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Central bank of Iraq to open branches at Erbil and Sulaimani

Central bank of Iraq to open branches at Erbil and Sulaimani
The central bank of Iraq has decided to open two branches in Erbil and Sulaimani next month after a year of talks with the Kurdish government.
CBI had published a list of job vacancies on online classifieds. Applicants can apply in between 1st of June to 1st of July, 2017.

A source with knowledge of the talks has told that “the branch in Erbil will provide all services similar to other branches of the bank in other [Iraqi] provinces.”

The source also said that the bank will make major changes in the Central Bank of Kurdistan, changing it to fit CBI’s structure. The source added that as soon as the Erbil branch opens, the Central Bank of Kurdistan in Erbil will cease operations.

The head of the Kurdistan Central Bank of Kurdistan in Sulaimani said they too are to follow Erbil’s steps in this regard. 

Abdulrahman Salih said, “After opening the Erbil Branch of the Central Bank of Iraq, the Sulaimani branch will also be opened. That is why the procedures to open the bank in Sulaimani will come with a delay.”

The CBI had refused in the past to consider the Central Bank of Kurdistan as its official branches in Erbil and Sulaimani. This changed last year when the bank agreed to open the two branches in the Kurdistan Region.
The Central Bank of Kurdistan does not have the power to issue currency and it lacks a monetary policy.
Updated 01 Jun 2017 | Soruce: Radaw | By S.Seal
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