release, that "certainly the incident didn’t occur in time of the Governor on the relationship, but we are required to investigate the subject in front of our people."

He "did not exclude political contacts parking behind the recent clamor for the Bank Governor, as didn’t rule out that the current crisis is battering the Governor because the process of replacing most of the heads of independent bodies and institutions are within the Government plan in the next stage."…84%D9%85%D9%84

A Review of Iraq’s 2019 Budget Proposal

By Ahmed Tabaqchali, for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts.

The proposed budget law, prepared by the prior government and adopted by the current one (with some minor revisions), resembles the ongoing negotiations on completing the formation of the government.

Just as the participants in these negotiations had left behind the pretence of responding to popular demands and are engaged in a replay of the prior squabbles over the spoils of war.

This budget too is a replay of the prior budgets and a continuation of the old rentier state practices and socialist policies.

For both cases, the old Iraqi saying “رجعت حليمة لعادتها القديمة” or “Halima has gone back to her old ways” is an apt depiction.

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Initial Planning Framework for Reconstruction of Mosul

UN-Habitat and UNESCO presented the Initial Planning Framework for Reconstruction of Mosul

On 15 November 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented the Initial Planning Framework for the Reconstruction of Mosul, offering perspectives on how to ‘Build Back Better’ the city for the people of Mosul.

Over 100 participants from the local government, private sector, civil society organizations and the United Nations agencies gathered at the Ninewa Governor’s office to discuss the priorities and recommendations for the reconstruction of Mosul, with special attention to the Old City.

The event highlighted the complex challenges ensuring a fast reconstruction, while protecting the heritage and historical characteristics of the Old City. It also touched upon the problems that wider Mosul is currently facing in the housing sector and the urgent need to support vulnerable returnees whose houses were completely destroyed, which continues to be a major obstacle for the return of internally displaced persons in camps to Mosul.

H.E. Mr. Nawfal Al Sultan, Governor of Ninewa, noted the prominent role of the United Nations agencies in the reconstruction of Mosul, and reiterated the importance of collaboration between the government offices, the United Nations agencies and the people of Mosul. He also expressed his hope that Ninewa will be built back better, asking for continuous support from the international community.

Ms. Marta Ruedas, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, explained that the Framework provides a holistic and integrated approach for the reconstruction of Mosul, noting that the top priority is to protect heritage sites in the Old City from further damage as analysed and recommended in the Framework.

Both H.E. Mr. Nawfal Al Sultan and Ms. Marta Ruedas called for setting up a specialised committee to follow up on and ensure that the actions recommended in the Framework are endorsed by the relevant authorities and implemented in a timely manner.

After gathering comments and feedback, the Framework will be finalized and distributed to key stakeholders, including national and local government counterparts, representatives of civil society, the private sector and the community, United Nations agencies and donors.

(Source: UN)

Iraqi Dinar may replace US Dollar in Iran-Iraq Trade

Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said Iran and Iraq are weighing plans to eliminate US dollar in trade transactions and also lift visa requirements for citizens of the two countries.

Speaking at a TV program on Saturday night, Iraj Masjedi said Tehran and Baghdad are considering plans to use Iraqi dinar for trade transactions or develop barter trade considering the banking problems caused by the US sanctions on Iran.

He also voiced Iran’s willingness to remove visa restrictions for travels between the two countries, saying the idea of lifting visa requirements for merchants and business people was discussed during Iraqi President Barham Salih’s Saturday visit to Tehran.

Masjedi highlighted the ample opportunities available for the Iranian business sector available in the Iraqi market, saying the Baghdad government welcomes foreign investments.

“The government of Iraq is seeking foreign investment in the economic field, and has now offered 1,200 projects worth $100 billion,” the ambassador added.

He assured Iranian investors of improving security in Iraq, saying the security conditions in the Arab country’s inland and border regions have been getting better since the defeat of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group.

The Iraqi president visited Tehran on Saturday with a ranking delegation for a series of political and economic talks.

After high-profile talks between the Iranian and Iraqi delegations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the two neighbors can increase their annual trade from the current $12 billion to $20 billion.

