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  1. All Political Parties in Kurdistan Region to Meet over Kirkuk Basnews English 15/09/2019 - 14:47 Published in Kurdistan ERBIL — All the political parties in Kurdistan Region will meet later this week to discuss the concerns over the upcoming provincial elections, especially in the disputed Kurdish province of Kirkuk. Khasraw Goran, a senior member of ruling Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) told BasNews that the meeting comes as an urgent discussion on the concerns related to Kirkuk and the provincial elections scheduled for April 2020. The KDP has already appealed to the federal court for an amendment to the provincial election law, which it believes deprives tens of thousands of Kurds from their right to vote as they are currently displaced. According to Goran, the federal court is expected to announce the result of its investigations on Monday (16th September).
  2. Kurdistan President, Parliament Speaker Discuss Constitution Basnews English 15/09/2019 - 16:27 Published in Kurdistan ERBIL — Kurdistan Region President Nechirvan Barzani on Sunday received parliament presidency, led by Speaker Rewaz Fayiq. During the meeting, they discussed efforts towards a permanent and inclusive constitution for Kurdistan Region which will honor the rights of all components. The Kurdish president and parliament speaker also agreed to establish close cooperation between the presidency and legislature body to help the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in its talks with Baghdad. According to the readout of the meeting, the top officials agreed that any future resolution between Erbil and Baghdad should serve the rights and interests of the peoples of Kurdistan Region which are included in the Iraqi constitution. The reform plan of the KRG was also discussed during the meeting, for which, the presidency, parliament, and government are expected to meet in the near future.
  3. KRG officials to land in Baghdad on Tuesday for budget, census negotiations Kurdistan 24 | 8 hours ago The trip was planned at a meeting of the regional cabinet on Thursday, but a date was not specified until now. (Photo: Archive) KRG Kurdistan Region Baghdad Iraq Budget Planning Ministry Census A+AA- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) representative in Baghdad announced that a Kurdish delegation would begin its visit to Baghdad on Tuesday to discuss a number of often-contentious issues with the federal government, including the budget the upcoming national census. “The Kurdistan Region wants to resolve all its differences with Baghdad,” Fares Isa told Kurdistan 24 in an interview on Sunday. The plan for the officials to travel to the nation’s capital to meet with their counterparts in the federal government was decided at a meeting of the regional cabinet on Thursday, but a date had not yet been specified. “The KRG agreed to send a delegation to Baghdad to ensure the Kurdistan Region’s interests are represented in the 2020 Iraqi budget,” read a government statement released on Wednesday. During a press conference that day, KRG spokesperson Jotyar Adil said the Kurdish delegation would “initiate talks and exchange information regarding [Iraq’s] budget bill” with Iraq’s Ministry of Finance. The central government in Baghdad and the KRG have long been at odds over the budget since the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime in 2003. In the budget passed last year, the Kurdistan Region received only 13 percent of the national share, almost a third less than the 17 percent it had been allotted in previous years. Ties between the two have improved significantly since the beginning of 2019, with the formation of a new federal government headed by Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi. Diplomacy between the two had reached an all-time low in the aftermath of the Kurdistan Region’s historic independence referendum in September 2017. Another controversial issue between the two governments is the planned upcoming census, also scheduled for 2020. Iraq’s last census was held in 1997 and did not include the Kurdistan Region. More recent counts generally estimate population based on statistics provided by the national food ration program and have often been incomplete in disputed territories. A full accounting of regional populations is crucial for planning and budgeting in any nation. In Iraq, where mass displacement and campaigns of ethnic cleansing have been endemic to conflict for decades, such a survey takes on political significance. Lack of reliable statistics has fueled discord between rival populations claiming majorities in various regions of Iraq, most notably in the oil-rich province of Kirkuk, adding to the difficulty of addressing fundamental disagreements. On Thursday, President of the Kurdistan Region Nichervan Barzani met with Nouri Sabah al-Dulaimi, Iraq’s planning minister. In Iraq, the Ministry of Planning is responsible for conducting the census. In the meeting, Barzani and Dulaimi discussed preparations being made, with a KRG statement stressing that “cooperation and coordination between the federal government, the KRG, and the international community in the process,” was essential.
