KRG Council of Ministers issues efficiency, anti-corruption directives during first meeting

Ministers told to come up with departmental plans
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers holds its first meeting on Monday, July 15, 2019. (Photo Credit: Kurdistan Regional Government)

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SULAIMANI – The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers held its first official meeting on Monday (July 15) and issued several directives to improve government efficiency and fight corruption.

Among the decisions was the establishment of the official workweek for government ministries, which will last from Sunday through Thursday. It also directed that all employees should "commit to a definite time of work" and not leave their station or perform other work during that period.

The Council also directed ministries to streamline their procedures so that "the people’s business [is conducted] quickly and precisely," adding that "people should be respected in all the government’s institutions."

Employees were told not to leak sensitive details related to their job outside of legally authorized procedures.

Another directive warned KRG employees against taking bribes, saying that the practice "will not be ignored and the violators will be punished harshly." Ministers were ordered to divulge a list of their property and financial interests to the Kurdistan Commission of Integrity.

The Council of Ministers also tasked the ministers with devising plans for their department within 30 days, which will then be submitted for approval.

Prime Minister Masrour Barzani said that a high-level delegation from the KRG will visit Baghdad soon for talks on a number of outstanding issues, including oil and the disputed areas.

(NRT Digital Media)