Adjusting the dollar exchange between supporting the national product and the dream of economic recovery
Monday January 18, 2021 28
Baghdad: Mustafa Al-Hashemi
The director of the Market Research and Consumer Protection Center, Dr. Yahya Kamal Al-Bayati, said that the government is facing a strong and big challenge in the face of the current economic crisis, which made it present the reform white paper,
asking: Is the white paper capable on its own to address economic and social problems, and did the budget include solutions to advance the reality of development The existing infrastructure to revive the Iraqi economy, in light of the Central Bank’s decision to amend the exchange rate?
Al-Bayati confirmed that the Central Bank's decision, late last year, contributed to adjusting the exchange rate of the dollar in the market, as our local markets faced a new problem that requires the government to put in place appropriate mechanisms in how to control it and limit manipulation. In which.
National product support
Al-Bayati indicated that "this decision was supposed to be preceded by support for the national product, which is witnessing a clear absence in the market, as well as support for the private sector to take its role properly, with the need not to overlook the importance of limiting imports, for the purpose of making the economic reform process successful."
He believed that "the exchange rate of the dollar against the dinar now needs to be revised because it has negatively affected the rates of commodity prices in the market and made them rise by 20 percent from their rates before the central decision to amend the exchange rate, which is supposed to revive the Iraqi economy with deliberate steps."
Consumer Protection Act
The Director of the Market Research and Consumer Protection Center added that "the Consumer Protection Law No. 1 of 2010 needs to activate and adopt mechanisms for its implementation on the ground, as well as the Consumer Protection Council, which includes in its formation a number of ministries," noting that
"Iraq needs institutional integration."
By engaging in work between ministries and departments and coordinating efforts aimed at solving economic problems with a national vision to raise the standard of living Citizen ».
And that "the intended integration lacks follow-up, and every process that the government takes needs to be followed up and monitored to activate it, calling on those in charge of the economic file in Iraq to activate the Iraqi consumer protection law to preserve the hard currency and the domestic capital cycle, and we limit the depletion of our resources on import only without There is real development ».
Al-Bayati focused on "the need to support the local product in a concentrated manner because it deals in the national currency and not in dollars, which may make a difference that the citizen touches when buying it from the market after providing it in it."