The big news this week is the sacking of the Iraqi electricity minister, following the revelation that two recently-announced power generation contracts were, let’s say, ‘questionable’.
While the idea that a government and civil service can be fooled by a website and a company presentation may seem far-fetched, bear in mind that in Iraq the business of government is often carried out through amateur-looking websites and Yahoo emails. If proper due diligence didn’t follow, few would be surprised.
But this assumes that the officials involved made a naive or incompetent mistake; there is also a theory that the mistake was deliberate rather than incompetent.
In either case, it reflects very poorly on the administration.
If Iraq wants to be taken seriously, it must stop behaving like a third-world country.