Kurdistan Regional Government

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Regional government formed in Iraqi Kurdistan in 2006 by bringing together the previously KDP controlled governerates of Dohuk and Erbil with the PUK controlled governorate of Suleimanieh.



The Kurdistan Regional Government began signing its own oil deals deals before an oil law had been agreed by the central Government angering some in Baghdad.

While the debate continues, the Kurdistan Regional Government is pushing ahead. In 2002, at the suggestion of Jalal Talabani, the Kurdish leader who is now Iraq's president, the Turkish conglomerate Cukurova Group set up an oil unit called Genel Enerji to look for oil in Kurdistan. Genel signed a production-sharing agreement in July 2002 and took over the Taq Taq oil field in February 2003 on the eve of the U.S-led invasion. It signed another exploration contract in July 2005. A Norwegian firm, DNO, and a Canadian firm, Heritage Oil, also struck exploration and production deals in the Kurdish region.[1]

Lobbying firms retained




2006 Cabinet

Dr Ashti A. Hawrami Minister for Natural Resources

Dr Dakheel Saeed Khudhur Minister for the Region