TNT – “Tidbits From TNT” Thursday 5-30-2024

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CandyKisses:  Sudani announces the opening of 48 power transmission stations and 152 electricity distribution stations in Iraq

 {Political: Al-Furat News} Prime Minister Mohamed Shia Al-Sudani announced the opening and operation of 200 power transmission and electricity distribution stations.

The media office of the Sudanese in a statement received by {Euphrates News}, that “Sudanese announced the opening and operation of 48 transmission stations for electric power for ultra high and high pressure, and 152 power distribution stations in all provinces of Iraq.”

“This is part of the first phase of a package of projects to solve bottlenecks in electricity transmission and distribution networks in Baghdad and a number of provinces,” he said.

Tishwash:  Al-Sudani discusses with the New Generation bloc steps for economic reform

On Wednesday, Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani discussed with the New Generation Bloc the government’s steps towards economic reform.

The Prime Minister’s media book stated in a statement received by Al-Maalouma, that “Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani received members of the House of Representatives from the New Generation Bloc, and during the meeting, they discussed the general conditions in the country, the conditions in the Iraqi Kurdistan region, and discussed the government’s steps in Implementing the priorities of its program in economic reform, providing services, and alleviating unemployment and poverty rates, in a way that helps achieve a development renaissance that will be reflected in the economic and social situation in general.”

He added, “The meeting witnessed an emphasis on the importance of coordination and integration of work between the executive and legislative authorities, which is in the best interest of the country, and also stressed the need for political forces to make the required efforts in addressing issues and differences in visions, with the aim of enhancing stability throughout Iraq and preserving the democratic approach.” Which supports the state and its institutions.”  link

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CandyKisses:  Parliament finances talk about the deficit of the budget: we will adopt this mechanism to fill it

Economy News – Baghdad

Today, Thursday (May 30, 2024), the Parliamentary Finance Committee revealed the mechanism for bridging the financial deficit in the fiscal budget for the year 2024 sent by the government to the House of Representatives.

Committee member Moeen Al-Kazemi said that “the 2024 budget, according to the schedules sent by the government to the House of Representatives, amounts to (211) trillion dinars, and the government’s oil and non-oil revenues amount to (147) trillion dinars, and this means that the deficit will be (64) trillion dinars, and we in the Finance Committee will follow up on this issue and give our perceptions regarding addressing the deficit in the upper limit.”

Al-Kazemi indicated that “the government wants to address this deficit by borrowing from the Central Bank of Iraq in the amount of (20) trillion dinars and from other banks with a value of (5) trillion dinars and issuing new national bonds with (5) trillion dinars, and with a rise in oil prices, up to (16) trillion dinars, and for this we will have multiple meetings with the competent government agencies to find out the details of that process and how it is possible to fill the deficit away from borrowing and reduce it.”

On Wednesday (May 22, 2024), the Parliamentary Finance Committee began holding its first meeting after receiving the 2024 budget tables, to review the budget tables and start studying them for the purpose of proceeding with their approval.

Later, the Finance Committee confirmed in a statement that it held its first meeting on the Federal Budget Law for the year 2024 with the aim of developing a comprehensive plan to review and analyze the budget tables and items related to them after their arrival from the Prime Minister’s Office

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Tishwash:  China: We support the development of Iraq’s economy and are confident of securing our companies and individuals working there

On Wednesday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Fouad Hussein, held discussions with Wang Yi, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, on the sidelines of the tenth session of the ministerial meeting of the Arab-Chinese Cooperation Forum currently held in Beijing.

During the meeting, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi renewed his welcome to accept the invitation to visit Iraq, and also welcomed the holding of the joint Iraqi-Chinese committee meeting scheduled to be held in Baghdad.

The meeting discussed many bilateral issues of common interest between the two countries, including political, economic and military issues. China is Iraq’s first trading partner and one of the largest importers of Iraqi crude oil, and it has a large number of companies working in various fields to advance the Iraqi economic situation.

Hussein touched on the development project launched by the Iraqi government, which links Iraq from the port of Al-Faw to Turkey and Europe in the north, and the possibility of aligning this strategic project with the Chinese Belt and Road Initiative, which Iraq joined in 2015.

Hussein stressed the Iraqi government’s efforts to diversify the sources of the economy in the fields of agriculture and religious tourism, and called on Chinese companies to invest in the field of alternative energy and gas, noting that Iraq will play an important role in investing in associated gas.
They also discussed banking and financial cooperation between the two countries, as well as China’s support for Iraq to obtain financial financing for investment in infrastructure projects from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, especially in development road projects.
The two sides appreciated the diplomatic efforts in opening the Iraqi Consulate General in Guangzhou and the Chinese Consulate in Basra, as well as welcoming the opening of the Beijing-Baghdad line of Iraqi Airlines.

Wang Yi stressed China’s continued support for Iraq’s efforts to preserve its sovereignty and develop its economy and in the field of combating terrorism and rejecting all foreign interference. He also expressed his confidence that Iraq will provide security guarantees to Chinese institutions, companies and individuals working in Iraq.

For his part, Fouad Hussein stressed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries in the field of mutual support for international positions, pointing to Iraq’s important role in improving relations in the countries of the region, especially in bringing the views between Saudi Arabia and Iran closer. He appreciated the Chinese efforts on all pivotal issues, including the Palestinian issue and its decisions.  link