  4. President Barzani, Parliament Speaker discuss Erbil-Baghdad ties, Kurdistan’s constitution Kurdistan 24 | Kurdistan Region President Nechrivan Barzani receives Parliament Speaker Rewaz Faiaq in Erbil, Sept. 15, 2019. (Photo: Kurdistan Region Presidency) Kurdistan Parliament Iraq Constitution KRG A+AA- ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Nechirvan Barzani met on Sunday with the Speaker of Parliament, Rewaz Faiaq, to discuss coordination between the Kurdistan Region’s three presidencies and ongoing talks between Erbil and Baghdad to resolves long-standing disputes. In the meeting, which took place in Erbil, the two sides highlighted the constitutional rights of the Kurdistan Region in Iraq and the need for further coordination between the three presidencies of the autonomous Kurdish region with Kurdistani political factions in the Iraqi Parliament, a statement on Barzani’s press office read. The two also underscored the reform process in the KRG and the current political situation in the region. The drafting of a constitution for the autonomous region is one of the main tasks on the parliament’s agenda; this was discussed in the meeting between Barzani and Faiaq, the statement said. Regarding the constitution, both sides stressed the importance of preserving the rights of all ethnic and religious groups in the Kurdistan Region, it added. The leading parties in the Kurdistan Region – the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP), the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and Gorran (Change) Movement – want to reach a consensus between all parties by ensuring all sides participate in the process of drafting a constitution.
  5. Baghdad, Erbil trade barbs ahead of budget talks Undated photo of Erbil city (NRT Digital Media) 5 Hours ago SULAIMANI — Officials in Baghdad and Erbil have traded accusations of unsettled debts in recent days, as budget talks are set to begin in earnest in the coming weeks. Earlier in the week, Spokesperson for the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Jutyar Adil alleged that the federal government was not transferring funds to pay for public sector employees, although he did not immediately provide evidence to support his claim. On Friday (September 13), Abdul Hadi al-Saadawi, who sits on Council of Representatives’ Finance Committee, shot back that it was the Kurdistan Region that owes the federal government money, since it has not been sending oil to Baghdad for export. Adil’s claims “no basis at all,” he said. Al-Saadawi argued that an expected budget shortfall could have been mitigated if the KRG had complied with the terms of the 2019 Federal Budget Law. He also said that Baghdad was missing out on customs income collected at the border crossing points in the Kurdistan Region. On Saturday, the Council of Representatives began its autumn legislative session, which is expected to largely focus on budget issues. Under the terms of the 2019 Federal Budget Law, Baghdad was supposed to send 12.67 percent of the total budget to the Erbil, in return for 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day. When oil transfers failed to take place, the federal government cut payments down to only what it was required to send by law, specifically salary payments for public sector employees in the Region. Frustration has been building on both sides with each accusing the other of failing to live up to the agreement. Nevertheless, in public statements, leaders in the two capitals have praised their ostensibly better relations and sounded optimistic notes that the issue can be solved. A senior-level joint committee has been tasked with working out a solution. (NRT Digital Media)
  6.سیاسة/مصدر-حكومي-يكشف-برنامج-زيارة-عبد-المهدي-الى-الصين/ Government source reveals program of Abdul-Mahdi's visit to China 2019/09/13 23:41:12 The economic and political circles in Baghdad are looking with optimism to the forthcoming visit of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to China on September 19 for four days, and it is reported in some economic circles that the visit will lead to the signing of about 30 large memorandums of understanding between Baghdad and Beijing include construction, construction, services, trade and industry. The Iraqi Foreign Ministry said last week that "the Department of Asia and Australia in the ministry organized a consultative meeting for a number of representatives of Iraqi ministries and institutions," highlighting that "the discussion was reached on the memorandums of understanding and agreements, which are expected to be signed during the visit of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to the People's Republic of China at the end of this month. " "Abdul Mahdi will head to China on the 19th of this month at the head of a large delegation, characterized by clear economic features, including ministers, advisors and businessmen." Al-Hunain said to the Middle East that "the program of the next visit and economic files, which the Prime Minister holds major projects in roads and transport, services, education, health and other," noting that "the Iraqi and Chinese sides have prepared well for the visit in the past months, through continuous meetings With major Chinese companies, and complete the financing model through the Iraq-China Joint Reconstruction Fund. " Al-Hunain expects to sign during the visit "major contracts and agreements in the sectors of industry and agriculture, construction of schools, hospitals, housing, roads, trains and bridges," adding that the visit "falls within the philosophy of the Prime Minister in opening up to the world", and that Iraq "a friend of all, and an influential factor In the world and forms a bridge between all the different. " The prime minister's adviser pointed out that "China will not be the last in this deal, there is a large trend towards the United States to sign major contracts ready with US companies, such as (Exxon Mobil) and (GI) and others. In addition, Iraq has opened its doors to Its neighbors are to work and invest in it, on top of which are Saudi Arabia, Iran, Turkey, the Gulf states and Jordan. " A large delegation of members of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC) visited Baghdad in April to discuss Chinese investments in the reconstruction of liberated areas, and met with Iraqi officials and discussed with them coordination of Iraqi-Chinese cooperation in the fields of reconstruction, security and economy. China welcomed the upcoming visit of Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi to Beijing. "The Chinese side attaches great importance to developing relations with Iraq and looks forward to seizing the opportunity of this visit," said Tao. To make joint efforts, hand in hand with the Iraqi side, to further consolidate and deepen the Sino-Iraqi political mutual trust. " Tao also expressed the hope that "the visit of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi will contribute to enhancing the level of mutual cooperation in various fields, promoting human and cultural communication between the two friendly countries, and jointly drawing up future plans for China-Iraq strategic partnership relations."
