Al-Sudani: 2024 will be the year of achievements and the opening of projects


Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani confirmed today, Saturday, that 2024 will be the year of achievements and the opening of various projects.

Al-Sudani said during the inauguration of the Freedom Bridge, “The Freedom Pedestrian Bridge is the first of its kind on the Tigris River,” praising “the efforts of workers in the companies of the Ministry of Construction, Housing and Water Resources, the Municipality of Baghdad, and other supporting bodies.”

The Prime Minister added, “The bridge was implemented despite the delays and will facilitate the movement of visitors and citizens in general.”

He added, “The bridge was given the name Freedom, due to important considerations and connotations for this region, whose direct communication across the two banks was prevented by the former regime, especially on days of visits.”

Al-Sudani confirmed, “Soon there will be additional services in this area, to complement the origin of this project according to the design prepared by the Ministry, making it a service, entertainment, and tourism facility worthy of the Kadhimiya area, and all areas of the capital, Baghdad.”  LINK



Banks await the arrival of dollar shipments

12/20/2023  Baghdad: Shukran Al-Fatlawi

Iraq is awaiting dollar shipments imported by government and private banks after the recent agreements between the Central Bank and the American side. It is hoped that they will contribute to curbing and reducing exchange rates in the parallel market.

Although government sales are made at a price of 132 thousand dinars per hundred dollars, prices in the parallel market currently range between 153 thousand and 155 thousand per hundred dollars.

The head of the Association of Private Banks, Wadih Al-Handal, said: “The recent measures of the Central Bank of Iraq and the government, with regard to facilitating trade financing using new currencies, represented by the euro, the dirham, the Chinese yuan, and the Indian rupee, are a step that contributes to reducing the exchange rate of the dollar in the parallel market,” noting that “

The regulation of trade financing carried out by the government and the central bank through the entry of other goods into the platform will lead to an increase in trade financing.”

He confirmed in a statement to “Al-Sabah” that “private banks are taking great steps in expanding international relations with international banks, which facilitates the financing of Iraqi trade with countries around the world,” explaining that “the Prime Minister’s great support for the private sector is considered the beginning of reforming the Iraqi economy.”

Especially since the private sector is an important partner for the government, in providing services and jobs and reducing poverty.”

For his part, economic expert Dr. Mustafa Hantoush explained to “Al-Sabah”: The Central Bank used Instructions No. 4 of 2011 regarding the import of currency by banks licensed in the country that have the right to carry out this process to enhance capital
or for the purposes of addressing monetary crises.

He added that the US Federal Bank had earlier reduced the dollar payments that were delivered to the Central Bank due to money laundering and the seizure of the dollar by some countries close to Iraq, but the Central Bank agreed with the US Treasury on a successful and correct step to support local banks by establishing relationships with foreign banks.

And the gradual transition of operations to enhance the balance of its accounts, which is consistent with what the bank previously announced in its plan to gradually reduce dependence on the electronic platform until it ends its work next year.
Hantoush stated that there are banking transactions and deposits received in dollars, and related operations were carried out in dinars with the approval of the Central Bank, because the depositor requests dollars or transfers coming from abroad that are deposited in bank accounts, and there is no payment in dollars except in dinars, which requires strengthening capital, (A NEW EXCHANGE RATE WITH VALUE -F26)   and according to this process, the Central Bank Al-Iraqi agreed with the US Treasury on a successful step in this regard. (#1 TOLD AKI & WS, & THEN WE TOLD YOU, FAMILY -F26)

He continued that the American side deals as a merchant, concerned with the issue of profit, by imposing a reduction in the supply of the dollar, but on the other hand, when it sees its banks and companies making a profit, it agrees to most of the procedures, and it is a theory that it follows in managing the world economically.

It is noteworthy that a government source revealed that government and private banks imported $255 million within two weeks, and that a number of other requests to import the dollar are on their way to being audited and implemented, with other amounts expected to arrive within the next few days.

In turn, Imad Al-Muhammadawi, who is interested in economic affairs, told Al-Sabah: The steps taken by the Central Bank, represented by approaching banks to finance small merchants from Turkey in the euro, are extremely important as it reduces the burden and crises of using the dollar in commercial transactions.   LINK



Frank26  The dollar is slowly going down in value inside of Iraq.  The Iraqi citizens are removing the dollar from their lives whether it be usage in commercial transactions, business, at the markets.  By doing that they’re using their currency the way they were told to do.  That action is causing the dollar to lose ground and the Iraqi dinar to gain ground.

Militia Man  What I’ve always said is it makes more sense for Iraq to have a managed float which is effectively a fixed exchange rate…1 to 1 or 2 to 1, 3 to 1, 4 to 1 whatever they decide to do it makes it easier the higher that exchange rate is to defend…Having a…3 years budget keeps it stable…pricing stays stable.  Anybody that says it’s going to float to from a relatively low range to a high range over time they don’t understand.  Article quote:  “The exchange rate will be fixed especially since it’s been fixed in the federal budget law for 3 years says Saleh…”  This is coming from the advisor.  Don’t talk about float.  It just doesn’t make sense to anybody.

2024 Will Change Everything – 5 Economic Earthquakes To Watch

Sean Foo:  12-24-2023

2023 was economic hell, but the pain might get even worse in 2024. We will be in a year of high uncertainty as major economic and geopolitical moves loom ahead. From the rise of BRICS, China’s further de-dollarization to the Fed’s rate cuts, here’s what you must know!

Timestamps & Chapters:

0:00 2024 Is About To Get Crazier

1:33 BRICS Will Expand

4:09 Ukraine Funding Drying Up

6:28 Russian Reserves Confiscation

8:35 China’s De-Dollarization Gameplan

10:39 Fed Rate Cut Shock

14:03 Huge Risks Coming


$131 BILLION In Fed’s Emergency Lending Facility Used For Profit By Big Banks

Lena Petrova:  12-24-2023