Chat Room News Excerpts & Highlights Late Thursday Night 9-21-17DinarResearcher: Don’t want to rain on anyone’s parade or throw any shoes at anyone but let’s see how this meeting goes Sunday with the Kurds coming to Baghdad?DinarResearcher: Barzani adviser confirms the possibility of postponing the referendumDinarResearcher: 21/09/2017DinarResearcher: The media advisor to the president of
DA Member News Highlights & Comments 9-22-17Enorrste: I would not be surprised to see Iraq move into Article 8 late this year and start the float either at that time or at the beginning of next year.Kaperoni: Private Banks Association organizes a workshop on safety requirements for financial systems conversion20/9/2017 Economy News Baghdad:Organized by the Iraqi Association of private
Compiled 12:01 am EDT 22 Sept. 2017 by Judy ByingtonA. Sept. 21 2017 GCR Situation Report “Classic” From Military Sources: “Classic” – GCR/RV Intel SITREP – Thursday – September 21, 20171. Yesterday Sept. 20 two credible economic threats came in against Iraqi PM Abadi in retaliation for his potential IQD revaluation announcement at the UN.2. Key national assets in Northern Iraq were targeted.
KTFA:Samson: What are the six conditions set by Barzani in exchange for the postponement of the referendum? 22nd September, 2017These are the six conditions demanded by the President of the Kurdistan region Massoud Barzani in exchange for postponement of the referendum: 1 The central government to pay the budgets of the region since 2013 until 2017 2 Paying the salaries of Peshmerga fighters
Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Thursday that the position of rejecting the referendum in Kurdistan is "fixed because of its unconstitutionality." He pointed out that any unilateral action is "unacceptable", pointing out that the door of dialogue is "open."
Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi received in his office today President Fuad Masum, "The meeting witnessed the praise of the victories achieved by the heroic Iraqi forces in western Anbar, the latest of which is liberation operations and the start of the first phase of the liberation of Hawija Which achieved impressive results in its first day. "
"The priority is to fight against gangs that support terrorism, liberate Iraqi lands, return displaced people and the importance of not raising any problems that hinder the advance of our heroic forces," he said.
"The whole world stands with us in the unity of Iraq, its sovereignty and its war against terrorism," Abadi said. "Our position is firm and includes rejection of the referendum in the Kurdistan region because of its unconstitutionality, the preservation of a unified Iraq and the continuation of dialogue to resolve the outstanding issues within the framework of the constitution."
Textron Aviation Defense LLC, Wichita, Kansas, has been awarded a $30,000,000 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for Beechcraft King Air 350 maintenance training in support of the Iraqi Air Force.
Work will be performed at Martyr Mohammed Ali Air Base, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by Sept. 20, 2020.
This award is the result of a country-directed sole-source acquisition.
(Source: US Dept of Defense)
By Robert Cole, AMAR Foundation.
Crescent Petroleum, one of the Middle East’s oldest and largest upstream oil companies, and Dana Gas, one of the largest private sector natural gas companies in the region, have joined forces to fund the running costs of a healthcare centre and vocational training centre for displaced people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq for the next three years, the two companies today announced.
The three-year commitment will fund the entire running costs of AMAR International Charitable Foundation’s Primary Healthcare Centre and vocational training centre in Khanke Camp, which serve the whole community, including 16,000 Yazidi residents.
The healthcare centre plays a vital role in providing healthcare to those who would otherwise be unable to access medical support. In the second quarter of 2017, the clinic saw 26,404 cases, conducting 5,411 maternal health consultations and 2,034 child consultations.
Commenting on the donation, Crescent Petroleum’s CEO Majid Jafar said:
“At Crescent Petroleum, we aim to empower local communities by not only providing energy solutions to fuel their development, but also by responding to their social and economic needs. Internally displaced people (IDPs) are among the world’s most vulnerable populations but they are often overlooked by international relief efforts, and we are committed and honoured to assist their healthcare needs in partnership with AMAR Foundation.”
The natural gas produced by the companies from the Khor Mor field supplies more than 1,750 MW of affordable electricity to the Kurdistan Region, giving schools, hospitals and other vital entities a non-disruptive water and electricity supply for millions of people.
The Duhok Health Directorate has seen the population of the region more than double over the last two and a half years due to the massive influx of IDPs from the Sinjar and Mosul regions, putting increasing pressure on healthcare access.
Patrick Allman-Ward, Dana Gas’ CEO, said:
“Our corporate social responsibility programme has been at the heart of Dana Gas’ operations since its inception in 2005. Providing financial support to those in need is not only a moral obligation, it also has a positive impact on the communities where we operate.”
AMAR’s Chairman and Founder, the British Conservative Peer, Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, said she was “overwhelmed” by the generosity of Dana Gas and Crescent Petroleum:
“AMAR builds, staffs and runs five state-of-the-art heath centres on an extremely low budget. The generous donation from Crescent Petroleum and Dana Gas means we can continue with the marvellous work being done in Khanke by our locally trained doctors and nurses for the next three years.”
(Source: AMAR Foundation)
From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.
Iraq’s Kurdistan region is pushing ahead with an independence referendum next Monday despite pressure to call it off.
President Masoud Barzani remains defiant, but many Kurds are worried about the consequences of the vote.
Al Jazeera‘s Hoda Abdel Hamid reports:
The United Nations Security Council today expressed concern over the “potentially destabilizing impact” of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s plans to unilaterally hold a referendum next week.
In a statement issued to the press, members of the Council noted that the planned referendum is scheduled to be held while operations to counter Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh) – in which Kurdish forces have played a critical role – are ongoing.
The referendum “could detract from efforts to ensure the safe, voluntary return of over three million refugees and internally displaced persons,” the 15-member body added.
Secretary-General António Guterres earlier this week voiced similar concerns about the timing of the vote in a statement issued by his Spokesman, which noted that all outstanding issues between the federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government should be resolved through structured dialogue and constructive compromise.
“The Secretary-General calls upon the leaders across Iraq to approach this matter with patience and restraint. The United Nations stands ready to support such efforts.”
(Source: United Nations News Centre)