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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty The Corona virus pandemic leads to an increase in public debt worldwide

Post by claud39 on Sat May 16, 2020 9:32 am

The Corona virus pandemic leads to an increase in public debt worldwide




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Dr.. Muhannad Talib Al-Hamdi *



Do high levels of public debt reduce economic growth? Many economists asked this question after the financial crisis of 2007-2009, when bank bailouts and fiscal stimulus programs raised ratios of public debt to GDP in developed countries. In 2010, two Harvard economists, Professors Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff, came up with an eye-catching answer. 

The two professors looked at the data of 44 countries over two centuries and found that economic growth fell by almost half when public debt exceeded 90% of GDP. The findings of the researchers were referred to by several finance ministers in different countries as a justification for adopting austerity policies after 2010, although it was found that the results were marred by a little bit of amplification due to a technical error in the spreadsheet. Mrs. Reinhart and Mr. Rogoff stick to their claims that high debt reduces growth.

Many historians suggest that policymakers should not become concerned about high levels of public debt in some advanced economies. For example, the ratio of public debt to GDP in Britain is expected to rise from 84% last March to more than 100% at the end of this fiscal year. This is high in modern standards, but it is not without precedent. By the end of the Napoleonic Wars, in 1815, the British national debt amounted to nearly 200% of its GDP. 

The proportion decreased to 25% by 1914. After the Second World War the figure in the United Kingdom reached 259% and in the United States it was 112%. After short recessions after the Second World War, and as arms production declined, the two countries enjoyed periods of strong economic growth. Countries manage to reduce their debt burden over time.

This pattern is in line with the findings of the International Monetary Fund research which indicates, in the long run, that the trend of the ratio of public debt to GDP, and not the level of debt itself, is more important to economic growth. 

The results of other research published after Professor Reinhardt and Rogoff's research showed results similar to if not similar to those of Mrs. Reinhart and Mr. Rogoff, that the growth in per capita GDP is slower in countries where the debt-to-GDP ratio is more than 90%, if The data were considered year after year. However, a study of data on average levels of public debt over 15 years indicates that there is less convincing evidence that countries with debts greater than 90% of GDP are growing more slowly.

 Even countries with more than 200% debt ratios, such as the United Kingdom after World War II, have experienced robust growth in the medium term. Instead, IMF research has found that countries with a high ratio of public debt are experiencing slower growth than those with a low ratio, even if their repayable loans are already very high. This may be because the large underlying deficit (i.e. excluding the cost of interest payments) makes these countries more vulnerable to the credit crunch in periods of economic hardship.

How can countries reduce public debt ratios to GDP in the long run, as the United States and the United Kingdom have done in the past? The question of the repetition of the post-WWII experience may seem doubtful. About 70% of the decrease in the ratio of public debt to GDP in the United Kingdom between 1946 and 2008 was due to inflation. 

This worked because it was paired with "financial repression", a regulatory system, that made people unwillingly and indirectly, by using tools such as capital controls and credit rationing, to lend governments artificially low interest rates at the time that they Inflation erodes the true value of public debt. But this is an increasingly unavailable course of action for modern policy makers.

In the long run, governments may rely on economic growth, or more precisely, growth rates that exceed interest rates to reduce public debt to GDP ratios. This will be similar to what happened in Britain after the Napoleonic Wars. Britain did not inflate its debt or run budget surpluses to pay it off (a large portion of the debt was issued in the form of sustainable bonds that were finally paid off in 2015 only). Instead, the combined effect of real economic growth reduced the debt burden.

 As John Ramsay McCulloch, a Scottish economist, pointed out in 1845, “The tremendous inventions and discoveries by John Watt, Richard Arkwright, Samuel Crompton, Josiah Wedgwood and others have proven that all expectations of those who anticipated the ruin of the country and their bankruptcy failed due to the rapid increase of public debt.”

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Post by claud39 on Sun May 17, 2020 9:55 am

Corona Fund in the era of Corona .. loans, grants and new tools


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With the initial signs left by the Corona health crisis regarding pressures on economies around the world, the IMF has indicated its willingness to provide assistance to member states.

The International Fund has made it possible to fully lend to member countries facing urgent funding needs arising from the public health crisis "Covid 19" in addition to proposing new initiatives and scenarios to help the poorest members.

This comes in the context of the belief that the 189-member IMF believes that the global health crisis "Corona" can have adverse repercussions for economies, and that part of its job is to assist countries by providing policy advice and lending.

The Director General of the International Monetary Fund, Cristalina Georgievia, believes that we are facing an exceptional state of uncertainty regarding the depth and duration of this crisis, with the assurance that the world expects to experience the worst economic repercussions since the Great Depression.
 

What about the response?

The IMF, created in 1945, has many tools and facilities in its toolkit to help countries respond to the economic impact of the Corona virus.

The Fund's Executive Board decided to exempt 25 of these poor and most vulnerable countries from the effects of Corona from paying debt service payments.

From the start of the crisis until mid-April, the International Fund - which has a lending capacity of 1 trillion dollars to member countries - has received emergency funding requests from 100 countries.

 
Cooperation in crisis?

And in times of crisis, everyone is united, and this is what has already happened among international institutions, as the International Fund works closely with development partners - the World Bank, the World Health Organization and the Asian Development Bank - and other health officials to provide timely policy advice as well as technical assistance and financial support .

The IMF works to encourage global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, support high levels of employment, sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty worldwide.

 
Emergency financing position

According to the data available on the website of the International Fund, the total emergency financing amounted to approximately $ 20.457 billion as of May 11, granted to 52 countries with the difference in the value of the zero-interest loan from one country to another.

Egypt was the latest country to obtain emergency financing from the IMF on May 11, when it borrowed 2.772 billion dollars.

Whereas, the Kyrgyz Republic was the first country to obtain a loan from the Fund in the context of emergency financing, on the 26th of last March, with a value of $ 80.6 million and $ 40.3 million through two different instruments.

In contrast, 26 countries received debt relief grants from the IMF amounting to $ 229.31 million in April and May so far.

 
What about the box kit?

First: Emergency financing, through the Rapid Credit Facility (RCV) and the Rapid Financing Tool (RFI), where emergency financial assistance is provided to Member States without the need for full programs.
Second: Increasing the current lending programs, as the International Monetary Fund can adjust its current programs according to the need to support countries to meet the new urgent needs arising from the Corona virus.

Third: Debt Relief Grants. The CRT allows the Fund to provide debt relief grants to the poorest and most vulnerable countries amid commitments to help in disaster treatment.

The director of the IMF stated that they are currently working with donors to increase the value of this fund to 1.4 billion dollars.

Fourth: a new financing arrangement, where the International Monetary Fund can provide support through a new financing arrangement within the framework of existing facilities such as standby arrangements.
 
New tools?

Due to the fallout from Corona, the International Monetary Fund has created a new tool to help in the current health crisis known as the "short-term liquidity line".

This tool provides a reliable and renewable credit line unconditionally retroactively, and it follows the same efficiency standards in another cash instrument instrument known as a flexible credit line.







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Post by claud39 on Sun May 17, 2020 9:58 am

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The Federal Financial Supervision Bureau, in cooperation with the Baghdad Health Ministry / Al-Karkh and in coordination with the Health Center in Salhiya, carried out a field examination procedure for symptoms of Corona virus disease for some employees in the Diwan after the emergence of one injury for one of the employees working at the Diwan headquarters, where the results of the tests showed (26) people who touched It has a negative (that is, they do not carry the virus), praise be to God. 




It also included conducting a laboratory examination on both the Chief of Staff and two of the General Director of the Bureau and the results were also negative, he should call upon our honorable employees not to be present in the building of the daily office Monday and Tuesday corresponding (18/5) 5/3) Until you notice another post next Tuesday, God willing, we wish everyone good health and wellness.




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Subsequent to our uncles dated 1/5/5, the Crisis Cell in the Cabinet decided to continue the lack of staff presence at the Diwan headquarters on Wednesday and Thursday corresponding to 5/6/5 except for the general managers, assistant general managers, experts, directors of departments and coordination.

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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty THE ARAB MONETARY FUND LAUNCHES THE THIRTEENTH ISSUE OF A POLICY BRIEF ON "THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE EMERGING CORONA VIRUS CRISIS ON THE AVIATION SECTOR IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES AND POLICIES TO SUPPORT RECOVERY"

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THE ARAB MONETARY FUND LAUNCHES THE THIRTEENTH ISSUE OF A POLICY BRIEF ON "THE IMPLICATIONS OF THE EMERGING CORONA VIRUS CRISIS ON THE AVIATION SECTOR IN THE ARAB COUNTRIES AND POLICIES TO SUPPORT RECOVERY"
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The Arab Monetary Fund publishes the thirteenth issue of a series

Policy Brief on

Repercussions of the corona virus , the emerging crisis on the aviation sector in the Arab countries and policies to support the recovery "

 

The International Civil Aviation Organization expects a drop in the number of air travelers by 1.5 billion passengers, and a loss of revenues of $ 273 billion, according to the pessimistic hypothesis of the impact of the Corona virus on the global aviation sector




Arab airlines face economic challenges that require government support

The flight recovery journey will be long in light of the expected reluctance to travel, the expected rise in the cost of aviation, and the gradual consolidation of work culture and distance training.




Encouraging restructuring and merger, rationalizing expenditures, and seizing opportunities for digital transformation are essential policies to support the recovery of the Arab aviation sector in the medium term




As part of its keenness to develop its research activities, the Arab Monetary Fund issued the thirteenth issue of a series of policy briefs on "The implications of the emerging corona virus on the aviation sector in Arab countries and policies to support recovery". The summary indicated that the output of the global aviation sector is about 2.7 trillion dollars, equivalent to about 3.6 per cent of global GDP. The sector also contributes to creating 65.5 million jobs worldwide, whether directly or indirectly. On the other hand, the aviation sector supports international trade, transporting goods valued at about $ 6.0 trillion annually.



In turn, air transport in the Middle East region, which includes the Arab countries, provides about 2.4 million direct and indirect jobs, representing about 3.3 percent of the total employment in the region. In addition, the aviation industry in the region contributes about $ 130 billion to economic activity, equivalent to about 4.4 percent of the region's total gross product.



The aviation sector was greatly affected by the Covid-19 virus crisis in light of the rapid spread of the epidemic, the declaration of a state of emergency in many countries to confront it, and the imposition of total or partial closings in most countries of the world, which forced airlines around the world to suspend or reduce the number of flights Significantly, especially with regard to passenger transport flights, which threatens to bankruptcy 85 per cent of airlines, unless they get emergency government support. In this context, the estimates of the International Air Transport Association show the need of international airlines for direct aid worth more than 200 billion dollars to face the repercussions of the spread of the emerging Corona virus.



The summary clarified that the expectations of the International Civil Aviation Organization indicate that air transport traffic decreased by 72 percent in 2020, the number of passengers transported by air decreased by 1540 million passengers, and aviation revenues by about 273 billion US dollars, according to a pessimistic assumption of the economic repercussions of the virus.



At the level of the Arab countries, it is expected that the number of passengers will decrease to nine Arab countries in which the aviation sectors play a prominent role by about 114 million passengers in 2020, including the expected decrease in the numbers of travelers in three countries, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, about 70 in One hundred percent of the total expected decrease in passenger numbers at the level of Arab countries. The spread of the virus is also expected to lead to an expected decrease in the numbers of jobs in the aviation sector in these countries by about one million jobs, a decrease in the sector's revenues by about 23 billion dollars, and a decrease in its contribution to the gross domestic product by about 60 billion dollars in 2020.



With regard to the future of the aviation sector, it is expected to witness profound challenges at the international and regional levels even after the end of the Corona crisis, especially with regard to air passenger transport in light of the many economic consequences resulting from the spread of the virus as well as the unprecedented transformations that the sector is expected to witness in In light of the reluctance of travelers to travel for a period of at least a year, and the decrease in the demand for aviation in light of the entrenched "culture of work and distance training". 



As well as the challenges associated with transitions digital both in terms of Automates bookings, and ending the rise of operations travelers electronically aircraft, and the implementation of handling special bags and cargo business through robots, air cargo for some goods through unmanned aircraft ( Drones ), which will reflect negatively on the business models Traditional airlines.



Accordingly, the summary indicated that the flight of the Arab aviation sector from the repercussions of the emerging crisis of the Corona virus is likely to be difficult and may require at least three years. In this context, it is important that policies to support the sector's recovery in the medium term in the Arab countries focus on ensuring the provision of the necessary credit and supporting the liquidity of airlines, and reducing the financial burden on airlines, whether by postponing the payment of taxes or loan installments, and stimulating restructuring and rationalization of expenditures Integration, encouraging economic and domestic aviation, and seizing the opportunities presented by digital transitions.
 

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Post by claud39 on Fri May 22, 2020 9:46 am

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Baghdad, 21 May 2020 – Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, people have been experiencing varying degrees of fear, concern, anxiety and stress which requires psychological support to enable them to cope better with the challenges they are facing.


In Iraq, WHO identified groups in need of psychological care, with a special focus on women, and addressed their needs through a series of online training sessions on psychological first aid and how to address stigma and discrimination.

