Bondlady’s Corner – Iraq Economic News and Points to Ponder Wednesday Afternoon 11-29-23

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Iraq Economic News and Points to Ponder Wednesday Afternoon 11-29-23

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The Dinar Will Recover.. Iraq Is Approaching An “Imminent End” To The Dollar Crisis Before The End Of 2023

 Economy |11-27-2023,  Baghdad today – Baghdad  Today, Monday (November 27, 2023), the Parliamentary Finance Committee commented on the possibility of the Iraqi government succeeding in controlling the dollar by the end of the current year.

Committee member Moeen Al-Kazemi told Baghdad Al-Youm,  “The government and the central bank are working to end the dollar crisis once and for all, and  there is great progress in this file and  there is control over the market, as well as a gradual decline in exchange rates in the parallel market.”

 Al-Kadhimi added,  “We expect that the new year will witness a significant decline in dollar prices with the rise in the value of the Iraqi dinar, especially with the presence of government decisions and directives to address all the causes of the dollar crisis, and we expect that economic and financial stability will be strongly present at the beginning of next year.”

Earlier, a senior official in the Central Bank of Iraq told Reuters that the country will ban cash withdrawals and transactions in dollars as of January 1, 2024, in the latest effort to limit the misuse of the country’s hard currency reserves in financial crimes and evade US sanctions on Iran. .

Mazen Ahmed, Director General of the Investment and Transfer Department at the Central Bank of Iraq, told Reuters that the aim of the step is to stop the illegal use of about 50 percent of the $10 billion cash amount that Iraq imports annually from the Federal Reserve Bank in New York.

This step comes as part of a broader campaign to stop the economy’s dependence on the dollar after residents began to prefer the US currency over the dinar.  Ahmed said that  people who deposit dollars in banks before the end of 2023 will be able to withdraw money in dollars in 2024. But dollars deposited in 2024 can only be withdrawn in the local currency at the official rate of 1,320 dinars to the dollar.

Official Price

Ahmed said, “You want to transfer money? To do so. You want a card in dollars? Here you go. You can use the card inside Iraq at the official rate, or if you want to withdraw cash, you can at the official rate in dinars… but don’t talk to me about dollars in cash anymore.”

Iraq has already created a platform to organize bank transfers that make up the bulk of demand for dollars, and which has served as a hotbed for counterfeit receipts and fraudulent transactions that have leaked dollars to Iran and Syria, which are under US sanctions. 

Ahmed stated that  this system, which was put in place in coordination with the authorities in the United States where Iraq’s reserves of $120 billion from oil sales are kept, is now almost airtight and provides dollars at the official rate to those who engage in legitimate trade activities such as importing food and consumer goods.  But he said that  the misuse of cash withdrawals continues in ways that include travelers who are officially entitled to $3,000 but are looking for ways to circumvent the system.

Iraq relies heavily on its good relations with Washington to ensure that the country’s oil revenues and funds are not subject to American oversight.

Dollar Shortage  

Many local banks have already limited cash withdrawals in dollars over the past few months, exacerbating shortages that have caused the exchange rate to continue to rise in the parallel market. 

Ahmed said that  some banks are suffering from a shortage of dollars because many people are trying to withdraw at the same time in light of a feeling of unease about the financial system, while  some banks are also suffering from a shortage because they provided loans denominated in dollars that were then repaid in dinars. 

He added that  the Central Bank of Iraq also limited the amount of dollars it provides as part of an agreement with the US Central Bank to limit cash liquidity and shift to electronic payments

Ahmed pointed out that  the Iraqi Central Bank expects the dinar to lose more of its value as the new measures enter into force, but he added that  this is an acceptable side effect of formalizing the financial system, noting that  the Iraqi Central Bank provides dollars at the official exchange rate for all legitimate purposes.

He said that the cost that Iraq is bearing today is not compared to the value of achieving this goal. 

Ahmed stated that  the financing operations that are carried out transparently and legally through the bank and at the official rate are the most important and therefore nothing else matters, even if the exchange rate reaches 1700.

 He continued, saying,  “The cost we bear now is nothing compared to achieving this goal, in all honesty, as long as the legitimate channels are established.

What matters is even if the exchange rate reaches 1,700… because the legitimate purpose is the official price.” https://baghdadtoday.news/236459-الدينار-سيتعافى.-العراق-يقترب-من-نهاية-وشيكة-لأزمة-الدولار-قبل-نهاية-2023.html

The Importance Of Oil And Gas Law

Economic 11/26/2023 Muhammad Sharif Abu Maysam  The importance of the Oil and Gas Law does not stop at establishing the correct mechanisms and methods for managing oil wealth and establishing the correct solutions for resolving oil and gas conflicts and disputes between the producing and contracting parties in a way that enhances confidence in the political system and the judicial institution, as its legislation and entry into force will necessarily contribute to supporting political, security and economic stability.

They will contribute to strengthening national unity, increasing the rule of law, and creating an attractive investment environment that goes beyond promoting investments in the oil sector, and will push towards the urgent need to legislate the Federal Court Law,

respect the constitution, and resolve all points of contention between the center and the region, given that most of the outstanding problems between Baghdad and Erbil are the result of the oil and revenue file. Oil, and most importantly of all,

the legislation of this law will confirm the right of the Iraqi people to own oil and gas wealth as stated in Articles (11 and 12) of the Constitution.

Despite this great importance of legislating the oil and gas law, which prompted the current government to form a committee to study and amend the draft law and then present it to the government and the House of Representatives, political differences are still an obstacle to approving a law that satisfies all parties since 2007 until now, which makes Legislating this law is the biggest challenge under the government’s program document applications.

It goes without saying that a legal draft that is not consistent with the constitutional texts will be subject to categorical rejection under the powers of the Federal Court responsible for implementing the constitutional texts.

Anything less than that can be agreed upon through intensifying dialogue sessions between oil and legal experts and those concerned with financial management.

However, such a law will remain. It has been locked away for about sixteen years without legislation under the pretext of political differences.

This is a very strange matter, not only because the justifications for obstruction are illogical in light of the extent of the national importance of its legislation,

but also because the current stage is the most dangerous after the escalation of the conflict between the major oil-consuming countries, in addition to what the country is witnessing. Of major economic transformations, at a time when we are looking forward to implementing the government program, specifically with regard to legislating obstructive laws and resolving disputes related to economic files.

Accordingly, the current committee charged with studying and amending the draft prepared in 2007, over which dialogue took place for years to no avail, is required to work hard, compete for time, and disclose the reality of the obstacles that hinder reaching consensus on the controversial points contained therein, with the aim of forming a public opinion that pressures those responsible. By disrupting.    https://alsabaah.iq/87868-.html

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Continued……….. More to come