KTFA – “Iraq News” Posted by Clare at KTFA Thursday 4-18-2024


Clare:  Al-Sudani arrives in Houston to complete his visit to the United States


Today, Thursday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani arrived in Houston to complete his visit to the United States.

Our correspondent said, “The Sudanese arrived in the state of Houston to complete his visit to the United States.”

Last Saturday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani began a visit to Washington, DC, at the invitation of US President Joe Biden.   LINK

Clare:  Al-Ardawi: The Sudanese government seeks to liberalize the Iraqi dinar and stabilize the economy


The political analyst, Abbas Al-Ardawi, confirmed that the visit of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani to Washington came to liberalize the Iraqi dinar and stabilize the economy.

Al-Ardawi said {to Al-Furat News} that: “The visit comes in a very heated situation and everyone is awaiting its outcomes, and the Sudanese carries a large team of economists and investors and carries ideas and projects that move towards consolidating the relationship with the American side and transferring it from the process of guardianship to friendship and opening files and outlets through which the relationship can be framed.” “In a way that allows Iraq to assume its pivotal role in the region.” 

He added, “Everyone realizes the importance of Iraq from all aspects and the necessity of it standing on its feet after 20 years of political conflict.”

Al-Ardawi continued, “The Sudanese government seeks to invest and attract investors and is moving seriously towards the path of development and trying to transfer the scope of the problems in the region through conferences it held in the region or that preceded this meeting, and the necessity of moving the region from a stage of conflict to a stage of dialogue.”

Wafaa Al-Fatlawi   LINK


Clare:  Al-Sudani stresses the necessity of dialogue with the US Treasury, the Federal Bank, and the International Monetary Fund


The Iraqi Prime Minister, Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, stressed on Wednesday the necessity of continuing the dialogue with the US Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and the International Monetary Fund.

This came while Al-Sudani received, at his residence in the American capital, Washington, the President of JPMorgan Bank, Masha Klovksi, and his accompanying delegation, according to a statement received by Shafaq News Agency.

The meeting witnessed a discussion of the Iraqi government’s efforts to implement financial and banking reforms, in light of the path it is taking towards improving the economic reality and achieving development, as well as discussing the government’s measures in developing the government banking sector, through its contracts with major international consulting companies specialized in banking reform and encouraging banks. To open accounts with foreign banks; To be correspondent banks, according to a plan aimed at dispensing with the electronic platform at the end of this year.

Al-Sudani stressed that it is not possible to work in any development sector without reform steps for the banking sector, stressing the need to continue dialogue with the US Treasury, the US Federal Reserve, the International Monetary Fund, and other international financial institutions.    LINK

Clare:  Sudanese reveals the volume of exchange with America

4/18/2024  Baghdad

Today, Thursday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani announced the introduction of a law to address the challenges of the private sector, and while he indicated that 80% of transfers are proceeding in accordance with international standards, according to the US Treasury Department, he confirmed that Iraq is moving for the first time towards establishing a fixed platform to receive liquefied gas.

A statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Media Office, received by Al-Iqtisad News, stated that “Al-Sudani met in Washington, on Wednesday evening (Baghdad time), with a number of presidents and representatives of major American companies, in a session held by the American Chamber of Commerce.”

The statement added, “The meeting included a dialogue session with the attendees, where the Prime Minister explained a number of questions that were raised during the meeting, related to the investment environment in Iraq and the facilities provided by the government to the private sector.”

 During the meeting, the Prime Minister sponsored “the signing ceremony of a number of memorandums of understanding between the Ministries of Electricity and Oil and the Iraq Fund for Development, with American institutions and companies. Similar memorandums of understanding were also signed between the Iraqi private sector and American companies in the fields of energy and the pharmaceutical industry.”

The Prime Minister pointed out, during his speech, “the openness of the investment environment in Iraq to attract reputable international companies, to participate in the economic renaissance and infrastructure projects that Iraq is witnessing, in addition to the package of financial, banking and administrative reforms that the government initiated and a high percentage of which was completed during the year.” And half a year old.”

Al-Sudani said during the signing ceremony of memorandums of understanding with major American companies: “The outcome of the discussions and understandings with the American side was the necessity of continuing to develop bilateral relations in various economic, social and security sectors.”

He added: “We agreed to strengthen the relationship, stimulate the private sector, and support the work of American companies in Iraq,” stressing that “Iraq is witnessing remarkable stability despite the challenges in the region, and we are working to distance it from hotbeds of conflict and escalation.”

He explained, “The government has made important strides in economic reforms and implementing major projects that contribute to solving problems. We have also presented to Parliament a law that addresses the challenges facing the private sector.”

He pointed out, “According to the US Department of the Treasury, 80% of transfers are in accordance with international standards, and we are working to complete the remaining percentage,” adding, “We have completed the unified treasury account and the integrated banking system, modernizing collections and customs reforms, and redirecting support in the right direction.”

He stressed, “Our support for the private sector is an approach we are following, and for the first time we have granted sovereign guarantees to it to support projects,” pointing out, “The Iraq Fund for Development aims to involve the private sector, and addresses bureaucracy and routine for entering companies.”

He pointed out, “Conducting tax and administrative reforms related to registering company branches, to provide an attractive investment environment,” explaining that “the volume of exchange between Iraq and the United States does not exceed 10 billion dollars.”

He stressed, “Developing a comprehensive vision for the optimal investment of oil and gas, and the sixth round of licensing related to natural gas fields, is being presented for the first time,” noting that “there is a plan to reach gas self-sufficiency and stop imports within 3-5 years.”

He pointed out “introducing integrated projects in 6-8 fields throughout the governorates, according to a model for developing oil, using associated gas, and establishing an electrical station and a petrochemical industry in the same location,” explaining that “Iraq is moving towards establishing a fixed platform to receive liquefied gas for the first time, and this is an opportunity presented.” In front of American companies and other companies.”

He pointed out, “A contract was signed with KBR to prepare a preliminary study on the fixed platform, for the purpose of receiving and exporting gas in the future.”   LINK