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Iraq’s Exports Of Oil And Its Products To America Exceed One Million Barrels In 10 Months

Thursday 25, January 2024 18:23 | Economical Number of readings: 331  Baghdad / NINA / The US Energy Information Administration announced on Thursday that Iraqi petroleum products to the United States exceeded one million barrels during ten months of last year.

The administration said in a table that Iraq exported to America from January to October 2023 one million and 113 thousand barrels of petroleum products.

It showed that Iraq’s exports of oil derivatives reached their lowest level in the two months of October, when they were 59 thousand barrels, while the highest export rate was in the month of April, when they reached 172 thousand barrels.

The US Energy Information Administration indicated that “Iraqi oil derivatives exports for last year increased by 479 thousand barrels compared to the year 2022, reaching 634 thousand barrels for the same period.”/End 8

The US Ambassador In Baghdad Welcomes The Start Of The Work Of The US-Iraqi Supreme Military  Committee

Thursday 25, January 2024 | Political Number of readings: 363  Baghdad / NINA / The US Ambassador to Baghdad, Alina Romanowski, welcomed the start of the work of the US-Iraqi Supreme Military Committee #HMC.

Romanowski said in her tweet: I welcome the start of the work of the US-Iraqi Supreme Military Committee #HMC. This committee builds on previous bilateral discussions and the successes achieved by Iraq’s campaign to defeat ISIS in partnership with @CJTFOIR.

The Ambassador stressed, “The transition to a sustainable bilateral security partnership is important to confirm our continued commitment to supporting the security of the region and Iraq’s sovereignty.”/End 8

An Analytical Economic Vision For The National Security Strategy

Economy News – Baghdad   Samir Al-Nusairi, Advisor to the Association of Banks  introduction

Most of the countries of the world have national security strategies that adopt plans to build stability and community building for their people. The most prominent of these plans are related to ensuring food security, health security, and community security as basic priorities and a method for building a safe, stable, and developed society.

This, by the way, is what was clearly emphasized and referred to by Iraq’s Vision 2030 and the poverty reduction strategy. And the government curricula of all successive governments.

The basis for achieving this is the strength and solidity of the pillars on which the national economy is based, and the economy is the main focus of the national security strategy.

The relationship between the economy and national security

Iraq is currently going through an important and sensitive stage due to the political, security and economic conditions, and it can be identified in particular with regard to political, security and economic variables at the level of countries around the world and at the level of the geographical region, related to instability in global oil prices and the expectation of a new global spread of one of the Corona variants and the global economic recession.

In addition to the repercussions of the economic reality in Iraq and the great efforts being made by the government for financial and banking reform, regulating trade financing, controlling exchange rate stability, and shifting from a cash economy to a digital economy. The economic reality, according to official data, also indicates a continuation

Unemployment and poverty rates are still higher than economically permissible limits, despite the tireless efforts made by the government a year ago to reduce the above two phenomena.

All of these challenges led to the government taking effective measures to combat cases of financial and administrative corruption, alleviate the suffering of the Iraqi people from lack of services, and move towards achieving food security by developing the food basket within the ration card, which means that addressing economic problems is the basis and the first link that must be adopted to build the strategy. The decree is for national security in its general sense, which must achieve the basis for the stability and economic development of Iraq.

In addition, what must be taken into consideration is the study and analysis of the confusion that accompanied the process of change after 2003 and the lack of a unified economic vision and methodology for the shape of the new state and how the economic structure should be in it, as confusion between a centralized economy and wishes for a transition to a market economy led to circumstances

A complex internal situation hindered the development process in Iraq, despite the passage of twenty years of change, and the matter has become more complex and difficult with the changes taking place in the region and the world.

Therefore, we believe that building the foundations of the national security strategy in its comprehensive sense, with a focus on the economic aspect, must result in achieving security, stability, and economic development in a way that contributes to achieving the well-being of society, and that it must be effective and implementable in the current circumstances that Iraq is experiencing.

Therefore, I hope many citizens and from various levels of government Political, economic, university professors, civil society organizations, youth, women, and professionals must contribute to its preparation.

The magnitude of the challenges requires a firm stand by all governmental, political and popular actors in order to protect Iraq and sustain the construction of its economy according to the realistic data that is below the level of everyone’s attention.