  7.اقتصـاد/العراق-يحصل-على-جائزة-دولي-ة-بالدفع-الالكتروني/ Iraq receives an international award by electronic payment 2019/09/14 04:07:15 Iraq won the best smart card at the global event (International Financial Prize 2019) Best Smart Card- Finance 2019 awarded to the global smart card company. The member of the Baghdad Economic Forum Jassem Al-Aradi that "winning an international award in the detailed electronic payment is an important step, in the light of developments in the reality of electronic payment in the country, which touched the need of the Iraqi family, and is getting its dues effortlessly, via electronic payment card." . He pointed out that "this award represents a new impetus for the company to develop the joints of its work and the development of new products rise to global," pointing to the "importance of supporting national companies that achieve success in their field, especially when the evaluation is international." Iraq won for the first time in its history the award, which is the result of a great national effort for an Iraqi electronic payment company was able to transfer the reality of financial transactions to a sophisticated stage interacted with the public significantly and now embraces a family of 7 million beneficiaries, a figure not reached by the largest banks Region. An official source in the company confirmed that the company invests in the youth sector and provides job opportunities for a large segment of them, and provides services that touch the need of the Iraqi family, stressing that "this award represents a new turning point in the company's work, and a motive for the development of
  8. Saleh to (OPEC): Iraq is keen to abide by the decisions of the Organization Release date:: 9/19/2019 21:22 • 92 read times (Baghdad: Euphrates News) President of the Republic Barham Saleh, Iraq's keenness to abide by the decisions of the Organization (OPEC). This came during a meeting, on Saturday, Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammed Barkindo. A statement from his office, which received (Euphrates News) a copy of it that "was discussed during the meeting the preparation of supplies to celebrate next year (60) anniversary of the founding of the organization in Baghdad in 1960." Saleh pointed out during the meeting to "Iraq's keenness to abide by the decisions of the Organization as an active member, and supportive of its policies aimed at achieving balance in oil markets," stressing "the need for joint collective action of OPEC countries to stop the fluctuation of production, and maintain the agreed rates." In turn, Barkindo praised the role played by Iraq in the organization and its commitment to its decisions, stressing that "Iraq has a prominent role in the stability of oil markets, and enjoys an important position and high appreciation of OPEC members."
