TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Monday 10-23-2023


Tishwash:  Iraqi intelligence arrests people speculating in dollar prices using passports

On Monday, Iraqi intelligence arrested three people who were forging travel tickets and using citizens’ passports in order to speculate in the exchange rate and harm the national economy.

This was mentioned in a statement issued by the Intelligence Agency, and received by Shafaq News Agency, indicating that its detachments arrested them inside a remittance and exchange company, and they were in possession of 1,675,000,000 million Iraqi dinars and 462,440 thousand dollars along with printing devices for counterfeiting travel tickets, and a set of passports and personal phones. Which included correspondence relating to illegal transfers.

She confirmed that the intelligence agency units specialized in combating organized crime continue their proactive operations in pursuing exchange rate speculators who harm the national economy.

She explained that the operation came after receiving accurate information that included a remittance and exchange company printing forged travel tickets using citizens’ passports in order to harm the national economy by receiving the dollar at the official exchange rate and then selling it on the black market.

When interrogating the defendants, they frankly admitted that they had harmed the national economy, falsified travel tickets, exploited citizens’ passports, and practiced sending illegal transfers in violation of the instructions of the Central Bank, according to the intelligence agency, which called on citizens to report all outlaws and in all parts of Iraq by calling the number. Hot free 144.   link


Tishwash:  Iraq reassures countries of the world of the security of its missions and nationals

Iraq reassured the countries of the world represented by embassies and diplomatic missions of their security and their nationals.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a copy of which {Al-Furat News} received, stated that Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein received, today, Sunday, a phone call from Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong, and during the call, bilateral relations and ways to strengthen them and advance them to what meets the ambitions of the two friendly peoples were discussed.

The two ministers discussed the rapid developments in the region and the dangerous events taking place in the occupied Palestinian territories. They stressed the importance of continuing efforts to find a quick solution to what is happening, and that the continued escalation of events has serious repercussions on regional and international peace and security. They agreed to maintain communication and joint efforts to achieve a ceasefire and contain the situation. The struggle to reach comprehensive and just solutions.”

For her part, Penny Wong expressed her concern over the situation in the Middle East, and pointed out the need to maintain the security of embassies and diplomatic missions operating in Iraq. In
turn, the Minister of Foreign Affairs stressed that “one of the government’s duties is “The Iraqi Ministry of Defense maintains the security of all foreigners present in the Iraqi arena, and the protection of diplomatic missions is part of the duties of the competent security forces.”

He added, “Iraqi and international laws impose this protection on Iraq, and in terms of the situation in the region, Minister Hussein expressed that he shares the Australian Minister’s concern.” “It is necessary to work with all parties with the aim of not expanding the scope of the war.” link


Tishwash:  Iron, bricks, batteries, and carpets… a list of the 12 most important companies and factories in Iraq

The Ministry of Industry revealed the most prominent areas of industrial production in the country at both the governmental and private levels, and identified the experiences of private companies and factories representing advanced projects with high technological technologies in 5 industrial sectors and throughout the cities of Iraq, but it pointed to a “strategic shortage” in mining industries.

Ministry spokesperson Doha Al-Jubouri:

The most prominent productive sectors at the government and private sector levels is the cement industry, where production covers the local need with a surplus in production. In light of this, the import of cement is banned, as the current production rate reaches more than 30 million tons annually.

On the other hand, we have a strategic industrial shortage related to mining industries, the most important of which are phosphate fertilizers, sulfur and silicon industries, iron concentrates, and others. There are plans by the Ministry and decisions taken this year to establish industrial complexes in partnership with the private sector. We have made great strides in this, and it is hoped to conclude contracts with companies that have provided the best Offers technically and economically.

The private sector has gained space and an active role in the overall movement of the Iraqi economy, in addition to the rest of the other sectors, and it has proven its efficiency in the recent period.

The subsequent period witnessed an increasing growth of private sector factories in various Iraqi governorates, taking advantage of the decisions issued by the government to support the private sector, laws protecting local products, customs and tax exemptions, loans granted to them from government and private banks, and decisions issued at the time of the Corona pandemic, and all of this. It led to a clear development in the establishment of factories and laboratories for the private sector, including the food, chemical, construction, textile, and metal industries distributed in all Iraqi governorates.

There are many successful experiences of the Iraqi private sector, including advanced industrial projects in the country with high technological techniques, and partnerships with foreign companies, including factories registered in the General Directorate of Industrial Development, according to industrial sectors, as follows:

1. Chemical industries sector:

– Nature Paints Company for the production of dyes in Baghdad Governorate.

– Abu Degla Factory for the production of advanced plastic doors in Sulaymaniyah Governorate.

2. Construction industries sector:

– Al-Hilal Brick Factory for producing artistic bricks in Erbil Governorate.

– Asad Babel Factory for producing thermiston in Babil Governorate.

3. Food industries sector:

– Fustaqa Food Products Company in Basra Governorate.

– Al-Fakher Al-Ithalia Company for manufacturing tobacco and molasses in Baghdad Governorate.

– Kronji Company for the production of juices and soft drinks in Kirkuk Governorate.

4. Metal industries sector:

– Middle East Aluminum Cans Production Company in Baghdad Governorate.

– Erbil Steel Company for the production of rebar in Erbil Governorate.

– Maya battery production plant in Sulaymaniyah Governorate.

5. Textile industries sector:

– The National Carpet Production Company in Najaf Governorate.

– Indaj Furniture Production Company in Sulaymaniyah Governorate.   link