Pres­i­dent Barzani: Re­form is a con­stant need and a holy na­tional duty

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Mas­soud Barzani and Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment, KRG, are se­ri­ous to make fun­da­men­tal re­form in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Pres­i­dent Barzani is­sued a state­ment a few days ago stress­ing on mak­ing fun­da­men­tal re­form, say­ing that: “Dur­ing the past three months and in the frame of the plan to tackle cor­rup­tion, at least 93 cases of cor­rup­tion have been sent to In­tegrity Board and Pub­lic Pros­e­cu­tion for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Sev­eral cases have been sent to the courts as well.”

The Pres­i­dent’s state­ment fur­ther read that: “Mak­ing re­form and im­ple­ment­ing the prin­ci­pals of a good gov­ern­ing in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is a con­stant ne­ces­sity and it is also a holy na­tional duty, and that the Re­gion’s in­sti­tu­tions have to con­sider it as a gen­eral na­tional process and put aside the per­sonal, par­ti­san and po­lit­i­cal in­ter­ests as well.”

Tack­ling cor­rup­tion, Pres­i­dent Barzani said, should be coun­try­wide, adding that it should not be ap­plied in a spe­cific ge­o­graph­i­cal area, and that all the in­sti­tu­tions and boards in the govern­ment have to stick to the process.

In his state­ment, the pres­i­dent em­pha­sized a cou­ple of times that the “re­form process” should not be mixed up with the po­lit­i­cal dis­putes.

“I would like to thank and ex­press my sup­port for the KRG’s re­form plan which was an­nounced in 30 May 2016 as a roadmap for re­form in the Re- gion in co­op­er­a­tion with the In­ter­na­tional Bank, United Na­tions, Min­istry of Plan­ning and the lo­cal and for­eign in­sti­tu­tions and or­ga­ni­za­tions and other rel­e­vant par­ties,” Barzani said.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Pres­i­dency, KRP, an­nounced a plan in Fe­bru­ary 2016 in or­der to re­view and mak­ing re­form in the ad­min­is­tra­tional and fi­nan­cial struc­tures of the KRG ap­pa­ra­tuses, this has been re­flected in the KRG’s roadmap plan for next three years.

Pres­i­dent Barzani said that the KRG’s plan high­lights sev­eral sig­nif­i­cant is­sues such as giv­ing ut­most im­por­tance to pri­vate sec­tor, bank­ing sys­tem, di­ver­si­fy­ing of the sources of in­come apart from oil, mak­ing more job op­por­tu­ni­ties and re­duc­ing the bur­den on the shoul­der of the low-in­come fam­i­lies. The pres­i­dent de­scribed these is­sues as the “big and sa­cred goals”.

“For this pur­pose, we have al­ready ex­pressed our full sup­port for suc­ceed­ing the plan and will keep con­tin­u­ing it se­ri­ously. All the KRG in­sti­tu­tions have to im­ple­ment the plan ac­cu­rately. Barzani asked the lo­cal civil so­ci­ety or­ga­ni­za­tions, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and the me­dia out­lets to sup­port and mon­i­tor the process as well.

Pres­i­dent Barzani tasked the KRG to an­nounce the re­sult of the process to the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan step by step.

The KRG, in the frame of re­form and trans­parency as well as re­duc­ing the ex­pen­di­tures and in­creas- ing the in­come, has is­sued 40 orders so far and many of them are re­lated to trans­parency and re­or­ga­niz­ing the oil sec­tor. The Pres­i­dent said that: “It is im­por­tant that the peo­ple should be in aware of the process and fun­da­men­tal re­form should be im­ple­mented in the Min­istry of Nat­u­ral Re­sources too.”

Re­gard­ing the Min­istry of Pesh­merga, Pres­i­dent Barzani said that a spe­cial com­mit­tee has been formed in 21 April 2016 un­der the su­per­vi­sion of Kur­dis­tan pres­i­dency, KRG’s Coun­cil of Min­is­ters and Min­istry of Plan­ning to make re­form and this process will be continued.

Re­gard­ing the is­sues re­lated to land dis­putes, medicine, oil, banks, spe­cial pro­ce­dures have been taken to tackle cor­rup­tion. The Pres­i­dent reaf­firmed that the peo­ple of Kur­dis­tan would have be in aware of the re­sults.

At the end of his state­ment, Barzani said that no­body would be im­mune in this process and all the sec­tors and in­sti­tu­tions would be in­cluded in the re­form process. “These steps would be continued and it needs pa­tience and con­tri­bu­tion from all the par­ties.”

KRG and KRP hand in hand to make rad­i­cal re­forms

The KRG’s Coun­cil of Min­is­ters ap­proved the gen­eral lines of the road- map for mak­ing re­form in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. It has asked all the min­istries and the rel­e­vant par­ties to work with the Min­istry of Plan­ning to pre­pare the mech­a­nism of im­ple­ment­ing the plan.

The KRG Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani and his deputy Qubad Tal­a­bani su­per­vised a meet­ing in 9 June 2016 to dis­cuss a range of is­sues in­clud­ing re­form.

PM Barzani ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Min­istry of Plan­ning and the In­ter­na­tional Bank for the roadmap of next three years. He also reaf­firmed the sig­nif­i­cance of im­ple­ment­ing it for the in­ter­na­tional bank too.

Ali Sendi, Min­is­ter of Plan­ning, re­it­er­ated the im­por­tance of fun­da­men­tal re­form and the same points that have been high­lighted in the Pres­i­dent Barzani’s state­ment.

Re­gard­ing the so­cial pro­tec­tion sec­tor, those who are low-in­come fam­i­lies, Min­is­ter Sendi stated that the in­ter­na­tional teams will help the KRG in that re­gards.

On his part, Deputy to PM Qubad Tal­a­bani thanked the Min­istry of Plan­ning and In­ter­na­tional Bank and all the min­istries and the rel­e­vant par­ties that have been in­volved in pre­par­ing the roadmap. He also shed light on the sig­nif­i­cance of im­ple­ment­ing the plan by the KRG.

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