  9. Halbusi to OPEC President: determined to rehabilitate oil facilities and increase production 21:24 - 14/09/2019 Information / Baghdad Speaker of the House of Representatives Mohammed Halbousi, on Saturday, received the President of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammed Barkindo and his delegation, which is visiting Baghdad on the sidelines of the energy conference. Halbousi said in a statement received / information /, " Iraq is keen to stabilize oil prices in accordance with the directions of the organization," noting that "the Iraqi oil installations, despite being damaged as a result of wars; the Iraqi government is determined to rehabilitate and increase production," stressing the support of the Council Representatives of the Iraqi oil sector and its development. He added that “it is proud that OPEC celebrates its 60th anniversary next year in Baghdad and in the People's Hall, which began in 1960, calling on the organization to help Iraq achieve higher production rates to achieve a high level of development and reconstruction, after the victory over ISIS. The terrorist in a long war has cost Iraq bloodshed and material losses. For his part, Barkindo expressed his happiness for the security development and achieve peace and development in Iraq , praising his role as a founding member of the organization, pointing to the role of the House of Representatives in maintaining political stability and support the oil sector with legislation that helps him to regain his role as a key member among the oil producing and exporting countries in the world. Finished 25 N
  10. Saleh: Iraq is keen to abide by OPEC resolutions Local 09:32 - 14/09/2019 BAGHDAD - Mawazine News President of the Republic Barham Saleh, Iraq's keenness to abide by the decisions of OPEC. The President of the Republic in a statement, "President Barham Saleh received the Secretary General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammed Barkindo, and confirmed Iraq's support for the policy of stability of global oil markets to achieve the interests of producing and consuming countries." Saleh pointed out, according to the statement that "Iraq is keen to abide by the decisions of the Organization as an active member, and in support of its policies aimed at achieving balance in oil markets," stressing "the need for joint collective action of OPEC countries to stop the fluctuation of production, and maintain the agreed rates." . In turn, Barkindo praised "the role played by Iraq in the organization and its commitment to its decisions," stressing that "Iraq has a prominent role in the stability of oil markets, and enjoys an important place and high appreciation of OPEC members." is over
  11. Kurdish source reveals details of the visit of the delegation of the region to Baghdad By ahad5 14/09/2019 08:57 PM | The number of readings: 1 Al-Ahd News- Continue A Kurdish government source revealed on Saturday a topic which he described as important to be discussed by the Kurdish delegation during his next visit to Baghdad. The source said, "The delegation of the Government of the Territory, which will visit Baghdad, will be headed by Minister of Planning Dara Rashid, and loaded with all the powers on a number of outstanding issues with the federal government." He added that "the most important topic will be discussed by the delegation is the region's share of the 2020 budget, and in the event of obtaining guarantees to increase its share of the budget and the payment of peshmerga dues and salaries in full, it will proceed with the rest of the negotiations that will lead to the resolution of outstanding problems between the region and the center." The source added that "the normalization of the situation in Kirkuk and disputed areas will also be on the table," noting that "this file will be used as a kind of pressure on the federal government to ensure its approval of the financial allocations to the region." He pointed out that "the arrival of negotiations to the positive results will agree to the Kurdish delegation to hand over Baghdad 250 thousand barrels of oil of the region, as well as the delivery of part of the revenues of border crossings, but if the negotiations do not reach the results satisfactory to the parties, it will be left to other visits."
  12. Washington ‘unequivocally’ expects Baghdad to implement Iran sanctions: Treasury official 48 minutes ago | 56 Views ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Washington is continuing to make “crystal clear” its expectation that the Iraqi government honor, implement and adhere to economic sanctions on Tehran, a US Treasury Department official said on Friday. “I have a good relationship with my Iraqi counterparts, with the finance minister, with the Central Bank governor, they understand everything the United States does to assist the function of their economy,” Marshall Billingslea, Assistant Secretary for Terrorist Financing at the US Treasury Department, said at an Atlantic Council meeting focusing on Iran and terrorist financing on Friday. “We will continue to insist that when we implement designation on those who facilitate QF [Quds Force] or IRGC [Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps] or Hezbollah or other terrorist proxy finances…it is not a negotiation, we expect unequivocally that those sanctions are honored and implemented.” Bodies and institutions of all sizes are expected to adhere to sanction implementation, Billingslea said, with failure to do resulting in penalization. “We will not hesitate to act, even against a large financial institution with a politically connected member of the Iraqi parliament,” Billingslea said. Four prominent Iraqis - two Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF, Hashd al-Shaabi in Arabic) leaders and two former provincial governors - were sanctioned by the US Treasury for alleged corruption and human rights abuses in July. The sanctions were quickly followed by a Central Bank of Iraq order for all governmental financial departments and state-owned banks to “halt or freeze” the accounts of sanction-hit Iraqis. After Washington re-imposed crippling sanctions on Iran in November 2018, the US has prodded its regional allies to halt all trade activity with Tehran. US Treasury officials have frequented both Baghdad and Erbil in recent months to pressure Iraq into cutting their ties with Iran as part of its policy of maximum pressure. “[The US] Treasury is actively targeting Iran’s key industries, to drive a realization by Iran’s Supreme Leader that economic collapse is inevitable if Iran does not stop its sponsorship of terror, its proliferation activities, and return to negotiating table,” Billingslea said. Washington’s main target, he specified, is Iran’s petrochemical industry, the primary source of the country’s revenue. The US has accused Iran of attempting to circumvent sanctions through illicit oil sales to provide revenue for its proxies elsewhere in the Middle East. “In recent days you have seen us focus on a joint Iranian-Hizbollah oil-for-terror shipping network…this network alone has illicitly sold more than half a billion dollars of Iranian crude just this year, predominantly again to the brutal Assad regime in Syria.” Billingslea told the Atlantic Council audience. Iraq has relied on imported Iranian electricity and gas for over a decade to meet rising demand against an ailing energy infrastructure. Iran currently provides as much as 40 percent of Iraq’s electricity. This reliance has angered the US, though it has nonetheless granted Iraq several temporary waivers to allow it to keep purchasing Iranian power until October. The US insists Iraq must wean itself off Iranian energy, which Baghdad has said won’t be a viable option for some years.
