Governor of Central Bank Speech and Recommendations Iraqi Banking Forum Sept 2015

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Governors of Central Bank of Iraq & Banque du Liban inaugurated the Iraq Banking Forum
with the participation of 400 bankers and business leaders
Mr. Salame: Towards organizing the private sector debts and launching an electronic platform to trade stocks
Dr. Al Allag: Towards providing incentives for the private sector and privatizing Al Rafidain and Al Rasheed banks
The Iraq Banking Forum Launched Its Activities In Beirut, With The Presence Of 400 Participants From Arab And Foreign Countries.The Forum Was Attended By Lebanese And Iraqi Bankers, Business Leaders, Heads Of Companies, International Organizations And Banking Experts And Journalists.
The opening ceremony hosted the Governor of Banque du Liban, HE Mr. Riad Salame, Governor of Iraqi Central Bank, HE Dr. Ali Al Allag, President of Association of Banks in Lebanon, Dr. Joseph Tarabay, President of the Iraqi Private Banks League, Mr. Wadee Al Handal and the Chief Executive Officer of Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group, Mr. Raouf Abou Zaki.

Governor of the Central Bank of Lebanon and the Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq
inaugurate the work of the banking Iraq Forum
Post 400 bankers and business leaders

Safety: towards the organization of the private sector debt and the launch of an electronic platform for trading stocks and contracts

Dr.. Keywords: incentives for the private sector and towards the privatization of the Rafidain and Rasheed
Forum Iraq opened its banking today in Beirut in the presence of a large number of Lebanese and Iraqi bankers and business leaders, heads of companies, international organizations and banking experts and journalists, attended by about 400 participants from Arab and foreign countries. Speaking at the opening of both the Governor of the Bank of Lebanon Riad Salameh, the governor of the Central Bank of Iraq d. On the Keywords and President of the Lebanese Banks Association d. Joseph Tarabay and head of the Iraqi private banks association meek ​​Handal and CEO of group economics and business Raouf Abu Zaki. Safety and announced in a speech during the forum that the process of issuing circulating to organize the participation of the private sector debt to the Banking Control Commission to deal with the challenges of the stage, stressing the introduction of new incentives to the basket for the year 2016 billion-dollar may rise to $ 1.5 billion. He also pointed to the launch of an electronic platform for trading stocks and contracts approaching. The d. Keywords stated in his address to the proposal for the privatization of the Rafidain and Rasheed, who possessing 80 percent of the total Iraqi banking sector.
And regulates the Forum Group Economics and Business and the Central Bank of Iraq in cooperation with the Central Bank of Lebanon and the Association of Iraqi private banks and the Association of Banks in Lebanon. And continue the work of the forum over two days in Venice Intercontinental Hotel, followed by specialized workshops.

Lebanon's Central Bank Governor focused Riad Salameh at the beginning of his speech on the decline in growth on a global level and its impact on funding outside of Europe and the United States. He stressed the importance of a regional grouping of banks relations

And the need to use local currencies. He said that the Central Bank of Lebanon to consider the importance of dealing with Iraq, especially the Iraqi Central Bank to coordinate risk and to achieve transparency and the fight against money laundering and exchange of experiences and activating the payment in local currencies between the two systems. "

He said the safety of the Lebanese pound stable and are traded less than the intervention of the Bank of Lebanon affordable prices, and focused on the record for the reserves of the Central Bank. He said it would be the Banque du Liban initiatives to encourage confidence in the existence of stable benefits in spite of the expected release of Standard & Poor's rating for Lebanon from stable to negative. He said that deposits increased by 7 percent on average per year, with net worth rose by 12 percent, and expected that between 2015 and 2018 net worth rate will be 15 percent, he said, adding: "This is necessary to maintain the trust and the natural dealing with global banking."

He said: "2015 will not be seeing growth like the one achieved in 2014, and growth will be close to zero. That is why we introduced a package of incentives will include a credit of $ billion and up to $ 1.5 billion in 2016 and will be an interest rate at one percent limits. These include lending banks for the sectors of housing , small and medium-sized enterprises and projects of alternative energy, environment, education and other university. He said that the number of debtors increased between 1993 and 2015, from 70 thousand to 700 thousand, and this Altmsrv useful for the banking sector and economic growth. " He said that the housing sector has a particular importance as a locomotive for growth, it has resulted in a credit packages so far more than 100 thousand poverty housing finance.

