Oct 18 2015
Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi called for utilising the youth and developing the private sector and for correct steps to move it towards the right path.
During his speech at the workshop on implementation of economic reforms to promote the private industrial sector he said that the issue of the private sector, especially the industrial sector, is very important and some are trying to create a hostile atmosphere between industrialists and the state and refused to change and reject the reforms, because there are those who were affected by these reforms and do not want us to move forward and some of the corrupt want to get profits without work and this illegal profit and the keeping the situation as it is keeps this corruption intact.
He added that we should unite and not retreat from reforms because of these attacks and move on, noting that the slight development in the industrial sector is not commensurate with the conditions of the country and that we are moving the country forward and we have strategies that will contribute to the development of this sector, including the project to simplify governmental procedures.
With regard to the new salary scale the PM said it is for social justice and to reduce disparities between the higher grades and lower, and it is not reasonable to give certain grades large benefits while they are doing work which is not commensurate with the size of these provisions, and so we support a just distribution of salaries.
The Prime Minister said that some people want to hinder and give false information about salaries and the new scale, noting that this is not the field of political competition because they do not want reforms and some were forced to keep quiet in the face of public pressure, but they have begun to speak up and raise problems but I think that the majority in Parliament are in favour of continuing with reforms.
Dr. Al-Abadi called on university professors and the three presidencies and some ministries to be patient with us because the country is suffering from a financial crisis and we need to trim costs and we have several accumulated measures to bridge the fiscal deficit, noting that the salaries of health professionals were not affected, as some claim.
Dr. Al-Abadi pointed out that some social groups need support and so the allocations for the social protection network has increased by 50 percent, because we do not want it to be affected.
Prime Minister's Media Office
18 October 2015