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Council of Ministers discuss fuel prices

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - Kurdistan Region Council of Ministers on Wednesday had its weekly meeting, led by PM Masrour Barzani.

The electricity minister reported on progress made and the obstacles his office has faced whilst rearranging national electricity, also addressing the possibility of part-privatisation.

The council will reduce electricity debt for people by 15 percent. But those failing to pay the remaining amount owed by December 31, 2021 will be fined.

The meeting pressed the ministry of natural resources to stop flaring associated gas and use it to generate electricity instead.

The minister of health submitted a data report on the coronavirus pandemic and vaccination rate, especially among employees and teachers.

It warned a fourth wave of the virus is expected in the next month, in line with analysis by the coronavirus task force.

The minister of natural resources discussed his office’s latest bid to solve increasing fuel prices, in cooperation with Baghdad.

The council urged him to keep trying and to help companies who want to import reasonably-priced fuel in line with KRG quality standards.

The council pushed the ministry on delivering kerosene to colder places, helped by a budget from the ministry of finance.