ORSAM, which has received many guests from especially the Middle Eastern countries so far, hosted Dr. Turan Müftü, Minister of State for Provincial Affairs; Salah Abdülrezzak, the governor of Baghdad and Salim Hussein Alwan, the governor of Diwaniyah on Wednesday, May 18, 2011. The Iraqi guests gave a conference on “The Problems of the Local Governments in Iraq and Possibilities for Cooperation with Turkey”.
Besides representatives from a large number of institutions and organizations from Turkey, foreign diplomats in Turkey and businessmen attended as audience in the meeting, which was held in Rixos Hotel, Ankara as well.
Turan Müftü, Salah Abdülrezzak and Salim Hussein Alwan gave a speech in the conference, in which they talked about the difficulties of local governments in Iraq and stated that Turkey’s experiences had a great deal of importance for Iraq. The legal and constitutional regulations on local governments took an important place in Minister Dr.Turan Müftü’s speech and he indicated that there were some shortages in legal regulations regarding to local administrations in Iraq and it was necessary to make new regulations. Müftü told that they were working in order to overcome the shortages and they were planning to make new laws during the next period.
Salah Abdülrezzak, Baghdad Governor, made a speech mostly about the relations between the local administration and the central government. Abdülrezzak emphasized that there was still a strong central administration in Iraq although it had a federal structure and stated that the local administrations could not use even their own freedom.
The last spokesman, Salim Hussein Alwan, Diwaniyah Governor, also underlined that it was essential to make innovations in legal and constitutional regulations and it was necessary that the central administration would decrease its control so that the local administrations could use their powers and fulfill their constitutional duties.
The conference ended after taking opinions of the participants and the question and answer session.