Planning announces a package of new laws to support the private sector

Planning Minister Khaled Battal Al-Najmmoney and business

Economy News – Baghdad

Minister of Planning Khaled Battal announced, on Tuesday, that the government is now working on preparing a number of economic laws, which will contribute to supporting the private sector.

A statement by the ministry, seen by “Economy News”, stated that “the Sector Development Council, headed by the Minister of Planning, Khaled Battal Al-Najm, held its regular meeting for the month of August 2021, today, Tuesday, and the minister stressed at the beginning of the meeting the vital role of the private sector, in the process of achieving development and advancement. the national economy.”

And the minister indicated, “This importance requires providing more support to this sector, through the law that is being prepared based on the visions and proposals presented by the concerned representatives of the private sector itself,” noting “the need to adopt development trends that support economic diplomacy at both levels.” internal and external”.

The minister pointed out that “the government is now working on preparing a number of economic laws, which will contribute to supporting the private sector, as well as working to simplify procedures in order to create an attractive investment environment.”

The statement continued, “The Private Sector Development Council discussed, at its meeting, issues on the agenda, including mechanisms for developing the agricultural sector, and developing work in the tourism, insurance and mills sectors in Iraq.”

The statement concluded, “The meeting also discussed the modified mechanism for the work of the Private Sector Development Council, and the mechanisms for supporting the private industrial sector.”

Al-Araji and Tueller confirm the date for the withdrawal of US combat forces from Iraq

political| 09:22 – 31/08/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News

National Security Adviser Qassem Al-Araji and US Ambassador to Baghdad Matthew Tueller confirmed today, Tuesday, the last date for the exit of combat forces from Iraq. 
The media office of the National Security Adviser stated in a statement received by Mawazine News that “Al-Araji received Tueller today, and discussed with him the results of the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, the latest developments in the political and security situation in Iraq and the region, and the relationship between the two countries and ways to strengthen them in all aspects.” 
The US ambassador indicated, according to the statement, that “the Baghdad conference left a good impression on the countries, congratulating this achievement and its outcomes, indicating that Iraq has an important role in the security of the region, stressing his country’s commitment to a long-term relationship with Iraq.”
For his part, Al-Araji stressed that “the relationship with the United States of America is a long-term partnership and is not limited only to the security file, but in all fields,” reiterating that “the two sides agreed that the date of December 31, 2021 will be the last date for the withdrawal of forces.” fighter from Iraq. 
In this context, the US ambassador explained, “The mission will move to a non-combat mission, and that the United States will continue to support the Iraqi security forces, to ensure that they are able to confront any threat.” Ended 29/A87

Al-Hakim announces a new electoral alliance

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Shafaq News/ The leader of the Wisdom Movement, Ammar al-Hakim, announced on Tuesday the formation of a new political bloc called the “Alliance of National State Forces”, stating that the transitional stages that the political process has gone through since 2003 have ended.

Al-Hakim said during the official announcement of the new alliance from Babil Governorate, according to a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, “The compass of priorities has changed, and our youth generation today has become more aware and responsible.”

Addressing the youth, he added, “Do not leave Iraq alone, and do not allow others to occupy your place in responsibility.”

He continued, “We need a social and political contract that enables the Iraqis to build the state and choose the government,” noting that “everyone today wants to establish a state that is not subject to regional will and is not arrogant over its people.”

He pointed out that “the disrupted consensus and the corruption of suspicious deals have hindered efforts to reform the political system, and today we are facing a new political scene and phase and various regional and international data.”

Al-Hakim pointed out that “Iraq is no longer a gateway for others to enter without permission, nor is it a land without sovereignty,” considering that his new alliance “represents the forces of moderation, centrism and adherence to citizenship, which reject extremism, extremism, racism and closure, but rather represents the forces open to all components and forms the link between them.” “.

He added, “Our alliance is the alliance of forces that believe in empowering youth, competencies and women’s rights, and represents forces that have an honorable history and lead initiatives and mature achievements to build the state,” as he put it.

He said, “The alliance represents forces that do not believe in the militarization of society, nor in parallel wings or competition with the state, and came to achieve the preservation of the cohesion of the Iraqi nation and the diverse national fabric, the strengthening of the state’s path, the confinement of arms in its hands, and the application of the law.”

Al-Hakim believes that “the alliance aims to support the path of reforms and courage in the face of corruption and waste of public money, and activate the equitable distribution of wealth among the governorates and fairness to disadvantaged areas.”

He stressed that “our coalition aims to consolidate the method of moderation, keep Iraq away from entrenched positions, expel foreign forces, create a major economic, urban and development renaissance, develop education and activate the role of various unions.”

Government Spokesperson: Iraq has regained its regional role

politicsThe electionHassan NazimBaghdad summit 2021-08-31 13:08A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Cabinet spokesman Hassan Nazim considered, on Tuesday, that Iraq has regained its regional role through the success of its diplomatic efforts.

Last Saturday, Iraq hosted the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership, in the presence of leaders and officials of 9 neighboring and regional countries, as well as France.

