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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  25.6.2012   





June 25, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Civilian injured in Qandil's Turkish shelling

Erbil: A Kurdish civilian was injured due to Turkish shelling on Qandil mountains in the Kurdistan Region. Firat News Agency reported that the Turkish shelling was no different to the shelling on villagers and civilians in Hakari province on June 19. The agency said the Turkish army shelled Khudian villiage in Qandil mountains and burnt down some fields and orchards.

2012 Kurdistan budget approved


Erbil: MPs from Kurdistan's parliament have approved the 2012 budget by a majority vote after 10 days of debate and without the attendance of opposition members. Later Sunday the region's minister of economy and parliament speaker in a press conference will announce the details of the parliament session. The 2012 Kurdistan's budget amounts to 12.6tr IQD ($10.8bn).

Kurdish-Dutch business association launched in Amsterdam

Erbil: A Kurdish-Dutch business association has been established in Amsterdam to enhance economic and financial relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Netherlands. Association member Bakir Lashkri said: "The club's function is to help Dutch companies that want to invest in the Kurdistan Region and also to improve the relations between Kurds and the Dutch. “One of the association’s duties is to explain to European investors that the Kurdistan Region is stable and its security situation is not the same as Iraq.” Many Kurdish and Dutch investors attended the association’s launch event on Sunday. The association is managed by Lashkri, Halil Dokan, Kinana Tastan and Marko Mass.

Kurdistan Region's development hampered in Baghdad, says Barzani

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's President Massoud Barzani said that the region's development and prosperity are obstructed by Baghdad, adding that this is the opinion of some people. The announcement came in a press conference in the presence of the Kurdistan Region's PM Nechirvan Barzani, Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski, Sweden Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and Bulgaria’s Foreign Minister Nikolai Miladinov after meeting with them and opening a Bulgarian consulate in Erbil on Sunday. The president, when asked a question about withdrawing confidence from Iraq's PM Nouri al-Maliki, said: "Now there is a legal committee that makes preparation for questioning al-Maliki in Iraq's parliament. We will wait to see how their work goes." With regard to foreign deals with the region, Barzani stated that regrettably there is a policy in Baghdad to obstruct the development of the region. He said this is the opinion and position of some people in Baghdad, not the Iraqi government.......

We’ll begin giving grants from next week, says Kurdistan's Finance Ministry

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Economy and Finance stated that it will resume giving grants from next week, said Deputy Minister Rashid Taher. Taher told Aknews: "After the approval of Kurdistan's budget on Sunday, we will begin giving the applicants the grants." The ministry is set to grant housing, marriage, agriculture and industrial grants from next week. Director of housing banks Sabahat Hamarashid said: "Only in Erbil, 2,000 applications for housing grants have been submitted.”

Kurdish Businesswomen Establish Association

Erbil: A group of women have established the Kurdistan Businesswomen Association, aiming to serve businesswomen and entrepreneurs. Sozan Aref, one of the 16 founders of the association, said the organization is non-partisan and aims to encourage women to participate in business and the economy. Aref said women are often not been rewarded properly in these areas and that the organization will defend their interests and rights. The idea for establishing the association came after a group of Kurdish businesswomen attended a business conference in the gulf state of Qatar. Farda Jamil Pasha, another founding member of the organization, said one of the goals of the group is to represent Kurdish interests abroad. “Kurdish women are capable and smart. Women are managers inside their homes … certainly if they enter the job market, they have a lot of experience that can help them succeed,” Pasha told Rudaw. According to Pasha, there are 35 businesswomen and investors in Kurdistan. The creation of the association has been met with support and encouragement from other businessmen. Dara Jalil Khayat, head of the Kurdistan Chamber of Commerce, said, “They are half of society and need to have their own groups. In Kurdistan, we have businesswomen and women who own companies. They have been very successful in their work.” Those who seek membership in the Kurdistan Businesswomen’s Association need to pay US$500 as registration fee. Some requested the fee to be reduced, but Pasha says women who cannot pay that amount cannot be expected to do business and investment.....rudaw.net

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