In April this year, remote psychological first aid training was provided to more than 100 participants from several organizations working in the field of mental health and psychosocial support. The training introduced the principles of providing psychological care using phones or social media outlets.

Participants were coached to deal with stigma and shame suffered by people who have contracted COVID-19. They shared observations of negative behaviours and attitudes seen as directly contributing to negative health outcomes and difficulties in accessing information on the disease in pandemic-affected locations.

One of the training participants commented: “My neighbour refused to allow his 68-year-old mother to go to the isolation facility because of stigma. It is hard for a man in Iraq to allow his mother, wife, daughter or his sister to be taken for quarantine or isolation outside the family home; community traditions and social norms don’t allow it.”

Other participants spoke about how people infected with COVID-19 experience severe stress due to isolation from the family, neighbours, relatives and community.

“Stigma in some areas is cultural or grounded in social beliefs around the shame of getting a communicable disease,” another participant from Mosul commented. “I think a lot of people don’t understand that we all are vulnerable to COVID-19; acquiring the disease can happen to anyone and we need to focus on raising awareness and educating ourselves on preventive measures, the top of which is social distancing and hand hygiene. There is no shame in going into quarantine or staying away from family and friends if you are sick.”

Participants were also made aware of the important role they play in convincing the populations they serve to report suspected COVID-19 cases and encouraging them to maintain a proper and healthy lifestyle, including adopting appropriate breathing, talking, eating and body hygiene protocols.

“People with COVID-19 have to a certain level been negatively associated with stigma and discrimination worldwide,” said Dr Adham R. Ismail, WHO Representative in Iraq. “WHO and the Ministry of Health and Environment jointly confirm that all people regardless of race, social status or ethnic background are vulnerable to the disease if protective measures are not properly followed.” “WHO and health authorities recognize the importance of addressing the health needs of those in need and continue providing specialized services to help them feel calm and able to maintain normal life activities in this difficult time,” concluded Dr Ismail.



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NEW YORK, 21 MAY 2020—Today the United Nations is launching ‘Verified’, an initiative to combat the growing scourge of COVID-19 misinformation by increasing the volume and reach of trusted, accurate information.

“We cannot cede our virtual spaces to those who traffic in lies, fear and hate,” said UN Secretary-General,
António Guterres, who announced the initiative. “Misinformation spreads online, in messaging apps and person
to person. Its creators use savvy production and distribution methods. To counter it, scientists and institutions
like the United Nations need to reach people with accurate information they can trust.”

Verified, led by the UN Department for Global Communications (DGC), will provide information around three
themes: science – to save lives; solidarity – to promote local and global cooperation; and solutions – to advocate
for support to impacted populations. It will also promote recovery packages that tackle the climate crisis and
address the root causes of poverty, inequality and hunger.

The initiative is calling on people around the world to sign up to become “information volunteers” to share trusted
content to keep their families and communities safe and connected. Described as digital first responders, the
volunteers will receive a daily feed of verified content optimized for social sharing with simple, compelling messaging
that either directly counters misinformation or fills an information void.

DGC will partner with UN agencies and UN country teams, influencers, civil society, business and media organizations
to distribute trusted, accurate content and work with social media platforms to root out hate and harmful
assertions about COVID-19.

“In many countries the misinformation surging across digital channels is impeding the public health response
and stirring unrest. There are disturbing efforts to exploit the crisis to advance nativism or to target minority
groups, which could worsen as the strain on societies grows and the economic and social fallout kicks in,”
Melissa Fleming, UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications, said. “The Verified initiative will also
work to address this trend with hopeful content that celebrates local acts of humanity, the contributions of refugees
and migrants, and makes the case for global cooperation.”

The initiative is a collaboration with Purpose, one of the world’s leading social mobilization organizations. It is
supported by the IKEA Foundation and Luminate.

Patricia Atkinson, the IKEA Foundation’s Chief Programmes Officer, said: “The COVID-19 pandemic is an unprecedented
global health crisis. The IKEA Foundation is proud to be supporting Verified -- an initiative aiming to
make sure everyone has access to the trusted science and advice they need to keep their family and loved ones
safe.”

Nishant Lalwani, Managing Director of Luminate, added: “COVID-19 has provided a stark reminder that access to
accurate, trusted information can be the difference between fear and resilience, division and unity, and even life
and death. We are proud to be supporting Verified and its work to tackle the coronavirus ‘infodemic’ by rapidly
spreading reliable, science-based information to protect people and communities around the world.”



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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty The Governmental Media Cell: National institutions continue their preventive campaigns against the Corona virus in Freedom City

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The Governmental Media Cell: National institutions continue their preventive campaigns against the Corona virus in Freedom City



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The government media cell confirmed today, Friday, the launch of a new campaign for national institutions to limit the spread of Corona virus emerging in the city of Al-Hurriya, next to Al-Karkh from the capital Baghdad .




The cell added that this comes as a continuation of the awareness and prevention plan set to confront the new Corona Virus pandemic, in the areas identified by the Ministry of Health and covered by the regional embargo, after it was found that the number of infected people increased and announced by the crisis cell earlier .




The government media cell indicated that the campaign carried out by the Ministry of Health and the support authorities includes (150) health teams for the purpose of conducting field medical examinations and sampling from their suspects, in addition to the actions of the supporting authorities, which include:  (launching sirens, calls and educational guidance through amplifiers Sound, dusting streets and neighborhoods).




The Ministry of Health expects that the results of the regional embargo will become clear in the coming days, by knowing the extent of commitment of citizens and the concerned authorities to prevention and embargo measures .




It is reported that the ministries (Health, Defense, Interior, Industry, and Agriculture, with the participation of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Baghdad Operations Command, Psychological Operations, the Baghdad Municipality, and the Iraqi Media Network), launched a similar campaign yesterday, Thursday, in Sadr City .

 

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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty The Minister of Planning appreciates the role of medical staff, security forces, and media institutions in facing the Corona pandemic

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The Minister of Planning appreciates the role of medical staff, security forces, and media institutions in facing the Corona pandemic


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The Minister of Planning, Prof. Dr. Khaled Battal Al-Najim, today, Wednesday, valued the role of medical staff, security forces, and Iraqi media institutions for their exceptional efforts, continuing day and night, to protect citizens from the threat of the Corona pandemic.

The Minister said, in a message in which he saluted the medical and health staffs, the security forces, journalists and the media, appreciating their great role in this battle, "The efforts that the heroes, affiliates of the Ministry of Health, our security forces, and the media family, offer from the great efforts, which had a great role. In limiting the spread of the epidemic, it deserves appreciation and praise from us, "stressing the Ministry of Planning's endeavor to support these efforts, and to enable medical, security and media personnel to perform their tasks in the best way to spread health and safety, awareness among people, and to establish a new stage of proper development building In Iraq, they called on all citizens to abide by the instructions, medical guidelines, and health bans, with the aim of preserving

For their safety, and in what contributes to enabling medical institutions to carry out their tasks in a manner commensurate with the level of severity of the current stage, indicating that this commitment will increase the chances of victory over the epidemic, and return to normalcy.



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Baghdad, Iraq, 28 May 2020: Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, The World Health Organization (WHO) focused on fighting the pandemic with every tool at disposal to save lives and support many world countries with limited COVID 19 response capacity, including Iraq.

WHO and the Iraqi health authorities have proactively coordinated a comprehensive response to the pandemic as early as January 2020. The Organization scaled up the country’s readiness and response operations mechanism as well as the pandemic preparedness plan of action.

Several important actions- on both the Central and Regional ministries of health- were taken in coordination with WHO before the reporting of the first case in the country on 24 February. These actions included enhancing coordination and planning amongst all stakeholders and partners at national and international levels; communicate with communities about the risks and how they can protect themselves; and find, isolate, test, trace every contact, and treat every case.

A joint technical team from WHO Regional Office and HQ arrived Iraq on 9 March to assess the capacity of the Iraqi Ministry of Health and health facilities on disease detection, identification, and case management. The team provided guidance to fill the gaps in the priority order and assisted in improving the health measures taken by the government. Designated hospitals were accordingly prepared to respond to a potential spike in cases with a focus on protecting and training health workers on a variety of associated topics like infection prevention and case management.

“The Government of Iraq, with the full support of WHO, mobilized resources at an early stage of the pandemic to contain its transmission. National, regional and local authorities implemented strong measures to reduce the number of cases and suppress the rapid spread of the virus. These early preventive actions contributed to extending and delaying the epidemiological curve, resulting in comparatively fewer documented cases compared to neighbouring countries,” said Dr. Adham R. Ismail, WHO Representative in Iraq.

WHO support to the national health authorities extended to include active surveillance, situation assessment and analysis, and awareness-raising sessions targeting first-line staff in border points and country airports.

Rapid response teams were also mobilized to carry out country-wide awareness and contact tracing and testing activities including the dissemination of hundreds of thousands of infection prevention and control messages and guidelines.

Case management and continuity of essential services in addition to logistics, procurement, and supply management, on the other hand, were among the priority areas WHO and ministries of health on both the Central and Regional level closely coordinated at an early stage of the response.

The Organization, furthermore, lead a series of activities encouraging the adherence to the lockdown and avoidance of any mass gatherings that could destabilize the numbers of cases and eventually lift the Epi Curve.

 In this endeavour, WHO Iraq visited the religious Supreme Seminary in Najaf and recommended to postpone the religious gatherings. “WHO commends the stance of the Supreme Seminary in support of WHO and MOH recommendations and thanks its positive response to encourage the Iraqi people to follow health preventive measures and recommendations,” added Dr. Ismail.

The provision of lab services was also promoted. Direct cooperation between WHO and the Covid-19 Crisis Cell of Basra University succeeded in April 2020 in producing urgently-needed laboratory supplies to speed up the testing of suspected cases. This significant achievement was later copied by other region countries.

On the 20th of May of this year, Heads of Government from around the world beamed into the World Health Assembly (WHA) to discuss lessons, challenges and collective next steps to tackle the pandemic. The Assembly productively concluded with a landmark resolution underlining WHO’s key role in promoting access to safe and effective health technologies to fight the pandemic.

“The resolution sets out a clear roadmap of the critical activities and actions that must be taken to sustain and accelerate the response at the national and international levels,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom. “The resolution assigns responsibilities for both the WHO and its member states and captures the comprehensive whole of government and whole of society approach we have been calling for since the beginning of the outbreak. If implemented, this would ensure a more coherent, coordinated, and fairer response that saves both lives and livelihoods.” The DG concluded.

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For more information, please contact:
- Ajyal Sultany, WHO Communications Officer, sultanya@who.int, +964 7740 892 878


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Wednesday, 27 May 2020 

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Baghdad, 27 May 2020 – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) applauds the Iraqi government’s leadership and decisive response to the COVID-19 outbreak at a time when it is also confronting separate crises, including social unrest and an unprecedented economic downturn.

The UN commends the determination shown by local, regional and national authorities to contain the virus, as well as the success of the early and sustained measures that were adopted with strong support from communities. It nevertheless warns that each and every person plays a critical role in facing the ongoing second wave of infections observed across many governorates.


Recalling her recent statement to the UN Security Council, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert stressed that “no amount of government response can succeed without the active involvement of the entire population”. She added “Despite the high hardship imposed by these measures, we know that they represent our best hope of getting back on our feet as soon as possible”.

The entire United Nations family, with the World Health Organization (WHO) in the lead, is providing critical assistance to Iraq to face the pandemic, including lab and medical supplies, personal protective equipment, funding and technical advice. “Iraqis can continue to count on the steadfast support of the United Nations during their time of need. The ultimate responsibility lies with individuals, who must play their part by following the instructions of the health authorities to protect themselves and their families’’, the Special Representative concluded.

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BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomes a donation of US$522,500 from the Government of Switzerland to support the food needs of nearly 24,000 refugees and internally displaced people for one month.


The funds, coming through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, will be used to provide cash assistance to 13,400 Iraqis displaced by the conflict and 10,400 Syrian refugees.

“During the ongoing pandemic, refugees and displaced persons remain among the most vulnerable in Iraq,” said the Ambassador of Switzerland to Iraq Lukas Gasser. “Switzerland continues its long-term partnership with WFP, working together to support displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugee families, to get through this difficult time of heightened need – especially as many affected people remain unable to work.”

Due to increased needs caused by COVID-19, WFP has scaled up its assistance in Iraq reaching a total of 76,000 refugees and 280,000 IDPs.

“WFP expresses its continued gratitude for the steadfast support of the people and Government of Switzerland particularly during this difficult time,” said WFP Representative in Iraq Abdirahman Meygag. “Many IDPs and refugee families had begun to achieve some self-sufficiency in securing their food needs before the pandemic.

 Now many have lost their jobs, among the worst affected are day labourers and seasonal workers.”

In ongoing efforts to mitigate COVID-19, WFP is pioneering cashless payments in camps, so that people can purchase food in a “contactless” manner. This both reduces the need for banknotes, and helps avoid the need for people to leave the camp and move around more than necessary. Meanwhile, WFP and its partners continue awareness sessions on precautionary measures, and will begin emergency livelihoods projects as soon as it is safe, to help affected people to work again and secure their food needs.

