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The Iraqi Future / Adel Al-Lami
The Council of Ministers held its second regular session, yesterday, Tuesday, headed by Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi.
The Prime Minister opened the session with a speech in which he emphasized that this government is the government of difficult challenges, the most important of which is the economic challenge, the fight against poverty and unemployment among young people and the fair distribution of wealth, calling on ministers and government officials to move away from courtesies, favoritism, political interference and work to develop state institutions, not political action.
The Prime Minister reaffirmed his commitment to protecting the right to demonstrate and not tolerating any aggression against them, pointing out that the government aims to achieve their legitimate aspirations.
"We will not be complimented at the expense of the dignity of the citizen and the interests of the country, and we work to save what can be saved, confront crises and diversify the state's resources," Al-Kazki added.
On the work of the armed forces, Al-Kazimi stressed that "the heroic army and security forces have endured a lot, and the prestige of the military and security institutions must be restored."
The Council of Ministers issued a number of decisions, among them, “Reducing and rationalizing the administrative structures of the state through the provision of each government agency in its vision in this field,” while stressing that appropriate measures are taken to legislate the laws required for the success of the e-government process and that ministries and government agencies accelerate their procedures to automate Its work, especially in the field of customs and tax, and the submission of monthly reports on percentages it submits to the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
The Council of Ministers decided to "re-examine the draft laws related to combating corruption, and to activate the measures to combat it and strengthen their efficacy, and to emphasize strengthening the role of the relevant institutions of the Integrity Commission and the Federal Financial Supervision Bureau in coordination with the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers."
The Cabinet affirmed the freedom to exchange information and the right to obtain it by expediting the legislation on the right to obtain information.
The Council mandated the Ministry of Planning in coordination with the concerned authorities to review instructions for implementing government contracts to ensure updating of the approved standards in the awarding of tenders, and also to update the approved standards in selecting investment projects.
The Council of Ministers decided to “provide the Federal Service Council with the appropriate staffing for the taking of its role and the exercise of its functions,” while declaring “approval of the Reconstruction Fund for areas affected by terrorist operations to implement mobile hospitals to quarantine and treat patients with HIV in the regions agreed upon with the Ministry of Health And the provinces through the grant provided by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through the German Development Bank (amounting to (15,000,000) fifteen million euros).
The Council of Ministers stressed "to accelerate the legislation of the general budget law, in line with the requirements of the financial situation, the low level of the oil price, and diversification of budget sources."
The Council urged the Ministry of Oil to expedite the completion of the draft oil and gas law.
According to the statement of the Council of Ministers, of which the "Iraqi Future" received a copy, the Council stressed that the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs, in coordination with the Ministry of Planning and the Ministry of Finance, study the expansion of the base covered by the Social Protection Law by improving the inclusion mechanism through demographic targeting by adopting poverty and social research data and the study is presented. Within one month.
The Council decided to form an emergency cell for financial reform, and to form a cell to manage the financial situation in light of the current financial crisis and to develop the necessary solutions to achieve financial reform and improve the performance of financial institutions. The Minister of Finance, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Planning, the governor of the Central Bank, advisers to the Prime Minister whom he designates, the Secretary-General of the Council of Ministers, and a representative of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers,
According to the statement, this cell will assume “guaranteeing the provision of financial liquidity” and “take decisions regarding financial reform by rationalizing spending, maximizing resources and reforming financial institutions, including restructuring them.”
Among the tasks of the emergency cell will be "developing financing plans for reconstruction, development and investment projects, including resources and mechanisms for financing outside government spending," as well as "improving procedures and automating systems in financial institutions."
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