ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Iraq will be sending more funds to the Kurdistan Region “in the near future” to pay KRG public sector salaries, a representative of the Central Bank stated.
“We will send another amount of money in the near future… to pay [KRG] civil servants’ salaries according to the mechanism both the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Region have agreed on,” Ihsan Yasiri, a member of the administration council of Iraq’s Central Bank, told Rudaw.
He declined to specify the amount, but Kurdish MP Najiba Najib told Rudaw it is 400 billion Iraqi dinars ($337.5 million).
Central Bank officials have said that Abadi will make a decision on paying the salaries next week, according to Najib, who is a member of the economy and investment committee in the Iraqi parliament.
Baghdad sent 250 billion Iraqi dinars (about $210 million) to the Central Bank’s Erbil branch in January.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has said his government would pay the salaries of KRG public employees, but only after the payroll lists are audited, citing concerns about bloated numbers and corruption.
Auditing teams began with the health and education ministries and have reportedly completed their work.
Last week, Abadi said he would pay the salaries of both ministries before the Newroz holiday on March 21.
An Iraqi delegation has been in Erbil this week discussing the Kurdistan Region's banking sector