Posted on October 9, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Corruption, Exclusive, Oil & Gas
Businessmen and politicians. Photo: Courtesy/pixabay
[size=11]Ardelan Tawfiq | Special to Ekurd.net[/size]
NEW YORK,— The news about oil and Kurdistan continues and most of us are very confused to where all of the Billions of dollars in oil sales are disappearing to. All the time we hear and read on the news about the millions of barrels of oil being sold every month in Kurdistan and yet the people in Kurdistan are not getting paid the salaries and have not had their salaries paid in almost one year now.
For example; last week the Ministry of Oil said that they got $611 Million in oil sales for the month of September and they only had a net of $327 Million and they claim of $284 Million in expense. Of course the oil ministry does not say where this huge amount of expense went to, but I think we now know. Most of this money is going to pay off the “foreign advisers” that the Kurdish government has on it payroll. Some of the advisers are mentioned in this Wikileak document.
If anyone takes a little time and do some research about who many foreign advisers the Kurdish government has, they will be very shocked. Why do we need so many of those advisers, or should I say, thieves and robbers? Do we not have Kurds that can write and read to become advisers?
The Kurdish government has bought many foreign politicians with our Kurdish money and got nothing in return. These foreigners, all of them are British, are making millions and while we Kurds are suffering with no salary payment that resulted in having our children not being able to go to school this year because the teachers are on strike and demand their payments. How can we ever have our own country of we have no education? This does not matter to the British advisers since they are only there to steal our oil money and do not care about our children.
On February 27th, 2012, WikiLeaks began publishing The Global Intelligence Files, over five million e-mails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. The e-mails date between July 2004 and late December 2011. One of the documents below:
Local Governments Support Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas Conference
LONDON (24 August 2011): Supported by the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Iraqi Government and the Ministry of Natural Resources – Kurdistan, Kurdistan-Iraq Oil & Gas will take place in Erbil on the 13-15 November 2011.The summit will be opened by H.E. Dr Barham Salih, Prime Minister of Kurdistan and H.E. Dr Ashti Hawrami, Minister of Natural resources as well as Iraqi Prime Minister Representatives and the members of the Iraqi Federal Government.
H.E. Dr Ashti Hawrami the Ministry of Natural Resources, said in his letter of support “The conference will gather together prominent figures from the KRG and the Federal Iraqi Government as well as international industry leaders and politicians. It will showcase the achievements and opportunities in upstream and downstream. The focus will be on the untapped potential as well as the success stories.”
This conference will explore Iraq’s new role in a global context and it will highlight the role of the investors on Iraq’s economy and how the Kurdistan region and Iraq are looking to open markets and resources.
The conference has a big international representation, including top-level oil executives from oil and gas companies investing or looking to invest in Iraq and service companies both in logistics and oil servicing.
The conference agenda will showcase achievements and opportunities in upstream and downstream with a focus on the untapped potential as well as success stories and the gas-to-power policies of the KRG and the federal Iraqi Government.
Adding value to the core conference, there will be workshops in Legal and Technical, and field trips.
Gulf Keystone Petroleum is confirmed as Principal Sponsor; Genel Energy, DNO, Marathon Oil, Repsol, Oil & Gas Management, UB Holding, Addax Petroleum, Oilserv, Afren, OMV, MOL, Garda World and Mubadala are confirmed as Associate Sponsors for the Conference.