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Council of Ministers – Regular Updates

Council of Ministers – Regular Updates

The Kurdistan Regional Government Council of Ministers meets regularly to discuss new policies and decisions. In this article, you will find a constantly updated list of summaries of the meetings and the links to their respective original sources.

 

  • 2020 04 01: Prime Minister Masrour Barzani chaired a video conference cabinet meeting today to discuss the Kurdistan Region’s financial situation in light of the coronavirus pandemic, its economic implications, the drop in oil prices and the government’s plans to reform public expenditure. The Kurdistan Regional Government decided unanimously that their main priority is keeping civil servants’ pay unchanged, while members of the cabinet agreed to offer half of their wages and bonuses for the next two months to the government treasury, for redistribution to low-income families. The ministers of education and higher education presented a report on the state of schools and learning centers across the region, and the cabinet supported a plan for the consolidation of the school year through online courses.

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  • 2020 02 12: The cabinet meeting focussed on the implementation of the KRG’s ambitious Reform Law. Prime Minister Barzani emphasised the significance of the KRG’s modernisation efforts, which will enhance the efficiency of all government sectors and streamline the delivery of services to the public. It was also agreed that the cabinet, as part of its core responsibilities, will consider the restructuring the Kurdistan Region’s revenues and expenditures to bring greater transparency to the oil and gas sectors.

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  • 2020 01 22: The cabinet discussed implementing best practice for the taxation system of the Kurdistan Region. The framework updates current auditing practices and increases the transparency of the taxation system. Prime Minister Barzani emphasised his cabinet’s commitment to an ambitious reform agenda, notably tax revenue reform in the Kurdistan Region, which will ensure fair implementation of the system and provide the government with the enhanced enforcement tools. During the cabinet meeting, the KRG also approved the merging of the High Institute for Audits and Accounting with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, bolstering their research capabilities and raising scientific standards.

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  • 2020 01 15: Prime Minister Barzani welcomed the cabinet’s support for the government’s reforms, which will provide more fairness and transparency concerning the reorganisation of public sector salaries and pensions. The cabinet also discussed how public-private partnerships might be utilised in modernisation projects. Prime Minister Barzani expressed his support for a pilot project, and requested that the Ministry of Planning examines it in more detail.

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  • 2020 01 08: Prime Minister Barzani called on all sides to avoid any further escalation, warning that conflict and instability could lead to the re-emergence of terrorist groups such as ISIS. He affirmed that the KRG will continue to cooperate with its partners, including the Global Coalition and Iraqi security forces, as it seeks to maintain regional security. The cabinet also discussed the meeting between the KRG and the Kurdistan Parliament’s Finance and Economy Affairs Committee to examine the government’s draft reform bill, which will soon be voted on by the Kurdistan Parliament.

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  • 2019 12 11: The cabinet approved the draft Reform Bill by a majority vote. The Bill has now been sent to the Kurdistan Parliament for debate. The Reform Bill represents the latest in a series of steps taken to transform the civil service, increasing transparency and creating a fair system for hardworking public sector employees. The Bill includes a series of measures designed to provide more certainty and accountability on salaries, pensions and allowances for public servants.

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  • 2019 12 04: PM Barzani welcomed the efforts to strengthen KRG’s relationship with Baghdad. He affirmed the government’s full support for the delegation leading negotiations to ensure that the draft budget bill takes into consideration the interests of the people of the Kurdistan Region and Iraq. Minister of Electricity, Kamal Mohammed Salih provided an update on measures undertaken to minimise energy interruptions as winter approaches.

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  • 2019 11 27: As part of efforts by the new KRG to establish a stable relationship with the Iraqi federal government, Prime Minister Barzani reaffirmed the importance of supporting the delegation leading negotiations with Baghdad. Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, Sasan Awni, presented a study on private water consumption and waste across the Kurdistan Region, whereas Minister of Electricity, Kamal Mohammed Salih, updated the cabinet on efforts to minimise interruptions in the delivery of energy as winter approaches.

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  • 2019 11 13: During the meeting, Minister of Peshmerga Shoresh Ismael presented a detailed report on his ministry’s structure and expenditures, stressing the government’s important role in supporting the reform process for Peshmerga affairs. On the latest developments in Baghdad, Region Minister Khalid Salam Saaed highlighted the Federal Supreme Court’s recent amendment to the Iraqi Provincial Law. Following a successful intervention by the Kurdistan Parliament the amended law now allows displaced individuals to vote from outside their province of birth.

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  • 2019 11 06: Prime Minister Barzani expressed his support for the vital contribution of the Kurdistan Region’s hardworking teacher. The KRG agreed to employ all current contract-based public teachers on a permanent basis. The KRG were also presented with a comprehensive report by the Minister of Anfal and Martyrs Affairs, Abdullah Mahmood Mohammad, following which the KRG stated that the fulfilment of therights and entitlements of the victims will form part of the KRG’s ongoing discussions with Baghdad.

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  • 2019 10 30: In light of the ongoing protests, Prime Minister Barzani called for restraint by all sides, reiterating his hope that a peaceful resolution can be found. While welcoming the successful operation to remove Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi as a definitive step in the fight against ISIS, the Prime Minister warned that the terrorist organisation remains a threat. Regarding the instability in Syria, teh Cabinet approved a proposal by the Minister of Interior to establish a humanitarian emergency response fund.

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  • 2019 10 23: Underscoring the need for stability in Iraq, Prime Minister Barzani outlined how a strong partnership between the federal government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government would strengthen the country’s ability to protect its people. The Prime Minister also reaffirmed the Kurdistan Regional Government’s commitment to providing basic services and aid to the 1.1 million displaced people who are seeking refuge in the Kurdistan Region.

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  • 2019 10 09: Addressing the recent developments in Syria, Prime Minister Barzani affirmed that any military escalation in the country’s north-east would have severe consequences beyond the Syrian border. The Prime Minister called on all parties to engage in dialogue to de-escalate the situation and prevent the loss of innocent lives and further displacement of people toward vulnerable areas or the Kurdistan Region.

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  • 2019 10 02: The Cabinet reviewed mechanisms to manage public debt and obligations. Furthermore, ministers were tasked to explore jobs for top graduates, while also reaffirmirming legal obligations of confidentiality KRG employees owe to the government and the Kurdistani people.

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  • 2019 09 18: The ministers decided to fully implement legislation on intellectual property rights. In recognition of the importance of the Kurdistan Region’s agricultural workers, the KRG agreed that it would remove the debts of around 9,000 farmers. This falls in line with the government’s effort to develop and diversify the Region’s economy. In order to enhance security and facilitate trade, a committee responsible for the coordination of entry points was elected.

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  • 2019 09 11: The meeting approved an overhaul of the Kurdistan Region’s taxation system. The formation of a special committee to oversee preparations for the Iraqi national census in 2020 was discussed. A delegation was formed to meet with Iraqi federal representatives to ensure that the Kurdistan Region’s interests are represented in the 2020 Iraqi budget.

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  • 2019 07 30: Technical commitees to negotiate with Baghdad were formed. It was decided that all revenues will be administered by the Ministry of Finance and Economy. The Council of Ministers also began to review a new draft law regulating government pensions, salaries and allowances.

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  • 2019 07 22: The importance of digital government was reiterated. The new KRG portal (gov.krd) will serve as a single platform consolidating information from all government bodies. The Prime Minister empowered ministers to issue new regulations to speed up bureaucracy.

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