SULAIMANI – Progresses to implement the reform law have been “sluggish” due to “political burdens,” said Finance Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Awat Sheikh Janab on Monday (June 14).
Sheikh Janab made this statement during a meeting with members of the finance committee from the Kurdistan Parliament, first minister to be questioned this week among three other ministers.
The committee will also question Peshmerga Minister Shorsh Ismail, Interior Minister Reber Ahmed and Anfal Affairs Minister Abdullah Mahmoud over slow progresses in implementing financial reforms undertaken by the KRG.
KRG Finance Minister slammed Erbil-Baghdad agreement over Iraq’s 2021 budget law for being “political," saying "it has not been signed for implementation," a member of the committee Omar Gulpi told Zhyan News Network.
The Kurdistan Region’s 2021 budget draft law is ready, but uncertainty that has surrounded the Erbil-Baghdad agreement has left the law into limbo, Gulpi cited Finance Minister.
The cash-strapped KRG cabinet of Prime Minister Masrour Barzani is still unable to pay its wage payroll on in full without cuts following the rise of the global crude oil prices.
Sheikh Janab told members of the finance committee that his ministry will start on the 25th of each month distributing salaries of the Kurdistan Region’s public servants, but without reforms financial crisis will remain in place.