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Kurdistan Region-Iraq News in brief  4.7.2012   

July 4, 2012 -  Sulaimaniyah, Erbil-Hewler, Duhok, Kirkuk, Kurdistan Region 'Iraq'

Visa directorate to open in Kurdistan Region

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Interior has established a new directorate for visas in the region. A ministry statement said: “The Interior Ministry decided to open a visa directorate for public interests, a rise in visa affairs and to increase the services for foreigners in the Kurdistan Region.” The new directorate will have three divisions: visa and temporary residency, recommendations and document ratification for passports and identity, and a data and statistics section. The ministry upgraded the status of the visa section to directorate, which will be under the supervision of the general directorate of the ministry's office directly.

17,000 children born in Sulaimaniyah in six months

Sulaimaniyah: Some 17,005 children were born in Sulaimaniyah city aka (Suli) in the past six months, announced Suli’s nationality and personal status directorate. The birth rate increased by 64.6 percent in comparison to last year, according to a statement from the directorate. Some 8,525 of this number are boys and 8,480 are girls. Suli's population at the end of June was 1,532,315. Director of the births and deaths register office Omer Rashid said 21,987 new children were registered in health directorates in Suli in 2011, which means one child in every 23 minutes and 48 seconds. Rashid added: "But this year a child was born every 15 minutes and 24 seconds."

Kurdistan Region's oil policy based on constitution, says Barzani

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's oil policy is based on Iraq's constitution and there is nothing unclear and hidden in it, said the head of the regional government. Nechirvan Barzani attended the 17th graduation ceremony of Duhok University on Monday to congratulate graduates. The PM pointed out that the problems and political issues in the country come from Iraq's non-commitment to the constitution, said a statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government. He said Iraq uses a policy of procrastination towards the Kurdistan Region, especially on oil and gas issues, and this complicates such issues on a daily basis. Barzani added: "The oil policy in the region is based on these rights given to Kurds according to the Iraqi constitution and 80 percent of Iraqi people voted for the constitution."

We will place Duhok airport foundation stone in two months, says Barzani

Erbil: The Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani announced that they will lay the foundation stone of Duhok airport in two months. The news comes after Barzani's meeting with Duhok governor and officials, reports the government's website. Barzani talked about many issues, one of them was the construction of more schools in the Kurdistan Region, especially in Shangal and Zummar. He said that his government will begin building hospitals in the city, town and districts of Duhok soon. Also he said that his visit to Duhok is part of the government’s concern to solve problems and improve public services in the province. The added: "We want to create an organized foundation for optimistic future."

US delegation visits Kurdistan government's Ministry of Finance

Erbil: A US chamber of commerce delegation has visited the Kurdistan Region's Ministry of Finance and Economy. The delegation, which included vice president of US commerce affairs for the Middle East and North Africa Lionel Johnson and director of Iraq affairs in the US chamber Steven Lyons, met with Minster Bayiz Talabani. Both sides discussed how to improve US-Kurdish relations, according to a statement from the ministry.  The visitors talked about ways to convince US companies and banks to invest in the region. The minister mentioned that the government is working on 400 projects this year. The minister promised to facilitate work opportunities for US investors who want to invest in the region.

Qatar delegation to visit Kurdistan Region

Erbil: A delegation of investors and business people from Qatar will visit the Kurdistan Region in the next few days, said the head of the region's Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Dara Jalil Khayat said: The chambers officially invited Qatar majors to visit the region to look for work opportunities and meet with the region's investors. "The purpose of the visit is to convince Qatari companies to participate in the region more than what they do now because Qatari companies have experience and we can benefit from their participation." Head of relations at the chambers Azad Ahmed said the Qatari companies that are set to visit the region have worked in the oil, industry, tourism, electricity and construction sectors.

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