Contractors Ask the Government to Shut off the Blacklist
Ministry of Planning of the KRG, due to a request from a few ministries, put some companies and a contractor in the blacklist. The Union of contractors has requested to drop the penalties of the blacklist. Because of the number one act of the Parliament of 2007 on registration of companies, after the recommendation of the registration committee and the classification of the contractors in the ministry, these companies enter the blacklist on the request of the council of ministers, governorates and the interested parties. According to a written statement by Planning Ministry that was published on the 18thof August, it has been mentioned that due to the request of the Premiership of the Council of Ministers and governorate of Sulaimenyeh, ZAM Company has been put on the blacklist for the period of two years since it has abandoned four projects.
According to other documentary evidence by the ministry, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has requested to enter Chiway Saru Company into the blacklist for the period of six months because of not following up with the contract>s context of Raparin University and abandoning the project.
The definition of the blacklist according to the Ministry of Planning is a list of firms and contractors that are violators. They have either violated stipulations when working on the project or refusing to sign the agreement after the written statement has been approved and the contractors were informed. The procedure of putting one on a blacklist is done by the Ministry of Planning af- ter the process of all the needed research is done by the classification of contractors committee and the ministry>s approval of its proposal.
Rzgar Dizayee, member of board of higher union of contractors of Kurdistan, announced that according to the laws, a contractor or a firm which does not abide by an agreement at anytime will be put on the blacklist. However, because of the financial situation of the present, all penalties should be suspended and the blacklist as well. Moreover, the financial and economic situation has affected the contractors to a great extent. The statistics of the Ministry of Planning shows that up to late 2013, more than 50 firms of local and foreign ones have been entered in the list. Mr. Dizayee also mentioned that through the committees of contractors union they follow up with the corporations that have recently been entered in the list. Furthermore, he mentioned that in addition to these two firms that are mentioned above others are also on the list.
Union of Contractors of Kurdistan has more than 300 members in Hawler, Sulaymaniyeh, Duhok and Garmyan. In general, 18,000 companies have been registered in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. Moreover, there are 3000 projects undertaken by contractors in the Kurdistan region and 70% of them have been stopped due to this financial crisis. Mr. Diazyee said that 200 companies have announced their bankruptcy in Sulaymaniyeh alone.