TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Monday 6-3-2024


Tishwash: It includes international agencies…preparing to open the largest mall in an Iraqi governorate

The Muthanna Investment Authority announced today, Monday, the imminent opening of (Al-Baraka Mall) in the center of Samawah city, implemented by investor Sheikh Hatem Al-Khawam, and it is considered one of the largest malls in the governorate and neighboring governorates. 

Chairman of the Muthanna Investment Authority, Adel Dakhel Al-Yasiri, said, “This important commercial center, which was built on an area of ​​(12,300 square meters), includes (100) various stores, (12) restaurants and hypermarkets with an area of ​​(2,000 square meters), a children’s play area with an area of ​​(1,300 square meters), and a coffee shop.” And branches of several banks and international agencies for clothing and meals, and a garage that can accommodate (80) vehicles, and the implementation of a multi-storey garage is underway in addition to the project to accommodate more vehicles. 

He added, “The project employs dozens of workers, including technicians and administrators, daily, while the number will increase during the commercial operation phase.”  link

CandyKisses:  External praise for Iraq’s banks: very advanced in electronic banking services

Economy News – Baghdad

The Union of Arab Banks confirmed on Monday that Iraq is very developed in electronic banking services, while pointing out that the Iraqi banking sector is ancient and its role is vital in economic development.

The Secretary-General of the Union of Arab Banks, Wissam Fattouh: “There is a deprivation of dealing in the dollar and not sanctions, because sanctions mean inclusion on the sanctions list,” pointing out that “the impact of deprivation is almost equivalent to sanctions because banks are difficult to work without the dollar currency, which represents the currency of international trade.”

Fattouh added, “The Iraqi banking sector is a long-standing sector with a history, with total assets of $ 157.9 billion, and even deposits belonging to it more than $ 100 billion. Therefore, this sector is important and its role is vital in the economic development of the heart of the country.”

He stressed “the need to apply international standards, especially with regard to standards and laws in force to combat money laundering and terrorist financing.”

He pointed to “the involvement of the strategy between the Union of Arab Banks and the Association of Iraqi Private Banks, to reach this goal that is really required, and to train and qualify Iraqi cadres in particular.”

He pointed out that “there is a great partnership between Iraq and the United States of America for decades and trade exchange, especially after Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani made an important historic visit to the United States of America.”

“The biggest role today is how to protect the Iraqi banking sector, and that trade exchange actually takes place through Iraqi banks and not through other banks,” he said.

“Iraq is very advanced in electronic banking services, and the challenge today facing the Iraqi banking sector remains the challenge of compliance,” he said.


CandyKisses:  Taif Sami talks about the allocations of the governorates in the budget

Baghdad – Iraq Today:

Finance Minister Taif Sami stressed the ministry’s keenness to support all governorates according to what is scheduled in the budget.

The Ministry of Finance explained in a press statement that “Finance Minister Taif Sami received Maysan Governor Habib Zahir Al-Fartousi, to discuss the financial reality of the province and its needs for vital projects.”

She added, “The Minister of Finance discussed the most prominent financial challenges facing the province, and ways to address them, as well as a number of projects that the province intends to implement during the coming period.”

Sami pointed out, according to the statement, “the ministry’s keenness to support all Iraqi provinces as scheduled within the draft general budget, and to provide the necessary facilities for them to implement their projects and improve the level of services provided to citizens.”

For his part, the Governor of Maysan expressed his appreciation to the Minister of Finance for its interest in improving the financial and economic reality of the governorate, and its continuous support for the implementation of its projects to achieve sustainable development in it.


CandyKisses:  Political decision fails to pass new budget law

Baghdad – Iraq Today:

The parliamentary finance committee failed to vote on the budget tables in preparation for their presentation in the House of Representatives session scheduled for Monday.

Committee member Mustafa al-Karawi said in a press statement that “the Finance Committee met today, with its full members, in order to vote as a final decision on amending the budget tables, or passing them as they are, but at the last moments of the meeting came the political decision to postpone the vote until further notice to end the meeting without resolving the decision within the committee.”

“During the meeting, MPs put forward a number of views on the importance of supporting sectors that suffer from lack of allocations, such as the service sectors, water resources and agriculture, as they are in direct contact with the citizen,” al-Karawi said.

He pointed out that “political agreements are disrupting the budget schedules so far,” noting that “the failure to resolve the budget schedules file by the Finance Committee, means that the fate of the session to vote on these tables in parliament “will be unknown.”