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06-16-2011, 08:04 PM
This is the IMF document med mentioned in chat and was looking for, I believe...guardian

Iraq: Second Review Under the Stand-By Arrangement, Requests for Waiver of Applicability, Extension of the Arrangement, and Rephasing of Access—Staff Report; Press Release on the Executive Board Discussion; and Statement by the Executive Director for Iraq.

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Financial Sector

12. Financial intermediation is at a very low level in Iraq. A functioning banking sector is essential for the development of a strong private sector. We have begun to embark on our banking sector reform strategy:

A critical step will be to complete the financial restructuring of the two largest stateowned banks, Rafidain and Rasheed, based on their completed financial and operational audits. In this regard, we formed a Bank Reconciliation Unit that comprises technical level staff from the banks, the CBI and the Ministry of Finance, and with the assistance of Ernst and Young (who were the agents of the Ministry of Finance in the external debt restructuring process) to: (i) deal with all legacy external liabilities taking into account the government’s actions in the context of Iraq’s external debt restructuring (ii) indentify and propose to write-off non-performing loans to defunct state-owned enterprises; (iii) propose a course of action for other remaining unreconciled accounts; and (iv) after the balance sheets have been cleaned up, revalue the remaining foreign currency denominated balance sheet items. The BRU will work under the supervision of the Restructuring Oversight Committee (ROC), consisting of the Minister of Finance, the Governor of the CBI, and the Chairman of the BSA. The BRU will send its recommendations for final approval to the respective boards of the two banks. Through this process, we aim to complete the restructuring of the balance sheets of Rafidain and Rasheed by end-June 2011 (a structural benchmark).

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Finance will continue to work closely with the World Bank under its banking sector project to modernize these banks by moving ahead with the plans for their operational restructuring. These banks will operate on a fully commercial basis, on market terms, and the government will refrain from directing any lending. Decisions on the recapitalization of Rafidain and Rasheed will not be made until the restructuring of their balance sheets has been completed and adequate progress has been made in their operational restructuring, especially by establishing an appropriate governance structure and strengthening risk management and control functions. More generally, given the vulnerabilities these (and other) banks face due to operational risks, the CBI will continue to improve its oversight systems and monitor closely the activities of the banks, particularly during the transition process.

The new set of prudential regulations for commercial banks, including those related to minimum capital requirements, liquidity risk, and anti-money laundering, are being implemented. Work on the relevant reporting tables for the banks will be completed soon in consultation with the IMF and other technical assistance providers. Under the auspices of the World Bank banking sector project, we have conducted a full assessment of the banking supervision department, and this report will form the basis of improving this department.

The CBI will continue to strengthen the management of its international reserves in line with the adopted reserves management guidelines. The CBI will follow the guidelines to diversify currency composition and establish an appropriate duration and credit risk profile, and build capacity for risk analysis. We will continue to provide monthly reports to the CBI board (and to the IMF) based on the investment criteria established in the guidelines.
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http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2011/cr1175.pdf (http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/scr/2011/cr1175.pdf)