August 24, 2023
His Excellency the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, Mr. Ali Al-Alaq, received today, Thursday, a high-ranking delegation from the World Bank headed by Mr. Farid Belhadj, Vice President of the World Bank for the Middle East and North Africa.
During the meeting, they discussed the efforts of the Central Bank of Iraq to organize and consolidate external transfers in accordance with compliance requirements and international standards, and to encourage merchants to enter the electronic platform to buy dollars by providing facilities and simplifying tax and customs procedures that the government is making anticipated amendments to.
The meeting discussed granting small loans through the "Riyada" bank, which will be responsible for providing various loans with the support of the Central Bank of Iraq and private banks, and working to establish a loan guarantee company, as well as paying attention to compliance and risk standards for the development of the banking sector.
The meeting dealt with the conditions of government banks, which constitute approximately 80% of the size of the Iraqi banking sector, and dealt with plans to improve their work, including amending their internal systems to implement institutional governance issued by the Central Bank, and plans to restructure those banks.
In turn, the World Bank delegation praised the efforts and procedures of the Central Bank of Iraq at all levels, expressing its readiness to provide any advice or technical expertise in these areas, and to continue implementing the programs it is working on with the Central Bank.
Central Bank of Iraq
24 - August - 2023