This website will report about Christianity and Christians in Kurdistan but also about Christ and the Lord in general. Amîn
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Sarkis Aghajan Mamendu
Sarkis Aghajan Mamendu was appointed the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG’s) Minister for Finance and the Economy in May 2006.
He had previously held the post of Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister in the Erbil and Dohuk administration of the KRG.
Mr. Aghajan, born in 1962 in Diyana, Erbil Province, is an Assyrian and a leading member of the Iraqi Christian community. The Assyrian people in the Kurdistan Region and other parts of Iraq are believed to have descended from the ancient Assyrians of Mesopotamia, who ruled over a vast empire across the Middle East.
Mr. Aghajan is known throughout the Kurdistan Region and in Iraq for his commitment to the ancient Assyrian community, through his efforts to rebuild villages and churches destroyed by the previous Iraqi regime and to promote and protect Christian rights.
In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI awarded Mr. Aghajan the Knight Commander of the Order of Saint Gregory the Great for his work with the Assyrian Christian community in Iraq.
Mr. Aghajan sees foreign direct investment and the development of a banking and insurance system as key to the continuing growth and expansion of the Kurdistan Region’s economy. He sits on the KRG’s supreme council for strategic economic development, which is headed by the Prime Minister.