Iraqi deputy PM says economy in crisis and ‘riddled with corruption’

وزير المالية الدكتور علي علاوي متحدثا “العراق في ازمة والاقتصاد مليئ بالفساد”
اعترف نائب رئيس الوزراء العراقي ، علي علاوي ، بأن الاقتصاد العراقي مليء بالفساد لدرجة أن الوظائف الثانوية في المواقع المشابهه تتغير بما يصل إلى 100 ألف دولار.


Minor jobs at border posts changing hands for up to $100,000, says Ali Allawi

Iraq’s economy is so riddled with corruption that minor border post jobs are changing hands for as much as $100,000, Iraq’s deputy prime minister, Ali Allawi, has admitted.

In an extraordinarily frank speech about his government’s efforts to introduce reforms, he said there were no quick wins, adding the economy would probably remain in “existential crisis so long as oil does not reach $70 a barrel for a sustained period” and called for cuts in public spending as its revenues fall short.

Allawi said only a tenth of the $8bn due annually to the Iraqi treasury arrived from border customs, in contrast to Jordan, where 97% was received. He said border customs “are riddled with corruption to the point where minor clerks’ jobs in some outposts change there for $50,000 to $100,000 and sometimes it goes up to multiples of that”.

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