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The advisor of the Association of Iraqi Private Banks, Samir Al-Nusairi, confirmed that the comprehensive and radical economic reform begins with the reform and development of the banking sector in line with what was stated in Article 12 in Paragraph (7) of the government curriculum, which clearly and accurately stated that (banking reform provides a real and effective basis for advancement In the Iraqi economy and revitalizing investment through restructuring and mechanization of government banks, reviewing their work, stimulating private banks and enabling them to be able to support real investment and development.
In a lecture held by the Faculty of Business Economics at Al-Nahrain University, Al-Nusairi touched on the importance of the banking sector, which occupies a vital position in the financial structure of the economy in mobilizing savings and financing development through its ability to flow money between the categories of the national economy, which is the basic step for economic reform.
He added that the measures currently being taken by the Central Bank, with the support of the government, to prepare its new comprehensive strategy to reform, develop and classify banks according to several axes, most notably completing and implementing digital transformation projects and internationally approved payment systems, launching a financial inclusion strategy, working to adhere to international standards of the global financial system, and focusing on controlling transfers. Foreign Ministry and encourage and motivate merchants and importers and those who need US dollars and other foreign currencies for commercial transactions to enter the electronic platform for external transfer and benefit from the new instructions for external transfer for the year 2023 and the three packages issued by the Central Bank to facilitate joining the services provided by the platform.
He went on to draw up a national plan for lending that adopts new mechanisms to organize the granting of loans for the development of small and medium enterprises, relying on the banks’ own financial capabilities and attracting deposits to provide liquidity and invest it in accordance with the instructions of the Central Bank, directing the initiative to finance small and medium enterprises towards the economic and productive sectors that have the most influence on contributing to development, and creating a guarantee company. Loans and activating the work of the deposit guarantee company, and continuing the procedures and using monetary policy applications by controlling the exchange rate and reducing the gap between the official rate and the parallel rate, which has begun to narrow towards reaching the target and balanced exchange rate.
Al-Nusairi added that had it not been for the many services provided by the banking system in developed countries, these countries would not have been able to reach their level of economic progress and growth, and that the strength of the banking structure has become one of the necessities of building a prosperous economy that adopts modern systems and sound sustainable development. And the development of banking habits and awareness of the importance of developing the banking facility in a way that secures the building of the national savings base and develops the necessary financial resources to build the economy has become a priority for the decision-maker.
Al-Nusairi concluded his speech, "The soundness of the banking system and the mobilization of sound decisions in the field of economic policies towards the development and modernization of banking systems ensures the achievement of momentum in the world of real and financial investment, which revives the financial and monetary markets, which leads to attracting foreign capital looking for profit, which is worthy of a maker The decision to take the necessary measures to fortify and strengthen the local banking systems in a way that makes them able to face the challenges of transferring capital to and from abroad without causing money laundering or smuggling of foreign exchange, and then increasing the profitability of financial and banking institutions and strengthening the structure of the gross domestic product, and this is what they are active in. government and the central bank now.
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