  13. Iran-Iraq gas and electricity payment mechanism yet to be finalised: official 31 minutes ago | 39 Views Fazel Hawramy Photo: AP Tags: Iran Iraq energy sanctions ERBIL, Kurdistan Region — Baghdad is yet to find a financial mechanism to settle its debts with US sanction-stricken Iran, secretary general of Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce Sayyid Hamid Hosseini said on Saturday. Iran, which provides up to 40 percent of Iraq's electricity needs, has struggled to recoup payments from Baghdad since the US government withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposed economic sanctions on Tehran, effectively cutting Iran off from the global financial system. "The problem we face with Iraq now is we have not been able to reach a mechanism to receive the fees for gas and electricity," Hosseini said in an interview with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)-affiliated Tasnim news outlet. On a daily basis, Iran currently exports 1200 to 1500 megawatts of electricity to Iraq, he added, and 37 to 38 million cubic meters of natural gas, used to feed several of Iraq’s power stations. "Iraq needs 25,000 megawatts, but currently can only produce 15,000 to 16,000 megawatts," he claimed. "Iraqi people are facing severe shortages of electricity and power cuts." Iran has exported electricity and natural gas to Iraq for more than a decade. It currently exports 3.5 to four billion dollars’ worth of electricity and natural gas a year to its western neighbour. US sanctions have prevented Baghdad from repaying the roughly $2 billion it owes in unpaid debts to Iran. Under the terms of four consecutive sanction waivers Washington has granted Iraq, it is obliged to stop trading with Iran in dollars. Casting doubts on a possible easing of Iraq’s gas dependency on Iran, Hosseini added that he does not expect Iraqis to be able to capture and exploit its associated petroleum gas – a process for which Iraq is currently seeking investment and infrastructural assistance – for another three to four years. Efforts to establish a payment mechanism have been long-running, with Iranian central bank governor Abdolnasser Hemmati meeting with his Iraqi counterpart in Baghdad to sign an agreement for Iraq to settle its dues back in February. Failure to have finalized a payment route comes despite Hosseini telling Rudaw English in early July that the financial mechanism between Iran and Iraq designed to bypass US sanctions was fully "operational," and that Baghdad had already started depositing money owed to Iran into a special account at the privately-owned Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI). Iraq is a key source of export revenue for Iran, with $9 billion of Tehran’s $25 billion in non-petroleum exports heading to Baghdad, according to the Joint Chamber of Commerce. Despite pending payments, an increasing number of land border crossings are opening up between the two countries to facilitate trade. Current trade volume between Iraq and Iran stands at $13 billion, according to Hassan Danaeifar, secretary of the Committee to Develop Iranian Economic Ties with Iraq.
  14. Ghadban: Oil resources constitute more than 90% of the budget allocations Economie 2019-09-14 | 03:13اقتصاد/318265/الغضبان-موارد-النفط-تشكل-اكثر-من-90-من-التخصيصات-ا Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban said on Saturday that oil resources constitute more than 90% of the budget allocations, noting that the government is working to reform the work environment. Ghadhban said in a speech at the International Energy Conference held in Baghdad and attended by Alsumaria News, that "the oil sector is known as the main engine of the Iraqi economy, as it is because of the specificity of the Iraqi economy is the main supplier of financial resources," noting that "oil resources constitute more than 90% of the budget allocations annually. Ghadhban added that "the government pays great attention to the oil sector and is keen that this sector is witnessing an ongoing activity as well as to be subject to clear policies aimed at Iraq to remain a major producer of oil and then gas and oil to provide the needs of the citizen's electricity." He continued, "This sector will witness a series of changes, reforms and restructuring so that the federal ministries are an organization keen on the preparation of policies and legislation for oil companies to invest in production and commercial activity." He pointed out that "the government is keen to develop and reform the work environment in Iraq, especially if we know that there are a lot of old procedures and administrative routine are still working on them."
