Iraqi News Highlights and Points to Ponder Tuesday AM 11-21-23

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Iraqi News Highlights and Points to Ponder Tuesday AM 11-21-23

The Foreign Ministry Complains About The Role Of The American Ambassador In The “Dollar Crisis”: Her Reports Are Different

Politics |Baghdad today – Baghdad   The Foreign Relations Committee in the House of Representatives said today, Tuesday (November 21, 2023), that US Ambassador Alina Romanowski did not play any positive role in supporting and strengthening the Iraqi dinar and resolving the dollar crisis that Iraq is witnessing due to American decisions.

Committee member Representative Amer Al-Fayez said in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “the American ambassador supports her country’s decisions against Iraq regarding the dollar crisis, and she did not have a positive role in supporting the Iraqi dinar.”

He continued, “The American embassy in Baghdad submits reports to the American administration with various information, whether at the economic, political, or even security levels, and as a result of those reports, Washington takes some decisions, but we do not know anything about the American reports that are sent from Baghdad to Washington, except that… It is certain that there are many unreal issues.”

Yesterday, Monday (November 20, 2023), an informed source reported an expected meeting between the Central Bank of Iraq and the US Treasury Department next week.

Government sources recently spoke about an agreement concluded between the Central Bank of Iraq and the American side, which resulted in an increase in the number of banks that can directly enhance their balance in dollars to 10 banks, 5 of which are through Citibank, and the other five are through Bank G. B. Morgan), according to the Iraqi News Agency.

He also revealed that the number of Iraqi banks whose balances in Chinese yuan will be strengthened through the Singapore Development Bank has increased to 13 banks, while the number of banks whose accounts in Indian rupees with the Singapore Development Bank have been strengthened is 2, and other banks will be added during the next two weeks.

Other meetings were held that brought together an Emirati bank, the Central Bank of Iraq, and the American side, to implement the mechanism for enhancing balances in the Emirati dirham for Iraqi banks, where all the technical details were resolved, and it is expected that the mechanism for enhancing balances in the Emirati dirham will begin during the next few days.   LINK

Parliamentary Calls To Expand The “Currency Basket” To Escape The Consequences Of The Dollar

Information / Baghdad   Representative Salem Al-Anbuki stressed, on Tuesday, Iraq’s need to increase the size of the financial basket of foreign currencies other than the dollar to end American hegemony.

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Al-Anbuki said in an interview with Al-Ma’louma, “The restrictions on the circulation of the dollar in Iraq have created recurring economic crises, especially since Washington uses it from time to time as a pressure card, not in the country but in other countries, which increases the burden on the markets and led to the emergence of the parallel market that is behind the increase in burdens.” Finance on millions of Iraqis.

He added, “Iraq has realized the importance of creating a basket of other currencies besides the dollar to get rid of its restrictions, especially since it has large trade with countries such as China and India, which gives high flexibility in providing the funds necessary for imports without going through the complexities of transferring the dollar.”

He pointed out that “many countries, some of which are oil-based, have begun to diversify the currencies in their financial reserves in order to provide greater flexibility in providing funds for import purposes away from the restrictions of the dollar.”

The US Treasury created crises inside the country because of its restrictions on the transfer of the dollar to Baghdad and the imposition of sanctions on some banks. Ended 25 February   LINK

Parliamentarians Demand Real Solutions To The Dollar Crisis

Iraq  11/21/2023    Baghdad: Shaima Rashid  Members of the House of Representatives believe that there are various reasons behind the rise in the dollar exchange rate, between the smuggling of currency outside the country and the government’s lack of control over the situation and control of the borders, in addition to the lack of real and realistic solutions in this regard. On the other hand, the victim of all this matter is The poor citizen who is no longer able to meet his needs with the daily rise in prices due to the rise in the dollar.

Member of the House of Representatives, Fatima Al-Qara Ghouli, said in an interview with “Al-Sabah”: “The victim of the current economic crisis is primarily the poor Iraqi citizen,” indicating that “everyone knows the reason for it is the smuggling of currency outside Iraq, and that because of this matter, the US Federal Bank has determined The sale of the dollar should be through the electronic platform in order to control all these obstacles, and in order to stop the smuggling of the dollar outside Iraq.”

She added, “This issue needs a clear financial policy and strategy in order to limit the issues that caused this crisis, in which the Iraqi citizen was a victim,” indicating that “with the start of the next legislative term, a session will be held in this regard in order to develop solutions and consult with the Central Bank and the Ministry of Finance.”

