Map of corruption in Iraq.. Why does “waste” trump embezzlement and which projects are “preferred”?[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] |Today[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
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Specialists and observers often say that poor planning and negligence are more responsible for the deterioration of the Iraqi situation than corruption itself, which may explain the large volume of operations announced by the Integrity Commission, the content of which is the presence of cases of waste of public money, more than embezzlement operations. However, others see that waste is a gateway to corruption and does not necessarily mean that it results from negligence, but rather it also falls under raising the costs of purchases or not receiving tax money in exchange for bribes, which also falls under waste.
This is what member of the Parliamentary Integrity Committee Duraid Jamil believes, who spoke today, Monday (September 25, 2023), to “Baghdad Today” about the secret behind the Federal Integrity Commission revealing more money-wasting operations than cases of corruption.
Jamil told "Baghdad Today", "The Federal Integrity Commission's exposure of waste of state funds is part of the anti-corruption process, especially since most of the waste of money is motivated by corruption, and some of it is intentional by some officials."
He stated, “There is a great development in the work and tasks of the Federal Integrity Commission, and it has, over the past periods, uncovered many corruption operations and thwarted corruption operations before they occur by preventing the waste of money. We expect, in the coming days, that there will be increased activity of the Commission in exposing many corruption files.” Which is still under study and follow-up by the specialized teams in the Integrity Commission.”
Corruption in all types of projects... completion rates may indicate it!
Regarding the “strongholds” in which corruption is concentrated according to the types of projects, investment and development expert Amer Al-Jawahiri believes that corruption and waste of public money exist in all types of service and non-service projects.
He pointed out in an interview with “Baghdad Today” that “these operations are the main reason why important projects have not been completed for many years, and that is why we find projects that depend on completion rates due to various suspicions.”
He stated that “the expansion of corruption in projects is due to the control of some influential parties over those projects, and the transformation of some state institutions into partisan economic departments, and for this reason we find there are corruption operations in most projects, but at the same time we see that there is currently seriousness in combating this corruption and completing important projects that have been stalled since.” "Many years."
Anti-corruption statistics during the first half of 2023
Until the beginning of this year, the number of stalled projects in Iraq amounted to more than 1,452 projects, before these numbers recently decreased to approximately 900 projects, as Prime Minister Muhammad Shiaa Al-Sudani recently announced.
The decrease in lagging projects came from resuming work on these projects again or deleting some of them that do not have advanced completion rates or are less than 20%.
On the other hand, the figures of the Federal Integrity Commission, in a summary of its operations for the first half of the current year, indicate the recovery of more than 380 billion dinars, and the prevention of the waste of more than 82 billion dinars. In contrast, the corruption funds that were able to escape abroad amounted to more than 9.5 million dollars.