According to the latest news, the Iraqi parliament has finally agreed to discuss the budget law draft in its forthcoming session on March 16. The decision comes after protests erupted yesterday in the capital Baghdad, demanding the government to quicken the passing of the budget law draft.
Some parliament blocs including the Kurdistan Coalition faction showed surprise at hearing such reports when contacted by PUKmedia and noted that making such a decision required parliament president and his two deputies to hold a meeting and make such decision in association, and then all parliament members must be informed through email.
“We have not been informed of such a decision yet and the budget law draft still contains articles that erupts disagreement,” Kurdistan Coalition MP Dler Abdul-Qadr equipped. “If it is true, then we will tolerate and stand against such a decision.”
Parliament`s decision-maker Mohammed Khalidi confirmed the news and stated that the project will be discusses next Sunday in parliament`s official session which is going to last for 4 consecutive days.
Khalidi, however, noted that disagreements are still continuing on the project, and if the legal numbers of MPs do not attend the meeting, it will be postponed.
Tomorrow/Baghdad: Ministry of Commerce, announced Sunday, to complete all the requirements of an exhibition project “industrial and technical, which it is hoped the Baghdad fair ground-launched bang on Monday.
He said the Ministry’s foreign relations director Hashem Mohammed of “tomorrow”, “the Ministry has completed all the requirements for an exhibition (project) and it is hoped that the technical launch of the Baghdad fair ground led Monday”, stating that “the exhibition tradition an important commercial and trade companies and attractive that Iraq’s keenness to be launched in coordination with the General exhibitions Corporation.
“The exhibition will start on Monday, over three days, with the participation of many industrial enterprises and companies of the energy sector and oil and refining industries.”
Mohammed pointed out that “the exhibition aims to open broad prospects for industrial cooperation and oil and all-new entry in this field for use in the development of Iraqi sectors will participate in the work of this important specialist fair, trade and exhibition company, completed all the belongings of the launch fair.”
The Commerce Ministry earlier announced the establishment of six exhibitions at the Baghdad international fair in the year 2014, asserting that they cover different areas
Tomorrow/Baghdad: Ministry of agriculture, announced Sunday, producing more than 454 tons of seed rice for Jasmine Ward 33 categories over the past year by planting seeds to area of 335 dunums in the provinces of Najaf and Diwaniyah and Muthanna.
Alozrarh said in a statement it had received “tomorrow”, “the past year has seen rice seeds for categories 33, jasmine Ward on the area of 335 dunums, distributed 12 sites in the governorates of the region shlbyh of Najaf Baghdad, Muthanna.”
The production reached 454476 tons, according to the annual report prepared by the agricultural research service in Abu Ghraib. ”
The public authority for agricultural research for development of agricultural production in quantity and quality by conducting agricultural research in both plant and animal and find solutions facing Iraq, focuses her research on the study and implementation of critical programmes and activities consistent with the direction and aspirations of the Ministry to develop the agricultural sector.
Tomorrow/Baghdad: Diyala investment body, confirmed Thursday that the Mayor needed to build 50,000 housing units to ease the housing crisis, and asked the Central Government to convert alaradet to residential.
The President said an anonymous Mehdi for “tomorrow”, “agricultural land in Diyala province are eligible to own because they are not required for government entities, prompting the Central Government to” turning sex farmland to residential. ”
“The Mayor needs to build 50,000 housing units to ease the housing crisis facing the province.”
The Iraq suffers from severe housing crisis due to the growing population in comparison to the number of residential complexes, in addition to the inability of citizens, particularly low-income housing units of their own, due to the high cost of land and building materials.
Tomorrow’s paper/Baghdad: Iraqi Central Bank recorded a drop in sales of the dollar logged 112 million and 810 million dollars at auction, Sunday, for the sale and purchase of foreign currencies compared with $ 146 million was recorded in the latest auction, with the exchange rate reaching 1166 dinars per dollar.
The reporter said “tomorrow”, “Bulletin of the auction indicated that the total demand on the dollar be distributed 19 million and $ 490,000 in cash and exchange rate reached 1,190 dinars to the dollar, including the Central Bank and the Commission of 24 dinars to the dollar, while foreign remittances amounted to 93 million and 320 million dollars and the exchange rate reached 1187 dinars for each dollar, including the Central Bank and the Commission of 21 dinars to the dollar.
The bulletin showed that the number of banks participating in the auction today 12 banks had not made any offers to sell the dollar.
The Central Bank will hold 6 auctions a week to organize the sale of currency from Saturday to Thursday
Tomorrow/Baghdad: the Iraq market General in meetings, Sunday, the first meeting of the week 0.08 percent registered 108.01 points.
The reporter said “tomorrow”, the newsletter of the market the number of shares traded in the day session of 759 million shares worth over 1 billion and 207 million and 930 thousand dinars, achieved through the implementation of 369 contract trading.
Waaf that the bulletin indicated that the number of companies traded in Tuesday’s session totaled 38 joint-stock company of the 73 listed companies electronically, the shares of 15 companies in 6 companies and stocks kept 17 company rates its shares unchanged.
The Iraq market for securities held five meetings a week from Sunday to Thursday
Tomorrow/Baghdad: Council member of Babil province Abdul Karim Radhi, Sunday, the Central Government to boost e-Government and to accelerate the implementation of the project, indicating that e-Government will enable the Babylon reluctant projects under control.
Radi said “tomorrow”, “the local government is required to do electronic government program aimed at controlling all projects reluctant in the province,” adding that “the province need to activate the program on many issues.”
“We call on the Central Government and the local Government of Babylon to accelerate implementation of the project and the more advanced countries, e-Government needs the support of Government and local”.
The theme of e-Government facilitates a lot of dealings with the deal via the Internet network, without the need for official transactions, unless absolutely necessary.
Tomorrow/Baghdad: Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussein Al-Shahrastani, Sunday, with a delegation of the Malaysian Petronas, ways to develop its work in the country, confirmed that the Government is ready to remove the obstacles facing international oil companies operating in Iraq.
Al-Shahristani said in a statement issued after he met with a delegation of the Malaysian Petronas and received “tomorrow”, “the meeting discussed ways to develop the level of work in oil and gas projects implemented by the company in Iraq.”
“The Iraqi Government is ready to overcome all the obstacles facing international oil companies in their areas,” Malaysian companies to enter the market of Iraq for oil and gas projects and other areas. ”
His delegation lauded the Iraqi Government in overcoming obstacles and promised to “make further efforts to increase the production of the oil field of Gharraf.
The Commission on oil and energy, earlier, many of the oil companies operating in Iraq, including Basra Province intends to withdraw and leave the country because “bureaucracy and corruption” which, while demanding that the Government need to address through legislation of the oil and gas law and investment law and facilitate the work of such companies as is supported in the Kurdistan region
Jordanian Businessmen Association (JBA) President Hamdi Tabaa and the Iraqi Commercial Attaché in Amman Adeeb Fattah on Sunday discussed means to boost economic relations between the two countries and their private sectors, in particular.
The two sides agreed that the Iraqi Commercial attaché office should inform and provide the JPA with public (government) tenders that are floated in Iraq in order to encourage Jordanian companies to apply for these tenders. Moreover, Fattah stressed the need to ensure the private sectors’ participation in implementing the fuel pipeline project and other joint ventures, including the railway project, whether directly or through taking part in related infrastructure companies.
In 2013, Jordan’s exports to Iraq went up by 23 per cent, amounting to JD884 million while its imports from Iraq totalled JD269 million.
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani welcomed the British international bank Standard Chartered to Kurdistan today at the inauguration ceremony of its Erbil branch.
Mr. Barzani outlined the need for an improved banking sector in Kurdistan. He said, “I believe the time has come for us to seriously examine international financial practices and carefully consider how modern banking can help families and businesses to manage their wealth.” He added, “I have no doubt that the presence of Standard Chartered will help us move forward in this regard.”
Mr. V. Shankar, the Standard Chartered CEO for Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Americas, said the company comes “with glitter in our eyes” and stated his optimism for the bank’s activity in the Region.
Britain’s Consul General, Mr. Hugh Evans, underlined the United Kingdom’s confidence in its mutually beneficial relationship with the Kurdistan Region, applauding KRG policy and supporting the decision by Standard Chartered to commence operations in Kurdistan. Mr. Gavin Wishart, CEO of Standard Chartered in Iraq, also spoke on behalf of the bank.
Oil prices surged in Asian trade Monday as Ukraine’s Western-backed government mobilized the army with Russia poised to invade.
New York’s main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery, gained $1.20 to $103.79 in mid-morning trade, and Brent North Sea crude for April jumped $1.48 to $110.55.
