Al-Sudani assigned two ministries to expedite the preparation of the budget, and it is likely that it will be approved next year
Al-Kadhimi told Shafaq News agency, that the budget will be identical to the government program, and it will include investment areas in a larger proportion compared to previous budgets to move the Iraqi economy, with funds allocated to the governorates in the development of the regions.
He added that the draft budget law will be ready in the Council of Ministers at the beginning of next month with a total amount estimated at 150 trillion dinars, and then it will be sent to the House of Representatives, expecting that Parliament will vote on the budget law after reading and amending it in January 2023.
And the Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia'a al-Sudani, identified, at the beginning of this month, the priorities to focus on are the federal budget law for next year.
This came during his chairmanship of a meeting that included Minister of Finance Taif Sami, Minister of Oil Hayan Abdel Ghani, Minister of Electricity Ziyad Ali Fadel, and a number of advisors. They discussed the file of the draft federal budget law for the year 2023, and the need to expedite its preparation and send it to the House of Representatives.
Al-Sudani directed the importance of the budget being at the level of ambition, and that it prioritize meeting the needs of citizens in terms of services, as well as taking it upon itself to effectively address the problem of electricity shortages, which greatly affected the life of citizens and the economic sectors in the country.
Prime Minister Mohamed Shia Al-Sudani had previously directed the need to prepare the federal budget law for the year 2023 as quickly as possible.
The previous government headed by Mustafa Al-Kadhimi faltered in sending the draft budget law for the year 2022 before the Iraqi parliament in its previous session dissolved itself in preparation for the early elections that took place on the tenth of October 2021.
It is noteworthy that the financial budget for the current year 2022 was not approved by the Council of Ministers and the House of Representatives due to the turmoil that Iraq witnessed after the early elections in October 2021, which escalated to dangerous levels that ended with the events of the Green Zone, with armed confrontations between supporters of the Sadrist movement and the security forces, which claimed lives. Dozens and hundreds injured.
After the end of the crisis, with the agreement of the political blocs to elect the President of the Republic and to grant confidence to the government of Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’a al-Sudani, the latter pledged that he would present the draft federal budget law for the year 2023 as soon as possible.
And a number of specialists considered that the delay in approving the budget for the current year would negatively affect investment projects and delay ongoing projects, in addition to stopping the economic activities of the market in the country in general.
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