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The Higher Committee for Health and National Safety approves the introduction of equipment for the Rumaitha Power Station through the Shalamcheh border port





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The Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety (Combating the Corona Virus Pandemic) agreed on its ninth session, held on 20 May 2020, to approve the entry of materials and equipment affiliated to the Rumaitha Investment Power Station Project, (3000) MW, implemented from (Shamara) Holding Group Limited and contracted with The Ministry of Electricity, through the Shalamjah border outlet .

 

The approval stipulated that the material entry process should be subject to health preventive measures, sterilization and dusting, and that people should not be allowed to enter through the port for any reason, except for materials and equipment .




 The approval of the committee comes as the Rumaitha Power Station project is one of the important strategic projects to supply the national grid with electric power.







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Planning: the launch of the second installment of the emergency grant, subject to the country's health conditions


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The Ministry of Planning confirmed on Sunday that the launch of the second batch of the emergency grant for families affected by the curfew measures depends on the country's health conditions.

"The emergency grant was approved based on a proposal submitted by the Ministry of Planning since the beginning of the Corona crisis," said ministry spokesman Abd al-Zahra al-Hindawi in a statement reported by the official news agency "conscious" and viewed by "Al-Iqtisad News", noting that "the ministry's vision included three axes." The first relates to providing food to citizens, the second is financial support for them, and the third is to address the future repercussions of the crisis.

He added, "The grant was approved by the previous government to be in two installments for two consecutive months, taking into account the health developments and the current conditions of the country," stressing that "in the event of a complete curfew, the second installment can be launched and this matter is up to the government."

The Ministry of Planning announced, earlier, the launch of the emergency batch, the first batch in the form of daily payments to avoid overpopulation, stating that "a technical problem encountered in the process of launching the emergency batch, the first batch was addressed by the relevant authorities."





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Baghdad, Iraq, 31 May 2020 – Approximately 14 million people in Iraq have been reached with critical information related on Covid-19 to increase awareness and combat dangerous misinformation spreading online and offline.

“Technology is playing a key role in bringing people together as we maintain social distancing, but unfortunately it’s also being used to spread misinformation and fake news, fueling anxiety and stigma at a time when we must come together in solidarity against a common enemy,” said Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF’s Representative in Iraq.

“Alongside our partners, we are combating misinformation and communicating on multiple channels and in multiple languages to ensure parents, young people and children have the correct and necessary information to care for themselves and their loved one,“ she added.

UNICEF has partnered with telecommunication companies like Korek Telecom, Zain and Asia Cell to provide people with reliable information on prevention, as well as mental and physical health during the pandemic. Through Korek Telecom, 4 million people have been reached on the U-report chatbot, SMS and Viber.

In the south and center zones, an additional 10 million people have been reached through partnerships with Zain and Asia cell. Messages have been delivered in Arabic and Kurdish.

“We are calling on all Iraqis to be health champions and to fight misinformation in their communities. Every single of us can make a difference— please stay vigilant to keep yourselves safe from the virus and to also guard against misinformation. To learn more about Covid-19, please visit UNICEF and WHO websites,” concluded Lasseko.

In partnership with young volunteers and other organizations, UNICEF is also conducting awareness raising campaigns to reach people in camps and non-camps settings.

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For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit www.unicef.org/iraq

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 The return of commercial truck traffic between Turkey and Iraq after easing the restrictions of Corona




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Turkey announced on Monday that the commercial movement is gradually returning to Iraq, while easing the restrictions imposed by the Corona pandemic.

"The number of commercial trucks that enter from Turkey into Iraq during the last days has reached 1300, after it was 2000 before the Corona pandemic," Turk Turk News Agency reported, quoting the head of the Turkish-Iraqi Labor Council, Amin Taha.

Taha added, "The shipments include food, medicine or various goods and materials used in the construction, textile and other sectors."

He pointed out that "the Corona outbreak has caused great damage to the commercial sector, and the damage will continue in the future, because movement of movement will decrease greatly, and supply and demand as well."

He stated that "the companies of freight transport and logistics will have to play a greater role in the issue of trade exchanges during the current period."







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1 June 2020 - The World Health Organization (WHO) in Iraq is urging Iraqis to follow the instructions of the health authorities to contain the spread of COVID-19 after a rise in infections, stressing that the re-introduction of a complete lockdown in Iraq was a necessary measure in the fight against the virus.

WHO Representative in Iraq, Dr. Adham R. Ismail, reaffirms WHO’s continued support for and cooperation with the health authorities in Baghdad and in the Kurdistan Region to ensure the success of the measures to combat COVID-19. Dr. Ismail calls upon Iraqis across the country to commit to the highest levels of preventive measures and adhere to the lockdown to help the health authorities contain the spread of the virus. He also calls upon the authorities to strictly apply the lockdown measures coupled with intense testing of suspected cases through contact tracing and active surveillance. “These measures can only achieve the desired results with the collaboration of all.”

As of 31 May 2020, Iraq reported 6,439 cases, reflecting an increase in the average daily reports which is due to intensive active surveillance activities conducted by the health authorities to detect COVID-19 cases and ensure the citizens are following the necessary preventive measures and social distancing.


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Baghdad, 1 June 2020 –The Government of Japan has committed US$2.26 million to support the Government of Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq.


The funds will be used to purchase critical medical equipment such as ventilators, as well as assist with socio-economic needs and impact assessments to establish post-COVID-19 recovery strategies for Iraq.

The activities fall under UNDP Iraq’s overall COVID-19 response plan which is administered through the Funding Facility for Stabilization and also includes increasing the testing capacity of laboratories, providing personal protective equipment to healthcare workers, building isolation units for infected patients and promoting social cohesion among communities.

“The emergence of COVID-19 has added yet another layer of crisis upon Iraq’s already-fragile state, crippling its healthcare system, the economy and people’s livelihoods. This is deeply concerning especially for vulnerable communities that inevitably bear the brunt of such shocks,” says UNDP Iraq’s Resident Representative, Zena Ali Ahmad.

“We’re extremely grateful for Japan’s support which is critical to not only ensuring patients receive the necessary medical care quickly and efficiently, but also to help build Iraq’s roadmap for long-term recovery post-COVID-19,” she adds.

The Ambassador of Japan to Iraq, His Excellency Mr. Naofumi Hashimoto stated,
“Given that COVID-19 is raging across the world, it is crucial for the international community to make concerted efforts, and I hope that the Japan’s assistance through UNDP will help fight against COVID-19 and address socio-economic impact.”

“Under such challenging circumstances, I wish to engage in and strengthen a close cooperation with the new Government of Iraq on a wide range of issues,” he added.

Japan is one of UNDP Iraq’s key partners, providing more than $86 million since 2014 for stabilization, community security and livelihood activities.

For further information, please contact:
Fay Daoud, Communication Specialist, United Nations Development Programme Iraq
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Baghdad, Iraq; 2 June 2020 - Every year in Iraq, too many women and children are abused and sexually assaulted by an intimate partner, a family member, a loved one.

Despite the efforts that have been made by the Government, the United Nations Agencies, and the civil society to eliminate gender-based violence, what we have seen in recent times is an escalation in number, the horrific nature of the crime and the depth of the societal wound. In all of these, the anti-domestic violence bill has yet to be enacted.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, reports continue to emerge on the increase of gender-based violence across Iraq with no possibility of sheltering all the women who are being abused due to the absence of a law that protects survivors.

The UN-led coordination group with its partners from the NGOs and the civil society organisations conducted a rapid assessment on the spread of gender-based violence during COVID-19. Data received showed that 94% of the reported incidents during the current pandemic are related to domestic violence. Forty per cent of health service providers indicated an increase in the number of women survivors of violence seeking assistance. 
Furthermore, records have shown that there were more than 123 suicide attempts due to gender-based violence in two months only.

This must stop!

Gender-based violence, and domestic violence, in particular, are unforgivable crimes and are against every human right.

Domestic violence not only harms communities but weakens the foundation of the family and banishes trust among its members. Survivors of gender-based violence, especially the ones physically abused, tend to isolate themselves from people. This isolation often leads to depression, stress, fear, low self-esteem, emotional/psychological problems and even suicide. Not to forget that children who witness domestic violence are at increased risk of anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and poor school performance, among other problems.

On the ground, UNFPA is increasing its sensitisation and awareness-raising interventions; psychosocial support; remote case management, alternative dispute resolution efforts; and community participation to increase awareness and reduce violence.

Despite all the detrimental effects on society and all the actions taken to prevent and respond to gender-based violence, the law has not been enacted yet by the Parliament allowing perpetrators of crimes and abusers to roam free, hurting one person after another.

Enact the law, now; save lives, today.

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The Women Empowerment Department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers publishes the results of the report on measuring the impact of the epidemic crisis on increasing gender-based violence



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In the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers, the Women Empowerment Department issued a special report measuring the impact of the current epidemic crisis on increasing GBV incidents in Iraq, with the participation of the United Nations Population Fund the Unfpa , which adopted sponsorship of monitoring and evaluation .




The work methodology was based on a questionnaire that used Internet technology through the Cubo system to collect data, and the contribution of (36) partners and specialists in providing services for survivors of the cases of violence through (109) service centers divided into (92) fixed centers and (17) teams Moving in (11) governorates, (28) districts, (42) sub-regions throughout the country .




The report categorized gender-based violence in four forms: incidents of domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment of minors, and suicide associated with spousal abuse, attributing the rise to its frequency to eight main factors represented by harmful traditional practices, early marriage, protracted displacement, poverty, and financial resources Ltd., the lack of safety and security, and the prevalence of unbalanced relations between the sexes, as well as the conditions of instability that Iraq witnessed between the years (2014-2017) and the accumulations that preceded it, followed by fears over the present and future of life .




The report adds another parallel factor that has contributed to increased vulnerability to violence. Precautionary government measures to limit the spread of the new Corona epidemic have created difficult life conditions that have prompted families to face emotional and psychological challenges open to exhaustion .




According to the information management system, 98% of the survivors who report incidents of gender-based violence are women; Domestic violence accounts for more than 75%, followed by harmful practices at 10%, and early marriage at 8 %.

According to the report, the governorates of Nineveh, Diyala, Kirkuk and Dohuk recorded the highest numbers of incidents of domestic violence, which is 94% of the incidents that were reported in light of the epidemic crisis .




He added that the governorates of Karbala, Najaf and Babil are in increasing need to provide specialized services for violence; Because these governorates have not been reported cases or suffer from a limited presence of gender-based violence services .




The report revealed that sexual harassment known as the concept of "emotional abuse", and sexual exploitation by strangers amounted to 3% each, noting that according to an overview of the humanitarian need for Iraq for the year 2020 (HNO) , it appeared that approximately (2.9) million Iraqis need To protection services, of whom (1.29) people have been identified, they are at risk of gender-based violence .




The report concluded with results consisting of (8) paragraphs, as well as (4) outputs from other sources and data that indicated an increase in the frequency of domestic violence cases during the Corona pandemic period, followed by a proposed recommendations package presented to the attention of four parties, namely: the government of the Republic of Iraq, the government of Kurdistan Region, donors, partners working in the fight against violence, and humanitarian partners in other sectors, according to the following :

 




First: the report's outputs and results :




.      65% of service delivery points reported an increase or exacerbation of one or more types of gender-based violence in their areas of intervention during the epidemic crisis, and that about 94% of the incidents reported related to domestic violence that are said to have been committed by the husband or Other family members, governorates: Nineveh, Diyala, Kirkuk, and Duhok recorded the highest numbers .




.      (123) suicide attempts related to GBV cases and violence against women and girls have been reported, and these cases have been widely reported in each of the governorates of Nineveh, Diyala and Kirkuk .




.      (62) were reported cases where families denied women and girls access to quarantine or health facilities; Because of social norms or fears of being exposed to the risks of gender-based violence. Most of the reported incidents occurred in the governorates of Nineveh, Diyala, Dohuk, Kirkuk and Erbil .




.      94% of those covered by the target groups mentioned the issue of financial scarcity and lack of resources, including lack or loss of livelihoods or income. 92% of respondents indicated stress resulting from the ban measures, and 73% of the beneficiaries reported that lack of social facilities and networks are the main reasons for the increase in reported domestic violence cases .




.      The results showed that cadres of health care workers, adolescents, minor mothers, and families seen as belonging to extremist groups were among the four groups most at risk and at risk of GBV by 82%, 80%, 73%, and 61%, respectively .




.      The results of the questionnaire showed that there is a scarcity and scarcity of employment support programs, livelihoods, and cash assistance provided for GBV survivors by 64% of the beneficiaries, followed by lack of access to legal aid (53%) and safe havens (43%). ) .




.      Data indicated that a lack of income, harmful social norms, or traditional practices, a lack of health services (including reproductive health), and a lack of safe haven services for survivors of GBV are among the greatest reported risks of GBV .




.      The results of the evaluation regarding the axis of services for survivors of violence showed the following :




a. 87% of service delivery points reported movement restrictions in their areas of intervention at the time of the evaluation under the embargo procedures, and 50% of service providers indicated that they needed to provide important facilitation messages; To facilitate the movement of workers in the field, provide service, and reach survivors under the embargo measures .   

