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Economy News _ Baghdad
A member of the Oil, Gas and Natural Resources Committee in the House of Representatives, Sabah Sobhi, said, in an interview with “Al-Sabah” followed by “Al-Iqtisad News”, that “the oil and gas law is still in the process of writing its draft, and it is the first stage in the legislation of any law, as this law needs political consensus.” Comprehensive, because it is a sensitive law that needs deep study and discussion by the political parties.
He added, “The law includes many dimensions, the most important of which is the economic dimension, which is the most important, because the legislation of this law leads to the structuring of the Iraqi economy, and the second dimension is the legal one because until now there is a legal vacuum with the existence of a constitutional article related to oil that requires legislation of its own law.”
And he continued: “As for the third dimension, it is political, given that the issue of the oil commodity is very important from a political point of view, as it is the main revenue on which the economy and the Iraqi state depend, because 90% of the country’s budget depends on oil imports, so we need to legislate this law, and another after It is the technical dimension because oil is full of techniques from exploration until we reach sale, so we are in the process of enacting an important, complex, sensitive and fateful law for Iraq and for the parties involved in the issue of oil production, since this commodity is linked to the producing region and provinces and it has rights and obligations at the same time Therefore, there must be a conscious and practical view that is compatible with the Iraqi federal constitution.”
And Sobhi indicated, “The law is still with the government until now, and there is no official draft by the government, and what is currently in circulation is the draft that was written by the Iraqi Federal Ministry of Oil, and it came from only one party, and this draft must include the ideas of the Kurdistan region and the oil-producing provinces as well.” So that it is integrated and can be discussed in the Council of Ministers and voted on, and then sent to Parliament and work on it.
He stressed, “The law is sensitive, and if a political agreement is not reached on it, it will be the same as the previous sessions, but we believe that the current session will be decisive for the law.” He added, “It is true that the conditions are not appropriate for the issuance of the law; But the will of the Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of the region to issue the law exists in order to overcome the problems that Iraq suffers from regarding oil ».
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