A proposal on the government table to face the parliamentary economic and financial crisis, warns!

05/20/2020 15:41


Baghdad today - special

The decision of the Parliamentary Finance Committee, Ahmed Al-Saffar, on Wednesday (May 20, 2020), warned against demands to raise the price of the dollar against the Iraqi dinar to confront the financial crisis and maintain the hard currency, stressing that this decisionis not in the interest of the Iraqi financial system.

Al-Saffar said in an interview with (Baghdad today), that "raising the dollar exchange rate to face the financial crisis and maintain the hard currency is one of the proposals and monetary measures put forward and the state may take to avoid the liquidity crisis."

He added, "It is not in the interest of the financial system to raise the exchange rate of the dollar because it will lead to a decrease in the Iraqi dinar price and a decrease in purchasing power and will lead to inflation," noting that "the classes with limited income and those with salaries will be the first affected by this decision."

Al-Saffar pointed out that "raising the price of the dollar depends on the government's ability to apply the necessary public spending from other sources."

The economist, Rasem Al-Akidi, warned, Thursday (14 May 2020), of floating the Iraqi dinar against the dollar, that is, reducing the value of the Iraqi dinar against the dollar according to a proposal put forward by economists to provide additional funds for the Iraqi budget to be paid as salaries for employees.

Al-Aqidi said in an interview with (Baghdad Today), "The issuance of any decision to float the dinar against the dollar in light of the current conditions in Iraq is very dangerous for the country which is basically suffering from uncontrollable losses, namely fees, customs, taxes and many other financial resources."

And that "the flotation does not constitute an increase in the value of the Iraqi dinar, but rather we will see an increase in the exchange rates of the dollar because of the lack of its acquisition in the global market, especially with the decline in global oil prices."

He added that "the flotation will lead to a significant increase in prices, and will be paid by the poor," noting that "the flotation is taken in light of the stable financial conditions of the state, as well as the diversification of the economy and its dependence on resources other than oil."

Al-Akidi said that "floating the dinar against the dollar is launching the process of buying and selling without any limits, and the country will face an unprecedented rise in prices with limited and steady salaries, so conditions will be more difficult, especially in the humanitarian context."