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Shafaq News/ The economist, Ahmed Fouad, suggested, on Thursday, that there will be no "real appointments" in the 2023 budget, due to Iraq's commitments with the World Bank, calling for finding alternatives to government jobs and moving towards the private sector.
Fouad told Shafaq News agency, "The draft budget law for 2023 is still in the Ministry of Finance, and it will be transferred during the current month to the Prime Ministry to present it to Parliament early next year, and then decide on the budget after the first, second and third readings."
The economist ruled out the existence of new appointments in the 2023 budget, attributing this to the fact that "Iraq is subject to the conditions of the World Bank, just as the country has borrowed large sums of money from external parties, and the World Bank has set a set of conditions, including not providing additional appointments at the expense of the government."
Fouad pointed out that "the new appointments may be a kind of street gain, for political purposes," calling on "the government to transfer the sums it will allocate for appointments to the private sector in order to find alternatives to jobs, and these alternatives will be double if the government is able to exploit them properly." .
And he continued, "In the end, these amounts will be exploited in practice, and there will be no real appointments within the new budget, even if approved, they will not be implemented, due to commitments with the World Bank."
A source in the Iraqi Ministry of Finance revealed, the day before yesterday, the details of the general budget for the next year 2023, which it is hoped will discuss within the Council of Ministers next week and then send it to the House of Representatives.
The source told Shafaq News agency, "The total amount in the budget law is estimated at 140 trillion dinars, with a financial deficit estimated at 35 trillion dinars," indicating that "the law calculated the price of oil at 65 dollars per barrel, but the total amount, the deficit, and the price of oil will change towards a decrease through discussion The draft law and its approval in the Council of Ministers session.
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