INA – BAGHDAD
Kurdistan Regional Cabinet decided to strengthen coordination with the federal government in the areas of defense, counter-terrorism, budget and financial control, while discussing several files, including the escalation of Corona virus.
“The Cabinet of Kurdistan Region held its weekly meeting headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani and in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani," said the regional government in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA).
The statement added, "In the begging of the meeting, the Peshmerga Ministers, Shorsh Ismail and the Interior Minister, Reber Ahmed, presented a report on the recent steps regarding coordination and cooperation between the Kurdistan Regional Government - KRG and the Federal Government regarding the formation of a joint force, providing the needs of the Peshmerga and developing a joint plan to address the attacks of Daesh terrorist gangs,"
"The Minister of Peshmerga spoke about the transfer of support forces and other Peshmerga units to the Ministry of Peshmerga, and in light of this, the Cabinet praised the efforts of the two ministries, and stressed the importance of continuing to strengthen coordination with the federal government, empowering the ranks of the Peshmerga forces and continuing to organize all its units within the framework of the Ministry of Peshmerga,” according to the statement.
Ministers of Health Saman Barzanji and the Interior spoke during the session about the preparations of the relevant ministries regarding efforts to combat Corona virus, especially after the emergence of some cases of Omicron in Dohuk. Vaccines are to be on time and attention to wearing of masks by citizens, especially in public and service places in order to protect public health and contain the spread of the virus.
The statement highlighted that,” the head of the Financial Supervision Bureau in the Kurdistan Region, Khaled Jawishli, reviewed a report on the development of joint collective action and its results for each of the financial oversight bureaus of the federal government and the regional government regarding the implementation of the obligations of the federal and regional governments under the Federal General Budget Law for the year 2021, and after he praised the efforts of the Oversight Finance Bureau, the Cabinet issued a directive to the ministers to continue to enhance coordination and cooperation with their counterparts in the federal government, and asked them to expedite the implementation of the circular of the Ministry of Finance and Economy to prepare the trial budget for all final accounts of KRG for the year 2021 in a specified time period, and to be presented transparently to the joint team in The Office of Financial Supervision and includes the revenues and expenditures of KRG, and the ministries should carry out their duties in this regard and cooperate fully with the Office of Financial Supervision,”
At the same time, the Cabinet instructed, according to the statement, the Ministry of Finance and Economy, in coordination with the Board of Financial Supervision in the region, to review laws, instructions, receipts, forms and other documents in force in the financial field and public accounts and renew it in accordance with modern standards in this regard, in accordance with the financial system in force in the federal government, taking into account the constitutional authorities, and reorganizing the field of financial operations and transactions in a modern way, away from routine and waste of time and capabilities, as a step towards improving transparency in public finances and benefiting from technology in conducting financial transactions and moving away from the traditional methods applied.
"In the second part of the meeting, a proposal was highlighted by the Minister of Electricity Kamal Muhammad Salih to extend the work of Cabinet Resolution No. 117 dated 10/27/2021 regarding a 15% reduction in electricity fees, delays and violations, for subscribers of the national system in the region. All Kurdistan and for all sectors and fields, and the Council of Ministers approved the proposal of the Ministry of Electricity to extend the 15% fee reduction rate until the end of February of this year,” The statement added.
The Cabinet approved the proposal of the Minister of Municipalities and Tourism Sasan Awni to implement the decision of the Cabinet to exempt 15% of the fees for subscribers of water services in the Kurdistan region, provided that they pay all the previous accumulated debts, provided that the law is implemented by the end of February of this year The Council of Ministers also recommended all ministries to prepare their proposals for the next meeting, including all legal facilities to encourage citizens and provide them with facilities to fulfill their financial obligations towards the government.
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Cabinet approved the proposal of the Supreme Council for Women to change the name of the Council to the Supreme Council for Women and Development,