As reform law implementation begins, KRG PM Barzani touts efforts to increase revenue

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani (File)

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SULAIMANI — Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Masrour Barzani on Thursday (July 3) declared that achieving pension and salary reform is not easy work and warned that there are people who would try to prevent its implementation because of their interests, without directly naming them.

Barzani claimed in a video posted on his official Facebook page that putting an end to corruption and bribery is part of the package of reforms that was passed by the Kurdistan Parliament last winter.

Since Barzani took office nearly a year ago, there have been no major corruption prosecutions or sackings.

Meanwhile, the head of the Kurdistan Region’s Commission of Integrity Ahmed Anwar told the Kurdistan Democratic Party’s (KDP) official media that the commission is monitoring the implementation of the reform law and has formed a number of committees for that purpose in coordination with the government, adding that the law would ideally be implemented in three months.

He said that each ministry has also formed a committee chaired by the minister or an official to implement the parts of law that are relevant to their ministry.

Addressing the financial situation in the Kurdistan Region, Barzani said that the government had cut spending on unnecessary items in an effort to save money, but did not cite specific items.

He also said that the KRG had made efforts to increase internal revenues, given that the effect of the global price slump on independent oil sales and Baghdad’s decision to cut off budget transfers on have collectively hit the KRG’s treasury hard.

He claimed that by reorganizing procedures, the government had doubled internal revenues, but explained that the effect was limited by the coronavirus outbreak, which has created problems in the implementation of the reform law.

(NRT Digital Media)