Rouhani also noted that the two sides discussed ways for cooperation in the energy, power and oil industry, including the extraction of petroleum, and a plan to connect the two countries’ railroad networks.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

Basra’s Poisonous Water Demands Int’l Action

By Glada Lahn and Nouar Shamout, for Chatham House.

Violent protests erupted in Basra this summer in response to the deterioration of public services. At the centre of the unrest is a water supply crisis which Iraq can only solve with regional and international cooperation.

In August, frustrations over crippled public services, drought and unemployment in Al-Basra governorate boiled over.

The acute cause was a water contamination crisis. By the end of October, hospital admissions of those suffering from poisoning exceeded 100,000 according to health officials.

Crops and animals in the rural areas have been severely affected by lack of water and current levels of salinity, with thousands migrating to Basra city.

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Local Police Service Road Map Inaugurated

Ministry of Interior officially inaugurates the Local Police Service Road Map

On 12 November 2018 Lt. Gen. Moafaq Abdulhadi Tawfik, Deputy Minister for Police Affairs Agency officially inaugurated the Local Police Service Road Map of Iraq at the Ministry of Interior, in a ceremony held in the Agency headquarters in Baghdad.

The overall objectives of the Road Map are firstly to put in place transition security arrangements from Iraqi Security Forces to Local Police in post – ISIL Iraq and, to develop a framework with specific emphasis on maintaining trust between Iraqi Local Police Service and the public, as well as to foster collaborative partnerships between the police and other agencies of the Criminal Justice System.

The Local Police Service Road Map therefore, provides a strategy to transition the country from a military oriented focus on security to one of civil security authority in local security matters and, it prioritizes the following Police Core -Functions:

  1. Security and Protection Management
  2. Crime Management
  3. Traffic Enforcement Management
  4. Improving Effectiveness of Local Police Service (IELP), and
  5. Community Policing.

Furthermore, the Road Map also highlights six crosscutting supporting functions:

  1. Finance
  2. Human Resources (HR)
  3. Training
  4. Equipment
  5. Infrastructure, and
  6. Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Ministry of Interior appointed Committee of senior officials with strategic advice and assistance from UNDP Iraq developed the Road Map.

Lt. Gen. Moafaq Abdulhadi Tawfik, Deputy Minister for Police Affairs Agency said:

I extend my sincere gratitude and thanks to the Road Map Committee for their exceptional work in developing this important document that will guide the Local Police Service in Post- ISIL Iraq.

“The Road Map is timely and it complements directly to the New Government Programme’s vision to transition of internal security to Local Police. On behalf of the Police Affairs Agency and the Ministry of Interior I also extend my sincere thanks to UNDP for its advice and assistance in this important work.

UNDP Acting Country Director Gerardo Noto added:

…improving Local Police Service is an identified key priority within the Government of Iraq’s ongoing Security Sector Reform Programme under the system priority Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement that is supported by UNDP and International Partners.

“Therefore the successful implementation of the Local Police Service Road Map will be a critical milestone in restoring public security services, rule of law and sustainable peace in Iraq.  UNDP will continue to facilitate advice and assistance to the Police Affairs Agency and Ministry of Interior in this critical work in the coming months.

UNDP is grateful to Germany for its generous funding to carry out this important work in Iraq.

(Source: UNDP)


11-18-2018   Newshound Guru Kaperoni  There is over 42 trillion dinar outside the CBI.  And there has been no reduction so far.  If the dinar is going to appreciate in value the money supply must be reduced.  The only way it could happen would be gradually…thus a float is the only real option. 42 Trillion dinar is a substantial amount…the U.S. only has about 1.2 trillion circulating around

IMF projections , 18 NOV

The World Economic Outlook, a global survey of key macroeconomic indicators of member countries uploaded on the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF’s) website, has made some dire prognosis with respect to Pakistan’s economy: (i) growth rate would decline by 1.8 percent in the current fiscal year – from 5.8 percent in 2017-18 to 4 percent in 2018-19; (ii) inflation would almost double – from 3.9