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Shafaq News/ The Minister of Planning in the Kurdistan Region, Dara Rashid confirmed, on Thursday, that the population census has not been conducted in the region for nearly three decades, attributing the reason for this to the involvement of this issue in politics by Iraqi parties.
Rashid said in a press conference held today in Erbil on supporting small and medium enterprises in the region, that "any developed country needs to provide job opportunities for its population in order for them to be able to create a strong economy," noting that providing job opportunities is at the forefront of the current regional government's priorities. As well as creating a suitable environment for these opportunities so that the workforce can play its role, especially in the private sector.
He added that the Kurdistan Region is aware of the changes taking place in the economy in the world, and the region should make efforts to study its economic reality.
The minister also noted that providing statistics for economic development is very important for any country to know what situation it is in. Unfortunately, in the Kurdistan Region, we could not conduct this statistics continuously, except for the years 2008, 2011, 2012, and 2018 due to the lack of part of the statistics.
Rashid continued by saying that the Ministry of Planning, through the Statistics Authority in the region, performed the work tasks assigned to it in conducting a new census.
He also pointed out that the failure to conduct a general census of the population in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, especially in the region, had not been conducted for 30 years, adding that the insertion of this issue into politics by political parties in Iraq in the years 2000 and 2010 caused a wide gap in finding the necessary indicator and statistics in various fields, especially economics.
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