But he indicated "transfers and distributions will be made so that the new budget will cover all sectors of the Iraqi people to avoid the mistakes that happened in last year's budget, and the confusion that happened in the implementation of investment projects".
After the economic committee meeting under the chairmanship of Vice-President Adel Abdel Mahdi, the Iraqi minister revealed that "new conditions are put to punish the parties who fall behind in the implementation, then withdraw the funds that have not been spent and convert them to the implementation of large projects in the country".
Regarding the amendments to the salaries of governmental employees at the beginning of next year, Azzubaidi announced: "400 million dollars have been allocated to make the necessary adjustments to the salaries of the employees. The increases would range between 50 and 70%, and each employee will get the increase he deserves, starting from the beginning of next January".
Azzubaidi pointed out that 2007budget "will be set at the rate of 1260 dinar to the dollar and 50 dollars per barrel of oil with the production of 1.7 million barrels a day". He explained that the Iraqi Central Bank "started raising interest rates from 12 to 16% now", pointing out that there are no immediate plans to continue raising interest rates.
He explained that the aim of raising interest rates is "to strengthen the Iraqi dinar, and curb the inflation of 56% now, as well as strengthening the confidence of Iraqis in the local currency iraqi dinar".(Source)AlSabah