Meanwhile, a safety that the Central Bank will issue a circular to regulate the debt with the private sector in a responsible manner and with the participation of the Banking Control Commission in order to overcome the challenges of the stage. We look forward positively to Circular 331 issued by the Bank Bnaln to support knowledge-based economy. The Financial Markets Authority will launch an electronic trading platform. We will give one license to the private sector to manage the platform. And will be in this platform Tdaozl stocks, bonds and commodities, including gold, will be the currency speculation and sell successful emerging institutions. Being electronic platform will be in touch with world markets, and our goal access to Lebanese expatriates and others. "He concluded that Lebanon is going through tough times, but the Lebanese have not given up and Tmn saying:" will not give up. "

Dr.. Keywords (Video Below)
The Iraqi Central Bank Governor d. On the Keywords, he said: "Due to the depth of the relationship between Iraq and Lebanon held banking forum Iraqi - the second of the Lebanese capital Beirut, and comes on the priority of this relationship is to increase and deepen the cooperation between the banking and financial sector in both countries head. Among the objectives of this forum to discuss the economic landscape and banking, and means address the challenges, and provide future opportunities, as well as all of the Bank of Lebanon strategic reconnaissance and the Central Bank of Iraq and monetary policy for each of them, and aimed at achieving economic, financial and banking development through activating and developing the contribution of the banking and financial sector and branches of foreign banks to the development of the two economies. "

He added: "Iraq and Lebanon completely Mhaian and Kraidan in the Arab region for the transfer and development of industry Almsrvih.kma aware of countries that bear a responsibility to identify strengths and weaknesses in the process of the financial and banking sector, especially Lebanese banks that have opened branches in Iraq and are on the increase. As I was talking with His Excellency the Governor of the Bank of Lebanon that the central banks are no longer the last resort it has become a refuge first and last. We must invest this position to take banks economic role for economic development. We recognize that the private sector is the real starting point for achieving continuous and sustainable development, and this fact requires much effort. The absorption resistance to change especially when some countries are used to a holistic centralized systems as in Iraq. and thus become change this environment and culture on the various procedures to evolve in order to achieve able to attract the private sector work environment, and this is what we believe in and we will invest every opportunity in the Iraqi Central Bank to emphasize the this fact in order to open the door and the frame of the field and the work of the private sector. We want to create an atmosphere of confidence in the banks, and this was expressed by His Excellency the Governor of the Bank of Lebanon Riad Salameh and without strengthen that trust can not be the promotion of the private sector. Therefore we tried to start from this important point and we worked Baattabrna in the Economic Committee of the Cabinet member to promote cooperation with the private sector to improve relations between the institutions and private banks. And broken constraints: State restrictions on private banks and we take this process to its fullest extent. We have other actions that involve certainly to give the role of the private sector. We believe that the financial crisis will help Iraq to achieve the real growth in the future and this is available in Iraq through human and other resources. "

He said: "Perhaps the most important step is the proposal to the Cabinet to convert the most important bankers in Iraq: Rasheed Bank and Rafidain Bank to banks special as companies contribution. The Iraq and by virtue of the size of these two banks intended to attract contributions from foreign banks, and this is very important. Perhaps the crucial element is important is restructuring of the banking sector helps to create a competitive role for the sector. We are working on the privatization properly Encouraged by the Minister of Finance and the Office of Financial Supervision and the support of the World Bank. We will resolve the existing problems stage there to have a chance to do a big step, but the largest in Iraq and in the region step. "

He added: "The CBI did all the technical requirements integration and interconnection of national PBX with several parties (Bank of TBI, Assyria Bank, Amwal, the Middle East) bank is ready for the actual start of pending termination of the supplementary Alemrahalh for the tests to be local e-payment cards through it and are settled through the RTGS system. The Bank is in the final stages of licensing two companies to pay by mobile phone and these two companies on standby to provide services in the whole of Iraq to get a license, as the Bank is working with banks and specialized companies to launch government collections electronically. On the other hand, and in order to keep up with development in the field of banking communications, the Bank completed the plans in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications to create a network linking the main branches of banks with the central bank and its branches and is working techniques Alkybl photosynthesis to be a substitute for the current wireless network, which opens up new horizons in the field of data transfer confidentiality and very high reliability and high availability. " .

Handal (Video Below)
The head of the Iraqi private banks association meek ​​Handal: "I am honored to speak in a number of topics that I hope that covered the forum Bnqachath and talks mused of this combination to reach the end of the forum on the recommendations that will serve the interests of the Iraqi economy and improvement of the banking sector's performance." He added: "We are going through only n in Iraq in a tough part of such conditions resulting from economic difficulties as a result of falling oil prices is born a deficit in the budget burdened the government and placed them in a circumstance in which any of the previous governments have not placed. As Iraq is going through a political and security conditions are not lightest the people and the government of economic hardship. The conditions that I mentioned and put everyone, including the Iraqi banking sector in the atmosphere and difficult challenges, prompting Iraqi private banks association to improve its performance to the performance of what it and what they can contribute to it in light of this crisis. I have taken the Association upon itself since the beginning This year, help and support of the Iraqi Central Bank to maintain a stable exchange rate. Association also played a prominent role through its participation in the national team of experts headed by her finance team who presented a package of policies adopted by the Government for the development of the financial sector and financial sector performance.

