Senior brain drain looms for Oil Ministry if federal retirement order goes into effect

Order reflects new labor law mandating retirement age of 60 except for ministers.
Senior brain drain looms for Oil Ministry if federal retirement order goes into effect
Abdul Mahdy al-Ameedi, the director general of the Oil Ministry's Petroleum Contracts and Licensing Directorate, at a May 23, 2018 press conference following the signing of a development contract for the East Baghdad oil field with ZhenHua and the Midland Oil Company. Deputy Oil Minister Fayadh Nema, to Ameedi's right, looks on. (STAFF/Iraq Oil Report)

Two of Iraq's four deputy oil ministers, the chief of oil contracts, and nearly a dozen senior Oil Ministry officials are included in the first tranche of officials forced out under a 2019 amendment of a 2014 federal retirement law.

Fayadh Nema, the senior deputy minister in charge of the upstream sector, along with the deputy minister for gas Mutasam Akram, are among 14 named in a Dec. 29 memo seen by Iraq Oil Report.

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