GPG Iraq Project News May 2020

Iraq appoints new Prime Minister

Iraq has a new Prime Minister! The Iraqi Council of Representatives approved the appointment of Mustafa al-Kadhimi on the 7th of May 2020. Iraq has had a government vacuum since the  resignation of Adel Abdul-Mahdi, November 2019 as a result of mass protests in October 2019 highlighting Iraqi frustration with Government failures to its citizens. The restrictions that have been in place for Covid-19 are starting to ease, as Iraq has not witnessed the high level of deaths that had been feared. However, Kadhimi has a huge challenge ahead of him with the economy in crisis. Our GPG project team and associates have been working hard behind the scenes, through setting online course modules for our project partners in Iraq, and holding several virtual meetings and mentoring sessions. We will be holding several virtual consultation sessions with the Finance Committee and international experts on how the banking sector can help Iraq in response to the oil and pandemic crises. We have begun providing focused support to the Women’s Committee on the domestic violence law, and will be rolling out a course with the Parliamentary Directorate on responsive oversight to citizens’ needs, along with a series of consultations to finalise the inquiry report on Water Pollution in Iraq.  Stayed tuned for some exciting courses and materials being produced over the next few months