   

B. It was reported that it was difficult to perform services for survivors of violence under a total ban while responding to government measures on the effects of the Corona pandemic .  

  

A- A total decrease in GBV response services was reported by approximately 50% for case management, 60% for psychosocial support, and 50% for awareness raising activities in March and April compared to the planned goals .  

  

E - Delayed referrals have been reported, distribution of the dignity fund package at most of the estimated service points during the closure and curfew .

 




Second: Some outputs from other data sources indicated an increase in the frequency of domestic violence cases during the epidemic period :




.      According to the Iraqi Information Center, the Iraq Information Center (IIC) received more calls that reported incidents of GBV during the closure in March and April (approximately 44% higher than in previous months). Almost all calls related to domestic violence .




.      According to the findings of the Health Cluster Rapid Assessment of Health Services Response to GBV Survivors during the Epidemic Period, 40% of health service providers indicated an increase in the number of women survivors of violence seeking help, and among 40% 17% reported domestic violence It was committed by the partner (husband) or a family member, while harassment (emotional abuse) and sexual exploitation were recorded by strangers at 3% each .




.      In accordance with the findings of the monitoring of NPC protection at the community level in response to the conditions of the Corona crisis, the main protection issues affecting women and girls within the communities evaluated have been highlighted, including as a result of the development of the conditions of the epidemic; Accordingly, trauma, stress, anxiety, lack of safe space and privacy were among the main concerns. It was reported respectively by 62% and 34% of the main informants, as well as it reported 26% of the KIsAmong the major protection concerns is violence or abuse within families / families. Regarding the available services, 44% of the KPIs reported concern about the lack of specialized services for women. With the prevalence of GBV risks and the absence of specialized services in GBV, the vulnerability of women and girls in the societies concerned increases .




.      With regard to service gaps related to gender-based violence; Results of the GBV subgroup analysis showed the progress of the HRP responseFor GBV 2020 and gaps, the response rate is low, i.e. 10% of coverage as of April 2020, and gaps in response have been identified; Due to funding, constraints, and access challenges in the governorates of Anbar, Diyala, Salahuddin and Kirkuk. Although Nineveh Governorate showed sufficient presence of GBV services, several reports from partners highlighted the risks of lack of funding at the end of 2020, in addition to that the news of the regions most affected by 




the Corona epidemic highlighted the increasing needs of GBV services in governorates : Baghdad, Karbala, Babil, and Najaf; Its presence has not been reported, or that there is a limited presence of gender-based violence services .

 




Three, recommendations :

a. Suggested recommendations for the care of the Government of the Republic of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government : 

     

.      Facilitating the task of service providers; To reach survivors of violence by giving messages; To facilitate the movement of cadres movement .




.      Facilitate the access of survivors to service centers in this situation, and support the delivery of services higher for survivors of violence under these conditions .




.      Acceleration, essentially; To approve and implement the Law Against Domestic Violence, in accordance with national frameworks .




.      Strengthening the monitoring and reporting system for government institutions on cases of violence; To reduce these phenomena .




B: Recommendations for donor care :




.      Increase the level of funding for violence reduction programs to fill gaps in GBV response programs .




.      Partners working in the fight against violence .




.      Ensuring the continuity of necessary services during the pandemic period through




 the availability of psychological support, the distribution of dignity funds, the availability of safe havens for victims of violence, and the provision of the necessary medical assistance in accordance with the guiding frameworks for dealing with cases of violence .




.      Enhance the quality of services provided, the promise of safety for survivors priority of best .




.      Increase awareness programs; To reduce the spread of violence, prevent pandemic as well, and avoid risks in dealing with cases in such circumstances .




.      Introduce other new literature and methodologies; To deal with cases of gender-based violence by informing communities, involving them in the response, and facilitating the access of survivors to service centers .




.      Strengthening the situation system and ensuring rapid response and high coordination at the sector level .




.      The availability of the necessary service from the means of communication for the survivors under the circumstances of the embargo .




 C. Humanitarian partners from other sectors should :




.      Incorporating GBV risk reduction strategies into program implementation in line with gender-based violence standards and guidelines .







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The G20 pledges more than $ 21 billion to fight the Coronavirus




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In a statement released early Saturday morning, the G20 countries pledged more than $ 21 billion to combat the Corona virus.

"The Group of Twenty and the invited countries have led global efforts to support the fight against the Corona virus pandemic, which has resulted, to date, in pledges of more than $ 21 billion to support the financing of the World Health Organization," the statement said.

Carissa Etien, director of the World Health Organization, has previously announced that 60% of the organization’s budget consists of US contributions, and that its cancellation would lead to a significant decrease in operations.

US President Donald Trump announced that his country intends to "stop relations with the World Health Organization."

He said: "Because of the World Health Organization's refusal to make the required reforms, the United States intends to channel this money to all countries of the world for urgent health needs."

Washington is one of the largest contributors to the World Health Organization, providing more than $ 400 million in 2019.



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Iraq extends the suspension of flights indefinitely




06/06/2020





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Economy News _ Baghdad

The Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority decided, on Saturday, to extend the suspension of domestic and foreign flights indefinitely, as announced by the Sulaymaniyah International Airport.

A statement from Sulaymaniyah Airport, seen by "Al-Iqtisad News", said that the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority decided to extend the suspension of domestic and foreign flights in all Iraqi airports indefinitely.

The statement added that the decision does not include Red Crescent flights, military flights, health aid, emergency and air cargo planes (Cargo).

It is mentioned that the issuance of this decision by the Iraqi Civil Aviation Authority comes in light of Iraq extending the comprehensive curfew by another week to contain the exacerbation of Corona virus infections.



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Global Health calls on Iraq to stop trade with 4 countries


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The Economy News - Baghdad:



The World Health Organization has called on the Iraqi government to postpone commercial activity with Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey in order to control the spread of the Corona virus.

A representative of the World Health Organization in Iraq, Adham Ismail, said in an interview with the government newspaper Al-Sabah and seen by "Al-Iqtisad News", that there is a second wave of Corona virus sweeping the countries of the world because there is no medicine or vaccine for this disease and may continue until an effective vaccine is found.

He added that the second wave of the pandemic began in a number of neighboring countries such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Turkey, and that some Iraqi governorates were rushed to restore commercial exchange with neighboring countries because of the economic crisis, which led to a significant increase in the number of HIV infections.

Adham called for postponing commercial activity with countries that are experiencing the second wave to control the spread of the virus or putting strict health controls.





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Economy News _ Baghdad



The Malaysian Petronas Operating Company of the Al-Gharaf oil field, in cooperation with the Dhi Qar Oil Company, has equipped Al Hussein (A) Teaching Hospital in the governorate with a number of caravans as quarantine places for suspected cases of HIV infection.

This came within the commitment of Petronas to its responsibility towards the local community in the province, including the participation of health authorities in its campaign to limit the spread of Corona virus.

A statement of the company, which was received by "Al-Iqtisad News", stated that it "implemented a program to equip Al-Rifai Hospital in the north of the province, as it included the hospital's equipment with personal protective equipment, including paws, medical masks and protective suits."

 
The company stated in the statement that "in conjunction with the crisis (COVID 19) and the holy month of Ramadan, about 800 food parcels were distributed to needy families. The program came within a series of annual social contributions programs that the company provides."

 
And she added that "social responsibility programs came from the premise of stimulating economic growth and improving the quality of life of surrounding communities, which is necessary for the sustainability of the company's operations." "These programs reflect the needs, concerns and priorities of local communities, such as:

 
Petronas also continues to provide health assistance as a very important priority.

 
 It is worth noting that it implemented a medical care program at the end of last year in the Fajr district in Dhi Qar Governorate in line with the basic needs of society. Medicinal fumigation.





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[size=36]New contribution from Denmark helps combat COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq[/size]



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Baghdad, 7 June 2020 –The Government of Denmark has committed DKK 6,000,000 (approximately US$870,000) to support the Government of Iraq’s response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq.

The funds have been pledged under UNDP Iraq’s overall COVID-19 response package which is administered under the Funding Facility for Stabilization and includes increasing the testing capacity of laboratories, providing personal protective equipment to healthcare workers, increasing the number of isolation wards, promoting social cohesion, and undertaking assessments to establish post-COVID-19 recovery strategies.

Denmark’s contribution will largely focus on supporting local peace committees – established by UNDP with Denmark’s support in 2018, to promote social cohesion, peace and stability in Iraq post-ISIL – to respond to the pandemic. Funds will also be used to boost the capacity of youth and women’s community groups to address social issues like stigma and discrimination among communities.

In connection with the Danish support, the Danish Foreign Minister, Jeppe Kofod, stated:

“The Danish support for Iraq’s COVID-19 response is a part of our continuous support for peace and stabilization in Iraq. It is very encouraging to see how local community groups are stepping up in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – and I applaud the tremendous work carried out by both UNDP and these community groups, which is essential in our common efforts to curb the spread of the virus”.

“The support of community groups in managing the COVID-19 pandemic has been invaluable,” says UNDP Iraq’s Resident Representative, Zena Ali Ahmad. “Local peace committees, along with community youth and women’s groups, have taken the initiative to protect their own communities from COVID-19 through initiatives such as sterilizing public spaces, providing food baskets for vulnerable families, and setting up mobile health clinics.

“These activities help to curb the spread of the virus but at the same time promote more cohesive communities. We’re grateful to Government of Denmark for this generous contribution and their continued commitment to a peaceful Iraq,” she added.

Denmark is a key partner for UNDP Iraq, providing more than $58 million for stabilization, social cohesion, and security sector reform activities since 2015.

For further information, please contact:

Fay Daoud, Communication Specialist, United Nations Development Programme Iraq
United Nations Compound-D1, International Zone, Baghdad, Iraq
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Wednesday, 10 June 2020



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Baghdad, Iraq, 10 June 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO) in Iraq clarifies the statement made regarding the claim that COVID asymptomatic transmission is very rare.


The claim made on 8 June was referring to a subset of studies and data shared by some Member States, on detailed cluster investigations and contact tracing activities. In those studies, where asymptomatic cases were followed, it was “very rare” to find secondary transmission.



COVID-19 is caused by a new virus and we are still learning about the disease every day. It is important to stress that transmission is driven by symptomatic patients, and most recommendations for social measures are based on transmission from symptomatic patients, including mildly symptomatic cases who are not easy to identify early on.

The current body of evidence available world wide is in support of, and testifies to the correctness and effectiveness of the response measures taken by the Ministry of Health, in coordination with WHO and that finding, isolating, testing every case, and tracing and quarantining every contact remains the cornerstone of the containment operation in the country.

“Measures taken by the health authorities in Iraq were applied in countries around the globe and are critical to observe with the recent flareup in reported cases,” said Dr. Adham R. Ismail, WHO Representative in Iraq.

“Measures such as social distancing; suspension of mass gatherings; movement restrictions; and the closure of institutions like schools, workplaces, and restaurants are still necessary to contain the disease transmission. The pandemic can only be controlled through isolation, rapid testing, treatment, and contact tracing” Dr. Ismail added.

WHO in Iraq calls upon national health authorities to maintain early isolation of all cases and admit positive patients who have mild disease or do not require hospitalization to temporary isolation facilities with IPC measures in place.

WHO in Iraq will continue to work with national health authorities, partners, and local communities to ensure the strict adherence to infection prevention and control protocols.

“Individuals and communities must be updated regularly on the evolution of the outbreak and be given the information they need to protect themselves and their families,” Dr. Ismail concluded

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[size=36]Sida funds UNFPA COVID-19 response with US$ 1.73 M[/size]


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12 June 2020; Baghdad, Iraq - The Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) contributed SEK 16 million (approximately US$ 1.73 million) to UNFPA response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq.

UNFPA launched in May its COVID-19 response plan for Iraq seeking US$ 1.7 million to meet the needs of women and girls across Iraq.

The funds will allow UNFPA to scale up COVID-19 interventions to ensure that women and girls, especially pregnant women and survivors of gender-based violence, including those in quarantine, have timely and safe access to health and protection services.

UNFPA will also provide the Ministry of Health reproductive health supplies, including modern contraceptives and maternal health medicines as well as Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

“I am very pleased to announce the agreement signed today between the Swedish International Development Agency and UNFPA in support of its COVID-19 response plan for Iraq. This contribution of SEK 16 million aims to protect women and girls to safe access to health and protection at a much needed time,” said Mr Lars Ronnås, Ambassador of Sweden to Iraq, during the online signature of the grant today.

“Sweden will support five strategic interventions identified by the UNFPA including to protect pregnant women and survivors of gender-based violence. To ensure equal protection and rights for women is an important part of Sweden’s development cooperation,” he elaborated.

“UNFPA Iraq will continue to engage the community in awareness campaigns and ensure that women and girls have access to life-saving, multi-sectoral services. These activities will help to curb the spread of COVID-19,” commented Dr Oluremi Sogunro, UNFPA Representative to Iraq.

