A parliamentarian discloses the disappearance of $25 billion through remittances outside Iraq

A parliamentarian discloses the disappearance of $25 billion through remittances outside Iraq

2021-08-04 07:44

A parliamentarian discloses the disappearance of 25 billion through remittances outside IraqShafaq News/ Member of Parliament Arshad Al-Salihi said on Wednesday that corruption operations occurred through remittances outside Iraq in the year 2020, at a time when the total imports in the same year amounted to 15 billion dollars, according to the Ministry of Planning.

Al-Salihi said in a statement today, “We were surprised by the figures revealed by the Ministry of Planning that the volume of Iraq’s import of goods in 2020 amounted to only 15 billion dollars, but while the volume of Iraqi remittances outside the country during the year 2020 amounted to 40 billion dollars, according to It was announced by the Central Bank, which means that Iraq has transferred 40 billion dollars for the purpose of import and received goods worth 15 billion dollars only,” noting that “this means the loss of 25 billion dollars that should be disclosed to public opinion immediately without any hesitation.”

He added, “We affirm guaranteeing the rights of the Iraqi citizen and exposing corruption is one of the responsibilities of the Iraqi government and not to cover up those whose hands are tainted by wasting public money. Therefore, the government must deal with transparency and not neglect the rights of the Iraqi people.”

On Sunday, the first of August, the Ministry of Planning announced a sharp drop in imports during the past year 2020 compared to the years 2018-2019, attributing this to the outbreak of the Corona epidemic.

The official spokesman for the ministry, Abdul-Zahra Al-Hindawi, said, in a statement received by Shafak News Agency, that the report prepared by the Central Statistics Organization showed that the total imports for the year 2020 of commodity materials and oil products amounted to $15.4 billion, equivalent to (18.4) trillion Iraqi dinars, registering a percentage of A decrease of (25.9%) compared to 2019, which amounted to (29.9) billion dollars, equivalent to (24.8) trillion Iraqi dinars.

He added that the percentage of decrease compared to 2018, amounted to (58%) as it reached (37) billion dollars, equivalent to (43.8) trillion Iraqi dinars, as the Corona epidemic started since the end of 2019, while the total imports for the year 2020 amounted to non-commodity goods. Oil (13.8) billion dollars, equivalent to (16.5) trillion Iraqi dinars, recording a decrease of (23.2%) from 2019, when it amounted to (18.1) billion dollars, equivalent to (21.5) trillion Iraqi dinars, at the current exchange rate of the customs declaration.

Al-Hindawi indicated that the total imports for the year 2020 of oil products amounted to (1.6) billion dollars, equivalent to (1.9 trillion) Iraqi dinars, with a decrease of (43.3%) compared to the year 2019 where it amounted to (2.8) billion dollars, equivalent to (3.3) trillion Iraqi dinars. .

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