Lawmakers in Moscow voted Saturday to allow President Vladimir Putin to send troops into Crimea, a predominantly Russian-speaking peninsula in the southeast of Ukraine following the ouster of its pro-Russian government last week.
In what has become the most serious crisis since the end of the Cold War, global leaders condemned the move as Ukraine’s new prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk,warned: “We are on the brink of a disaster.”
Desmond Chua, market analyst at CMC Markets in Singapore, said that the escalating tension in Ukraine is providing strong support for oil prices.
“Considering that Ukraine is part of the supply chain for Brent, we are looking at this pent-up risk premium resulting in overshooting prices,” Chua told AFP.
“Right now we would have our eyes on Ukraine, on the situation in Crimea… I do think that at least for the next couple of days this situation will be superseding any other market data,” Chua added.
Gunmen believed to be acting under Kremlin orders have already tightened their grip on Crimea, seizing government buildings and surrounding Ukrainian military bases.
JP Morgan Commodities Research analysts noted that Ukraine is neither a major oil producer nor oil consumer but it said it is an important transit country for Russian energy exports.
More than 70 percent of Russia’s gas and oil flows to Europe pass through its territory. In turn, Europe is the buyer for nearly 90 percent of Russia’s oil exports.
The United States hosted a top level Iraqi interagency delegation to participate in the March 3-7 Iraq Business Week activities in Washington D.C. Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Rowsch Shaways led a 30+ member public and private sector delegation to network with scores of major U.S. firms and explore expanding business opportunities in Iraq, now the United States’ 27th largest goods trading partner. The delegation which included Iraq’s Minister of Trade and the Chairman of Iraq’s National Investment Commission addressed trade and investment challenges in Iraq, and discussed external financing options and their potential to assist in Iraq’s development. The trip culminated with a Ministry of Trade delegation visit to Houston, TX to explore establishing a trade facilitation…
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One in ten claims to have experienced sexual violence by age of 15
A comprehensive and damning report published Wednesday revealed the “extensive” levels of abuse faced by women across the 28-member states in the European Union.
Published by the E.U. Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the survey of 42,000 women aged 18-74 across the E.U. found a third of women in Europe (62 million) had suffered a physical or sexual assault. 1 in 10 women also said they had experienced some kind of sexual violence from an adult by the time they reached 15. Another 1 in 10 had experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
“The enormity of the problem is proof that violence against women does not just impact a few women only – it impacts on society every day,” said FRA director Morten Kjaerum. Worryingly the report found that some two thirds of women did not report the most serious incident of partner violence to the police or any other organisation.
When the data was broken down by country, the findings showed that Denmark and Finland were among the countries with higher rates of women indicating they had experienced physical and/or sexual abuse (52 and 47 percent respectively). Women in Poland reported the lowest levels of abuse. The report authors suggested this might be because increased gender equality could lead to more disclosures of violence.
Diwaniyah has released official approvals for the establishment of a free zone.
The Governor of Diwaniyah, said Ammar civil told a reporter with the news agency news (and brother) during the process of distribution of land “we we happened official approvals in the free zone in this region is the second in Iraq since region first established in time over in Anbar are ineffective because of the security situation there and the conditions for conservation but Diwaniyah differ in terms of the security situation and geographical location.
He said that the distribution of industrial plots came as industrial investment law No. 20 of 1998 and this is an important step in the field of city planning and the idea of a very important industrial city of, inter alia, to expand the city and reduce traffic jams and isolate residential areas, industrial areas, as is the case in many countries, where places for the food trade and construction industries and chemical industries
Tomorrow/Baghdad: Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki Saturday, the Government renews its support for Iraqi women for their sacrifices and the ongoing struggle for their rights and taken the appropriate position in the State and society.
Al-Maliki said in a statement it had received “tomorrow”, “I extend my warmest congratulations and blessings to all the world’s women and to women’s dignity for international women’s day”, stating that “the Government renewed on this occasion pay tribute to the sacrifices of Iraqi women and the continuing struggle for their rights and siding with women until her assumption of the appropriate location in the State and society”.
“Our country cannot take its natural role among the Nations of the world and shows the place historically and culturally and its present and future unless women participated alongside men in taking responsibility for building and the reconstruction of the country” and expressed “the firm confidence in the ability of Iraqi women.”
The international women’s day, international women’s day marks the (8 March each year), and the world celebrates the achievements of social, political and economic conditions of women, and in some countries as Palestine, China, Russia and Cuba women leave on that day