DELTA » April 4th, 2017
I GOT YOU THIS ARTICLE FROM 2013, VERY CLEAR THAT IRAQ CONTROL THE IQD SINCE THEN. IT'S ACTUALLY THE OPPOSITE, IN ORDER FOR THEM TO GO INTERNATIONAL WITH THEIR CURRENCY THEY HAVE TO LIFT THREE ZEROS FIRST.
With Chapter 7 Lifted, Iraq Regains Control of Its Own Economy
By Rudaw 7/7/2013
By Goran Mustafa
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The lifting of Chapter 7 sanctions last month can be considered one of Iraq’s biggest achievements since the ouster of Saddam Hussein a decade ago, allowing Baghdad to regain control over its own currency, oil and economy.
Chapter 7, imposed on Iraq by the UN Security Council after Saddam’s invasion of Kuwait in 1991, froze all Iraqi assets in international banks, ordering they be used to compensate victims of the aggression. Besides placing limits on use of its wealth, the sanctions also placed limits on the Iraqi military.
One of the biggest advantages of the lifting of the sanctions is the return of all frozen assets to the Iraqi government, estimated at $82 billion, according to Central Bank data. Its return will not only revitalize the economy, it will strengthen the value of the Iraqi dinar and increase its purchasing power.
A few hours after Chapter 7 was lifted, the value of Iraqi dinar increased against other currencies. The exchange rate of dinar is fixed against the dollar, but its value continues to rise. Saif Al-Halafi, an economic and banking expert, expects that the dinar will probably replace the dollar for investments, and that as demand for the dinar rises, so will its value.
DELTA » April 4th, 2017
With Chapter 7 lifted, Iraq also can independently handle its oil revenues without UN supervision.
“The lifting of Chapter 7 against Iraq will enable it to regain independence in its oil policy, and Iraq again can become an important regional and international energy player,” said economic expert, Dr. Rebwar Khinsi. Iraq plans to emerge as one of the world’s biggest oil exporters in 12 years.
According to Iraq’s energy plan, oil exports are expected to reach six million barrels per day (bpd) by 2017, elevating the federal budget to $216 billion dollars. The plan aims for exports of nine million barrels bpd by 2020, raising the budget to $324 billion dollars. In 2025, the federal budget will reach 432 million dollars, if Iraq succeeds to export 12 million barrels of oil per day.
Under George Bush’s administration the US government agreed to keep $50 billion belonging to Iraq in America, and Barack Obama’s administration continues to do the same. An estimated $7.8 billion dollars are blocked in Jordan and Lebanon, and a huge amount of capital belonging to Iraqi Airways remains frozen in Kuwait and Jordan.
The United Nations Security Council forced Iraq to compensate Kuwait for an estimated $52 billion. Following the first Gulf War, Iraq did not have an independent economic policy, with all of its income administered by Iraq’s development program and supervised by the UN. Five percent of Iraq’s annual oil revenue was allocated to compensating Kuwait.
So far, Iraq has paid $41 billion dollars to Kuwait. According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoosyar Zebari, Baghdad is committed to paying the rest of the remaining $11 billion in compensation to Kuwait, and expects to pay off all of its.
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OptimusPrime » April 4th, 2017
Otherwise if they get 1000 dinars for every 1182 dinars they were previously getting and the prices aren't adjusted accordingly then the citizens will perceive that as a pay cut right??
So the stores will need to lower the amount of dinars for their products.. and the people who provide services will need to lower the amount of dinars they charge for hair cuts or working on a vehicle etc.. and that's all doable.. but what about IMPORTED items?
It seems like the imports would seem to be more expensive sense the adjustment to the value of the dinar would only be in country.. and the people who import items would keep the prices as they have been with out adjusting.. or do those pesky contracts cover all of that as well??
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