“We are grateful for Sweden’s commitment to women and girls in Iraq through their trust and partnership with UNFPA in Iraq. We have reached thousands of women thanks to this partnership,” he added.

Sida has been a reliable partner to UNFPA during the humanitarian crises in Iraq since 2016 providing more than SEK 140 million to UNFPA humanitarian programmes in Iraq.

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UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, delivers a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled.
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Post by claud39 on Sun Jun 14, 2020 10:11 am

Japan is exploring the limits of economic policy




13/06/2020



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* Dr. Muhannad Talib Al-Hamdi 



Loan guarantees and financial support this year will account for about 40% of GDP.

In the 1990s, Japan seemed to offer a warning story, as an example of how weak macroeconomic management could lead to problems that other governments had long learned to avoid. By the first decade of the 21st century, many economists had warned of these policies. Other countries of the rich world have repeatedly followed the path taken by Japanese leaders in their efforts to push weak growth up, chronically low inflation, and interest rates close to zero. Japan's pioneering experience helped reveal that the limits of extremist politics are much further than economists initially thought. The search for such a path may continue.

 At the end of last May, the Japanese government announced spending plans supposedly to raise total financial support for the economy this year to 40% of GDP. Because these measures include loan guarantees, the budget deficit is likely to be less than half of that. This huge number may drive angry politicians elsewhere for hysteria. But even if he does, Japanese financial extremism shows the limits of what government borrowing can achieve.

The experience of an outbreak of corona in Japan was remarkably light. Despite the increasing age of its population and the number of its elderly people, the prevalence of infections rapidly in the early part of the epidemic, and the reluctance to impose strict closings, the rate of injuries recorded is among the lowest in the rich world: only 134 per million, which is even lower Among the widely described success stories such as South Korea and New Zealand. Japan has begun its fight against the economic effects of the epidemic from a particularly vulnerable position.

 In most countries, the virus has spread shock to the economic boom, but the Japanese economic downturn has started since last year. The government imposed an increase in consumption tax last fall, as part of an attempt to reform the government's finances, followed by a sharp drop in spending. Production contracted at an annual rate of 7.1% in the last quarter of 2019, compared to the previous three months, and by 3.4% in the first quarter of 2020.

Facing these bleak expectations, the Bank of Japan (the Bank of Japan) continued to provide exceptional monetary support. The bank has led efforts to revive the Japanese economy since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in 2012. The bank's policy to control the bond yield curve, introduced in 2016, restricted government bond yields for ten years at 0% ( This idea is receiving some support now in the U.S.) Bonds with longer maturities yield less than 1%. Like many other central banks, the Bank of Japan has provided emergency loans to fragile companies. Moreover, the bank bought 62 trillion yen (or about $ 600 billion) worth of assets, raising its already inflated budget to more than 110% of GDP.

But the most obvious thing is the extent of the financial support. In April, Mr. Shinzo Abe's government unveiled spending and guarantees of 117 trillion yen, or nearly 20% of GDP, in one of the most extreme responses to the spread of the epidemic. Mr. Shinzo Abe may feel the pressure of the people, who have become increasingly frustrated by the government’s handling of the crisis. 

Mr. Shinzo Abe announced another rescue package in late May, about the same size as the first package. As a result, the influx of red Japanese yen notes this year will test the limits of these policies. Japan will issue government bonds approximately 40% of the size of its economy. If all the rest remained the same, borrowing would account for nearly 60% of government revenue in 2020. A third spending program cannot be ruled out.

Markets yawned in response. Stock prices in Japan rose steadily from their lowest levels in March, and they were undoubtedly affected by the large-scale purchases made by the Bank of Japan on the funds traded on the stock exchange, but stock indices also rose in most parts of the rich world. 

Those transactions hardly led to a rise in government bond yields, and the BoJ's maximum return is partly explained. But the pace of the Bank of Japan’s purchase of government bonds has slowed since March and April, to just 5 trillion yen between 20 and 31 May. Yen's position was surprisingly good. For the time being, speculators do not seem to have become concerned about Japan's financial sustainability or the risk of inflation.

Investors' indifference to these borrowings could be a relief to other rich world governments seeking to bring life back to their economies. Since the global financial crisis in 2007-2009, economists have become more comfortable with the idea that large-scale government borrowing is necessary to combat economic weakness. But the sheer scope of debt issuance to respond to the spread of Corona virus runs the risk of deterring some governments from borrowing as they really need. Japan's benign experience must provide some reassurance.

Mr. Abe’s Feet: 

Despite all of this, there is a danger of over-explaining Japan’s leading lessons. Borrowing 40% of GDP, largely implicitly funded through facilities provided by the central bank, could stimulate discussions around the world about the extent to which continued borrowing can be used to finance generous social programs. But despite all the incentives offered, the Japanese economy is moving up with great difficulty. Japan's per capita production rate, in real terms, is not at an exceptional level by the standards of the rich world.

In fact, Japan has been able to borrow a lot, now and in quieter times in the past, because the rest of its economy spends very little. High levels of net savings by households and companies, meaning that the level of savings is higher than the level of investment, is a persistent problem, and it represents forgotten consumption (or people refrain from doing it) and unused economic capacity. Japan's demographics may be partly responsible for this. People near retirement age tend to save more, and this certainly does not encourage companies to make significant investments in the country.

 But companies ’choice in investment also represents a failure in reforms and aspirations: inability to take full advantage of the country’s capabilities and its attractiveness to potential migrants, for example. Japan has shown the rest of the world a path to sustainable policy making. But this does not mean that it deserves to be followed by a single letter. 

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AGAINST CORONA. . THE FEDERAL FINANCIAL SUPERVISION BUREAU ADOPTS AN EXCEPTIONAL BUSINESS PLAN



14/06/2020


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The Federal Financial Supervision Bureau adopted an exceptional plan of action to address the Corona pandemic (Covid 19).


The plan aims to assist financial supervisors in implementing oversight and audits in light of the pandemic and meets the obstacles they face, including responding to audit risks in accordance with the latest publications and best practices of relevant professional and regional organizations.


The plan included identifying three main goals to ensure the success of the Bureau in carrying out its tasks in conducting oversight operations (its three types of financial commitment and performance) during the coming period in a manner commensurate with the repercussions of the pandemic represented by (continuing to conduct audits of high-quality financial statements taking into account flexibility in dealing with the authorities Government with a review of priorities, and evaluation of government measures (at the level of the crisis crisis cell in each governorate) to counter the pandemic and its impact on achieving the goals of sustainable development, as well as strengthening and establishing a sophisticated system of infrastructure and technology for information systems in audits and in supporting the capabilities of the office’s staff), and to ensure Achieving these goals, implementing projects have been formulated, and a statement of the implementation authority is made.


It is mentioned that the drafting of the plan took into consideration several risks that may guide implementation, including the risks of misusing the available funds due to the pandemic and failure to comply with laws, regulations and instructions in light of the implementation of government exceptional procedures.


You can view this plan via the electronic link:


https://www.fbsa.gov.iq/ar/wiki/view/corona-plan


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UN: More than 2 million Iraqis in food insecure


16/06/2020



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[ltr]The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) plans to prepare a "quick action plan" to develop livelihood projects in Iraq to help families find a financial income, while the plan will include more than 300,000 people.[/ltr]


[ltr]"More than two million people are suffering from food insecurity, including the initial needs of the Corona pandemic," said Khansa Ghazi, wfp official at the UN Office for the Central Region in Iraq, in a statement to al-Sabah newspaper, which was briefed by Al-Shorfa.[/ltr]


[ltr]"The World Food Programme ( WFP), in partnership with FAO, the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is assessing the impact of Covid-19 on the food security of vulnerable groups across Iraq and is due to be published very soon," she said.[/ltr]


[ltr]"The WFP has spent $17.6 million in 2020, with 526 tons of food distributed among displaced people in camps and refugees in Camps in Kurdistan, school meals for 322,000 students and food rations distributed among 24,000 families as a household ration for schoolchildren in April," the WFP official said.[/ltr]


[ltr]"Restarting one of anbar's resilience enhancement projects to help people work again, rehabilitating irrigation canals and restoring water to the community and the region, and the resilience enhancement projects are aimed at supporting 70,000 people," she said.[/ltr]


[ltr]"A lot of people have not been able to work because of Cofed-19, especially families who depend on daily income, so wfp plans to develop a "quick action plan" for urban livelihood development projects, once the situation stabilizes to help families earn income again," ghazi said, adding that the plan targets 300,000 people in urban areas and also helps support communities and local economies.[/ltr]


[ltr]"The WFP is providing assistance through monthly cash transfers to families of displaced persons and eligible refugees in the camps, and participants in livelihood development programmes," she said, calling for "$31.9 million to expand the amount of assistance provided during the epidemic."[/ltr]






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Aviation in Iraq

18th Jun 2020




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Regular airline flights have been suspended in Iraq since the end of March 2020 due to the worldwide Covid-19 Pandemic with only special charter flights operating. Iraqi airways will be operating 4 flights per week from Istanbul to Baghdad from 16th June 2020. 

Qatar Airways where supposed to operate from 17th June 2020 a daily flight to Baghdad but have cancelled these flights for a 3rd time. Currently Qatar airways are taking bookings to Baghdad from Doha form 23rd June 2020. Most of the airlines that previously operated to Baghdad, Erbil and Basra will be resuming operations in the 2nd week of July. There is a high chance that Qatar airways will postpone their flights for a third time. Iraq has enacted a 14 days quarantine period for arrivals into the country regardless if you are an Iraqi National or other. This period must be spent in designated hotels and the hotel operator will issue a letter stating the 14 days has been completed. 

The Al-Burhan Baghdad International Airport hotel can comfortably accommodate guests on a full board basis in our hotel securely located at the heart of the airport which is protected by G4s. The Al-Burhan Baghdad International Airport hotel has obtained an exception from the airport health authorities to facilitate for quarantine and can work with guests from meeting arrivals at the aircraft door and taking care of the complex formalities of entry into Iraq and at the end of the 14 days period issue a letter stating the 14 days has been successfully completed. Baghdad airport is one of the most secure areas in Iraq and allows quick and easy access to emergency medivac and access to Baghdad Hospitals in the unlikely event they will be required.

If there is a requirement for the 14 days quarantine service Al-Burhan Group can be reached on- enquiries@alburhangroup.com

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Air flights from and to Basra

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Iraq has suspended all flights as of March 17th to contain the spread of coronavirus. Basra International Airport remains closed for commercial airlines, only a few charter flights are operating on an ad hoc basis.

Al Majal Business Park Approved by Iraqi Ministry of Health as a Quarantine Facility
In compliance with the protocols approved by the Iraqi Health Authorities, Al Majal Business Park is offering full life support and medical services for the mandated 14-day quarantine for all returning local and international workers. AMBP will be offering the quarantine facility services in cooperation with the International SOS.


It is worth mentioning that AMBP has been implementing strict precautionary measures to safeguard and protect the health of all of the residents, employees, contractors and visitors against the potential spreading of COVID-19.


AMBP offers full life support services within two highly secure properties in the south of Iraq, located in North Rumaila and Burjessia, with an easy access to major ports and transportation networks.


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[size=36]Timely $10 million USAID contribution protects more communities against COVID-19 outbreak[/size]



Thursday, 18 June 2020



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Baghdad, 18 June 2020 –The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed over US$10 million recently to fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq, allowing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to scale-up its response to the pandemic into three additional governorates.


The funds – pledged under UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization for activities implemented in partnership with the Government of Iraq – will be used to rehabilitate healthcare facilities and provide medical equipment and furniture to hospitals in the originally-identified priority locations of Basra, Duhok, Karbala, Kirkuk, Najaf, and Ninewa, as well as three additional areas: Babil, Dhi Qar and Maysan.

Funding will also be used to rehabilitate the East Mosul Medical Fluid Factory – one of the largest in Iraq, and a critical source of medical supplies to government hospitals, primary healthcare centres and pharmacies. The factory was severely damaged in the ISIL conflict.

“The steep rise in COVID-19 cases detected over the past few weeks is gravely concerning and shows that the virus has not yet reached its peak in Iraq,” says Resident Representative of UNDP Iraq, Zena Ali Ahmad.

“USAID’s generous contribution comes at exactly the right time, allowing us to target even more communities by expanding our geographical scope to an additional three underserved governorates. As our biggest donor, we’re extremely grateful for USAID’s continued dedication to putting vulnerable communities first, and leaving no-one behind,” she adds.

“The United States is proud to support this work to combat COVID-19 and assist the people of Iraq; this work will directly support citizens throughout the country to get the high-quality treatment they need to fight coronavirus,” said Dana Mansuri, USAID Mission Director.

USAID joins Belgium, Denmark, Japan, the Netherlands and Sweden as key partners supporting UNDP Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For further information, please contact:

Fay Daoud, Communication Specialist, United Nations Development Programme Iraq
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Iraqi Private Banks Association condoles with the death of Ahmed Radi


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Economy News - Baghdad:

The Iraqi Private Banking Association attributed the death of Iraqi football star Ahmed Radi due to the Corona virus.

