KTFA – News, Rumors and Opinions Sunday AM 4-21-2024



Al-Sudani: Iraq is witnessing a new reality today in the private sector


Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani met today, Friday, with an elite group of Iraqi businessmen residing in the American state of Michigan, as part of his official visit to the United States.

The businessmen reviewed their companies’ specializations and businesses, and expressed their willingness to be in Iraq to pursue and participate in investment opportunities available in various sectors and contribute to building their country.

Al-Sudani stressed, during the meeting, that Iraq is witnessing a new reality today with regard to the private sector, explaining a series of practical steps taken by the government and the facilities it granted to the private sector. He also pointed out what has been accomplished at the level of financial and banking reform, which has increased the percentage of contracts that comply with the standards. The global rate reached 80% according to reports of international institutions.

He touched on the government’s important projects in the field of the pharmaceutical industry and the housing sector, pointing to the start of establishing new residential cities, which include the construction of tens of thousands of housing units, the job opportunities they provide for young people, and the revitalization of the construction sector and dozens of related professions.

The Prime Minister urged Iraqi businessmen to seize the available investment opportunities and bring production lines to laboratories and factories in various specializations, noting that Iraq’s budget for the three years included, for the first time, providing sovereign guarantees to the private sector, in addition to establishing the Iraq Fund for Development, which will work with this. The sector is implementing vital and important projects, which contribute to moving the wheel of the economy and implementing the government’s vision for sustainable development and a strong and prosperous Iraq.     LINK



 The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq speaks to Al-Hurra about restructuring the country’s banks

Alhurra – Washington   April 20, 2024

 The Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Ali Al-Alaq, revealed in an interview with Al-Hurra TV that Iraq has begun the process of “restructuring Iraqi banks” and has a broad plan to “reform the banks” by attracting strategic partners to modernize the Iraqi government banking system.

Al-Alaq confirmed that “investigations are continuing regarding the work of the violating Iraqi banks,” noting the formation of a committee with the US Treasury Department and the Federal Reserve “to correct the violations of the sanctioned banks.”

The full interview will be broadcast as part of the Iraqi program, on the Al-Hurra Iraq channel, Sunday, at 11:00 pm Baghdad time. (THE GOV OF THE CBI IS GOING TO MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE IRAQI CITIZENS -F26)

Al-Alaq pointed out that “an American company has been assigned to audit the work of these banks,” and its results will be presented to the Iraqi government and the American side to take a decision on it.

In late 2022, the Iraqi banking sector adopted the SWIFT electronic transfer system with the aim of providing better control over the use of the dollar, ensuring compliance with US sanctions on Tehran, and also in order to limit the prosperity of the informal economy. 

The financial standards that were adopted encouraged the emergence of a parallel market for currencies, attracting those seeking to obtain the dollar outside official channels. 

The governor expressed his support for fair competition between private and government banks to diversify revenue sources, but he explained that citizens prefer to deal with government banks.

Al-Alaq stated that the Iraqi government delegation visiting Washington agreed to discuss the file of Iraqi banks punished by the US Treasury and deprived of dealing in dollars in Iraq, adding that the visit indicates his country’s connection to the United States financially and economically.

To ensure compliance with American standards regarding money laundering and sanctions on Iran, about 20 Iraqi banks were prevented from making dollar transfers, but they still operate in Iraq using the dinar.

The banking sector in Iraq has adopted an electronic platform, the aim of which is to monitor the uses of the dollar and tighten control over a thriving informal economy, while tax evasion attracts some importers and traders.

Al-Alaq spoke about Iraqi funds in the Federal Reserve, pointing out that Iraq invests its money from inside and outside the United States, noting that Baghdad’s financial relationship with Washington is “close” and characterized by “continuous coordination and understanding,” stressing Iraq’s openness and compliance with the rules of financial institutions in the world. 

The governor stressed that the Central Bank closely monitors suspicious financial fraud operations and always warns against them, and pointed out that there are precise steps to prevent citizens from falling victim to financial fraud.

Regarding the government’s economic priority, Al-Alaq said that reducing foreign debt is the first goal of his government, as it was able to reduce debt to reach 9 billion dollars. While the internal debt constitutes a value of 70 trillion Iraqi dinars, he also explained that the central bank was able to reduce the inflation rate from 7.5 percent to about 3.8 percent despite what he described as challenges.

Al-Alaq stressed that “the Iraqi government is focusing on the economy, services and infrastructure,” stressing the need for Iraq to arrange its financial policies in a manner consistent with international financial standards to diversify sources of income.

The Central Bank of Iraq announced in a statement that it had decided, as of January, “to limit all commercial and other transactions to the Iraqi dinar instead of the dollar” inside the country.

While the dollar can be naturally withdrawn in cash from previously existing deposits in hard currency, starting in 2024, it will become necessary to withdraw every money transfer from abroad in dinars exclusively and according to the official exchange rate.

Al-Allaq heads the Iraqi delegation participating in the 2024 spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, which will be held in Washington, D.C., until April 20.

Regarding Iraq’s relationship with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the governor confirmed that it is strong – as Iraq needs their efforts, coordination and consultation, revealing that Iraq is addressing the International Monetary Fund for the purpose of cooperation and providing technical support, indicating that the Fund welcomes this cooperation.

He said that a delegation from the International Monetary Fund will visit Iraq soon to start this program.   LINK

Courtesy of Dinar Guru:  https://www.dinarguru.com/

Mnt Goat   Remember…the Oil and Gas law looms in the background and will surface again soon. Also after this visit to Washington I fully expect the announcement of Iraq’s full accession to the WTO to pop out shortly. Oh…it’s all so good!

Frank26  It seems to me the pattern of these bank stories that I’ve been receiving are changing more in the  direction that, ‘Yeah, we know.  We don’t know when.  We don’t know what to tell you.  We don’t know how much…but yeah we know what’s going on.’   

Suzie  I know with all the forthcoming intel/info we’ve had…, the promise made by Sudani to the  people…we all are speculating the next move shortly from Iraq as the blessing we’ve all (including the Iraqis) long awaited, I  hope and pray we’re not setting ourselves up for another disappointment from more of Iraq’s capabilities for another set back like  we’ve been used to seeing….praying for all this to go well this time around with no more delays.  


Lotta noises about the IQD

Nader:  4-20-2024


What the Iraqi PM Told Iraqi People Living in the US on Thursday

Edu Matrix:  4-20-2024

What the Iraqi PM Told Iraqi People Living in the US on Thursday – There are over 90,000 Iraqis living in the State of Michigan, which the PM visited on Thursday, the 18th of the past week. The PM also met with the President of JP Morgan.