Central Bank Governor Promises Bright Future

By John Lee.

The Governor of Iraq's Central Bank, Abdulbasit Turki, has said that Iraq’s financial capabilities are stronger than any challenges the country might be facing.

Speaking at a celebration to mark the 10th anniversary or Iraq’s Commercial Bank, he said

"The near future will be a surprise … our potentials are greater than any challenges we are going to face."

According to a report from Azzaman, Turki took over the Central Bank’s administration almost 10 months ago following a period in which the bank’s former leadership was alleged to have pursued policies detrimental to the country’s economy and the exchange rate of its national currency, the dinar.

Central Bank’s coffers are reported to be brimming with hard cash with reserves estimated at more than $70 billion.

Turki said the short period in which he has been at the helm of the country’s most influential financial institution has provided him with evidence that Iraq will overcome its economic difficulties with great leaps forward in the near future.

He did not elaborate, but hinted that his bank was negotiating with international banking institutions to open branches in the country and at the same time encourage foreign investment.

We have met delegations from some of the world’s largest banks who are willing to start operating in Iraq,” he said.

Turki said his institution wants to turn Iraq into an arena for investment, particularly by foreign firms and entrepreneurs to rebuild its infrastructure.

Iraq is open to all investors willing to invest in it and reconstruct its institutions,” he said.

(Source: Azzaman)

8 Responses to Central Bank Governor Promises Bright Future

  1. nemesis 13th July 2013 at 16:16 #

    Great and now, name a international banks - corespondents between Iraq and the world. So far just the words.

  2. nemesis 13th July 2013 at 16:20 #

    editor - why Libya logo??

  3. Hilfi 15th July 2013 at 12:25 #

    Small Talk as ususal.

    Who would trust a guy that disrupted the whole currency auction process since his questionable takeover of the CBI (which is now considered as one of the biggest scandals in Iraq).

    One if his famous quotes (now used against him by the iraqi media) is:

    Iraq needs on a weekly basis $500 million via currency auction to meet its needs. Anything above that amount he considers it as either money laundering or illegal transfers under false pretenses.

    For the last 3-4 month he has been selling weekly on average the double, i.e. $1Bn. So the question is, what is he doing about the $500MM which is supposed to be money laundering or illegal transfers? No Comment from Abdel Basit Turki.

    Things like this really show when someone does not know what he is talking about. It seems that he is still not up to speed in the article above.

  4. Editor 15th July 2013 at 16:09 #

    @nemesis: Thank you for pointing out this error - the correct logo has now been added.

    - Editor

  5. MICHAEL 16th July 2013 at 15:43 #

    oooooooooooooooo not more bs please when will it become international and

  6. cooper 17th July 2013 at 04:57 #

    RV is tomorrow, always

  7. Marco 17th July 2013 at 11:10 #

    What is the use of Loads of Moneys and no Security, where will you have bright future.

  8. Ameer 18th July 2013 at 18:20 #

    Bright Future would be improving Dinar's value, very cheap against US$, hence, they(out sider-other countries) get very cheap in Iraq(one of the richest country), hence, if value of Dinar goes up(1dinar=$2.5) then foreign reserve would jump fast, think on it, thanks, Ameer.