I have mentioned before that I like the Ministry of Oil Dr. Husayn Al-Shahrastani, because he gets all the perks and travels to different countries in the region and signs and gets deals. This week it has already been reported that he is off again to Australia to meet with government officials there and either after the trip or before he is going to make a quick stop in China to meet with Chinese officials.
The good Dr. has been reconsidering some oil and energy contracts with the Chinese and will be stopping there as I have said either before or after the down under trip.
The Chinese are very interested in developing the Al-Ahdab oil field in Wasit, Iraq and after the visit from the MOI of Iraq look for an agreement soon.
On another matter the Central Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants against the founders and the employees of The National Security for Iraq protection Organization, which was responsible for protection of fuel tankers transporting fuel from Basra through out Iraq.
These arrest warrants are a positive step to stop corruption with the criminals that are smuggling oil.
I had a list of some of the bills that the Iraqi Ministries and Parliament will be negotiating and voting on and I am adding a few more to the list.
Disarming and Demobilizing Militias
Revision of Constitution
Federal Control over Oil Revenues
Foreign Investment Bill
Private Import and Selling of Oil Derivates Bill
Social Protection Network Bill
Extension of the Emergency Law
The International Mine Ban Treaty
The Chemical Weapons Convention