  15. Samsung Electronics: Iraqi market is one of the most important strategic markets in the world 18:16 - 14/09/2019 Information / Baghdad During an interview with Al-Maalouma with the operations manager for the mobile sector at Samsung Electronics Mashreq Al-Arabi, Muthanna Naji Al-Mohsen, who has a strong representation in Iraq , we were able to shed light on many important topics. To enrich their information and awareness about the Samsung brand. Samsung is one of the most popular brands in Iraq and the Middle East in general in the field of smart devices, what does this indicate? “Samsung is one of the leading companies globally, and its strong presence in the region is a qualitative addition to the success story of Samsung in the world, and it is an important expansion steps taken over the past years by investing in various sectors, given the importance The region as a whole and the Iraqi market in particular, which the company was keen to provide the best levels of service to its consumers. ” Samsung's primary goal is to provide the latest innovative products that keep pace with the lifestyles and workings of the Iraqi consumer and meet their needs, accompanied by communication and communication in an interactive experience with many features that facilitate the details of life and simplify and increase comfort, making it a smart life without losing its human meaning, What is behind Samsung's keenness to offer devices that are not just connected devices, but connected devices that perform practical functions and smart unconventional. On the other hand, the spread of the “Samsung” brand, which has been ranked as the sixth best brand in the world, also demonstrates the efficiency of its strategy and plans related to various aspects of its business, including the marketing aspect, which is carefully designed whether it relates to the stages of sale or communication with The public, consumers and customers or related to the partnerships and cooperations that the company believes and seeks to expand its scope for the benefit of all parties concerned. Are there any devices, products and versions of different specifications that Samsung seeks to launch in Iraq and the Arab region? “At Samsung, we are always keen to provide the Iraqi market with the latest products as one of the most important markets in the region; we have recently launched our new smartphones Note 10 and Note 10+, which will be available in the Iraqi market in a short period. We are delighted to announce the launch of a TV specially and exclusively for the Iraqi market, and consumers and the media will be provided with more details about this product soon. ” What is your view of the Iraqi market regarding your core business? “The Iraqi market is one of the most strategic markets for us at Samsung in the region, and it is a promising market for us. The Iraqi market is witnessing significant growth in all sectors in general, and the electronics and technology sector in particular, and this is an incentive for us to strengthen our operations and our deployment in Iraq in general. ” “We are constantly striving to provide the Iraqi market with the latest products to meet the needs of individual and institutional consumers in the world of telecommunications, audio-visual, digital home appliances and information technology.” You recently sponsored the ninth edition of the Asian Sale Championship for the West Asian Football Federation - Iraq 2019, what is Samsung Electronics' goal of this sponsorship? “This sponsorship came from Samsung as part of its corporate social responsibility strategy in support of the sports sector in general, and football in particular, as a sport that occupies a special place in the hearts of millions in Iraq , the Arab region and around the world, and needs to address the challenges at the same time. faced in Iraq , and we hope to serve our sponsorship of the tournament Iraqi efforts to lift the ban on capital courts after lifting all of Erbil, Basra and Karbala by the international Federation of Football "FIFA", through participation in the success of its establishment, which in turn contributes to the re - Alomj D Iraqi football and create a foothold again on the local and international sports arena, which involves many positive effects. " “We see this tournament as a golden opportunity to connect with more than 45 million football fans both in Iraq and in the region who support their national teams, and further enhance the presence of the Samsung brand in the events taking place in Iraq .” During the tournament, you demonstrated a range of Samsung's latest products and advanced solutions from TVs, optical devices and mobile devices. What is the volume of demand for these devices in the Iraqi market? “I am happy to say that the Iraqi demand for smart and advanced devices produced by Samsung is very large in the Iraqi market. This demand is not limited to a specific product, but extends to our various products and solutions, which indicates the Iraqi quest for the acquisition of smart and sophisticated technology, both for home and business, and this is proof of the importance of our solutions to meet their needs. Finished 25 h
