political| 10:01 - 06/19/2023
Baghdad - Mawazine News
Trade Minister Atheer Daoud Al-Ghurairy announced the completion of technical and logistical procedures to pay the sums owed by Iraq to the World Trade Organization (WTO).
The ministry stated, in a statement that Mawazine News received a copy of, that
"the Department of Foreign Economic Relations, in coordination with the administrative and financial department in the ministry, and with exceptional efforts, was able to complete all procedures related to the payment of sums owed by Iraq in favor of the organization, for its membership in it as an observer, since
the contribution has accumulated." For previous years, as a result of the delay in approving the general budget for Iraq, in addition to reducing its percentage due to the austerity measures followed since 2018. The statement added,
"The Minister of Commerce and Chairman of the National Committee on Iraq's accession to the organization had issued directives to give the issue the utmost importance."
For his part, the Director General of the Department of Relations in the Ministry, Riyad Al-Hashemi,
emphasized addressing the concerned authorities with the need to resolve the file and implement the recommendations of the Diwani Order Committee No. 6 of 2022 regarding financial contributions to international and regional organizations, in addition to the fact that
this issue is consistent with the paragraphs of the government curriculum that gave priority to cooperation with organizations. International is of particular importance because of its widespread influence on the global economy. He pointed out that
"his department gave the WTO file a special importance within its plan prepared for the coming period, which supervises the implementation of the part related to it by the WTO department by coordinating the efforts of all government sectors to serve the interest of Iraq and its position."
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