Therefore, we see beyond doubt that the economic reforms announced by the Prime Minister in the government curriculum, in accordance with the axes concerned with security and the economy, must Adopting it as an economic strategy to achieve national security focuses on Article 25 of the Constitution and other articles related to the state guaranteeing security and a decent life for the individual and the family and ensuring social justice among all classes and sects of the Iraqi people.

This strategy must also include a realistic application of the axes of the government program in its economic and security dimension and most importantly. From that claims

Legitimate efforts to eliminate financial and administrative corruption, address unemployment and poverty, and return Iraq’s money stolen from the corrupt.

Basic economic principles of the national security strategy

1- The sovereignty, integrity and territorial integrity of Iraq.

2- Building a sound national economy with multiple resources.

3- The private sector plays the pivotal role in leading the market.

4- Providing food, medicine, environmental, and social security for citizens

5- Securing a decent life for the individual and the family.

6-Reform and develop the financial and banking sector and increase its contribution to economic development.

7- The state guarantees social justice for citizens.

8- Reform and develop good governance institutions to provide the best services to citizens.

9-Information security and transparency in economic data and indicators.

Future senators

We note through the analysis of the basic and economic principles above that building a sound economy, which with its final results achieves prosperity and well-being for society, is the basis for building a national security strategy that goes beyond protecting internal security to protecting the homeland and ensuring its safety from external enemies.

Therefore, we affirm here that strengthening national security at home and abroad requires All relevant governmental and political parties, the private sector, and economic experts study, discuss, and analyze the challenges and reform measures for a secure Iraq and a strong economy.

Therefore, we propose the following:

First: Accelerating and activating the implementation of the axes mentioned in the government curriculum by developing executive and applied policies and mechanisms that shorten the time to develop productive economic sectors and diversify sources of non-oil revenues in directions that achieve what is stated in these axes in their detailed aspects, and setting a time limit for the implementation of each article of the aforementioned axes. To it above. Not exceeding 3 years.

Secondly, the government forms the Supreme Council for Economic Affairs, which consists of experts from the government and the private sector, in order to carry out economic reform, the first step of which is banking reform, in a way that enhances the role of the Central Bank of Iraq and the ministries concerned with economic affairs (finance, agriculture, industry, planning, oil, and electricity), in a way that enhances effective coordination.

And harmony between fiscal and monetary policies and to replace the Ministerial Council for the Economy and the Economic Reform Cell.

Third: Activate and establish executive mechanisms for economic reform procedures by supporting, developing and involving the private sector in economic decision-making, legislatively and institutionally, by activating the Private Sector Development Council in accordance with the vision of the Private Sector Development Strategy (2014-2030) prepared by the relevant expert committees in the Council of Ministers with the United Nations Development Programme.

Fourth: United Nations, focusing on what was covered in its three stages and actually starting to implement it, setting time limits for putting it into effect, and determining the elements of implementation, taking into account the circumstances that Iraq is currently going through, and forming an advisory body affiliated with the Council from advisors to organizations and private sector federations that are members of the Council.

Fourth – Motivating banks to truly work by expanding banking financing in accordance with the Central Bank’s initiatives to finance small, medium, housing and investment projects, and activating, applying and defining flexible mechanisms and instructions for implementation,

while setting clear foundations that guarantee the transparency of data and entities that have been lent by government and private banks, and establishing proactive oversight during implementation and after implementation. The entities benefiting from these loans should serve the central goal of allocating them to accelerate the economic cycle, reduce unemployment, develop small and medium enterprises, and contribute to development.  01/25/2024 –


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Top 100 Inspirational Quotes  Compiled By Kevin Kruse

Inspirational quotes and motivational quotes have the power to get us through a bad week, and can even  give us the courage to pursue our life’s dreams.  In my book, 4 Keys to Happiness and Fulfillment at Work, By Kevin Kruse, I share surprising research into the true triggers of workplace motivation.

So in the spirit of self motivation, here are 100 inspirational quotes.

  1. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. – Stephen Covey
  2. Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso
  3. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. – Christopher Columbus
  4. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou
  5. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. – Jim Rohn