Parliamentary cultural committee investigates agreement with Rotana Company
Baghdad (IraqiNews.com) The Media and Culture Parliamentary Committee directed an official order to the Ministry of Culture to clarify the truth regarding its agreement with the media group of Rotana, which belongs to the Saudi prince Walleed bin Talal, to organize the events of the Festival of Baghdad the Capital of Arab Culture.
The chairman of the committee, Ali al-Shalah, reported to IraqiNews.com ”Iraq has potentials in organizing celebrations and festivals and we just do not understand why the Ministry of Culture hired the Rotana Media Group to assume the events of Baghdad Festival,” stressing that ”The Cultural Parliamentary Committee will strongly oppose this agreement since we do not need such companies.”
He added ”The allocated funds for the festival would better go to Iraqi companies to assume this task rather than any other sides,” noting that “The agreement stipulates to pay USD (30) million to Rotana Media Group for organizing the festival.”
He pointed out ”We hope that this news is incorrect and the committee sent an official decree to the Minister of Culture to question over this matter in particular.” \