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