  16. Council of Representatives begins legislative session with budget looming Council of Representatives (File Photo) SULAIMANI — The Council of Representatives gathered on Saturday (September 14) for the first meeting of the autumn legislative session with a long list of tasks ahead of it, most importantly drafting the federal budget for 2020. Before going into depth on longer-term issues, the parliament first addressed the stampede in Karbala on September 10, which occurred during an Ashura procession and resulted in the deaths of at least 31 people. Speaker Mohammed Halbusi said that the government would investigate the cause of the incident and lawmakers voted to adopt a resolution calling for the families of those who died to be compensated. Substantively, the session focused on the formation of a committee to look into measures to preserve Iraqi sovereignty, which will include representatives from the heads of the political blocs, as well as the foreign relations, security, defense, and legal committees. Currently the government is working to prevent Iraq from again becoming a battleground as a result of regional tensions. Baghdad has close relationships with both Washington and Tehran. The focus on sovereignty is also likely a consequence of allegations that Israel has been violating Iraqi airspace to attack bases belonging to the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), although explosions at the bases have officially been explained as accidents. Moreover, Iraqi territorial integrity is routinely violated by Turkey in its efforts to combat the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), whether that be in the form of Turkish troops within the Kurdistan Region or cross-border bombings. The Council of Representatives also voted to form a committee to follow up on the government plans to enable the return of displaced persons to their places of origin. The committee will also review the government’s actions to follow up on the cases of those who have gone missing since 2003, either as a part of conflict, displacement, or force disappearances. However, as the legislative session gets closer to year’s end, it is expected that most of parliament’s efforts will go towards drafting and passing the 2020 federal budget law. Always a contentious exercise, this year’s budget process is expected to be no easier, especially given that the Kurdistan Regional Government failed to live up to its obligations outlined in last year’s law. Frustration among some federal lawmakers over Erbil’s refusal to send 250,000 barrels of crude oil per day to Baghdad has increased over the summer. Conversely, Kurdish MPs will work hard to protect the Region’s budget share. Halbusi also said that legislation would also be offered on a range of issues during the coming session, including the abolition of the offices of general inspectors and revisions to the Integrity Law, the Civil Service Law, and the Health Insurance Law. (NRT Digital Media)
  17. Erbil-Baghdad Oil Agreement to Impact Iraq’s 2020 Budget Bill: Minister Basnews English 14/09/2019 - 17:32 Published in Kurdistan ERBIL — Any future agreement between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the federal government of Iraq on oil revenues and exports would influence the budget bill for 2020, said Iraqi oil minister. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, Minister Thamir Ghadhban said Erbil and Baghdad continue negotiating on the submission of 250,000 barrels of oil daily by the former to Baghdad. He said they expect the talks to reach a conclusion in the near future, which would most likely have an impact on the 2020’s budget bill. According to the minister, Iraq has set the price for a barrel of crude at $50 in the budget bill for the next year.
  18. 14-09-2019 05:44 PM Parliament opens the first chapter of the second legislative year by reading seven laws Baghdad / News The House of Representatives opened its first session of the first legislative term of the second legislative year of the fourth parliamentary session, which was held under the chairmanship of the President of the Council, Mohammed Halbousi, on Saturday, and the presence of 240 deputies to read seven bills, including five protocols. "At the outset of the meeting, the Speaker extended his deepest condolences to the Iraqi people and the Islamic nation on the occasion of the tragic martyrdom of Imam Hussein (PBUH)," the council said in a statement. "At the same time, we recall the martyrs and wounded of the tragic stampede that accompanied the visit and the need for the government to investigate the causes of what happened and work to avoid its recurrence in the future." Later, MPs recited Surat Al-Fatiha to the souls of the martyrs of the eternal battle of Al-Tif, the visitors of Imam Hussein (P) and the martyrs of Iraq. The Council voted to adopt the demands made by the deputies of the holy province of Karbala to compensate the martyrs of the stampede at the ceremony of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein (AS). President al-Halbousi also thanked the Committee on Foreign Relations and Deputy except Talabani and all the Council departments for the successful hosting of the meeting of the Budget and Planning Committee in the Asian Parliamentary Assembly in Baghdad recently. The Speaker of the House of Representatives to a meeting with the heads of parliamentary blocs included the agreement to form a committee to review government measures to preserve the sovereignty of Iraq and the formation of a committee to discuss the file of missing and absentees and the return of displaced people and proceed to enact a package of important laws, including laws to abolish the offices of general inspectors and amend the law of integrity, civil service and health Partnership with the private sector, the law of communications and informatics, the law of the Federal Court and Investment and the Military Industrialization Authority, pointing to the government's approach to send retirement and social security laws and address the housing crisis and oil and gas Q reconstruction budget and 2020. The Council voted to form a committee to follow up the governmental measures to take the necessary measures to preserve the sovereignty of Iraq, including heads of blocs and representatives of the committees of foreign relations, security, defense and legal, and the formation of a committee to follow up the governmental procedures file missing and absentees and the return of the displaced, including heads of parliamentary