Coun­cil of Min­is­ters dis­cusses Ar­ti­cle 140, agri­cul­ture and elec­tric­ity sec­tors

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Coun­cil of Min­is­ters held its or­di­nary meet­ing, chaired by Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Gov­ern­ment, KRG, Prime Min­is­ter, Nechir­van Barzani. The meet­ing was held at the Min­is­te­rial Coun­cil build­ing in Er­bil, on Sun­day, April 19, 2015.

On be­half of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters, Prime Min­is­ter Barzani ex­pressed his con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims of last Fri­day’s blast in Ainkawa dis­trict of Er­bil. He stressed that the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in this crime has been pro­gressed very well and re­as­sured that the plans be­hind this crime will be re­vealed and all the per­pe­tra­tors will be brought to jus­tice.

Kur­dis­tan ar­eas out­side the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

ad­min­is­tra­tion

The Head of the Gen­eral Board of Kur­dis­tan Ar­eas out­side the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, Nas­raddin Sa’id, pre­sented the re­port of the board, pre­pared with the view to be sub­mit­ted to the Com­mit­tee for the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of Ar­ti­cle 140 of the Iraqi fed­eral Con­sti­tu­tion. The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters dis­cussed the re­port and high­lighted the legal and ad­min­is­tra­tive prob­lems in those ar­eas. The Coun­cil of Min­is­ters de­cided to hold a meet­ing with Kur­dis­tan Re­gion rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Iraqi Par­lia­ment and Iraqi Gov­ern­ment to dis­cuss the con­di­tions of the Kur­dis­tan ar­eas out­side the Re­gion ad­min­is­tra­tion, and take de­ci­sions ac­cord­ingly.

Elec­tric­ity

KRG Min­is­ter of Elec­tric­ity, Sala­haddin Babakir, shed light on the mea­sures that have been taken by his min­istry to im­prove elec­tric­ity sup­ply. Re­gard­ing bud­getary is­sues, it was de­cided to that the Min­istry of Elec­tric­ity, Min­istry of Econ­omy and Fi­nance and the Re­gion’s Oil and Gas Coun­cil con­tinue their meet­ings and dis­cus­sions. It was also de­cided to change the source of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s power sta­tions into nat­u­ral gas.

Agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion

in­creased

KRG Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources, Ab­dul-Sat­tar Ma­jid, pre­sented the plans of his min­istry to im­prove the agri­cul­ture sec­tor, and out­lined the chal­lenges that face the agri­cul­ture sec­tor in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. The min­istry’s ul­ti­mate goal, which is guar­an­tee- ing food and wa­ter se­cu­rity, was also dis­cussed.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port of the KRG Min­istry of Agri­cul­ture and Wa­ter Re­sources, there has been clear in­crease in agri­cul­tural pro­duc­tion, com­pared to the past years. He pointed out that some prod­ucts’ pro­duc­tion has reached a level above the in­ter­nal de­mand, such as potato with 153% in­crease, and wheat with 103% in­crease. Other prod­ucts, like chicken egg, with 95% in­crease, and veg­eta­bles with 93% in­crease, have reached close to the level of in­ter­nal de­mand.

KRG Coun­cil of Min­is­ters also de­cided to hold a spe­cial meet­ing, to be at­tended also by the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion gov­er­nors, to dis­cuss the abuse of agri­cul­tural lands that have been used for other pur­poses than agri­cul­ture.

Prime Min­is­ter Barzani reaf­firmed that all the min­istries should take se­ri­ous steps to­ward re­form, cut their ex­penses and in­crease their in­comes, and ex­pressed the full sup­port of the pres­i­dency of the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters to all the min­istries in this re­gard.

Re­gard­ing the re­ac­tions to the KRG de­ci­sion to re­lo­cate all the Is­lamic stud­ies un­der the su­per­vi­sion and author­ity of both the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion and Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, the Coun­cil of Min­is­ters main­tained its de­ci­sion, em­pha­siz­ing that it was taken by KRG in agree­ment with all the min­istries and par­ties.

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