Can Iraq's New White Paper Deliver on Economic Reform?

By Ali Al-Mawlawi, for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts.

Can the White Paper Deliver on Economic Reform?

The Iraqi government's long-awaited "White Paper" was formally approved by cabinet on October 13 after it was shared with members of parliament, who will now undertake a thorough review.

Billed as a blueprint for addressing Iraq's economic woes, its completion had been a source of tension between parliament and the government. But yesterday's milestone was only the first step in an arduous journey that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi's government must undertake if it is to deliver on its bold promises.

With time running out, the difficult task of garnering sufficient political buy-in must be accelerated if the 95-page document is to be translated into tangible changes.

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One Response to Can Iraq's New White Paper Deliver on Economic Reform?

  1. Brian 16th October 2020 at 04:37 #

    Thank you, that was a good deduction of the difficulties that may not be able to be met with these white papers implementing. I understand something of an rise in the international Exchange rate brings the people more purchasing power. No mention of the currency rate by you, how can a country get along in a 0.0008 rate to the USD when lesser countries around them have better international rates?

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