Dr.. Tarabay
Then President of the Lebanese Banks Association occur d. Joseph Tarabay, he said: "I am pleased the beginning, that I repeat welcoming our guests Distinguished from brotherly Iraq. You Thlon in our country Welcome to the friends, not only as colleagues profession, cherish Bmnaaqbithm and professionalism. We who Aktweina fire long wars and woes, suffer the most pain to hit and infects your country of terrorism, and caused by the killing and destruction and the displacement and destruction. So at the time of dire need you in which to complete construction of the state and its institutions and continue the reconstruction and the advancement and make up for what you missed by the wars as well. our whole in the heart of a dark tunnel. The cost owed ​​painful at all levels, including economies National. accumulate losses and excel on the capabilities of the census and the combination. No real growth and no development possible, but increasingly sharp worsening of economic and social already existing crises. "

He said: "Perhaps a harbinger of good and enlarge the size of the ambitions and hopes, qualitative steps that provide them successively authorities concerned in brotherly Iraq in terms of the banking structure to develop a legal and Amlanaa, especially those related to banking system and the law of electronic signature and the redefinition of capital required for banking units expatriate. In addition, orientation for tougher measures in the fight against money laundering and the financing of terrorism, and the establishment of the Deposit Insurance Corporation, and the development of appropriate letters of credit controls, and the establishment of units of the query and the centrality of risk, and instructions for Bachirvh Islamic, and the law of Islamic Sukuk. I'd, identify some of the critical areas that can achieve a common and rewarding benefit and provide time and money on the brotherly Iraqi banks, including:

Lebanese banks have a remarkable experience in the brokerage and management of versions operations in international markets.

Lebanese banks have developed an integrated and vital systems in the context of the overall banking. And diversification of bundles of services and products in the areas of retail banking Retail, custom corporate banking Corporate, Investment Banking and Investment.

Lebanese banks possess advanced international standards and with locations in the scope of electronic banking. And the issuance and management of bank cards of all types. The deployment and operation of the latest ATM.

Lebanon fought early investment banking experience, and sold unto us in determining Alaloyat and caveats.
Banks continue to adopt best practices in the framework of governance, segregation of duties and responsibilities.
Lebanese banks are spread in 33 countries around the world. True that invested by Iraqi banks as outlets to satisfy their customers in these markets requests.

Lebanese banks have significant expertise in the establishment and management of financial investment funds, are employed Akttabadtha in vital sectors of the economy.

Banks have the systems and equipment of the latest in the world of banking technology. He has a human cadres with high competencies and expertise and global.

Lebanon has extended vital experience in the field of combating illicit funds. In addition to the law and the applicable provisions of the Central Bank, banks and internal oversight units and human resources, which holds these responsibilities according to the highest international standards developed.

The banking system financing public and private sectors efficiently and professionally recognized by international financial institutions.

The Lebanese banking sector runs the local assets of more than $ 180 billion currently, which is comparable to about 3.5 times the gross domestic product. He maintains his brilliance and good growth investor acquired from the superior flexibility in the management of emergency to deal with the events, and accumulated from the experiences proven to absorb the consequences of repeated instances of disruption of internal stability and external influences.

Abu Zaki
The Group Chief Executive of Economics and Business Raouf Abu Zaki launched the opening word of the session, he said it: "Mmeltqana today is based on the success of the first conference, which was held last year under the title" the Iraqi banking forum - Lebanese "and integrates with him in his themes and in the number and level of participation and of about 150 head and General Manager of Iraqi banks in addition to about 250 bank Lebanese, Arab and representatives of the companies global technology. The holding of this forum in Beirut is the embodiment of the Lebanese banking expansion in Iraq, but the level of cooperation between the Central Bank of Iraq and his Lebanese counterpart on a number of fields, particularly in the field of training and coordination among regulators. This also reflects the high level of the Bank of Lebanon, which has become a school in the area of monetary policy and economic stimulus. The banking relations between Lebanon and Iraq Vkadimh Covenant, a renewed presence of Iraqi banks are currently in Lebanon and the presence of nine Lebanese banks operating in Iraq in addition to the tenth Bank completed steps in, so that it becomes In Iraq, some 24 branches of banks Lebanese are divided between Baghdad and Erbil and Basra and Sulaymaniyah. The economics and business group organized a conference on the Iraqi Stock Exchange last year in Dubai. Thus, the Group is now live the Iraqi situation in detail and keep pace with the Iraqi banking sector, both public and private. Therefore, when we raised the Central Bank of Iraq the idea of holding this conference, we start from an in-depth study of the market and the needs of the Iraqi banks in terms of infrastructure, software and training in addition to what is usually targeted conferences of communication and exchange of ideas and experiences. "