[size=52]The Iraqi government defends its white paper days before summoning the Minister of Finance to Parliament[/size]
Al-Kazemi personally supervised the economic reform process
Friday - February 25, 2022 AD
[size=45]The outgoing Iraqi government, headed by Mustafa Al-Kazemi, defended the reform paper called the "White Paper", related to the economic sector, which it had previously presented to the political blocs and Parliament when the government was formed two years ago. Finance Minister Ali Abdul Amir Allawi said in a statement yesterday (Thursday) that "the White Paper plan and its projects represent the main pillar of economic reform in Iraq." The statement added that "Allawi, Vice Chairman of the Supreme Committee for Economic Reform in Iraq, chaired a meeting that included the undersecretaries of the various ministries in charge of the White Paper projects, in addition to the reform cell team charged with following up on the implementation of those projects."
Allawi indicated, according to the statement, that “the white paper plan and its projects represent the main pillar of economic reform in Iraq, as although it targets government performance, its effects extend to the entire economy,” stressing that “the white paper is a vision presented by the current government and started to implement it, which is It represents a road map for implementing reform for future governments because of their purely professional economic nature, and there must be a clear will to implement them.” He also called for "the need to show sufficient professional flexibility to complete these projects in coordination between the various ministries involved in the implementation."
The meeting witnessed, according to the statement, "viewing the electronic program for measuring, evaluating and progressing performance for the levels of implementation of various projects, six months after the start of implementation, as the international support provided to Iraq for the implementation of these projects and the need for coordination between the various ministries, the reform cell and the international parties providing that support were discussed."
And the Iraqi Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, launched, since last August, the process of implementing the white paper, and supervised its follow-up and implementation. The white paper on economic reform was part of the government program that Al-Kazemi presented to the political forces, and then it was approved by Parliament. Al-Kazemi announced at the time: “We strongly aspire to restore the country’s economy to its strength after the situation reached very low levels as a result of rampant corruption,” noting that “this plan would rebuild the Iraqi economy in a proper manner that achieves sustainable development for the country.”
It is noteworthy that Finance Minister Ali Allawi refused, last week, an invitation to him to attend a session of a special committee in Parliament, headed by First Deputy Hakim Al-Zamili, and considered this in a strong letter to the Prime Minister that it was an unacceptable interference in government affairs. While Allawi indicated that he was ready to put confidence in him in a formal session with a full quorum of members of Parliament, and at an invitation signed by the representatives, he confirmed that he would not attend the session called by Al-Zamili to discuss the issue of the dollar exchange rate.
Indeed, the Special Committee held a meeting attended by the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mustafa Ghalib, and a number of officials, in the absence of the Minister of Finance. In this context, the Presidency of Parliament sent an official invitation to Minister Allawi, signed by about 100 deputies, to the dome of Parliament, next week, to defend his point of view on the issue of the high dollar exchange rate and the white paper. Allawi and a large number of Iraqi economic experts believe that raising the dollar exchange rate against the Iraqi dinar was and still is a sound economic measure that strengthened the balance of the foreign operation in the country, and stopped an imminent collapse in the economy that could have withdrawn due to the government’s inability to secure salaries.[/size]
[size=45]Baghdad: «Asharq Al-Awsat»[/size]
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