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ERBIL — The Council of Ministers of Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will discuss the outcomes of the latest talks with the federal government of Iraq on oil management disputes. The Council will hold a weekly meeting on Wednesday to also discuss a range of other topics, a press release by the KRG said. Earlier this week, a high-ranking delegation from Erbil visited Baghdad where they met with Iraqi oil minister to discuss KRG’s oil management in the aftermath of a recent ruling by the Iraqi Supreme Federal Court. Following the meeting, Iraq’s oil ministry said they had proposed the establishment of a new oil company, with its headquarters being in Erbil, to reorganize oil and energy management in the Kurdistan Region. “The company would open a bank account at an international bank and the revenues from selling oil from the Kurdistan region will be directly transferred into the Iraqi finance ministry," the media office of the Iraqi oil ministry said in a statement last Monday. “Iraq's oil minister stressed on the basic principles that were previously suggested by the oil ministry regarding managing the oil dossier in the Kurdistan region, that includes reviewing and amending all contracts that were signed by the KRG with the international oil companies," the statement added.
ERBIL — The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has reiterated its commitment to contracts it has signed with international oil companies until a final agreement with the Iraqi federal government is reached, an official statement said on Wednesday. PM Barzani on Wednesday chaired a meeting of the Council of Ministers to discuss a number of issues, including a recent visit of a KRG delegation to Baghdad for talks on oil disputes. Erbil will continue its negotiations with Baghdad in efforts to reach an agreement on the dossier of oil and gas, the Council of Ministers said, noting that a final agreement between the sides is yet to be reached, but that the talks will continue. The council reaffirmed that the KRG is seeking a permanent solution to the oil-related disputes. During the meeting, the Council of Ministers also approved a draft in light of Law No. 14 of 2021, which aims to reorganize the procedures for obtaining trade names and registration in the commercial registry. For the first time since the Iraqi Federal Court ruled against the oil and gas sector of Kurdistan Region, a high-level KRG delegation visited Baghdad earlier this week and held a meeting with Iraqi Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar. Following the meeting, Iraq’s oil ministry said they had proposed the establishment of a new oil company, with its headquarters being in Erbil, to reorganize oil and energy management in the Kurdistan Region. “The company would open a bank account at an international bank and the revenues from selling oil from the Kurdistan region will be directly transferred into the Iraqi finance ministry," the media office of the Iraqi oil ministry said in a statement last Monday. “Iraq's oil minister stressed on the basic principles that were previously suggested by the oil ministry regarding managing the oil dossier in the Kurdistan region, that includes reviewing and amending all contracts that were signed by the KRG with the international oil companies," the statement added.
The Kurdistan Regional Government proposes a "radical solution" to resolve the oil and gas file with Baghdad 2022.04.13 - 22:19 Baghdad - people The Kurdistan Regional Government announced, on Wednesday, the continuation of negotiations with Baghdad to reach an agreement on the oil and gas file, noting that the radical solution to this file lies in the adoption of the federal oil and gas law. A statement issued by the regional government, followed by "Nass" (April 13, 2022), said that "the Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region held its regular session today, Wednesday, April 13, 2022, headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, and discussed a number of issues. listed on its agenda. He added, "At the beginning of the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister briefed about the visit of the Kurdistan Regional Government delegation to Greece and its participation in the Delphi Economic Forum and its meetings with senior Greek officials, and indicated that the Greek government expressed its willingness to cooperate with the Kurdistan Region in various fields, especially in In the tourism and investment fields, he said, "A high-ranking Greek delegation is scheduled to visit the Kurdistan Region to work on consolidating relations." And he continued, "In the first axis of the meeting, the Minister of the Region for Negotiations with the Federal Government, Khaled Shwani, touched on the visit of the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government to Baghdad this week and its meeting with the Federal Ministry of Oil." He continued, "After discussions and deliberations, the Council of Ministers commended the delegation and directed it to continue negotiations. It also stressed the constitutional rights and powers of the Kurdistan Region and its defense within the framework of the Iraqi constitution. In light of this, the Kurdistan Regional Government will continue to negotiate with Baghdad to reach an agreement on the oil and gas file." In the public interest, while