Kurdistan can quality control all goods in seven years
Dr. Muayad Abdurrahman, Chairman of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Quality Control Board, says Kurdistan is currently not in a position to control the quality of all the goods imported into the region, and to reach 100% self-sufficiency his Board would need another seven year.
Abdurrahman argues that if they didn’t sign agreement with some international inspection companies, they would need 35 years to reach complete self-sufficiency. Qulaity Control Chairman told the Kurdish Globe that according to the agreements they have signed with the inspection companies, part of the fees charged by the quality control and inspection companies is shared with the Board, and can be used to improve their capacity.
“If we didn’t do that we have to work for 35 years with our own budget so that our own staff can in- spect all goods,” Dr. Abdurrahman told the Kurdish Globe. He explained that if we consider the fact that 95% of all goods used by the Kurds is imported, they have to inspect goods of a value of around US$ 15 billion per annum. “Not all the goods are inspected in Kurdistan, but rather majority of them are inspected by authorized inspection companies before they arrive in the region. We only inspect 10% of the goods in-house.”
Quality Control Board works with an outdated Iraqi law, which according to Abdurrahman is not suitable for the current conditions of the free market and hence creates challenges for the Board. He suggests that Kurdistan Region must have its own modern quality control law. Although the trade activities on the three official border points with Turkey and Iran are completely controlled according to Abdurrahman, but still there are six informal border points that are yet to be controlled, hence allowing goods to be imported without proper quality control.
In the past the borders between Kurdistan Region and other parts of Iraq were not controlled, but since 2010 quality control offices have been established between Kurdistan and the rest of Iraq.
Kurdistan Region’s Quality Control Board was established in 2007 and commenced its quality control operations in 2008, with an initial focus on medicine and food, which was later expanded to cover all kinds of goods and material.
Trucks transporting imported construction material in the border town of Zakho after passing Ibrahim Khalil Border Point.