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Minister of Planning, Prof. Dr. Khaled Battal Al-Najm, to Al-Ahed Channel:
I found solid plans in the Ministry of Planning, but our problem in implementation, due to the abnormal conditions in Iraq for decades.
The implementation of the plans requires political, security, social and functional stability.
I speak with complete neutrality about the plans of the Ministry of Planning, if they are implemented, Iraq will turn to another situation.
The plans of the Ministry of Planning are being prepared in cooperation and coordination with reputable and reputable international organizations.
I did not find in the Ministry of Planning any trace of sectarianism, but rather a professional ministry par excellence
I did not and will not allow any interference in the affairs of the ministry, or the selection of special grades, and if there is any negative interference from any party and I was unable to prevent it, I will leave the position.
Iraq is now going through a critical stage, which requires harsh intervention, according to a real reform vision, to change the composition of the distorted economy.
We suffer from the deterioration of the agricultural and industrial productive sectors, with the absence of the private sector
Bold processors need stability in all directions.
Loss-making government companies incur huge sums of money to the state budget, so a solution and treatment should be found for this matter.
The government does not have a magic wand to solve all current problems
There are a lot of financial benefits to contractors and farmers, health issues, etc., that require addressing in the budget law
There will be no new projects within the 2021 budget, and the precedence for continuing projects, and the next year will witness the completion of many projects
We try to find appropriate doors to deal with debt interest repayment.
Fuel prices will remain the same, and there are no taxes for hair and beauty salons, etc.
The first 500 thousand dinars from the employees' salaries will be exempt from income tax, and there is no deduction from the allowances
The budget deficit has reached 59 trillion dinars, which can be increased
We will not return to where we were, even if oil prices improve and the Corona virus is over
Some economists called on the government to raise the exchange rate to levels higher than the rate that was approved.
Oil prices are unstable, and the pandemic is still present, and this requires the development of policies and measures that save the country's economic situation.
Reducing the value of the dinar contributes to protecting the local product and encouraging foreign investment.
We were 6 months late in taking these measures, so that the results would be less harmful to people
Within two days, the budget will be sent to the House of Representatives, and salaries are insured
A true statesman has to tell the people the truth and work to solve the problems.
The government employment rate in Iraq is the highest in the world, in relation to the population.
The rate of population increase in Iraq, which is 2.6%, is higher than the rate of increase in Egypt
The Ministry is working on completing the job information bank, which will include accurate figures for state employees
The duty of governments is to create job opportunities for the youth, and there is no excuse not to provide work.
Car assembly in Iraq does not mean the existence of a national industry
The unemployment rate is 14%, which is very high in a country like Iraq.
We are working to reconsider population policies, to ensure the provision of job opportunities for young people, by activating the Iraqi private sector.
Salary should be on the basis of merit and not on the basis of certification
The number of ongoing projects is 6,225, and there are hundreds of projects stalled.
The Ministry has carried out an inventory and classification of all projects, and some of them will be completed as investment opportunities or in partnership with the private sector, or through loans.
We have 52 hospital projects and 45 stalled residential complexes, and other projects that require a lot of money to complete.
There is no contribution from public companies to the state budget, and it represents a great economic burden.
Next year's budget included increasing allocations for the social protection network, and expanding the base of coverage for beneficiaries
We will benefit from the Egyptian experience in dealing with the housing and slums crisis, as well as addressing the electric power crisis by adopting an advanced mechanism for collection
The Iraqi-Chinese agreement is in effect, and the implementation of 1000 schools will soon begin throughout Iraq.
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