The association said in a press statement received by "Al-Iqtisad News", the Association of Iraqi private banks mourns its president, its general body and the private Iraqi banks whose members are another symbol of Iraq’s sporting and social symbols, which is Ahmed Radhi, who was kidnapped by all of the damn Corona virus.

"We ask the Almighty to have mercy on him with his vast mercy and inspire his family, loved ones and loved ones, and the Iraqi people with patience and solace, " the association added.





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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty The Minister of Planning offers condolences to the Iraqi people and sports circles for the departure of Captain Ahmed Radi ...

Post by claud39 on Sun Jun 21, 2020 11:36 am

The Minister of Planning offers condolences to the Iraqi people and sports circles for the departure of Captain Ahmed Radi ...


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The Minister of Planning offers condolences to the Iraqi people and sports circles for the departure of Captain Ahmed Radi

Today, Sunday, the Minister of Planning, Prof. Dr. Khalid Battal Al-Najim, attributed the passing of the Iraqi football legend, Captain Ahmed Radi, due to his infection with the Coruna virus.


The Minister said in his condolences, which were conveyed by the Ministry’s spokesperson: “With the hearts of believers in God’s judgment and inevitable destiny, we extend our deepest condolences and sincere sympathy to the family of the deceased and the Iraqi soccer legend, Captain Ahmed Radi, who was shocked by his departure, due to his infection with the Corona virus, and I also offer condolences The profound sympathy for the Iraqi people in general, and the sports community, in particular, for this great victim, asking God Almighty, that the great late, with the mercy of his mercy, live in his gardens, and inspire his family, his family, his fans, his disciples, patience and solace ... We belong to God and to Him we return.






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Baghdad, 24 June 2020 - UN Iraq Special Representative Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and the World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Iraq, Dr. Adham Ismail, visited the Ministry of Health today, where they met with the Minister of Health Dr. Hassan al-Tamimi.

The visit followed up on Iraq’s ongoing efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic in light of the recent spike in cases. The UN reaffirmed its continued support to Iraqi health institutions. The visit was followed by a press conference. Following are Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert’s remarks:


“We are addressing you today at a critical time with a simple yet urgent message: we must remain committed to fighting the spread of COVID-19 at every level, but most fundamentally through the individual action of each and every one of us.

We salute the hard work, immense bravery and sacrifice of healthcare workers who give their all, even their lives, to help defend us from the pandemic. Our sincere condolences go out to all those who have lost loved ones to the disease.

Local, regional and national health authorities, and indeed the friends and partners of Iraq, have been warning all along that complacency would be very costly. The seriousness of the situation cannot be overstated. However, fear and misinformation are just as dangerous. We must fight back with courage, sound information, practical advice and collective discipline.

Despite serious limitations in its healthcare capabilities, Iraq managed to withstand the first months after the outbreak of the virus that overwhelmed many countries across the world. Now, because of increased testing and surveillance, but also because of a lack of adherence to instructions, Iraq finds itself in the midst of a major health crisis.

As we still do not have a vaccine, prevention measures remain our best tool: physical distancing, proper hygiene, seeking treatment without fear or shame.

The experience of other countries shows us that it is possible to contain COVID-19 and gradually reopen economies; yet we have also seen that massive loss of life and livelihood can result when we do not heed the advice of the authorities. Governments cannot create miracles overnight, but all of us, working together for the common good, can and will defeat this disease.

With self-discipline, a willingness to remain informed by credible sources, and the concerted efforts of all, Iraq will overcome. As I have said before, we are all in this together, all nations, all peoples, each and every individual. We each have our part to play, and Iraqis can count on the continued support of the United Nations, with the World Health Organization in the lead.”

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United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, Phone: +964 790 193 1281, Email: ghattass@un.org
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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty The Higher Safety Committee issued 13 new decisions, including allowing corona analyzes to be conducted in private laboratories

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The Supreme Committee for National Health and Safety issued, on Monday, 13 decisions to deal with the Corona virus, including appointing medical staff and conducting virus analyzes in accredited private laboratories.

The media office of Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi said in a statement that the agency received a copy of it. Management, which has increased hardships and pains. "

The Prime Minister stressed, "This challenge made us in front of one option, which is hard work, and dedication to confront and harness all potentials, to serve the injured, and to reduce the spread of the disease."

The statement added, "It was decided during the meeting:

1- Approval of preparing the necessary financial allocations for the Ministry of Health, through transfers, in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Financial Management Law (6 of 2019).

2- Understand the medical staffs need of the Ministry of Health, through appointment or contracting, provided that their salaries or wages are secured through transportation, based on the provisions of Article (25) of the Federal Financial Management Law (6 of 2019).

3- That the Legal Department of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers prepare a draft law that includes granting deceased medical and health professionals as a result of facing the Corona Virus a pension equal to the last salary and allowances they receive.

4- Allowing some of the accredited private laboratories to conduct examinations to detect (Corona virus), in a manner that ensures examining the largest possible number of citizens, according to strict criteria set by the Ministry of Health in coordination with the Council of Advisors.

5- Postponing the collection of the amounts of selling the (oxygen) bottles from the Ministry of Health until the financial situation of the Ministry improves.

6- The Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs shall coordinate with the concerned parties in the countries that have announced the possibility of reaching the treatment of (Corona Virus), as well as negotiate for Iraq to obtain medicines and medical supplies, in a manner that guarantees limiting the number of deaths, according to the contexts approved by the Ministry of Health.

7- That the winning public companies and formations operating in the self-financing system provide the necessary support to the Ministry of Health in its efforts to confront the pandemic, provided that the sums to be provided from the aforementioned authorities by the public health directorates working in the governorates are used to purchase medicines, supplies and medical materials directly.

8- Determination of partial curfew times from seven in the evening until six in the morning, in line with the increase in daylight hours.
9 - Operations leaders in Baghdad and the governorates are strictly responsible for applying the curfew procedures, and the leadership or the concerned party bears legal responsibility for any violations.
10- Agreeing to enter the substance (oxygen) from all border crossings.

11- Excluding workers in the Arab Company for Antibiotic Industries and Supplies (AKAI) from the measures to impose a curfew, to ensure continuity of production and to secure the country’s need for antibiotic preparations and bypassing the scarcity of medicine.
13- The Prime Minister directed that the Baghdad Municipality and the Directorate General of Civil Defense carry out extensive fogging campaigns in Baghdad that include areas that have witnessed a high rate of injuries.




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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty To the dear colleagues of the esteemed Federal Financial Supervision Bureau

Post by claud39 on Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:29 pm

To the dear colleagues of the esteemed Federal Financial Supervision Bureau





07/03/2020





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Peace, mercy and blessings of God.......


In light of the health conditions that our dear country is going through, we hope that you and your families will be in full health and wellness and we would like to inform you that the Bureau organized a precautionary measure by taking examination scans for a number of its employees to check on the extent of their infection with the new virus of Corona or not, and that the results resulted in the achievement of four out of ten Approved smears in spite of the daily fogging that is made, so it is imperative to make a general fumigation for the building of the Diwan and examine the central cooling system and find a healthy alternative for it during the days of Sunday, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of the next week corresponding to 5/7/20 to 7/8/2020. We call on colleagues By not being in the Diwan building during those days to ensure the performance of the tasks assigned to the examination teams and the general fumigation to fully carry out their duty, the Diwan will be keen to conduct other checks by fundamental methods by health authorities accredited by the Ministry of Health for all colleagues who wish to conduct the examination later
We wish all colleagues and their families health and wellness.
Bureau management .....


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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty According to a study conducted by the Ministry in cooperation with international bodies .. Minister of Planning: Corona pandemic caused an increase in the poverty rate in Iraq to (31.7%)

Post by claud39 on Thu Jul 09, 2020 10:39 am

According to a study conducted by the Ministry in cooperation with international bodies .. Minister of Planning: Corona pandemic caused an increase in the poverty rate in Iraq to (31.7%)




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The Minister of Planning, Professor Dr. Khaled Battal Al-Najem, announced today, Wednesday, that the poverty rate in Iraq has risen to 31.7% compared to 20% in 2018.

The Minister stated that the Ministry recently completed a detailed study on assessing the impact of the Corona pandemic on poverty and vulnerable groups in Iraqi society, in cooperation with the World Bank, UNICEF, the "Oxford" initiative team for poverty and human development, and a consultant from the United Nations Population Fund, explaining that The number of the poor according to this rise reached (11) million and (400) thousand individuals, after it was before the crisis about (10) million individuals, pointing out that the poverty rate among children under the age of 18 (after the Corona pandemic) reached 38% .



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Shocking numbers ... How did the Corona virus affect the world economy?




12/07/2020



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A new economic study concluded that the pandemic of the Coronavirus and the harsh closures that accompanied it cost the global economy about $ 3.8 trillion, a figure that is expected to rise.

Researchers at the University of Sydney, Australia, said their study was the first attempt to determine the economic consequences of the epidemic on a global scale.

The researchers noted that 147 million people lost their jobs around the world, causing salary payments to drop by $ 2.1 trillion.

The global consumption level decreased by 4.2 percent, equivalent to $ 3.8 trillion, which is equivalent to the GDP of a country like Germany.

Corona's repercussions cost more than the combined wars of the United States in Afghanistan and Iraq combined.

As expected, the tourism and travel sector was the most affected among the economic sectors, due to the canceling of flights and the closing of many countries to its borders, especially in Asia, Europe and the United States.

As a result of orders to close and close the borders, the world lost its interconnectedness and contact before the pandemic that started in late 2019 in Wuhan, China.

The matter caused great unrest in economic sectors besides tourism, such as trade, energy and finance.

These losses are due to the nature of the global economy, which has become more intertwined and intertwined in the twenty-first century.

The researchers said that global losses are likely to rise with the continuation of the closure measures, warning against lifting these measures, may lead to more severe economic effects for a longer period.
They pointed out that the most affected groups of workers are migrant workers and unskilled workers, who are difficult to adapt to in the virtual work environment created by Corona, according to the British newspaper "Daily Mail".

In spite of the dark aspects of the Corona crisis, a bright side has emerged, the biggest drop in greenhouse gas emissions in human history, according to the study.





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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty The Human Rights Committee condemns the deterioration of the health service in Kirkuk Governorate

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The Parliamentary Human Rights Committee stated that it had previously appealed to the federal and local governments in Kirkuk to take action before the collapse of the health situation in the governorate, noting that the wrong test made the health isolation hospital for the Corona epidemic inside the city center and what happened from the incident of one of the patients accompanying destroying the respiratory system is legally unacceptable In addition to restricting the person with iron chains, the security forces are unacceptable and contrary to human rights norms.


The Committee noted its request to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide it with the report of the Monitoring Section for cases of violations that occurred in this regard, stressing the demand of the concerned authorities for a comprehensive investigation and accountability of the negligent and that the Committee considers with equal consideration for all the Iraqi people in providing health services that are an important part of the human rights that guaranteed them the Constitution.


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Germany provides financial aid to Iraq to combat the Corona epidemic




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On Thursday, the German Embassy in Iraq announced that it would provide aid to Iraq to counter the emerging Corona virus.

The embassy said on its Facebook site that it is providing additional humanitarian funds to partner organizations of up to 300 million euros, and according to the UN's global relief plan, humanitarian assistance measures will also be implemented in Iraq to combat the Corona epidemic and mitigate its consequences. 

The additional funds are used to continue the existing humanitarian assistance measures and to alleviate the additional needs caused by the epidemic, according to the embassy.

The Iraqi Ministry of Health announced yesterday, Wednesday, that it recorded 2110 cases and 87 deaths of the Corona virus across the country within 24 hours.

With support from Germany, the ICRC is also providing humanitarian assistance in Iraq, the aim of which is to mitigate the effects of the Corona pandemic, as a large portion of the money will be used for hygiene measures, education on the Corona pandemic, and the provision of disinfection materials to health facilities, protective clothing and materials Medical as well as to support social groups that are particularly affected economically and socially by the epidemic.

The number of cases of corona virus in Iraq increased to 52,621 cases, and 83867 cases of corona virus, while the number of people who died from the virus reached 3432.

The Humanitarian Fund for Iraq also provides funds to people in humanitarian emergencies quickly and efficiently, as Germany increased its contribution to the Humanitarian Fund for Iraq (CBPF) by an additional 3.5 million Euros to 6 million Euros. These funds are used to finance measures to deal with the Corona pandemic, which are also being implemented By local humanitarian organizations.







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Baghdad, 16 July 2020 – The Government of France has committed EUR 300,000 (US$334,448) to support the Government of Iraq’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).


The funds will be used to purchase ventilators – a life-saving piece of equipment for Coronavirus patients – for Basra Teaching Hospital in southern Iraq.

“The emergence of COVID-19 has exacerbated the many challenges experienced by communities in Basra, who are struggling to access basic infrastructure and services. We are very grateful for this contribution from France which will alleviate the extreme pressure currently placed on under-resourced health facilities in Basra. As the pandemic has unfolded globally, we have seen how important ventilators have been in saving lives,” says Resident Representative of UNDP Iraq, Zena Ali Ahmad.

