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    News site: Iraq is on the investment path after months of the salary crisis

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    Post by rocky Wed 14 Apr 2021, 7:30 am

    [size=52]News site: Iraq is on the investment path after months of the salary crisis[/size]

    [size=45]Translated by Hamid Ahmed[/size]
    [size=45]Iraq is rushing to attract large foreign investment in the energy sector, in conjunction with an expected escalation of financial returns following the decision of the OPEC Plus agreement to increase production, which will help in strengthening its weak financial position.[/size]
    [size=45]Iraq is considered a founding member of OPEC and the second largest oil producer in it, charting its way forward with a number of public and private sector contracts through which the government hopes to support and entrust its financial resources after it was forced last year to reduce the value of its currency.[/size]
    [size=45]Iraq’s investment trend now contrasts greatly with its financial situation last year, when its economy was on the brink of collapse, with a flabby public sector consuming $ 5 billion a month to pay the salaries of government employees, and it was difficult for the government to provide it.[/size]
    [size=45]Oil prices are now 50% higher than they were six months ago, and Iraq has also been allowed to increase its oil production, as OPEC Plus looks to pump an additional 2 million barrels per day to the market by next July.[/size]
    [size=45]According to the International Monetary Fund, the Iraqi economy contracted by 10.9% last year and it is expected to grow by 1.1% during this year, supported by the recovery of oil prices and higher production quotas in OPEC.[/size]
    [size=45]The World Bank also expects the country's economy to grow slightly this year by 1.9%, and expand 6.3% over the next two years.[/size]
    [size=45]Rising oil prices and increasing Iraq's share of oil production according to the OPEC Plus agreement will help increase the country's reserves of hard currency, which shrank last year. Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said last Monday that Iraq's hard currency reserves have increased to more than $ 60 billion. He stressed that his government will redouble efforts to end corruption. Jihad Azur, Director of the International Monetary Fund for the Middle East and Central Asia, told The National news site: “Making progress and perseverance on financial settlement will be an essential factor for the sustainability and stability of the economy in Iraq, despite the improvement in oil prices.” Azur added, "The rise in oil prices is an opportunity to advance some structural reforms that will allow achieving a higher rate of overall growth in the country." Regional investors are cautiously looking at Iraq as a potential investment destination this year. The Arab Petroleum Investments Company is currently evaluating potential investments in Iraq in the energy sector as well as renewable energy, according to its CEO, Ahmed Ali Ateeqa. The multi-banking company, which is owned by the ten member states of the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), is looking to finance projects in Arab oil-producing countries that witnessed difficult economic conditions after the war, such as Iraq and Libya, and is planning to spend nearly $ 2 billion this year.[/size]
    [size=45]"Iraq does not have that huge financial balance," Atiqa said in an interview with him. Therefore, he must think about a mixture of resources that can be mobilized, including the support provided by multiple financing institutions, especially with regard to mega projects in the energy sector. He added that attracting private investment should be "the most permanent source" of financing that the Iraqi government can raise.[/size]
    [size=45]Regional support is so vital to Iraq, which provides support through export credit financing to foreign investors looking to participate in the country's lucrative energy industry projects. At the beginning of this month, Parliament approved the 2021 budget of $ 89.65 billion, with an estimated salary of $ 19.79 billion. The spending capacity was calculated based on the price of $ 45 a barrel, with an export rate of 3.26 million barrels per day. The state relies on its budget on 97% of the resources of its oil exports. The International Monetary Fund expects that the price of a barrel of oil for this year will reach 58.52 dollars, and it is expected that next year will be at 54.83 dollars a barrel. The average price of a barrel of oil last year was $ 41.29.[/size]
    [size=45]The Kepler Institute for Economic Analysis data indicated that Iraq's exports for the month of February reached 3.4 million barrels per day, including the quantities of oil exported through the port of Ceyhan, but exports decreased in the following month of March to reach 3.2 million barrels per day.[/size]
    [size=45]Humayun Falakshahi, an oil and gas analyst at Kepler Corporation, said that with the regional support the country has received, it is unlikely that Iraq will breach the barrier of its oil production ceiling over the next three months, because OPEC Plus plans to add 300,000 barrels per day to its quota in May and June, as well as 450,000 barrels per day in July.[/size]
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