October 18, 2020 | finance & economy

Can Iraq's New 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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