In addition to ventilators and other life-saving equipment provided to the hospital, UNDP Iraq is also building isolation units, providing personal protective equipment (PPE) to healthcare workers to stop the spread of the virus, and boosting the testing capacity of labs to increase the detection of cases. It also supports an online awareness-raising platform, Corona in Iraq which outlines symptoms and risks of COVID-19, dispels rumors about the virus, and tracks symptoms to encourage people to seek medical advice.

“France is fully committed to actively support the Government of Iraq to meet the needs of the Iraqi population. This medical equipment will contribute to help medical teams in southern Iraq to face with this urgent situation and allow them to save more lives. We welcome all the efforts made by UNDP to coordinate the help of international donors in order to combat the spread of the disease in Iraq”, says the Ambassador of France, Bruno Aubert.”

In addition to Basra, UNDP Iraq’s COVID-19 response package extends to Anbar, Babel, Dhi Qar, Diyala, Dohuk, Karbala, Kirkuk, Missan, Najaf, Ninewa and Salah Al-Din.

With this latest contribution, France has provided US$7.8 million in support to UNDP Iraq since 2015.


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The Higher Committee for Health and National Safety, at its fourteenth session, issued a number of decisions, including the following:

First: Specifying partial curfew times from nine o'clock until five o'clock in the morning, with the inclusion of the days (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) with a complete total prohibition, provided that the prohibition to be lifted completely after the Eid Al-Adha holiday .

 

Second: Stressing the application of health procedures issued by the Supreme Committee, especially wearing masks and physical and social spacing in shops, government institutions and private sector institutions, and seizing the wheels of violators in the event of repeated violations .

 

Third: Emphasis on the security services to prevent gatherings of all kinds and take legal measures against violators .

 

Fourth: Continuing to close the private clinics and medical complexes until the date of 26/7/2020, provided that the owners of clinics and medical complexes adhere to the instructions and guidelines of the Supreme Consultative Committee, with the Ministry of Health, the National Security Agency, the Medical Syndicate, and the Dental Association adhering to the extent of the commitment of clinics and medical complexes to the instructions issued And take appropriate legal measures against violators, in order to preserve the safety of citizens .

 

Fifth: Approval of the opening of commercial stores in the malls in accordance with the health regulations  established by the Ministry of Health and Environment in accordance with its letter numbered number (797) dated 15/6/2020 listed below :



1- Determine the working hours until eight o'clock in the evening.



2- Ensuring that workers do not develop a fever during the past 72 hours (without 
taking any fever-suppressing medication) and note any symptoms of infection with the Coronavirus.



3- Staff, vendors, and employees wear face covers that cover the nose and mouth (gags and palms)



4- Requiring malls' departments to train trained staff at the entrance to prevent any person suspected of contracting the disease by measuring the temperature or when there is a cough or sneezing .



5- Requiring the malls ’departments to focus and repeat cleaning procedures in the mall and stores with the use of new cleaning and disinfection methods that are visible throughout the day until shoppers see pre-emptive cleaning procedures and focus on :

a. Cleaning and disinfecting tools that touch frequently .

B. Creating an angel to continuously sterilize the shopping cart holders .

C. Creation of a staff that continuously sterilizes elevator panels, stair rests and door handles .



6- Obliging malls departments to specify one entry point that limits the number of customers inside the mall .



7- Obliging malls departments to configure sterilizers that contain (alcohol at a concentration of ۷۰%) in manual disinfection stations at the entrance to the mall as well as at the entrances to the stores while observing hand sterilization before entry .



8- Requiring the departments of malls to not allow people to enter the mall and stores without any confusion 

Gags and paws are configured upon request .



9- Entering the mall and shops without touching the doors .



10 - Requiring malls' departments to limit the number of dealers and the behavior of shoppers in a manner that guarantees  physical distance (there is a person for every two square meters of the area of ​​the store) and a distance of not less than one meter from (cashier) .



11- Requiring malls' departments to allow elevators to be used for two to four people only, according to the size of the elevator .
 

12- Requiring malls' departments to focus on placing banners and drawings that show ways to prevent  corona virus in multiple locations inside the mall and in stores .



13- Requiring malls departments to shed light on the digital signs and display boards on the site on health guidelines and methods of injury prevention .



14- Obliging the malls' departments to define the areas for sitting and resting in a manner that guarantees non-assembly, cleaning and sterilization at least once every hour .



15- Obliging malls departments to close children's play areas .



16- Obliging the malls departments to close restaurants, shops selling drinks, refreshments, cafes and all forms of smoking .



17- The aforementioned procedures are followed by joint teams that include (Health Control in the Ministry of Health and Environment, the National Security Service and the Ministry of the Interior) with the imposition of severe penalties and fines on violators according to the Public Health Law .

 

Sixth: The non-governmental organizations department in the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers coordinates with the Iraqi Media Network, the Media and Communications Authority and civil society organizations for the purpose of intensifying media campaigns to educate citizens about the preventive measures required from the Corona virus, especially with regard to wearing masks and social divergence .

 

Seventh: Approval of the opening of the border outlets (Al-Mundhiriyah, Safwan and Al-Shaib) starting on the date of 7/23/2020, provided that the health departments in the governorates of Diyala, Basra and Maysan provide the necessary health requirements for the commercial exchange process without allowing people to enter the land for any reason, except for goods and commodities Incoming for wild ports .

 

Eighth: Approval of facilitating the entry of the materials, devices and medical supplies detailed in the letter of the Popular Mobilization Authority, numbered (26) on July 5 through an outlet

Shalamcheh border .

 

Ninth: Approval of the opening of the airports, starting on the date of 7/23/2020, after taking the required procedures that guarantee the safety of travelers at airports from the team composed for this purpose.

In line with the guidelines issued by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ACAO)

And the Supreme Committee for Health and National Safety .

 

Tenth: All governorates abide by the decisions issued by the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety .




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Post by claud39 on Sat Jul 18, 2020 10:13 am

 Study: Emerging markets face turmoil with easing corona restrictions




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Dozens of emerging and emerging markets will likely face massive protests in the coming months as public isolation measures imposed to control the Corona pandemic are being mitigated and the severe economic impacts within the country are being mitigated, new research reported.

Global risk analysis firm, Verisk Maplecroft said 37 countries are in danger, most of them concentrated in Africa and Latin America, including Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Venezuela and Peru.

The Congo and Ethiopia, as well as Belarus, Bulgaria and Serbia in Europe, are among the countries rocked by protests in the past few days as dissatisfaction with governments has increased.

This comes after the easing of turmoil in emerging and emerging markets in March, according to the draft armed conflict site data and events, after widespread application of public isolation measures.

"The total number of protests in emerging and emerging markets has almost risen to pre-pandemic levels," said Miha Hypernick, analyst at Verisk Maplecroft.

"With the general isolation measures continuing in many countries, and with the full economic shock not being felt yet, we expect the number of protests to rise over the next two to three months."

The International Monetary Fund expects emerging market economies and developing countries to shrink by one percent in 2020.

The prospect is of particular concern to emerging and emerging markets where the post-pandemic economic situation is gloomy, said Verisc Maplecroft.

She said Nigeria, Iran, Bangladesh, Iran and Ethiopia are facing a "perfect storm" of popular anger as protests driven by the economic consequences of the pandemic exacerbate turmoil over earlier complaints about issues ranging from poverty to food supplies.

Hypernik said that the perception "of the basic case from January - that 2020 will witness a rise in protests and that the next decade is about to witness an unprecedented turmoil - is still in place."

The report added that India, Brazil, Russia, South Africa and Turkey will only face slightly less severe risks but still pose a major threat to stability.





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The world's debt jumped to 313% of the economy during the first quarter




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Total global debt rose to a new record during the first quarter of this year, driven by expansionary measures led by the Corona epidemic.

According to a report issued by the Institute of International Finance, the total global debt relative to global gross domestic product rose to a new record level of 331 percent in the first three months of this year, equivalent to 258 trillion dollars.

This level compares with the global debt, which stood at 320 percent of global GDP in the last quarter of 2019.

This means a jump of more than 10 percent in global debt relative to GDP - especially in emerging markets - during the first quarter with broad concessional conditions amid the Covid-19 epidemic.

The 10 percent is the largest quarterly in the global debt ratio ever, with the fact that the actual increase in debt was $ 1.2 trillion, which is much lower than the average quarterly increase in the period between 2019 and 2019 of $ 2 trillion.

According to the Institute of Finance, available data on debt issuance indicates that the pace of debt accumulation has accelerated since March, largely reflecting the massive global monetary and monetary policy response to the epidemic.

With the approval of global financial stimulus packages of about $ 11 trillion in addition to another $ 5 trillion in preparation, the total debt issuance reached a record level of $ 12.5 trillion during the second quarter, compared with a quarterly average of $ 5.5 trillion in 2019.

Global governments account for more than 60 percent of total debt issuance during the second quarter.

While increased levels of debt will raise concerns about debt dynamics and creditworthiness, more than 92 percent of government debt is still investment grade.

The corporate sector represents about 65 percent of the increase in global debt as a percentage of GDP during the first quarter of 2020.

The total debt of the financial sector increased by about $ 8 trillion since 2016 to $ 64 trillion in the first quarter, while the debt of non-financial companies increased by about $ 12 trillion to stand at $ 75.5 trillion in the same period (a record level relative to the gross domestic product of 95 percent).

Looking to the future, the International Institute expects that corporate debt growth will continue at an accelerated pace.

Given the abundant liquidity of central banks, the decrease in corporate borrowing costs has already led to a significant increase in corporate bonds and loan issuance since March, to $ 4.6 trillion in the second quarter, compared to the quarterly average for 2019 of $ 2.8 trillion.

Debt in developed markets exceeded 392 percent of GDP, up 12 percent from 2019 (380 percent in 2019).

Canada, France and Norway recorded the largest increases in debt ratios during the first quarter of the year.

In terms of emerging market debt, there was a record quarterly increase from 220 percent of GDP in the fourth quarter of 2019 to 230 percent in the first quarter of 2020.

However, the value of emerging market debt in dollar terms fell by about 700 billion dollars to 72.5 trillion dollars, driven by the depreciation of emerging market currencies against the US dollar.

Looking at the second largest economy in the world, China's total debt to its gross domestic product across all sectors has risen from 302 percent to about 318 percent in the first quarter of this year.

Although this increase represents the largest quarterly jump ever, the available monthly data indicates that the pace of debt accumulation has accelerated further in the second quarter and is expected to approach 335 percent.

The International Institute estimates that the debt of non-financial companies will represent about 60 percent of this rapid accumulation of debt during the first half of 2020.

According to the report, non-financial debt defaulters jumped to a record $ 94 billion in the second quarter of 2020.

The United States accounts for about 75 percent of this amount, followed by the eurozone (14 percent) and China (3 percent).



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It is a term that refers to a famine that occurred in Egypt as a result of the decrease in the water level of the Nile River in Egypt for seven continuous years known as lean, this intensity that struck Egypt during the reign of the Fatimid Al-Mustansir Al-Fatimid between 457 and 464 AH (from late 1064 to late 1071 AD).



Historians recounted painful incidents. The land became desertified, the plowing and the descendants perished. People ate pets such as cats and dogs. People became very hungry because of the lack of food, people ate carcasses and dead people, and hunger occurred, which was not the same in the world, and people ate each other because of hunger.

And now we live in the 21st century and entered the second half of 2020 the year of crises where the world lives under the shadow of many crises that occurred in this year all together at one time and these crises are considered a threat to a great famine for many countries very similar to Al-Mustansiriya that happened a thousand years ago, meaning that we We will see the intensity of Al-Mustansiriya in the 21st century if we do not move and remain static. Will history repeat this intensity again in light of these bad conditions we live in and perhaps this time in a larger spot which is in the Middle East, South Asia and the Horn of Africa and North Africa are more threatening, under the shadow of These are the great challenges they face, will they be on the verge of starvation if the situation does not improve in the coming period?

Among the most severe crises we are experiencing at the moment are the Corona crisis, the huge locust swarm crisis, the American-Chinese tension crisis that may explode at any moment, the currency collapse crisis in some developing countries, the Renaissance Dam crisis, the crisis of the military conflict in the MENA region, and the gas fields crisis in the east The Mediterranean Sea.

All of these crises, if we consider them, are a threat to global food security and may cause hundreds of millions of famines.

I will talk about these crises in detail, beginning with the Corona crisis:

1_ The Corona virus crisis, which terrorized the world and confused it health and economically, infected about 13 million people around the world and killed more than half a million people, the infections continue to date, and the Corona virus continues to claim lives around the world, paralyzes the daily life of people and shrinks the global economy at the fastest pace never seen before The global economy has been paralyzed, and for the first time, supply and demand collapsed together under the shadow of the Corona virus crisis, as well as an unprecedented unemployment crisis estimated at tens of millions of employees and workers around the world who may join unemployment due to the Corona crisis, as well as the Oxfam charity organization warned that about 50 million people are threatened with hunger in West Africa, as well as Oxfam and FAO also warned of a global hunger crisis that includes Yemen, Syria and Sudan due to the outbreak of the Corona virus, and this foreshadows a humanitarian catastrophe the world has not witnessed before.

