Baghdad - INA
The Council of Ministers, in its fifteenth session, held today, Tuesday, issued several decisions.
A statement issued by the Prime Minister's Media Office, received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), said that "Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi chaired, today, Tuesday, the fifteenth regular session of the Council of Ministers."
During the session, according to the statement, they discussed the general situation in the country, followed-up on the implementation of government decisions to curb the crisis of rising world prices, and alleviate the burden on citizens through several measures that ministries were obligated to implement.
The Prime Minister directed all ministers to the necessity of integrated work and high coordination between ministries and all state institutions; In order to confront the economic crisis and reduce its effects on Iraq.
Al-Kazemi also directed, according to the statement, the security services concerned with monitoring prices in local markets, and following up on manipulators with the people's food who seek to confuse the Iraqi market.
Al-Kazemi reviewed the developments in the security situation in the country, the progress of the ongoing military actions in pursuit of terrorist elements, the efforts of the security services seeking to pursue crime gangs, as well as the efforts of the security forces entrusted with the task of protecting electric power towers and pursuing sabotage groups, and inflicting the most severe penalties on them.
He hosted the Council of Ministers in charge of managing the Ministry of Electricity, to find out the current situation of electricity, and the mechanism for implementing the decisions of the periodic meetings of the Energy Council.
According to the statement, Al-Kazemi stressed the need to exert maximum efforts by the Ministry of Electricity and the ministries supporting it; To ensure electricity security for citizens in the coming summer months, raise the pace of work in all production stations and transmission and distribution joints, and work hard to overcome obstacles and spare Iraq any potential crisis during the summer.
The session witnessed a review of the epidemiological report, the measures taken to confront the Corona pandemic, and the developments of the work of the Committee to Strengthen Government Actions in the areas of prevention and health awareness control; To limit the spread of the virus, the Ministry of Health’s procedures for preparing all required medical supplies, in addition to the Ministry’s efforts to secure vaccines for citizens in large quantities through vaccination outlets throughout Iraq.
After the Council of Ministers discussed the topics on the agenda, it issued the following decisions, according to the statement:
First/ The Ministry of Finance undertakes financing (1,500,000) dinars, only one billion and five hundred million dinars, to the Ministry of Health, to treat the wounded in demonstrations outside Iraq, in implementation of paragraphs (1 and 2) mentioned in the Federal Financial Supervisory Office book No. (1/1/15/) 2443) of February 3, 2021, attached to the Council of Ministers Resolution (15 of 2022).
Second / Approval of authorizing Dr. Hani Musa Badr, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health for Technical Affairs, the authority to sign a draft memorandum of understanding between the Ministry of Health in the Republic of Iraq and the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates in Baghdad, regarding the grant of Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Field Hospital with a capacity of 205 beds to treat patients in Baghdad, taking into account the opinion of the legal department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers.
Third / Approval of the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs regarding the approval of the re-representation of diplomatic representation in the Republic of Vietnam to be a resident representation as it was previously, instead of the non-resident representation and the reopening of the Iraqi embassy in Hanoi, based on the provisions of Articles (25 and 26) of the Foreign Service Law ( 45 for the year 2008), provided that its opening does not lead to an increase in the number of workers in diplomatic missions.
Fourth / Approval of authorizing the Minister of Finance or whomever he authorizes to sign a two-grant agreement with the World Bank as follows:
1- A grant to support higher education in Iraq in the amount of (5,000,000) dollars, only five million dollars for the benefit of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research aimed at raising the employment of graduates and linking universities to the labor market.
2- The grant for innovations for education in the Iraqi governorates that lags behind other governorates in the amount of (10,000,000) dollars, only ten million dollars aimed at strengthening the educational practices of mathematics and Arabic language teachers, and improving reading and writing skills.
1- The Ministry of Finance will fund (500 billion) dinars, only five hundred billion dinars, to the Ministry of Electricity, to sustain the work of production stations and address bottlenecks in the electrical system for the summer of 2022, through maintenance, provision of necessary and governing materials, expansion and rehabilitation work for stations and the network, and implementation of Its connections, according to the detail shown in the tables accompanying the book of the Ministry of Electricity No. (20479) dated April 18, 2022, in implementation of paragraphs (1 and 2) mentioned in the letter of the Federal Financial Supervision Bureau No. (1/1/15/2443) dated 3 February 2021, attached to the Cabinet Resolution (15 of 2022).
2- The financing of the amount mentioned in paragraph (1) above will be in two phases, the first (200,000,000) dinars, only two hundred billion dinars, and the second (300,000,000) dinars, only three hundred billion dinars for the next month.
3- The Ministry of Electricity shall submit periodic statements of achievement and expenditure rates to the Prime Minister.
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