Middle East Economic Survey

VOL. LI

No 22

9-June-2008

IRAQ

Iraqi Kurds Look To Strengthen Oil Sector

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) plans to merge its Electricity and Natural Resources Ministries into one body, and Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami is the clear favorite to become Energy Minister, Kurdish sources tell MEES. The move is part of a broader Kurdish political restructuring aimed at cutting its unwieldy 42-man cabinet down to 20-24 ministers. They can no longer continue...