TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Sunday 6-9-2024

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Tishwash: Al-Sudani: The government has provided a safe investment environment and financial and banking facilities that are attractive to experienced companies

Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani confirmed that the government has provided a safe investment environment, and financial and banking facilities that are attractive to experienced companies, which opens horizons for continuous cooperation, reflects positively on the local economy, creates job opportunities, and maximizes Iraq’s oil resources, in light of The goal of converting at least 40% of Iraq’s oil exports into derivatives and refining products, in addition to gas investment.

A statement from his media office said that today, Sunday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al Hilal Companies, Mr. Hamid Jaafar, and his accompanying delegation, indicating that the meeting witnessed a review of the progress of work in the projects undertaken by the company in Iraq, especially the company’s project within the fifth round of licensing. In addition to confirming the government’s vision to expand productive partnerships with companies and regional and international economic groups, in cooperation with the Iraqi private sector, within the government’s platform for economic reform.

For his part, Hamid Jaafar expressed his appreciation for the government’s steps in facilitating all aspects of fruitful work, and the Prime Minister’s directives to remove obstacles and impediments that hinder the work of investment companies, and to prepare everything that would raise levels of cooperation.   link

Tishwash:  Iraq bids farewell to the list of “high-risk countries”

 Observers and specialists in political affairs expressed their optimism about Iraq’s exit from the list of “high-risk countries” that was officially announced by the International Task Force (FATF) last week, noting that the international declaration represents an important step in the correct path that the Sudanese government is taking in achieving reforms. Financial and economic along with political stability.

Political affairs analyst, Qasim Balshan Al-Tamimi, told “Al-Sabah”: “Iraq’s exit from (the follow-up area) and from the list of (high-risk countries), according to the announcement of the International Task Force (FATF), is a very important step,” noting that “the announcement The International Bank came as a result of the reforms carried out by the Central Bank of Iraq, as well as the procedures and reforms of the Office of Combating Money Laundering and the Financing of Terrorism.”

He added, “Iraq’s exit from the list also comes as a result of the legislation of the Anti-Money Laundering Law No. 39 of 2015, and also the establishment of the Anti-Money Laundering Council,” and explained that “Under the announcement of the International Working Group, Iraq has become outside the monitoring and follow-up process, and this means that it has regained the confidence of the group.”

“By restoring this confidence, Iraq can play a major and pivotal role in the region and in the world, and this step would also make Iraq a destination and a source of interest for major international development and investment companies.” The International Financial Action Task Force (FATF) officially announced Iraq’s exit from the follow-up area, due to the significant progress achieved by the Central Bank of Iraq and the Anti-Money Laundering and Combating the Financing of Terrorism Office in improving and addressing deficiencies and in fulfilling all its obligations towards the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force and addressing the requirements of the strategy to combat money laundering and financing of terrorism. Terrorism, and thus Iraq is no longer subject to monitoring and follow-up by the international Financial Action Task Force (FATF).

For his part, the political analyst, Ali Al-Baidar, stated in an interview with “Al-Sabah” that “Iraq’s exit from the list of the most corrupt countries is evidence that the Sudanese government is not a government of services – as it is referred to – but rather a reform government that has achieved many political and governmental aspects and prevented “A lot of cases of corruption.”

 He noted that “Iraq’s exit from the list confirms the important steps that the government has worked on, and from here we can look at the deep vision with which the authority dealt with and the method of implementing its service programs in a reform manner, many of which were directed towards preventing corruption, such as activating electronic automation, and there is also awareness Socially, it contributed to rejecting cases of rampant corruption in recent years.”

 He explained that “the fingerprints that Al-Sudani placed on the wheel of reform were reflected positively on the projects and the clarity of vision for many matters related to services and reform. It also appears that Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani laid the foundation for basic visions and ideas that are reflected in the lives of Iraqis, including creating a culture of transparency and integrity, and this The matter affects Iraq’s reputation positively, and also affects international support and the creation of an investment environment in Iraq to attract companies, and these are the first fruits of reform that Sudanese reaped as a result of the positive repercussions of his government program.”  link

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CandyKisses:  Within months. Jump in Indian merchandise exports to Iraq

Baghdad – Iraq Today:

The “Iraq of the Future” Foundation for Economic Studies and Consultations said that the value of Indian exports to Iraq from April 2023 to March 2024 increased by 24% compared to the same period last year.

According to data from the Indian Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the value of direct Indian exports to Iraq amounted to 3.4 billion US dollars, up from 2.7 billion dollars for the same period last year.

According to a report released by the institution today, India’s rice exports rose 131 percent to $910 million, up from the same period last year, which was worth US$392 million.

Fossil fuels decreased by 9.15% to $799 million from $879 million.

Indian meat exports increased by 41.5% to US$329 million from US$232 million for the same period last year.

Iron exports also increased by 153%, tea exports by 141%, fruit exports by 114%, clothing exports by 106%, and vegetable oil exports by 103%.

The commodities that fell were sugar, whose exports from India to Iraq fell by 85%.

The report indicates that India is the fifth exporter to Iraq of goods after the UAE, China, Turkey and Iran, and the establishment of India’s exports is considered direct to Iraq, and may rise if it is added to the value of re-exported goods from the UAE, which is represented by a large percentage of Indian products.

On the other hand, the value of Iraq’s exports to India, mainly of crude oil, decreased from 34 billion US dollars compared to 30 billion US dollars in the period from April 2023 to March 2024.

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Tishwash: Association of Private Banks: Iraq witnessed a major revolution and widespread change in electronic payment tools

The Iraqi Private Banks Association confirmed today, Sunday, that Iraq has witnessed a major revolution and a wide change in the level of use of electronic payment tools since 2023, while indicating a significant increase in the size and number of electronic payment operations.

The Executive Director of the Iraqi Private Banks Association, Ali Tariq, told the Iraqi News Agency (INA): “The Iraqi Private Banks Association Foundation and the Iraqi banking sector are fully prepared to cooperate within the directions of the Central Bank of Iraq, which are greatly supported by government directions, especially after the recent visit to the United States.” The American efforts resulted in framing the process of working to solve the problems related to preventing the use of the dollar for a group of Iraqi banks.”

Tariq added, “The role of the Association of Private Banks believes in implementing these trends related to amending work mechanisms, using modern technical tools, and reviewing previous accounts,” stressing that “the Association will be very supportive of these trends.”

He pointed out that “the Association of Private Banks hopes for the return of banks that can meet the above requirements,” pointing out that “the issue that occurred on the private banking sector had negative effects,” adding that “the general trends and the banks’ directions must be to repair the damage that occurred in the stage.” previous”.

He stressed that “Iraq has witnessed a major revolution and a wide change since the previous year until now in the level of use of electronic payment tools, which the government has approved the adoption of electronic payment in government or private institutions,” noting that “Iraq has also witnessed a significant increase in the volume of operations and the number of operations related to electronic payment, In addition to an increase in the number of bank cards, and doubling the number of electronic payment points ( pos ), therefore there is a big change.”

He stressed that “the current year will witness significant and tangible change by the citizen.”

Tariq pointed out that “the institution seeks as much as possible to strengthen relations between electronic payment companies and banks on the one hand and between government institutions and the Central Bank of Iraq on the other hand, in addition to educating the community on the continuous use of electronic payment tools  link