blocs and representatives of security and defense committees and the displaced and human rights and legal The Council discussed a number of important issues affecting the lives of citizens and the advancement of the services provided to them and the achievement of stability and security in various governorates, including the need to find opportunities for appointment of veterinarians With the Kuwaiti side on the border and urged the political blocs to complete the designation of the Minister of Education, as well as resolving the file of missing and expedite the return of police elements separated in the liberated areas and the importance of addressing the issue of repeated attacks on Weigher of the popular crowd gear and to emphasize the government's submission of the final federal budget for previous years accounts with the importance of activating the supervisory role of the Council and work on the questioning of the ministers of finance, oil and work on the settlement of the complex procedures for the receipt of agricultural crops in Mosul. On the other hand, the President of the Council to complete the procedures to lift the immunity of a number of deputies during the legislative recess based on the powers granted, pointing out that all related issues are not related to publishing issues, especially that most of those covered by the lifting of immunity have applied to the Presidency of the Council to lift the immunity from them as the issues that concern them Before they took up membership in the Council, they announced that all requests for lifting the immunity would be presented at the next session for voting. The council finished reading a report and discussing the proposal of the First Amendment Law on Human Organ Transplantation and Prevention of Trafficking Law No. 11 of 2016 submitted by the Health and Environment Committee. During the session, which was chaired by Deputy Speaker Bashir Haddad, the MPs' interventions focused on the importance of providing protection to doctors practicing their work in transplantation of human organs and emphasizing the importance of not compromising the donor during operations conducted by the medical team and the importance of adding a representative of private hospitals in Baghdad and the provinces. The Kurdistan region to the High Commission for the transplantation of human organs to ensure that no operation outside the approvals issued by the Commission. Vice President Bashir Haddad stressed the importance of coordination with all institutions in Iraq in order to ensure the success of transplants and the need to comply with Islamic law. For his part, the representative of the government Torhan Mufti, the presence of the desire of the government to wait to legislate the proposal of the law in order to send what contributes to maturity. In response to the interventions, the committee affirmed its readiness to discuss the proposed law with the presidency of the council and other committees for its maturity, pointing to the positive opinion of the elders and authorities on the proposed law. The Council completed the report and discussed the draft law ratifying the Protocol of 2014 supplementing the Convention on Forced Labor No. 29 of 1930 submitted by the Committee on Foreign Relations. The interventions focused on the need to know the financial burdens borne by the government from the application of the law, as well as demanding the participation of the Commission on Human Rights in the legislation of the law. In its response to the interventions, the Committee underlined that it sought to enact the Act on the ratification of the Protocol after having considered the views submitted thereon. The Council completed the report and discussed the draft law of accession of the Republic of Iraq to the Convention on Maternity Protection (revision) No. (183) for the year 2000, submitted by the committees on foreign relations, women, family and children. Interventions focused on the demand for uniformity of maternity periods and their incompatibility with existing laws. The Council also completed the reading of the report and discussion of the draft law ratifying the Convention on the exemption of holders of diplomatic passports and official service from the entry visa between the Government of the Republic of Iraq and the Government of the Republic of Serbia submitted by the Committee on Foreign Relations. In this regard, the Council concluded reading the report and discussion of the draft law of accession of the Republic of Iraq to the UNESCO Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage submitted by the Committee on Foreign Relations, Culture, Information, Tourism and Antiquities. The Council completed the first reading of the draft law ratifying the Agreement on the Promotion and Protection of Investment between the Government of the Republic of Iraq and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, submitted by the Foreign Relations, Economy and Investment Committees, which aims to enhance and expand economic cooperation between the two countries through the encouragement and protection of investments and the creation of favorable investment conditions between them. The Council completed the first reading of the draft law of partnership between the public and private sectors submitted by the Finance, Economy and Investment Committees for the purpose of encouraging the private sector and its involvement in the process of economic development and development of state resources and face the circumstances of financial deficit and to strengthen the legislative framework and national capacities related to the private sector and the economy and to create a legal framework for partnership between the public sectors And your. It was then decided to adjourn the session until Monday 16/9/2019.
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