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KRG should help private sector to provide more job opportunities: DPM Talabani

  2021-04-08  | 
 Zhyan News Network
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani (C) lays the foundation stone for Bitwen Sugar Factory in Bitwen, Raparin administration, Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, April 8,2021. Photo by KRG DPM Qubad Talabani
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani said on Thursday (April 8) that the government should assist private sector more to provide more job opportunities to people, especially university and institutes graduates.

Talabani’s speech came after he laid the stone foundation for Bitwen Sugar Factory in the Raparin administration in a ceremony attended by KRG Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources Begard Talabani and a number of local officials and farmers. 

The project is being built by Abur Land group with the cost of about $71 million on a 500 dunams (24.7 acres) of land that is able to produce 500 tons of white sugar on a daily basis.

“The project will provide 8,000 job opportunities. It is the product of joint work between the government and the private sector,” he said. “We will continue to support investment in agriculture and industry.”

“We can do more work and secure more job opportunities and strengthen and diversify our economic infrastructure,” Talabani added.  “The project will put forward the agricultural sector a step and assure the farmers because it creates a market for their products,” he said. 

The government is by far the largest employer in the Kurdistan Region. It has faced difficulties over the past six years to deal with the huge number of unemployed graduates following the low oil prices, war against Islamic State (ISIS) militant group and budget freeze and education by Baghdad. 

The officials have promised to strengthen the private sector to reduce the workforce’s reliance on government employment.

(Zhyan English)