Baghdad Prime Minister Muhammad Shia Al-Sudani chaired today, Tuesday, the fifth regular session of the Council of Ministers.

During the session, the latest developments in the general situation in the country, and a number of basic issues were discussed, and directives were issued in their regard.

In the context of organizing the work environment, the Prime Minister directed the formation of a governmental committee to review the file of foreign workers in Iraq, and to organize the legal framework for it.

The Cabinet session witnessed a discussion of a number of topics on the agenda, and the issuance of a number of decisions and recommendations in their regard.

In light of the government’s tendency to transfer contractors to permanent owners in accordance with the approved legal mechanisms, and in response to the demands of young people contracting with the Ministry of Electricity, the Council of Ministers agreed to approve the appointment of contracts for the Ministry of Electricity who have contractual service of two years or more, and the Ministry of Finance to create degrees and job titles, and the transfers take place from the planning budget for each company affiliated to the Ministry of Electricity, including the contracts of Basra Governorate, and not to request the addition of any new financial allocations from the Ministry of Finance. The Ministry of Electricity’s refusal to appoint new contracts or daily wages in the future. The names are to be checked by the Federal Financial Supervision Bureau.

Other government agencies and ministries shall provide the Ministry of Finance with the requirements contained in the General Secretariat’s letter No. 22081 on June 14, 2022, and the Ministry of Finance shall take the necessary steps, respectively, from the Council of Ministers.

The Council of Ministers discussed an important file related to the abolition of the privileges of officials, and the implementation of the law issued in this regard. This is part of a package of reforms that the government has moved towards implementing, in accordance with what is included in its ministerial curriculum. The council approved the following:

Approval to issue instructions to facilitate the implementation of the Law No. (28 of 2019) of canceling financial privileges for state officials, based on the provisions of Article (80/item III), and Article (10) of the Law of canceling financial privileges for state officials, taking into consideration the opinion of The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers confirmed by the legal department memorandum numbered (M.D./Q./2/2/21/No), signed on November 17, 2022.

The Council of Ministers discussed the issue of the tax imposed on mobile phone recharge cards and Internet mobilization, which caused the high cost of communication in Iraq. With the aim of alleviating the burdens of citizens, the Council of Ministers decided to stop deducting the sums collected from the mobile phone service and the Internet recharge service amounting to (20%) starting from December 1, 2022. The Media and Communications Authority will implement this decision, and take appropriate measures to recover the amounts collected before the mentioned date, and send it to the public treasury as soon as possible.

In the context of the session, the Council of Ministers discussed the issue of delegations to government officials, and the need to amend travel mechanisms according to the correct legal standards, and in a way that achieves the desired goals of dispatch, and achieves the public interest in addition to controlling spending.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency