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Kadhimi Keen on Fighting Corruption in Iraq

Kadhimi Keen on Fighting Corruption in Iraq

Friday, 3 July, 2020 - 07:30
Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi delivers a speech during the vote on the new government at the parliament headquarters in Baghdad. Reuters
Baghdad - Asharq Al-Awsat

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi has stressed that the government is keen on fighting corruption and holding accountable those who blackmail the private sector.

He welcomed businessmen to visit his office and present their complaints in any blackmail case.

According to a statement by the Media Office of the Prime Minister, Kadhimi received a delegation of Iraqi businessmen and was briefed on their challenges, investments, and obstacles hindering the activation of the private sector in the country.

The current government is a cabinet of accord, solidarity, and national understanding to overcome the crisis and bring Iraq to safety, the PM affirmed. It places the corrupt as its main target, while it confronts several challenges including the COVID-19 outbreak and its economic impact.

Kadhimi called on all parties, syndicates and the private sector to show cooperation and solidarity against challenges. He further shed light on the significance of the private sector in Iraq as well as reinforcing it and pushing it to have an instrumental role in the economy.

The government intends to support the private sector and create adequate environments that help it contribute to building the country. It plans on making Iraq an investment-friendly environment.

The PM noted that the government works on liberating the economy from oil dependency and directing efforts towards sectors such as agriculture, industry, tourism, investment, transportation and services.

He reiterated that the government is serious in its battle against corruption, especially on the border.

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