Iraqi Kurdistan 'Will to Achieve' Key to Success

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

There is no secret behind the success of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region on the economic and service levels. The region endured, until 2003, extremely tough security and political circumstances that affected its infrastructure and left these cities far behind other Iraqi cities. However, since 2003, the region has made a huge leap forward on all levels and has wisely invested money in the right places. Meanwhile, money has been terribly squandered in all of Iraq’s other regions.

Today, there is no comparison between the cities of the Kurdistan region and other Iraqi cities. Kurds have managed to traverse the economic-transition process by way of a budget amounting to 17% of the federal Iraqi budget, while the remaining 83% of the Iraqi budget was misplaced.

It is no coincidence that the Iraqi Kurdistan Region can provide electricity to its three cities (Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Dohuk) with only $1 billion in investments and can even import power to cities like Kirkuk and Mosul, while the remaining Iraqi cities cannot budge the slightest bit in the power sector, even with their $44 billion in investments.

When you ask Kurdistan Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani — a calm Kurdish man in charge of the energy and oil-management file in the region — for the reason, he answers that the will to achieve was stronger than bureaucratic complications.

2 Responses to Iraqi Kurdistan 'Will to Achieve' Key to Success

  1. Lorenzo 23rd February 2013 at 22:59 #

    Shahristani is just incompetent as so many ministers in the current government. The combination of incompetence and corruption at minister level ends in a very toxic brew for the Iraqi people. And they all are protected by the law, they are immune!

    Not everything is good in Kurdistan, just that they have done less mistakes and some few good things. Nothing extraordinary if you compare with doing things correctly first time.

    It is a shame that the electricity situation in Iraq and specially in south of Iraq where there is so much oil that people die because of high temperatures or lack of air conditioning. It is a shame that administrative hurdles stop the oil production and things do not get better if you make politics out of all this.

    Another shame is the Central Bank of Iraq, well, we have already too many shames so lets concentrate in getting things done or out of our hands and not letting administrative politicians to ruin this country.