Kur­dis­tan can qual­ity con­trol all goods in seven years

The Kurdish Globe - - EDITORIAL -

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.

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