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Petroleum Products Set The Date For Ending Cash Trading

Economy News – Baghdad  Today, Wednesday, the Petroleum Products Distribution Company set the date for ending cash trading, while indicating that great progress has been made in the field of electronic payment

The Director General of the Petroleum Products Distribution Company, Hussein Talib, said in an interview with the official media, followed by Al-Iqtisad News, that “the Petroleum Products Distribution Company is one of the first departments that relied on electronic payment in work,” indicating that “there are a group of failures that have been addressed in this regard.” With the Central Bank through licensed portals and companies.”

He pointed out that “among the challenges the operation faced was the problem of transferring funds from the citizen’s account to the accounts of the oil products distribution company,” stressing that “9 gates entered operation after the problems were addressed.”

He added, “The electronic payment process has been launched at filling stations in Baghdad and all governorates,” noting that “the company’s plan at the end of the first quarter of this year includes ending the cash trading process in most areas of the Petroleum Products Distribution Company.”

He continued, “The company has made great strides in the field of electronic payment, as the station agent now prepares products, as well as generator owners and the mobile agent, as well as state department vehicles, via electronic payment cards.”

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Parliamentary Committee: Passing The Oil Law Will Solve All Problems With The Region

Political | 09:11 – 03/13/2024  Mawazine News – Baghdad  The Parliamentary Oil and Gas Committee reported that the Oil and Gas Law is the only solution to all the problems of the center and the region, and that it will establish a road map for the relationship between the two parties, while it confirmed that so far the law has not come from the government to Parliament despite 11 amendments being made to it.

A member of the Oil and Gas Committee, Nazem Al-Shibli, said in an interview with the official newspaper, followed by Mawazine News, that problems are accumulating between the center and the region, and if the oil and gas law is approved, all disputes will be resolved, as it is one of the most important laws that define the rights of each of them, noting that it needs to be resolved. The state administration continues to administer an unchanged strategic plan for the Prime Minister and has fixed committees.

He explained that there are many obstacles related to the law, including the issue that every four years there is a political orientation and a new prime minister, and after that comes a new political situation and then elections, and all of these matters complicate the scene, pointing out the difficulty of resolving problems with the region without the oil and gas law, and this We made 11 amendments to the law and it never reached Parliament.

Al-Shibli stressed that although Parliament asked the government to send important laws and the government sent many projects; But it did not send this law, noting that the amendments are only with the government and reach readings, the project is withdrawn, technical committees are formed between the region and the center, and the situation remains as it is.

Experts: Dependence On Oil Revenues Must Be Stopped

Economical  03/13/2024   Baghdad: the mainstay of the emirate  Economic affairs specialists urged the government to revitalize the policy and plans to diversify the economy and move it away from unilateral dependence on oil exports. They indicated that following this policy contributes to creating job opportunities that accommodate unemployed workers, activating the private sector, and attracting foreign investment.

During the past period, Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani asked all ministries to submit monthly reports on the revenues generated by each ministry in order to study them and develop the necessary plans to raise them in order to gradually reduce dependence on oil revenues. According to the government’s plans, the financial reforms aim to liberate the economy from sole dependence on oil. And creating real job opportunities  And revitalizing the private sector.

Financial Advisor Dr. Mazhar Muhammad Salih recently identified two directions for the essential features drawn up by the government curriculum in the scope of confronting the unilateralism of the economy and the almost absolute dominance of oil over the management of economic life in the country. The second direction is to spread the effective role of development funds financed by oil revenues.

Academic and economic researcher Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Issawi, speaking to Al-Sabah, believes that economic diversification contributes to attracting direct foreign and local investments, as the diversification policy plays a major role in making the non-major sectors of the economy contribute to increasing the gross domestic product by large percentages of up to 50 percent.

He continued that following this policy requires an appropriate environment through legislation and laws that facilitate the entry process for investors, and thus protect the national economy from external shocks, as this importance is particularly evident in oil-producing developing countries whose main incomes depend on oil prices in global markets according to the supply mechanism. The demand is in addition to a group of political and natural factors.

Al-Issawi stated that the economic diversification policy also contributes to supporting the agricultural sector and achieving development, and aims to support the prices of agricultural products that are used as raw materials for some important industries such as the textile, sugar and vegetable oil industries. And the canning industry.

In turn, the Dean of the Faculty of Business Economics at Al-Nahrain University, Dr. Nagham Hussein, told Al-Sabah: The policy of economic diversification contributes to confronting fluctuations in oil prices and export earnings that affect the rate of current spending of the general budget, and thus reflects negatively on the level of gross domestic product growth.

She added that the economic diversification policy also works to develop integration and links between different sectors, calling at the same time to adopt concrete measures to support the tourism sector and increase investment in tourism projects, taking into account the fight against corruption by creating a safe environment for investment and preventing illegal acquisition of contracts. And projects  investment.    Edited by: Ali Mowafaq

Stability Of Exchange Rates On Local Stock Exchanges…This List

Money  and business  Economy News – Baghdad  The dollar exchange rates stabilized on Iraqi stock exchanges during Tuesday’s trading.

The exchange rates on the Al-Kifah and Al-Harithiya stock exchanges reached 150,400 dinars for every 100 dollars, while in Basra they fell slightly to reach 150,350 dinars.

In the governorates of the Kurdistan Region, exchange rates reached 150.450 per hundred dollars.

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Provoking Points to Ponder on Decisions

No one knows what he can to do until he tries.  – Publilius Syrus

Of all paths a man could strike into, there is, at any given moment, a best path which, here and now, it were of all things wisest for him to do. To find this path, and walk in it, is the one thing needful for him. – Thomas Carlyle

Decisions, particularly important ones, have always made me sleepy, perhaps because I know that I will have to make them by instinct, and thinking things out is only what other people tell me I should do. – Lillian Hellman

After a battle is over people talk a lot about how decisions were methodically reached, but actually there’s always a hell of a lot of groping around.  – Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher

No question is ever settled until it is settled right.  – Ella Wheeler Wilcox