Iraq takes measures to make its banking sector robust

Posted: December 21, 2013 in Iraqi Dinar/Politics
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20 Dec 2013
Iraqi parliament has authorized the establishment of an institute for financial and banking training to develop the skills of government banking sector employees and bring them up to date with the latest electronic systems and technologies.

On December 10th, the decision was announced, complementing the other training steps that would be taken by the ministry of Finance, stated by the parliamentary financial committee member Abdul Hussein al-Yasseri.

He mentioned, “Despite the enrolment of a number of their staff members in training courses and programs inside the county and abroad, Iraqi banks are still in need of further efforts to train and develop human resources.”

He also added in his statement that the establishment of this institute will cater seamless raining processes in future. The institute will work with a motto to develop the technical side of the daily financial transactions by training public sector banking staff on the use of modern technologies, and by creating a comprehensive electronic system that would connect the banks.

Mr. al-Yasseri remarked, “Earlier this year, we organized three workshops in Baghdad, Amman and London, in collaboration with experts and specialists, to discuss the legal and legislative fundamentals and measures necessary to boost and enhance the state of banking in Iraq.”

Deputy Finance Minister Fadhel Nabi told Mawtani that since 2007, the ministry has organized training courses for its finance and banking staff as part of a bilateral strategic project in collaboration with the World Bank to rebuild the infrastructure of Iraqi banks and reform public finance administration systems.

He mentioned, “Training and development courses covered various fields of banking, the most notable of which were training on modern accounting data systems, how to prepare the state’s annual financial budgets and the development of performance and institutional capacity to carry out customs and tax operations.”

Abdul Aziz Hassoun, executive director of the Iraqi Association of Private Banks stated that the training of banking staff capacities is an important step. But “it will not be enough unless steps are taken to introduce advanced technology”, he added.

“Our government banks are still using outdated technical methods, and there are many transactions that are still done manually,” he told Mawtani. “Therefore, we believe job training will not be sufficient or feasible without the use of modern technology in the processing of all banking operations.”

Public sector banks hold about 85% of the state’s financial resources and assets, he said, with the remaining funds spread out to about 40 private sector banks.

“This means that the bulk of the financial operations are administered by government banking system, making it necessary to enhance this sector’s efficiency and develop its structure, performance and external dealings with the banks of the world,” he said.

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