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Public Payroll Expansion in Iraq: Causes and Consequences

By Ali Al-Mawlawi. Public Payroll Expansion in Iraq: Causes and Consequences The public payroll in Iraq has grown unchecked since 2003, commensurate with the country’s vastly expanding oil wealth. With few alternative sources of government income, the state budget’s growth poses worrying questions about whether this ongoing trend can be sustained without risking economic ruin. […]

Exploring Weaknesses in Iraq’s Policy Planning and Investment

By John Lee. A new report by Ali Al-Mawlawi (pictured) argues that the targets of Iraq’s National Development Plan (NDP) are far too optimistic. In a paper for the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, entitled “Iraq’s National Development Strategies: Exploring Weaknesses in Policy Planning and Investment“, he says greater coordination is required between the […]

A Sovereign Wealth Fund for Iraq

The Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies has proposed the creation of sovereign wealth fund in Iraq. Once used by only a few countries around the world, Sovereign Wealth Funds (SWFs) are becoming an increasingly common feature of international finance and state-led economic development. An increasing number of countries, predominantly developing countries, who rely on the export of commodities […]

Designing Public Financial Management Reform in Iraq

The Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies has just published a new report by Ali Al-Mawlawi on reform of public financial management in Iraq: Designing a Successful Approach to Public Financial Management Reform in Iraq The path to recovery and reconstruction in post-conflict Iraq is fraught with pitfalls. The new government will need to tread […]

Analysing Growth Trends in Public Sector Employment

A new report by Ali Al-Mawlawi (pictured) argues that the illusive nature of long-term stability in the Middle East necessitates a strong commitment by Iraq’s political leaders to develop a sustainable economic and fiscal regime that can absorb future shocks to the system. According to the World Bank, government expenditure as a percentage of GDP […]

Understanding Iraq’s Debt

By John Lee. The Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies has just published a new report from our Expert Blogger Ahmed Tabaqchali. Entitled “Understanding Iraq’s debt: An overview of its status, outlook and origins“, the report argues that much of that debate about Iraq’s debt is out of context, mixes loosely related facts and figures […]

The Future of Iraq’s Armed Forces

By John Lee. In a new report published for the Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies, Dr Michael Knights, Lafer Fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, argues that those who say that there is no longer any such thing as the Iraqi security forces (ISF) are fully aware the line they are […]