Minister of Finance: The white paper and its projects represent the main pillar of economic reform in Iraq
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Allawi chaired a meeting that included the undersecretaries of the various ministries in charge of the White Paper projects, in addition to the reform cell team charged with following up on the implementation of those projects, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of Finance today.
The statement quoted Allawi as saying: The White Paper plan and its projects represent the main pillar of economic reform in Iraq, as despite it being primarily targeting government performance, its effects extend to the entire economy.
He also stressed that the white paper is a vision presented by the current government and started to implement it, and it represents a road map for implementing reform for future governments because of these projects of a purely professional economic nature, and there must be a clear will and vision to implement them.
During the meeting, the Minister of Finance indicated the need to show sufficient professional flexibility to implement these projects in coordination between the various ministries involved in the implementation.
The meeting witnessed access to the electronic program for measuring, evaluating and progressing performance for the levels of implementation of various projects after six months from the start of implementation, as the international support provided to Iraq for the implementation of these projects and the need for coordination between the various ministries, the reform cell and the international parties providing that support were discussed.
During the discussions, the Minister of Finance was briefed on the progress of performance and implementation of projects, and some obstacles and problems that may hinder or delay the progress of implementation were noted, whether they were financial, organizational or legal, and directed to address them and take measures to solve these problems and obstacles in the best and fastest way in order to reach the desired goals and achieve sound economic reform.
It is noteworthy that Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kazemi announced on August 2, the launch of the economic reform plan within the white paper that he had previously announced as a program for his government's work.
Al-Kazemi said at the time, in a statement received by Shafaq News Agency, "We strongly aspire to restore the country's economy to its strength after the situation had reached very low levels as a result of rampant corruption. This plan would rebuild the Iraqi economy in a proper manner, achieving sustainable development for the country."
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