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A number of deputies in parliament, expressed fears of waste of public money, during the conclusion of agreements between Iraq and China, after the signing of governors direct agreements with the Chinese side.
Abdul Hussein al-Hanin, economic adviser to the prime minister, said that "the volume of business between Iraq and China target over the next ten years will exceed 500 billion dollars, starting now."
But the opposition Wisdom Movement, led by Ammar al-Hakim, warned of corruption and waste of public money, during the agreements signed between the Iraqi side and the Chinese.
MP Ali al-Budeiri, told the "new Arab", that the signing of governors direct agreements may lead to waste of public money. "There are real fears of suspicion of corruption or waste of money in the agreements signed by Iraqi officials during their visit to China, especially since we in the parliament did not know what agreements and deals, signed by Baghdad with Beijing so far."
He called on the prime minister to give a full briefing to the Iraqi parliament, about his visit to China. He said: "We will scrutinize those agreements and study them, especially since the House of Representatives has the right to reject them in case of suspicions of corruption or waste of public money."
For his part, a member of the Integrity Committee in the Parliament Taha defensive, to the "new Arab", that "up to now do not know what agreements signed by the Iraqi delegation with China? What we have signed are preliminary agreements, we believe, and the projects will be announced before the House of Representatives. ”
“We are waiting for the government report on its visit and the agreements it has signed with China, and what are the amounts agreed upon? As well as the conditions of investment, for the purpose of scrutinizing and preventing any suspicions of corruption or waste of public money in these agreements.
On the other hand, MP for the construction coalition Abbas al-Atafi, for the "new Arab", that "all the agreements concluded by the delegation of the Baghdad government with the Chinese side, will be for the Iraqi Council of Representatives pause with them before ratification."
He stressed that "there is a follow-up and control of the House of Representatives on any agreements and deals concluded by the Iraqi government with any country, as there are powers for the parliament to audit any agreement, and rejected in the case of suspicions of corruption or waste of public money."
Al-Atafi said that "the visit of the Iraqi government delegation to Beijing was a correct choice, especially as China is one of the largest industrialized countries, and joint projects with them will provide many job opportunities."
Iraq has been plagued by corruption for years and ranks 12th among the world's most corrupt countries, according to Transparency International's latest report. Despite tough government measures aimed at curbing corruption, the phenomenon is still widening. An official in the Mosul provincial council said in July that the coming period would pave the way for the opening of 13 cases of corruption in several sectors that cost the country about 100 billion dinars ($ 84 million). In less than two years, pointing out that some of the former officials in the province have already been prevented from leaving the country, and others are under interrogation.
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