Finance, and the session will be in the presence of the Governor of the Central Bank,” and she continued: “The timing of the session is still under study, as the issue is important and has caused a stifling crisis without there being solutions.”

In addition, Member of Parliament Haider Al-Salami criticized what he described as “the government’s lack of control over the exchange rate,” and pointed out in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “there is no real treatment for the crisis, as it must start from the border because currency smuggling and selling Millions of dollars starts from there.”

Al-Salami called on the Prime Minister to address the details of the dollar crisis in a real manner by changing the officials and those concerned with this file, indicating that “we must be frank with regard to this file, because there are partisan interventions in it that make the government unable to solve it.”    https://alsabaah.iq/87634-.html

The Dollar In Iraq.. Baghdad Is Planning “Permanent Solutions” With Washington, And Parliament Describes The Dialogues As “Successful”

Politics/Economy |Baghdad today – Baghdad   The Finance Committee in the House of Representatives said today, Tuesday (November 21, 2023), that the dialogues taking place between the Central Bank of Iraq and the US Department of the Treasury are very important to find solutions to the dollar crisis in Iraq.

Committee member Moeen Al-Kazemi told Baghdad Today, “The monetary and financial authority in Iraq is making great efforts through negotiation and dialogue with the US Treasury Department in order to find quick and lasting solutions to the dollar crisis, and these dialogues are very important.”

Al-Kadhimi stated, “Over the past few days, Iraq has reached important solutions with the American side, and the dialogues have been successful. Therefore, new meetings must be held to present more solutions that strengthen the Iraqi dinar, prevent any scarcity of the dollar in Iraq, and support the Iraqi banking sector.”

Yesterday, Monday (November 20, 2023), an informed source reported an expected meeting between the Central Bank of Iraq and the US Treasury Department next week.

Government sources recently spoke about an agreement concluded between the Central Bank of Iraq and the American side, which resulted in an increase in the number of banks that can directly enhance their balance in dollars to 10 banks, 5 of which are through Citibank, and the other five are through Bank G. B. Morgan), according to the Iraqi News Agency.

He also revealed that the number of Iraqi banks whose balances in Chinese yuan will be strengthened through the Singapore Development Bank has increased to 13 banks, while the number of banks whose accounts in Indian rupees with the Singapore Development Bank have been strengthened is 2, and other banks will be added during the next two weeks.

Other meetings were held that brought together an Emirati bank, the Central Bank of Iraq, and the American side, to implement the mechanism for enhancing balances in the Emirati dirham for Iraqi banks, where all the technical details were resolved, and it is expected that the mechanism for enhancing balances in the Emirati dirham will begin during the next few days.   LINK

Representatives Warn: The Scarcity Of The Dollar Causes Iraqis Working In Foreign Companies To Lose 20% Of The Value Of Their Salary

November 20, 2023  Baghdad/Al-Masala Al-Hadath: Representative Mustafa Sanad revealed a strange reason that exacerbated the problem of dollar scarcity in local markets, and caused a loss of 20% of the salaries of Iraqis working in foreign companies.

Sanad said that the Prime Minister’s Office gave an exception to Daewoo to receive their share of the dollar in full and through (Abu Dhabi Islamic Bank), and therefore the Central Bank, Basra Branch, was directed to distribute most of the cash dollar (cash) to this company for nearly three months.

He added that this measure caused the scarcity of dollars for the rest of the local companies and contractors and their loss of 20% of their dues because the receipt was in Iraqi dollars and at the official rate. The same applies to Iraqis working for foreign companies who were receiving their salaries in dollars and now in Iraqi dollars and at the official rate, which caused their salaries to decrease by 20%.

He pointed out that a question was directed to the Central Bank about the reasons for this unfair dealing.    https://almasalah.com/archives/73798

Provoking Points To Ponder From Seedtime Quotes That Will Change How You Look At Money

“If you have no debt and US$10 in your pocket – you are richer than 25% of the American people!” 

 “Price is what you pay, Value is what you get!”
 
“The Quickest way to Double your Money is to fold it over and put it back in your pocket!”
 
“I make myself rich by making my wants few!”
 
“Don’t let pride keep you in debt. A big house and a fancy car aren’t worth a lifetime of bondage!”
 
 “Become so Financially Secure that you forget that it’s Payday!”
 
 “Don’t go Broke trying to Look Rich!”
 
 “Wealthy people invest first & spend what’s left… Broke people spend first & invest what’s left”

Continued…………….  More to come ……….