Al-Kazemi: The government added $12 billion to the state reserves
Last updated 2021-10-08
BAGHDAD – IMN
The Prime Minister, Mustafa Al-Kazemi, announced that the government added more than 12 billion dollars to the state’s reserves, a year after carrying out economic reforms.
Al-Kazemi said in a speech on the occasion of the elections: “It was clear from the beginning that economic indicators tend to show a financial deficit, which may prevent even the salaries of state employees and retirees, and we were not satisfied with ourselves, to bow before this bitter reality, which we inherited, and we become witnesses, and participants in allowing such a collapse.”
He added, “We had no choice but to take preventive measures, some were encouraging them in secret, but they went out to bid through the media, to win electoral votes, through a populist speech rejecting what he had agreed to in closed meetings, and it was my tongue, they carried me the burden of your mistakes.” I am not afraid of auctions and I will not lie to people.”
He continued, “After a year of carrying out economic reforms, here we are adding more than $12 billion to the state’s reserves, to hand it over to the next government, and to establish a comprehensive economic reform approach expressed in the white paper, which we have started implementing some of its provisions on the ground.”
The Prime Minister stressed that “our goal is for Iraq, during the next five years, to move to the ranks of the prosperous producing countries in the region and the world, and that the energies of our people are invested in production, work and construction, and that we stop slack in the state, and launch thousands of agricultural, industrial, tourism and residential projects, And projects of roads, bridges, railways, ports, automation and trade, to absorb the huge unemployment.”
And Al-Kazemi said, “I stand before you today, a year and three months after the formation of the government, which I had the honor to preside, to renew my commitment and loyalty to my country, and to the great Iraqi people, to make all efforts to overcome the crises that surround us, since the fall of the tyrant on the ninth of April 2003, and to work together, To mobilize the energies and benevolent forces of our people, to put our country on the path of progress.”
He pointed out that “only several steps separate us from the early elections, which constituted the essence of the desired political change and change, which we sought to achieve with every effort and sincerity, bypassing the various difficulties and complications that you know.”
He added, “Our concern was to create the appropriate political and security environment, so that the elections would be fair, transparent, safe and responsive to your national vision in a manner that preserves your dignity.”
Al-Kazemi said, “I will not be arrogant or claim complete satisfaction with the government’s performance, which suggests as if we have responded to the tasks, aspirations and goals of our people, which go beyond the goals of this stage, and cannot be achieved within a year of the life of a government that moves in a minefield.”
He added, “We are now hours away from the election date, after we have provided all the necessIG requirements for its success, and to ensure its protection and management, in a manner that achieves the will of the voters,” stressing,
“I am honored to personally follow up on the supervision of everything related to electoral security, and provides the maximum enabled by the free will of the electorate.
Al-Kazemi indicated that he distanced himself and his government team from entering as a competing party in the elections, and said: “I committed myself not to aligning with a party, candidate, party or political party, and I did not tolerate that our government tolerated any violation of the rules of the electoral process, in line with my concept and vision of the role of The state, and political power, as a caretaker of the people and a framework for public service.”
He stressed that “Iraq is not anyone’s estate, and the statesman must abide by Iraq before committing to any partisan, sectarian, ethnic or national approach, and to be subject to the values and ethics that control his activity and good performance, and this is what should be embodied in the behavior of everyone who will confront the leadership of Iraq in this stage.” after the elections, so that the mistakes of the past are not repeated.”