Budget delays cost Iraq $27 million a day
Iraq already marred by high deficit is losing almost $27 million per day because of a budget delay, a member of the Shiite-dominated National alliance coalition said in a press conference on Saturday.
“The National alliance coalition is insisting to issue Iraq’s budget as soon as possible,” the Iraqi news website Al-Sumaria reported the Chairman of the parliamentary Finance Committee, Haider Abadi saying.
The secular yet Sunni-backed Iraqiya list and the Kurdistan coalition have both rejected the current budget proposal.
In addition to this, disagreement over payment to oil companies operating in the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan, the Iraqiya list still demands money that has been allocated to the Defense Ministry to be funneled through to the budget of other provinces.
Iraq’s budget deficit is expected to fall to $4 billion at end-2014 from $12 billion that was planned for 2012, as the country benefits from increased oil proceeds.
Iraq sits on $143.1 billion barrels of proven oil revenues and 126.7 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.