A new government plan to alleviate poverty targets 7 million Iraqis

Iraqi government sources said that a ministerial committee is working to launch a national strategy to alleviate poverty in the country, in an attempt to contain the rising proportion of Iraqis under the poverty line, whose percentage exceeded the areas of control of the government 31% and in areas of control or urged to expelled from more than 48%.
A senior official at the Ministry of Finance said that the plan is to be completed within two months from now, to be implemented early next year 2018, pointing out that it depends on several mechanisms for the purpose of success, which will continue until 2022.
According to the information, six international bodies, including a bank, financial institutions and various governments are working to help Iraq to complete the plan, which is the first of its kind, targeting about 7 million Iraqis.
The plan will be based on granting soft loans to small and medium-sized enterprises, granting agricultural loans to land owners, on the condition of reclamation and cultivation, granting housing loans, opening at least 400 factories and a state-owned factory to attract labor and obligating foreign and local investors to be The number of Iraqis working in their projects is not less than 70%, in addition to the adoption of projects for women in the home for widows and divorcees.
Mohammed al-Moussawi, a member of the Iraqi parliament, said that a specialized committee is continuing to prepare all the details of the plan before it was announced and aimed at alleviating poverty and not eliminating it. The task is great in Iraq, pointing out that donor countries and organizations will help Iraq in the plan, Next September by Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi.
A report by the Iraqi Ministry of Planning showed a significant increase in the poverty and unemployment rate in the country, reaching 48% and 48% of the government controlled areas.
The provinces of Anbar, Salah al-Din, Diyala, Mosul, Kirkuk and Baghdad topped the list of the poorest provinces, followed by Muthanna, Babil and Dhi Qar.
Experts attribute the rise of poverty in Iraq to an invasion of the country, the decline in oil prices globally, and the spread of corruption in the joints of state institutions.
Abdul-Zahra al-Hindawi, a spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Planning earlier this June, said the poverty rate before 2014 was between 13% to 15%, but after the emergence of dizziness and waves of displacement and the economic crisis and the permanent decline in oil prices, Poverty has doubled, and has jumped above 30% and is increasing day by day.
Members of parliament and civil activists are seeking to draft new laws that will reduce poverty.
Gamal al-Wakil, a member of the Iraqi Human Rights Commission, said the current effort is to compel the government to enact laws that would stop the escalation of poverty first and then alleviate it.
The current social imbalance must be fixed. Iraq has two very first layers, the second is very poor, there is no middle class, and all because of financial and administrative corruption, he said.
In December 2015, the Iraqi Ministry of Planning announced that it had launched a poverty reduction strategy in a country where more than a third of the population lives on less than $ 2 a day.