Cabinet discusses recent protests, announces new measures on employment, housing
The Cabinet held its regular weekly meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi.
The Cabinet agreed a series of measures to meet the aspirations of Iraqis and address the grievances of protestors, including:
- The establishment of the High Committee for the Distribution of Residential Land to be headed by the Prime Minister to oversee allocation of plots of land to low-income groups.
- Simplifying company registration procedures for owners of new businesses who are aged 18-35 years and exempting them from any associated fees.
- The distribution of integrated solar energy systems to 3,000 low-income families free of charge.
- The Ministry of Industry and Minerals shall train unemployed young graduates and others wishing to start manufacturing projects. Those who successfully complete the training programme and wish to start a project will receive funding from the Central Bank of Iraq.
- The Ministry of Agriculture shall activate the Facilitated Agricultural Credit Fund to provide lending to those who are unemployed but have been allocated land for cultivation.
- A high-level committee will review the retirement age for state employees with a view to reducing it. The review to be concluded within two weeks.
- The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, other ministries and public bodies to start, within two weeks, recruiting holders of post-graduate degrees to appropriate vacant posts while observing fair selection and transparency rules.
- The General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers to establish committees in Iraqi provinces to ensure implementation of the decisions by the Cabinet. The committees will report regularly to the Prime Minister and submit their final reports no later than three months.
The Cabinet will hold other meetings later to continue discussing the latest developments and take the necessary measures to meet the aspirations of all Iraqis.