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KRG’s Reform Programme Continues: government’s operational expenditure system goes digital

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (GOV.KRD) - The Kurdistan Regional Government is this month rolling out a fully digitalised system to control operational expenditure. This important modernisation step – the result of detailed collaboration between various government bodies – will increase efficiency and reduce corruption by ensuring that all government day-to-day expenditure is completed online.

Welcoming the announcement, Minister of Finance and Economy Awat Janab Noori announced that this month, following instructions from the Prime Minister, all operational expenditure and the process has now become digitalised.

“This progress is part of the government’s broader package of modernisation and reform measures, reducing bureaucracy to allow the government to better serve our citizens. Increasing transparency in government, and reducing corruption, are essential components of these reforms. The more the government can control its operational expenditure, the better positioned it is to spend on vital public services and projects that benefit all citizens. I commend staff in the Department of Information Technology and the Ministry’s Directorate General of Public Accounting for building the application.”

The new digital system will be rolled out across government departments this month and the whole of the KRG will be online by the end of July with all data being recorded in the government’s own data centre. It will ensure that the KRG will be able to record savings made from spend requests for operational goods and services, providing the government with real-time visibility over its budget so data from the system can be used to make better strategic financial decisions.

It will also help to establish stronger financial management processes across government and ensures that individual ministries are held accountable for their spending, as well as reducing unnecessary bureaucracy and the time it takes for entities to receive their requested goods or services, provided the request meets the spend controls criteria.