meetings and negotiations are still going on, and no final agreement has been reached. The statement added, "As the Kurdistan Regional Government considers that the radical solution to this issue lies in approving the federal oil and gas law as stipulated in the constitution, it renews its legal obligations towards the oil companies operating in the region, until a final agreement is reached in the light of the constitution in a way that protects the rights of all parties and achieves the highest benefit for the people. In the second paragraph of the meeting’s agenda, the Council of Ministers discussed, according to the statement, the follow-up to the work mechanism within the joints of the Kurdistan Regional Government to improve government work, enhance coordination between ministries and government institutions, end red tape, follow up on ministries’ demands and needs and address them to develop public services provided to citizens and meet their demands and needs. In the third paragraph of the agenda, the Council of Ministers approved the draft (the system of the trade name and commercial registry in the Kurdistan region) in light of Law No. (14) of 2021, which aims to reorganize the procedures for obtaining trade names and registration in the commercial registry and identifying the concerned party. The Ministry of Trade and Industry of the regional government, which will provide facilities to merchants and business owners in addition to benefiting from information technology and granting unique numbers to merchants in order to facilitate the conduct of transactions, reduce red tape and encourage commercial activity, according to the statement. He pointed out that "in another part of the meeting, the Council of Ministers decided to approve (the new bill for the Ministry of Municipalities and Tourism in the Kurdistan Region), which was submitted by the Minister of Municipalities and Tourism Sasan Awni. According to the reasons for preparing the bill, the new law aims to make the ministry able To respond to the process of developing and expanding cities and towns in the region, and to meet the demands and needs of citizens. And he indicated, "The draft law includes organizing the new structure of the ministry in departments, directorates, municipal and tourist institutions in governorates, independent departments, districts and sub-districts, at the level of the ministry's goals and activities, taking advantage of ten years of experience during the implementation of the current law, and it was decided that the project would be referred to Kurdistan Parliament to legislate it.” The statement concluded by saying, "After that, the Council of Ministers approved the proposal of the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, Bekard Talabani, regarding raising fees, taxes and customs on importing livestock during the month of Ramadan due to the high prices of red meat in the region's markets."
THE KURDISTAN GOVERNMENT DISCUSSES THE CONDUCT OF NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE CENTER TO REACH AN APPROPRIATE AGREEMENT Wednesday, February 10, 2021 4:57 PM Baghdad / National News Center The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan region discussed, today, Wednesday, the conduct of the talks with the federal government, in order to reach an appropriate agreement. "The Council of Ministers of the Kurdistan Region held its regular weekly meeting headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani," the Kurdistan Government Media Office stated in a statement received by the "National News Center." The statement added: “At the beginning of the meeting, the Deputy Prime Minister and Head of the negotiating delegation, Qubad Talabani, made a presentation on the course of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s discussions with the federal government regarding financial rights and dues within the framework of the draft federal budget law for 2021.” Talabani pointed out, "The existence of a number of mutual proposals, but they have not yet been proven in the draft general budget," explaining that "the information and data related to revenues and expenditures were presented in a transparent manner during discussions with Iraqi political parties, especially the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives." He stressed, "We have shown our readiness to agree on the basis of the constitution and the laws in force," stressing that "discussions with the federal government will continue until an appropriate agreement is reached." For his part, the Minister of Planning, Dara Rashid, presented, according to the statement, “a report on the preparations and ongoing steps for drafting the Kurdistan Regional Budget Law for the year 2021,” indicating that “good steps have been taken in this regard to be presented in the future.” And the statement continued: “In the second paragraph of the meeting, the head of the Coordination and Follow-up Department and the Secretary of the Reform Law Enforcement Committee, Abd al-Hakim Khusraw, presented a report on the level of implementation of the special decisions regarding (the law reform in salaries, allowances, benefits and retirement). He concluded by saying, "After expressing observations and opinions, the Prime Minister stressed the need to expedite the implementation of all the provisions of the law in order to establish justice and implement the law."