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May 24th, 2010 - 1:52 pm § in KRG

UAE Boosts Trade and Business Relations with the Kurdistan Region

UAE Foreign Trade Minister Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi led a 40-person delegation, representing public and private sectors, to the Kurdistan Region last week in an effort to promote trade. The visit was a follow-up to Prime Minister Barham Saleh’s February trip to the UAE in which the impo[...]

May 19th, 2010 - 3:11 pm § in KRG

U.S. House of Representatives Passes Resolution Calling for a U.S. Consulate in Erbil

Today, the Kurdistan Region achieved a milestone victory with the passage of U.S. House of Representatives Resolution 873, calling for the establishment of a U.S. consulate in the Kurdistan Region. The Kurdistan Regional Government worked tirelessly over the past eight months to push this resolution[...]

May 18th, 2010 - 11:17 am § in KRG

My Remarks about the Ongoing Iraqi Elections at the Nixon Center

Last week I participated in a luncheon discussion at the Nixon Center, a think tank in Washington, DC. The topic was the still ongoing March 2010 parliamentary elections in Iraq. Moderated by Geoffrey Kemp, Nixon Center Director of Regional Strategic Programs, we largely talked about the implication[...]

May 18th, 2010 - 5:35 am § in Anti-Corruption & Transparency Initiative, Business & Investment, KRG

Kurdistan Region Focuses on the Future of IT in Government

While the United States government IT sector is undergoing significant change under the Open Government Initiative, the Kurdistan Regional Government is also revamping its IT department. Last week, officials met for a two-day conference to discuss the status and future of information technology’s [...]

May 7th, 2010 - 1:57 pm § in KRG, Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Regional Government Condemns Murder of Sardasht Osman

The Kurdistan Regional Government has released the following statement: The Kurdistan Regional Government strongly condemns the kidnapping and murder of Sardasht Osman, who was kidnapped on May 4 by a number of unknown persons in Erbil, and his body was found two days later in Mosul. The Kurdistan R[...]

April 30th, 2010 - 12:39 pm § in Business & Investment, Kurdistan Region

Progress and Power in the Kurdistan Region

Here is another indication of the progress we are making in providing services to our people, being united as a government and attracting foreign investment. While Iraq as a whole continues to struggle with black outs and to provide electricity for citizens, the Kurdistan Region is making considerab[...]