Iraq Economic News and Points To Ponder Monday Afternoon  5-27-24

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Iraq Economic News and Points To Ponder Monday Afternoon  5-27-24

After The Central Bank Denied And Confirmed That It Is Not Printing Them For The Time Being… Revealing The Truth About The New Currencies

Sunday 26 May 2024 23:25 | Economical Number of readings: 394  Baghdad / NINA / Today, Sunday, community circles were busy with what was reported on social media sites and platforms about the efforts of the Central Bank of Iraq to issue a new currency of 100,000 Iraqi dinars and pump it into the local market, before the Central Bank quickly denied those rumors and emphasized that there was no… There are intentions to print a new currency at the present time.

The origin of the incident, which was circulated on social media sites and platforms, goes back to artistic paintings drawn by students of the Institute of Fine Arts in the city of Mosul, which included designs for coins marked with images of the late Iraqi-born international architect Zaha Hadid and the Abbasid Caliph Harun al-Rashid, as part of the requirements for the graduation project, but the matter went beyond The scope of control quickly expanded beyond that, after pictures of the painted paintings were published and circulated as a model for the new currency that will be printed soon.

This comes as the Central Bank of Iraq denied issuing a new currency in the denomination of (100) thousand dinars, despite what was circulated on social media sites about a picture of a new banknote that is a “fake” picture bearing the image of the late Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid.

The bank called on citizens to be careful and not deal with it if some offer it for the purpose of fraud, stressing that there are no intentions to print a new currency at the present time, stressing that it will take legal measures against violators and promoters of this counterfeit currency./End 5

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International Praise For The Efforts Of The Iraqi Central Bank: Controlling Inflation And Strengthening The Banking Sector

Economy News – Baghdad  The International Monetary Fund praised the actions of the Iraqi government led by the Central Bank of Iraq, indicating that it had taken several measures aimed at stabilizing the national currency and controlling monetary inflation.

The Central Bank media stated, in a statement received by Al-Eqtisad News, that it “raised the interest rate on monetary policy tools from 4% to 7.5% and increased the mandatory reserve requirements for banks from 15% to 18%, and these steps were decisive in reducing the inflationary pressures that are affecting the economy.” Iraq suffered from it, and this contributed to creating a more stable economic environment.”

The report stressed that “important reforms in the banking sector, such as the gradual increase in bank capital and mergers between small banks, aim to strengthen the banking sector and increase its efficiency and flexibility in the face of economic shocks.”

The report noted that “Iraq has implemented new compliance measures to improve the transparency of cross-border financial transactions, by launching an electronic platform that imposes the disclosure of financial beneficiaries, which enhances the integrity of financial transfers in accordance with international banking standards, in addition to the role of the Central Bank of Iraq in expanding Correspondent banking relationships, to facilitate smoother international trade financing operations.”

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The International Monetary Fund Praises The Monetary Policy Of The Central Bank Of Iraq

Economy   Monday, May 27, 2024 2:55 PM  Baghdad/National News Center   On Monday, the International Monetary Fund praised the monetary policy of the Central Bank of Iraq.

According to the report issued by the International Monetary Fund mission for the current year 2024 for Article 4 consultations, the Iraqi government’s measures will be more severe, including the monetary policy led by the Central Bank of Iraq.

The report indicated that “the Central Bank of Iraq has taken several measures aimed at stabilizing the national currency and controlling monetary inflation.” It added that “the Central Bank has raised the interest rate on monetary policy tools from 4% to 7.5% and increased the banks’ mandatory reserve requirements from 15% to 18%.” %, and these steps were decisive in reducing the inflationary pressures that Iraq suffered from, and this contributed to creating a more stable economic environment.”

The report emphasized that “important reforms in the banking sector, such as the gradual increase in bank capital and mergers between small banks, aim to strengthen the banking sector and increase its efficiency and flexibility in the face of economic shocks.”

The report noted that “Iraq has implemented new compliance measures to improve the transparency of cross-border financial transactions, by launching an electronic platform that imposes the disclosure of financial beneficiaries, which enhances the integrity of financial transfers in accordance with international banking standards, in addition to the role of the Central Bank of Iraq in expanding Correspondent banking relationships, to facilitate smoother international trade financing operations.”

Sudanese Advisor: Oil Prices Are Still Higher Than Their Budget Estimates And We Are Trying To Keep Spending To The Minimum

Time: 05/27/2024 Read: 1,404 times  {Economic: Al-Furat News} A financial advisor to Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani revealed features of the financial budget schedules for the year 2024.

Mazhar Muhammad Saleh told {Al-Furat News} agency, “The announcement of the variables in the financial tables for the past year 2024 was undoubtedly in conformity with the constants adopted by Law No. 13 of 2023, the Federal (Tripartite) General Budget Law, specifically in the axis of the hypothetical deficit amounting to approximately 64 trillion dinars, and did not stray far.” Estimates of the budget tables in the planned deficit paragraph, as stated in the law above.”

He added, “Despite the above, there are important trends in the management of the public budget, whether on the side of public expenditures, in which the spending ceiling reached 211 trillion dinars, or the revenues and deficit itself, and they are summarized as follows:

1- Oil prices are still higher than their estimates in the tripartite budget of $70 per barrel, with a percentage change.” Positively exceeding 16% above the approved price above, as we approach the middle of the fiscal year, while maintaining the export rates approved in the budget and managing oil production efficiently and in accordance with international agreements with OPEC regarding the issue of controlling production quotas.

