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    • By Mary B
      The World Bank announces important details in its report on Iraq
       Time: 05/27/2021 21:15:10    Read: 7,631 times    {Economist: Al Furat News} A senior expert at the World Bank, Wael Mansour, revealed, on Thursday, important details in his report on Iraq.   Mansour said in a televised interview, "Negative GDP growth has reached 10%, which is one of the worst growth that we see after 2003, and we attribute it to the drop in the price of oil, the OPEC Plus agreement that reduced oil production, and the Kurna pandemic that strikes many sectors, including services, religious tourism and others." . 
      He pointed out, "a sharp decline in financial resources, and the government has taken harsh measures, including with regard to reducing all spending outside of wages and salaries, and we have seen a sharp decline in public investment, social benefits and all programs that can support growth and reduce poverty, and a sharp decline in them."
      Mansour stressed, "The World Bank is very interested in the growth factor and sustainable growth, the need for diversification and job creation outside the oil sector, and a fundamental necessity for the participation of women in the labor market, as Iraq is at the lowest rates in the world in this aspect."
      And he stated, "If Iraq is able to achieve policies and involve women in the labor market 2. 
      $ 2.5 billion as a result of burning gas associated with oil extraction and losses in agriculture and water. ”
      Mansour continued,“ The solutions to Iraq's problems have become a large structural pile up from one government to another, and solutions are not easy and not immediate, and we are talking about problems in the public sector, electricity and infrastructure, and a very small banking sector that does not exist. And not supportive of public sectors. ”He 
      noted,“ We are aware of the importance of the current government's white paper, which is diagnosed with such accuracy and seriousness and sounds an alarm bell for the Iraqi economic situation and says that the solution is not immediate and there must be short-term measures and all of the reforms need a pause and a political decision in the first place. ”
      Mansour concluded, "Not diving into these reforms means that problems will recur from one government to another with the low exchange rate of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar." The first is the political and security risk that topples all economic recovery and the risk of fluctuations in the price of oil, and it may drop to 50 or 40 dollars a barrel. The other danger is the absence of reform and the failure to implement the white paper means losing 11 billion dollars for Iraq.
      The World Bank expert stressed that "reforms affect salaries, electricity, social protection networks and other government-supported aspects," noting that "e-government places Iraq in the back ranks in terms of corruption and the effectiveness of management." 
      Wafa Al-Fatlawi
      https://alforatnews.com/news/البنك-الدولي-يعلن-تفاصيل-مهمة-في-تقريره-عن-العراق
    • By yota691
      The World Bank: A global initiative to recover smuggled Iraqi funds
           2021-02-01 07:01   Shafaq News / The World Bank confirmed that changing the exchange rate of the Iraqi dinar against the US dollar gives the state the ability to increase its revenues and face imports from abroad.
      As he indicated that his financial portfolio in Iraq currently amounts to two billion dollars, he revealed a global initiative that the World Bank is working on to recover money smuggled from countries.
      The Special Representative of the World Bank Mission in Iraq, Ramzi Numan, said in an interview published by the Iraqi government news agency and seen by Shafaq News Agency; "The partnership relationship between the World Bank and Iraq is very close and is based on years of joint work, pointing out that" Iraq enjoys a very important position at the Arab and global level, and that the World Bank was next to Iraq in the various stages of stability and peace, or in the stages to which it was exposed. To the attacks or changing economic conditions, which led to difficult repercussions on the government and people of Iraq, and actual work began with Iraq, I think, in the years 2006 and 2007 through a group of projects.
      He added that "the World Bank's portfolio in Iraq currently amounts to two billion dollars and that these loans were signed about two or three years ago," noting that "the main pillar in it is a loan to reconstruct the liberated areas and the result of the request came after the beginning of the first phase of liberation, that is, the liberation of Salah Governorate." The debt was then supplemented with an additional amount after the liberation of the rest of the governorates.
      And that "this current portfolio in Iraq includes projects under implementation and projects or loans due and that the World Bank is working to implement projects associated with them."
      Regarding the change of the exchange rate of the dollar in the auction of selling the Iraqi currency, he pointed out that "changing the exchange rate aims to give the state the ability to increase its revenues, especially since the sale of oil in hard currency and converting it into the reality of the Iraqi dinar gives it a financial block that actually allows to increase revenues and reduce the deficit. He pointed out that "changing the exchange rate may allow facing imports from abroad because the domestic product becomes cheaper than what is imported from neighboring countries."
      He explained that "the strategic objective of changing the exchange rate is to work to strengthen the local product and local industries to be able to face the external product, reinforced by measures to protect the product."
      He stressed "the need to address the increase in prices and the seriousness of inflation, and focus on projects that actually allow facing the social distress of the poor."
      He continued that "the idea of raising the price of the dollar is an international policy that the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Planning, and the Iraqi government have participated in, especially the International Monetary Fund," explaining that "Iraq is now in the plight of the financial deficit and it has nothing but borrowing, either internally or externally," indicating that "Internal borrowing threatens the reserves of the central bank, just as using it to fill the deficit removes the possibility of investment in productive opportunities that allow the development of the private sector, while external borrowing has its components and conditions that are based on debt sustainability, subsequent repayment capabilities, financial and monetary stability, and this financial engineering must be looked at in an integrated manner." From which one can consider lowering the currency rate. "
      He revealed "there is a global initiative that a team from the World Bank is working on in coordination with international organizations to recover money smuggled from countries," announcing that special departments of the Ministry of Finance are linked to the World Bank's initiative, indicating that "the World Bank is ready to provide technical support."
    • By yota691
      A new international classification .. Iraq is one of the upper middle income economies
           2020-08-29 07:34   Shafaq News / The World Bank considered on Saturday that Iraq is one of the economies with higher middle income, indicating that these economies consist of 56 countries .
      The bank said in a report seen by Shafaq News Agency that "Iraq is one of the economies with upper middle income," indicating that "these economies range in terms of per capita gross national income between $ 4,046 and $ 12,535 ."
      "These economies consist of 56 countries, in addition to Iraq, they also consist of Albania, Argentina, China, Jordan, Brazil, Turkey, Lebanon, Libya, Malaysia, South Africa and Thailand, " he added.
      He pointed out that "low-income economies are those that have a per capita national income of 1035 and included 29 countries including Eritrea, Yemen, Sudan and Syria," noting that "the high-income economies consist of 83 countries, including Qatar, the UAE and Bahrain from Arab countries, Italy, Austria and Germany . "
      The World Bank classifies countries in the world into four groups - low-income, lower-middle-income countries, upper-middle-income countries, and high-income countries. It is estimated on the basis of gross national income per capita at the current US dollar rate.
       
       
    • By sgtsanders
      Saturday 6/20/20 TV buyback email. I’ve been in this since 2008, I’ve never received emails like these. They are now offering 1000.00 per million. Up 50 dollars since last weeks email. These emails make me feel full of Hopium!
       
       

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