2 _ The Desert Locust Crisis: In recent times, the Desert Locust swarms invaded more than 23 countries in the Horn of Africa, the Persian Gulf and South Asia, devoured crops and destroyed the farms of these countries, which poses a great threat to their food security. The largest share of this invasion was the countries of the Horn of Africa, Yemen, Pakistan and India The most damaging countries from the desert locust swarms that destroyed more than 50 thousand hectares of agricultural land in India and one hectare equal to 10 thousand square meters and where this invasion is the worst in a quarter of a century and the locusts have become a threat to food security for the second largest country in the world in terms of population.

3 crisis _ China - US tension that might explode at any moment with the imminent US presidential elections scheduled for November 3 (November) of the year 2020 As fears grow from the worst-case scenario, the potential for this tension to slip into an open-ended military conflict with no ominous consequences between the two most powerful armies in the world that would threaten global peace and security. And a paralysis of the movement of global marine tankers, as well as will negatively affect the movement of tankers that transport food supplies specifically in the Indian Ocean and the Western Pacific and the Chinese Sea, causing a shortage of food supplies to many countries that import food supplies from countries located on the Indian Ocean and the China Sea, which is a food source For the world to own vast agricultural lands and therefore it would be a threat to their food security for the countries that import from the countries located in the Indian Ocean and the Chinese Sea and thus will lead to a humanitarian catastrophe.

4 --In the midst of the crisis , the collapse of the currency in some developing countries , including Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Iran, where he recently dropped the currency of the Syrian pound value to 230 0 pounds versus one dollar as well as the value of the lira dropped Lebanese to 8,000 pounds in exchange for one dollar and Turkey is also the value of its currency fell to About 685 Turkish liras against 100 US dollars, and the Iranian riyal recorded a historical decline against the US dollar, to record a low value of 210 thousand Iranian riyals against one dollar. In these countries, the prices of basic food commodities, bread, and meat increased to double the number, which made people panic and feared because they were unable to Buying foodstuffs for their daily strength, which threatens this crisis into an unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe, causing hunger for millions of people under the shadow of the series of currency collapse.

5 _ The crisis of filling the Renaissance Dam, the faster the filling of the dam, the more severe its impact will be on the low water level of the Nile River, and therefore it will lead to great harm to agriculture and irrigation both Egypt and Sudan, and this leads to a severe shortage of basic foodstuffs for more than 150 million people living in Egypt and Sudan, which is considered a threat to their food security, and its intensity will be similar to that of Al-Mustansiriya that occurred in Egypt about a thousand years ago.

6 _ The military conflict that is taking place in the Middle East and North Africa region and proxy wars between many countries that affect regionally, specifically on the Syrian, Yemeni and Libyan territories, will also have serious and terrifying repercussions and threaten to displace millions of people from their homes and thus cause hunger for millions of people who live under the roof of wars Destroyed in these areas burning with flames, weapons and smoke, which leads to the ultimate humanitarian disaster.

7 _ In the midst of the international and regional conflict over the gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean, and in the event that the power struggle develops between the countries of the region into a military conflict, its consequences will be dire for the region and the world at large, and about 10 countries of the region that struggle with each other to obtain gas fields in the sea The Mediterranean, most of them possess huge arsenals of sophisticated deadly weapons, submarines and advanced warships. In the event of war between them, the entire Mediterranean will ignite, paralyzing and confusing tanker traffic in the Mediterranean, causing a global economic and economic trade crisis, and thus will cause an economic and humanitarian catastrophe, poverty and famine for millions of people who Hunger will eventually kill them.

Now the world lives in a historical crisis unprecedented in human history and under the shadow of very difficult challenges. If the world’s leaders remain static in front of these crises and they do not move, then these regions that I have indicated will be on the verge of a great famine, so will the world in the present time witness a food crisis Very similar to Al-Mustansiriya that occurred about a thousand years ago.

And that these crises will be complicated more in the coming months because of the division of the leaders of the world and the Corona crisis was the best evidence of the selfishness of the leadership of the superpowers, which was supposed to be united with each other, and it is not excluded in the event of the crisis that we witness piracy operations on tankers that Food supplies were transferred, as happened a few months ago, in several countries, to piracy operations of masks.

In light of this crisis, it will highlight the role of empowered and non-empowered leaders in developing countries, and empowered leaders should expect the worst scenarios, and in order to be able to face all problems and triumph over these crises, because anticipating the problem before the problem occurs contributes to solving a problem and reducing its negative effects, so this is the responsibility Leaders have a responsibility to work to secure their diet and save millions of people from hunger and poverty.


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COVID-19 Information - Page 4 Empty The University of Karbala produces locally made hand sanitizer and disinfectant for health facilities, in first of its kind UNICEF-supported project

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[size=36]The University of Karbala produces locally made hand sanitizer and disinfectant for health facilities, in first of its kind UNICEF-supported project[/size]



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Baghdad, 19 July 2020 - In the first of its kind project since the corona virus outbreak, graduate students in the pharmaceutical department of the University of Karbala have produced 14,500 locally made hand sanitizers and 10,000 large products to disinfect surfaces, with the support of UNICEF and its partner the Karbala Directorate of Health.



Over the course of the month of June, the bottles were distributed to primary healthcare centers in Karbala and Baghdad, both which have been hard hit by covid19.

“We have been distributing hand sanitizer and soap to some of the most vulnerable communities since the beginning of the outbreak. To now be able to support Iraqis as they themselves produce items they need to protect their communities from COVID-19 is something we are proud of and that lives up to our commitment to empower local communities who are driving positive change,” said Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF’s Representative in Iraq.

The sanitizer is produced according to the highest global standards and with locally sourced raw materials. The gel is then bottled into 250 milliliters containers that are labelled and include instructions on how to use. The production cost of one bottle amounts 2 US dollars, a third of the average selling price of one hand sanitizer bottle (6 dollars) on the market.

“I am happy with the quality of the materials that we are using. I hope that our work will benefit Iraqis across the country, and not only here in Karbala,” explained Karrar Abd, one of the graduate students taking part in the production.

There are already plans to produce at least 10,000 more bottles that will be distributed in the two governorates, as well as in Basra and Najaf. The production process takes up to three weeks. Once ready, youth volunteers who are trained in hygiene promotion by UNICEF distribute the bottles to public health clinics and centers. To date, the hand sanitizer bottles, and disinfectant solution have been given to 34 main Primary health care centers in Karbala and Baghdad.

“I heard so many people say that COVID-19 does not exist, which is not true. Someone in my family came into contact with the disease and transmitted it on to others. I know that hand sanitizer is the best way to prevent us from spreading COVID-19 because it ensures that we have clean hands, and therefore I wanted to work on this project. It makes me feel I am giving something to my community,” explained 22-year old Zainab Hussein, one of the volunteers from Karbala who participated in the distributing.

With access to hand sanitizer, patients and health workers alike can practice hand hygiene, thereby enabling health centers to continue providing communities with essential services such as immunization and maternal health despite COVID-19. The project was made possible with generous support of the Department of International Development (DFID UK).


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BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) received a special contribution for its COVID-19 humanitarian response in Iraq from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA).

The generous funding of US$6.25 million will help provide food assistance over three months for nearly 80,000 internally displaced Iraqis and 22,000 Syrian refugees, whose needs have grown as a result of the global pandemic.

Many people have lost their jobs during the crisis and no longer have an income. Through monthly cash transfers, mostly via mobile phone, the new U.S. contribution will help WFP support vulnerable internally displaced and refugee families in camps. Markets and camp stores are still open and functioning, so people can redeem their cash entitlements and buy the food they need.

In response to COVID-19, WFP has scaled up its assistance in Iraq, to reach 76,000 refugees and 280,000 displaced people.

“During the crisis, we have stepped up our support for families who are no longer able to put food on the table and are relying more on humanitarian assistance,” said WFP Iraq Representative Abdirahman Meygag. “As our most generous contributor so far in 2020, WFP is grateful to USAID and the American people for enabling WFP to support families through these uncertain times.”

As part of WFP’s approach to cash assistance, new “cashless payments” are being introduced in camps in three governorates so far, in Diyala, Ninewa, and Salah al-Din. This allows people to buy food at camp shops directly through their mobile phones, in a “contactless” manner. Cashless transactions reduce the risk of contracting or spreading the virus as well as avoid people’s unnecessary movement outside the camp.

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On Wednesday, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs Adel al-Rikabi announced the distribution of 77 percent of the emergency grant to those who are eligible.

Al-Rikabi said in a statement reported by the Iraqi News Agency (INA) and viewed by "Al-Iqtisad News", that "the beneficiaries covered according to the regulations will receive the remaining percentage of the grant, which will include the poorest regions in the central and southern governorates."

He added that "the regions of the Kurdistan region included in the distribution of the emergency grant," stressing "the exclusion of two million applicants after the intersection of their data and proved not to be covered by the controls, while the total number remains from four to five million."

The Ministry of Planning announced the allocation of 300 billion dinars to those affected by the Corona pandemic crisis who do not receive salaries from employees, retirees and those covered by social welfare, and work to exempt them from electricity, water and service wages until the end of the crisis.







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2 July 2020 As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Bank have collected and analyzed new data on the impact of the crisis on food security, and made corresponding joint recommendations in the first report of a new regular series, “The Impact of COVID-19 on Food Security in Iraq.”


Many people have been unable to work during the current crisis. Around 4.8 million people (12% of the total population) are using negative coping strategies to meet their food needs, and a large stimulus package will be required to re-start the economy, beyond the current measures to mitigate the impact on households and businesses. On the other hand, food availability has been stable overall, with above-average cereal production in the 2019/2020 season, and the government of Iraq taking a proactive role to keep the food system open despite lockdowns. Food imports have continued, with global trade largely uninterrupted.

Humanitarian, social protection and development responses have stepped up, both from the government (such as “Minha” – “Grant”) and supporting partners. However, global trends have had a cascading impact on Iraq. The fall in oil prices and the slow recovery of the global oil market have had negative implications for the domestic budget, and may affect the government’s ability to continue to fund social protection programmes and agriculture subsidies. With assistance from Food Security Cluster partners and the Cash Consortium of Iraq, FAO, IFAD, WFP and the World Bank analyzed food availability and access, with a particular focus on vulnerable populations, and jointly made policy recommendations.

“With initiatives to work towards a regional trade integration framework, create an enabling environment for increasing domestic production, invest in productive infrastructure, enhance social protection and monitor food security, vulnerable households can continue to have access to nutritious food. All possible efforts will be made to support the government of Iraq and implement the proposed recommendations,” said FAO Representative in Iraq Dr Salah El Hajj Hassan, IFAD Representative for Iraq Tarek Ahmed, WFP Iraq Representative Abdirahman Meygag, and World Bank Iraq Representative Ramzi Neman, in a joint statement.

The new publication builds on the partners’ weekly reports on COVID-19 and food security, which launched in April and continue to be released.

Download a copy of the new report at: https://bit.ly/2VDbH3a
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Dr Salah ElHajjhassan, FAO Representative, salah.elhajjhassan@fao.org
Tarek Ahmed, IFAD Iraq Representative, t.ahmed@ifad.org
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Baghdad, 27 July 2020 – A European Union chartered air flight arrived in Baghdad yesterday carrying 27 tons of essential relief items for UNICEF.

The flight, which took off from the French city of Lyon in the morning and landed in Baghdad International Airport the same evening, transported educational kits for vulnerable children acquired with the support of the Governments of Germany and the Netherlands, and personal protective equipment (PPE) for health workers with support from the Government of Japan.



“The EU set up a Humanitarian Air Bridge to Iraq to ensure that essential supplies reach vulnerable children and frontline health workers in these difficult times,” said Janez Lenarčič, European Commissioner for Crisis Management. “The coronavirus pandemic is hitting the country hard, increasing vulnerability of those most at risk. The EU’s humanitarian air flights and additional funding are a tangible expression of EU solidarity with the people in Iraq in their hour of need.”

In addition, the EU has also released an additional 1 million to support UNICEF’s relief work for vulnerable people, bringing the EU’s total contribution to UNICEF Iraq this year to over 5.6 million Euros. These latest funds will be used to improve sanitation facilities and help maintain a clean environment through waste management, water quality monitoring and hygiene promotion for children and their families for an estimated 50,000 residents of internally displaced camps in the northern part of the country. 

This is crucial amid the coronavirus outbreak and within the context of Iraq where only 39 % of the population has access to safe and clean water. In addition, the new funds will go towards protection services for children who are in contact with the law, including case management, issuance of identity documents, legal assistance and psychosocial support. Many vulnerable children, living both in camps and outside of camps, continue to need protection and assistance. Iraqi or non-Iraqi, thousands of children are victims of violence, abuse and exploitation.

“We are highly appreciative of the support that our EU partners are providing us so that we are able to keep children healthy and safe and help them get back to learning as quickly as possible. And at this time of critical need of supply of Personal Protective Equipment to help combat the spread of COVID-19 in Iraq, UNICEF appreciates the continuing partnership with the EU, through which we can share resources and quickly bring the supplies that are so badly needed into the country,” explained Hamida Lasseko, UNICEF Representative in Iraq.

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