Nazim said, in a press conference after the weekly session of the Council of Ministers, that “Iraq succeeded in crowning its diplomatic efforts and restoring its regional role.”

Regarding lagging projects in Iraq, Nazim said, “We found lagging projects decades ago, and the government took bold steps regarding them.”

He pointed out that “the government has taken bold measures to combat corruption, and its achievements are known to all.” 

Regarding the early elections next October, Nazim said that “the government facilitated the work of the Electoral Commission in order to be ready to complete the voting process on schedule,” noting that “urging citizens to participate broadly in the elections will resolve political reform.” 

He pointed out that “Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi encouraged the easing of bureaucratic procedures that delay the completion of government work.”

The Peshmerga agree with the federal government to return to the disputed areas



Baghdad / Al-Mawrid News

On Tuesday, Minister of Peshmerga, Shorsh Ismail, announced that a final agreement had been reached with the Federal Ministry of Defense to return to the disputed areas.

A statement by the Ministry of Peshmerga stated that Ismail met today Colonel Tad Boers, head of the military advisors of the International Coalition in Kurdistan, and his accompanying delegation.

The statement quoted the minister as saying that for the purpose of restoring calm and stability in the Kurdish areas outside the region and eliminating terrorists, and removing them from those areas, we reached with the Iraqi army and the Iraqi Ministry of Defense a final agreement to deploy two joint brigades.

The minister added, “Soon we will finish the preparations to determine the role and tasks of the two brigades.”

Al-Kazemi stresses the development of oil wealth in Iraq and not depleting it

economyIraqoilAl-Kazemi 2021-08-31 08:48A-AA+

Shafaq News/ Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi stressed on Tuesday the need to develop the country’s oil wealth and not continue to deplete it.

Al-Kazemi said in a speech during the cabinet session that took place today, “We are continuing to work to activate the Future Generations Fund, based on a sense of responsibility towards our children and grandchildren.”

He added, “We want to secure Iraq’s future away from dependence on an unsustainable economy, as oil wealth will not be in control for the rest of its life, and many countries have begun to search for alternative and clean energies.” 

Al-Kazemi continued by saying, “We inherited the oil wealth from our fathers, and we are supposed to develop this great legacy, not just drain it, and deprive future generations of its bounties.”

Announcing the end of the US presence in Afghanistan

the scientist| 11:36 – 30/08/2021

BAGHDAD – Mawazine News
Two US officials confirmed to “Reuters” that the American forces have completed the evacuation of their members from Afghanistan.
The two officials said: “The United States has completed the withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of entering the country in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001.”
The two officials requested that their names not be published before the Pentagon announced the withdrawal in the coming minutes.
For his part, the commander of the US Central Command, General Kenneth McKenzie, confirmed that “the US ambassador was on board the last flight from Afghanistan.”
He pointed out that “American and international coalition military aircraft evacuated more than 123,000 civilians from Kabul Airport.” Ended 29/A87

International calls urging Baghdad and Erbil to implement the Sinjar Agreement

Despite the defeat of ISIS in 2015 in Sinjar, many of the city’s residents, the majority of whom are Yezidis, are still present in displacement camps due to the lack of stability in their areas.Monday 08/30/2021

Everyone is the same on Sinjar

BAGHDAD – The international community urges Baghdad and April to implement the Sinjar Agreement signed between them since October 2020 in order to ensure the stability of that region and move to the stage of confronting Turkish foreign interference, which is invoked by the presence of PKK fighters and Iranian interference through the popular mobilization that entered Sinjar under the cover of the war against ISIS, And he remained there even after the absence of this reason.

Recently, Sinjar has been the focus of statements by the French president, who presented a French initiative to end the Baghdad and Erbil disputes, the American consul in the Kurdistan region of Iraq and the UN representative in Iraq, Jenin Hennis-Plasschaert.

The three officials agreed in separate statements on the need to implement the Sinjar Agreement, which provides for the maintenance of security in Sinjar district by the federal security forces in coordination with the forces of the region and to expel all illegal armed groups outside the judiciary, mainly the Kurdistan Workers Party and the Popular Mobilization.

Sinjar became widely known in August 2014 after the mass massacre of its Yazidi population by the Islamic State, but this remote region of northern Iraq has great geopolitical value and is the subject of competition between Iran and Turkey.

Observers note that the Turkish military interventions and the air raids launched by Ankara on Sinjar and the Kurdish areas in northern Iraq were the focus of the attention of French President Emmanuel Macron. Macron had responded to a call by the President of the Kurdistan Regional Government, Masrour Barzani, France and the international community to cooperate to resolve the outstanding issues between Kurdistan and the federal government, including the Sinjar Agreement, by saying, “Our visit to Kurdistan is a message that France will not abandon its friends.” It is a statement considered by observers not only to target the war against ISIS, but also to include a French role to besiege the escalating Turkish intervention in Iraq, especially in the Kurdish region.

A member of the political bureau of Badr Abu Mithaq al-Massar revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron intends to stop Turkish interference in Iraq and address the Sinjar issue. And the NRT Arabic network quoted Al-Masari as saying that “France wants to contain the crisis of Turkish forces’ penetration deep into Iraqi territory.”

