As published on: thepaypers.com, Monday 2 October, 2023.
The central banks of Jordan and Iraq have signed a cooperation agreement to strengthen the banking and financial relations between the two countries.
The two parties discussed banking issues of mutual interest, provided updates on the roles and activities of central banks and analysed developments in global monetary policies. The signed agreement is meant to establishing mechanisms that strengthen collaboration, exchange of information, and expertise in various areas.
Besides cooperation in banking and financial supervision, the agreement touches on topics such as the supervision and regulation of electronic payment systems, modern financial technology, innovation, cyber security, anti-money laundering, counterterrorism, and the exchange of skills and training for staff from both sides.
Emphasising their willingness to establish a presence in the Iraqi market, officials from the central bank of Jordan said there are currently four branches of Jordanian banks licensed to operate in Iraq, each with a capital of USD 50 million. Two of these branches have already started operations in Iraq.
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