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Earlier today, the Council held its weekly meeting headed by Prime Minister Masrour Barzani, and in the presence of Deputy Speaker Qubad Talabani, and discussed a number of important topics on its agenda.
A statement issued by the Council stated that the first paragraph of the agenda presented the results of the joint meeting held on the 18th of this month between the Finance Committee in the House of Representatives and the delegation of the Kurdistan Regional Government, headed by the Minister of Finance and Economy, in the presence of the Minister of Finance and the Head of the Federal Financial Supervision Bureau, which included clarifications. The necessary information, supported by accurate figures, numbers and data, on the financial situation and the issue of salaries in the Kurdistan Region.
The regional government delegation indicated that it submitted, during the Parliamentary Finance Committee meeting, a 30-page report that included accurate numbers and data, and through which it answered all questions related to the budget, revenues, expenditures, oil, border crossings, and the joint audit process of the federal and regional financial oversight offices, in addition to the issue of public staffing and salaries. .
The Council of Ministers directed the Ministry of Finance and Economy and the negotiating delegation to continue permanent communication with the Parliamentary Finance Committee and the Ministry of Finance in the federal government, based on the principles agreed upon at the Finance Committee meeting held on October 18 and attended by all parties, especially with regard to isolating the region’s salary allocations from the standard. Actual spending is similar to the rest of Iraq's regions, and amending the articles related to this issue in the budget law.
After that, the Director General of the Kurdistan Regional Financial Supervision Bureau, Team Suleiman, who hosted the meeting, presented a summary of the progress of the joint audit process of the Financial Supervision Bureau implemented during the year 2023. In this context, the Regional Financial Supervision Bureau referred to the existing coordination between the ministries and institutions of the Kurdistan Region to enhance the process of Auditing by providing the necessary information and data related to revenues, expenditures, and public ownership, in addition to providing the necessary facilities to open the doors of institutions to the joint team of the Financial Supervision Bureau. This cooperation resulted in the presentation of three joint reports to the two supervisory offices, where the first dealt with revenues and expenditures in general, and the second touched on the issue of oil, while the third report focused on the general staff of the region and salary assessments, in which the numbers of litigants and their salary assessments were confirmed and verified, after a joint audit. To the Federal and Regional Financial Supervision Bureaus.
The Council of Ministers affirmed its support for the joint audit process of the Financial Supervision Bureaus, to reveal the facts and reassure everyone that the Kurdistan Region, as it has always been, provides all information and numbers transparently, and does not hide anything. The process aims to ensure the accuracy and validity of the data, information and numbers provided, and to leave no excuses. The federal government to create obstacles to sending financial benefits to the region.
The Council of Ministers instructed all ministries and departments of the Kurdistan Regional Government to continue cooperation with the Financial Supervision Bureau and facilitate the work of the joint oversight bodies, in addition to taking the necessary measures regarding technical, accounting and financial observations, so that no excuse remains for the Federal Ministry of Finance, especially after the joint report of the Financial Supervision Bureau. The federal government and the region, which confirmed the accuracy of the numbers of salary recipients and the amount they receive after the joint audit process. Accordingly, it is the duty of the federal government, and in particular the Ministry of Finance, to send the region’s salaries on time, just like the rest of Iraq’s regions, given that these salaries represent legal rights for their recipients.
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