A parliamentary bloc presents a plan to combat financial and administrative corruption in the country

5/22/2020 15:29


The National Approach bloc presented, on Friday, a plan for the new government to combat financial and administrative corruption in the country.
The head of the National Approach Bloc, Ammar Tohme, said in a statement that he received [where] a copy of it, “One of the most important duties of the new government that it is supposed to undertake is to combat financial and administrative corruption through a clear plan and discreet mechanisms that we summarize accordingly: -
. Presenting and auditing the final accounts for the past seven years that have not been accomplished until this time, in addition to following up the fundamental observations recorded by the supervisory authorities on the years that submitted their final accounts to Parliament and voted on them conditionally to disclose those fundamental violations that are supposed to take place within four months of the date of their approval from Parliament, knowing that at the time we refused to vote and recognize those accounts that are full of wastage that exceeds billions of dollars unless the fate of those funds is revealed.
. Reviewing all major contracts with the lowest levels that the ministries concluded in the past years
Through professional committees supported by specialized international companies, this step could lead to the detection of stolen and wasted large amounts of money and will constitute an important asset for the state’s aid in facing the current critical economic conditions.
Collecting revenues from ports and customs through tight mechanisms and controls to ensure their complete fulfillment and fighting corruption, which accounts for the majority of its revenues of billions of dollars, knowing that expert and expert reports estimate those revenues at no less than 18 trillion dinars and only one trillion dinars are collected annually. A little more.
Assigning the highest civilian and military sites to competent, impartial and courageous figures who are tested for their integrity and their fight against corruption in their previous career history, with clear mechanisms and method for appointing those who take over these sites and announcing them to the public opinion so that it monitors the accuracy of their application and availability in officials.
. Criminalizing the failure of senior officials and those with special grades to disclose their financial receivables and interests, and to adopt effective verification mechanisms in pursuing those interests inside and outside Iraq, as reports and reliable information from the supervisory authorities indicate that some officials hide their financial interests in foreign financial institutions.
Enhancing international cooperation in pursuing the activities of economic officials and revealing their balances deposited in international banks or financial institutions
by concluding bilateral or expanded cooperation agreements to compel these countries to provide the necessary facilities to follow up on any suspicious activity.
. Reconsidering the officials of the regulatory agencies and departments in the state ministries and institutions, so that the officials in the supervisory bodies are truly independent from the executive authority and their nomination by civil society organizations and political societies not participating in the government, and in this way, we guarantee the independence of these regulatory bodies in fulfilling their role in holding officials accountable and checking their work and fighting corruption.
. Review the licensing rounds that constitute the costs and entitlements of their companies ’business, approximately 30% of the total oil revenue, if the sale price of oil is (30) dollars, for example, what has been allocated to foreign companies’ dues is approximately 15 trillion dinars for the year 2019, although more than half of the production The oil through national efforts.
. The necessity to review the valid licensing contracts concluded by the Media and Communications Authority in the period since 2004 to ensure that they are in line with the laws and restore the profit equation in order to achieve greater revenue for the Iraqi state. As the budget tables indicated that the revenues of the Communications Authority for the year 2018
(887) billion dinars, and its revenue estimates for the year 2019 (541) billion dinars, which is 40% lower than the previous year, and this is a strange indication that needs interpretation and investigation.
Therefore, we demand a set of proposals in this regard:
a. The requirement for companies winning licensing contracts to pay no less than 70% of the net profits accrued from their activity in operating licenses granted to the Iraqi state
b. Reducing the time period for licenses granted to companies from (15) years to (5) years in order to ensure tougher commitment and higher competition to provide Services and fulfill the obligations and conditions of licenses for the benefit of the Iraqi state.

. Reviewing the allocations of embassies, consulates and diplomatic missions and identifying the actual need for the existence of many of them and their feasibility politically or economically, especially since many of them did not engage in productive activity for the country other than the financial depletion of the public budget and providing these huge funds for the Iraqi people and employing the unemployed and providing services.
. The fair management of wealth and its equitable distribution based on the criteria of the constitution and the population ratio of the governorates and avoiding political compliments and their unjust effects.
. Creating a fair electoral environment that guarantees realistic representation of the will of the voters and professional management independent of the influence of politics and its selfish goals.
. Canceling unfair privileges of senior officials and others and transferring them to disadvantaged groups.