Turkey, despite its apparent interventions by bombing PKK sites and pursuing its leaders, is looking forward to a permanent presence in the oil-rich region. A Turkish official had previously announced that his country intends to establish a number of temporary military bases in northern Iraq after it intensified its strikes on Kurdish fighters there, considering that these steps are aimed at ensuring border security.

However, Iraqi parties maintain that the Turkish talk about “temporary bases” is just a cover for a permanent military presence. The increased Iranian presence through the joint alliance with the Popular Mobilization Forces and the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) also poses a threat to Turkish interests in northern Iraq.

Iran is also seeking to besiege the Iranian Kurdish opposition in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. But like Turkey, the pursuit of Kurdish opponents is only a cover to ensure a strong presence in this strategic region. Iran is also concerned about Turkey establishing a foothold in the country under the pretext of fighting the PKK, which prompted it to mobilize the militias loyal to it.

Unlike Turkey, Iran sees great importance in its control of this region through the Popular Mobilization Forces, and it controls Baghdad and the central government. Washington considered that Iranian ambitions caused the delay in the implementation of the Erbil agreement.

On Monday, the US Consul in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Robert Palladino, said that his country’s government regrets the presence of pro-Iranian militias in the Sinjar district, stressing that it “does not want to address the problem of the judiciary.” 
“We believe that the Sinjar Agreement is appropriate to solve the problem of the judiciary,” Palladino added, during a press conference in Erbil, stressing that “an understanding between the two governments in Baghdad and Erbil and the local population will solve the problem.”

This point was emphasized by Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, noting that “the implementation of the Sinjar Agreement is for the benefit of the residents of Sinjar and Nineveh and all Iraqis.”

And the website of Kurdistan 24 quoted the UN Special Representative as saying that “the Sinjar Agreement is very important, but unfortunately its implementation is very slow. I call on the government of Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government, as well as those parties present in Sinjar, to make more serious efforts to implement the agreement.”

It is assumed, according to the terms of the Erbil-Baghdad agreement, the formation of an official local force of the Yazidis and work on the return of the displaced and the reconstruction of Sinjar. However, thousands of displaced people are still afraid to return to their areas due to security concerns and the spread of militias in Sinjar, whose residents demand that it be safe and demilitarized.

Observers warn of the developments of the situation, noting that since the restoration of the judiciary from ISIS in December 2015, many armed parties have been fighting for control, and this conflict may destabilize the entire region. With so many domestic and international interests overlapping in this relatively small area, without stabilizing Sinjar it will be very difficult to stabilize Iraq, not to mention that chaos will spill over into neighboring Syria.

The Central Bank of Iraq strengthens support for a sustainable green economy

political| 03:16 – 30/08/2021

Baghdad – Mawazine News
The Ministry of Environment announced that it has begun preparing controls for financing residential and investment projects and individuals from the Central Bank’s initiative in support of a sustainable green economy.
The authorized technical agent in the Environmental Affairs Department, Jassem Al-Falahi, said that the Central Bank’s decision to form a central committee headed by it and with the membership of the Ministry of Environment and a number of other sectoral ministries, is considered to be the actual aspect of making new activities and projects start with this step and direct to establish financing controls for all residential and investment projects and individuals from Central Bank initiative.
He stressed that it is an important step in achieving Iraq’s commitments to the Framework Convention on Climate, which contributes to improving the environmental situation in the country.

Foreign Ministry: We are following the outcomes of the Baghdad conference, and Iraq has become an investment opportunity

2021/08/30 14:56

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Baghdad / Obelisk: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs revealed, on Monday, August 30, 2021, that the Baghdad Conference confirms cooperation and partnership in a new style towards economy and investment, stressing that it is following with great importance the outcomes of the Baghdad Conference, indicating that Iraq has become an investment opportunity.

Ministry spokesman Ahmed Al-Sahaf said in a statement received by Al-Masala that the ministry works through commitment to collective initiatives with all Iraq’s neighbors and partners, affirming the principle of openness to all parties with the standards of national sovereignty and national interest, and in light of this, the Baghdad conference came in this context to confirm a pattern New partnership and cooperation on the basis of economy and investment.

He added that the outcomes of the Baghdad conference are followed up by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with great interest and are based on an important variable, which is what the joint final statement mentioned to the participants, that there will be a committee of foreign ministers of the gathered countries, to follow up on the outcomes of the Baghdad conference. 

He added that this involves providing follow-up aspects and meetings related to the economic and investment interests proposed by Iraq. 

He pointed out that there is a big difference between August 2014, when terrorist gangs of extremism stormed Iraq and was an existential threat to the structures of the state and Iraqi society. Today, we are talking about August 2021, in which the Baghdad Conference was held. 

On Saturday, the Baghdad Conference for Cooperation and Partnership kicked off with the participation of Iraq and 9 countries: Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Qatar, UAE, Kuwait, Turkey and France.

French President Emmanuel Macron, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi, King Abdullah II of Jordan, Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, Kuwaiti Prime Minister Sabah Khaled Al-Sabah, his Emirati counterpart Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and the foreign ministers of Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey participated in the summit.