2- There is high discipline in Maximizing non-oil revenues, especially tax and customs revenues, specifically after adopting automation, modern methods, and information technology in tax and customs assessment, estimation, and collection.

3- Striving to impose discipline on operational expenditures and keeping spending on them within acceptable minimum levels.

4- Ensuring to raise the efficiency of investment spending and operating all approved projects. This is to ensure a high growth rate in the gross domestic product, at a rate more than twice the population growth rate, by launching the movement of new projects without delay or stop.

Saleh noted that “the pattern of public spending, according to the schedules announced, is characterized by accuracy, objectivity, and self-savings, which contributes to reducing the resort to financing the actual deficit, even when needed, through internal borrowing and within limits that ultimately do not exceed the accepted international standard percentage for financing the deficit, which amounts to 3%.” “of the country’s total gross domestic product or slightly exceeding it.”

He pointed out “not to forget that the efficiency of annual spending in the operational and investment aspects is an important issue in determining the total annual public spending as planned.”  LINK

Iraq Is Turning To Digital Banks.. What Does It Offer To The Banking Sector?

Economy News – Baghdad  The Iraqi banking system may soon receive banks of another type called (digital banks). What are these banks and will the citizen, the banking system, and the Iraqi economy benefit from them? Files that the beneficiary of the banking sector services in Iraq is trying to ask.

Financial expert Ziad Al-Hashimi says, “Online banks, also known as digital banks or neo-banks, are banking financial institutions that operate completely and exclusively over the Internet, and unlike traditional banks, where digital banks usually do not have physical branches.” In cities, they rely on providing their services on the website and mobile phone applications, and the banking services that citizens, merchants, and institutions need can be provided through phone applications.”

He continues, “The most important advantages of digital banks are the ease of opening an account, accessing and managing the balance, lower fees and costs, and having diverse and distinct services (such as budget applications, spending plans, and flexible integration) and other advantages. Because of these advantages, digital banks have begun to spread in many countries in Europe.” And the Americas and Asia, and among these banks – Chase bank – Monzo – Revolut – Starling – Tide and other digital banks.”

Al-Hashemi explains, “The issue of the success and expansion of this type of bank is linked to the state of the economic environment and the nature of society, as these banks often rely on non-cash electronic operations that are active in an advanced banking system, and a society that tends to use cards instead of cash in its transactions.”

The financial expert calls on the Central Bank of Iraq to “wait a little in granting licenses to digital banks, evaluate all these risks and challenges, and search for new timings to launch this type of banks. They must be aware of the availability of favorable conditions and the presence of high chances of success, instead of haste and adventure, as this is a recipe.” “Ready to fail.”

The establishment of any digital bank, inside Iraq, requires that about 30% of its shares belong to a traditional bank, and the services should be published via the Internet and mobile phone applications, and there should not be any branch, but only the general administration, and all services via the Internet, such as issuing a bank card and financial transfers. Deposits, loans, etc.

Iraq owns more than 70 banks, many of which were subjected to US sanctions, while the financial inclusion rate reaches a low level due to weak confidence between the banking sector and citizens as a result of the bankruptcy of some of them.

The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Ali Mohsen Al-Alaq, had previously confirmed, on the sidelines of a celebration organized by the bank, that the steps achieved in financial inclusion that were accomplished today are accelerating and can close the gap that occurred during the past years as a result of the circumstances that Iraq went through.

Al-Alaq stated that the bank has ongoing meetings with the Iraqi government to expand the customer base in electronic payment methods and enhance financial inclusion, “as we see a great response from various state institutions in the context of expanding the financial and banking culture in Iraq.”

Al-Alaq said, “The factors that lead to the success and expansion of the role of financial inclusion are the citizen’s confidence in the institutions and tools available to him, as well as his vision of his interest in using them.”

He continued, “The Central Bank has become at the forefront of global central banks by using various financial technologies that provide speed and accuracy,” revealing at the same time that “the bank has received large numbers of applications to establish digital banks. The concerned departments are working on the possibility of granting it a license to carry out its work in accordance with the controls and instructions issued.” By the bank.

For his part, financial expert Mahmoud Dagher believes in a press interview followed by Al-Iqtisad News that “digital banks are natural banks, just like traditional banks, but they operate through applications and do not have face-to-face interactions.”

According to Dagher, digital banks can perform their work as an independent digital bank or even as classic banks, pointing out that the young generation has now become knowledgeable in using financial technology for withdrawal, transfer, etc.

Today, Iraq has one digital bank, while many applications are waiting for the green light from the Central Bank of Iraq to grant them a license to carry out their work in accordance with the controls and instructions issued by it.

According to the Central Bank of Iraq, licensing requirements to practice digital banking activity include that digital bank licenses in Iraq do not exceed (10%) of the total licensed banks, in addition to the presence of an economic feasibility study that includes business plans, strategies, and financial indicators for 4 years, including the technical aspect and services. scheduled to be launched.

It is noteworthy that these digital banks are subject to all laws, regulations and instructions issued by the Central Bank, including the Anti-Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Law No. 39 of 2015.

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Provoking Thoughts and Points to Ponder on Money

Another good thing about being poor is that when you are seventy your children will not have you declared legally insane in order to gain control of your estate.  – Woody Allen

Money makes the man.  – Aristodemus

 fool and his money are soon parted.  – George Buchanan

Penny wise, pound foolish.  – Henry Burton

Wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.  – Bible

If you would know the value of money, go and try to borrow some.  – Benjamin Franklin

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