High-level meeting on economic and governance policy reforms in Iraq


Paris, 8-10 July 2008


 Meeting summary

The high-level meeting on economic and governance policy reforms in the Republic of Iraq was jointly organised by the MENA-OECD Initiative on Governance and Investment for Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Iraq on 8-10 July 2008 at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris.


Discussions focused on:

  • investment climate, anti-corruption policies and aid management, based on priorities suggested by GoI officials during prior meetings of MENA-OECD/Iraq under the framework of the International Compact with Iraq (ICI)
  • economic policy reforms and private sector development, following the first Roundtable on Economic Reforms and Capacity Enhancement for Private Sector Development in Iraq, organised by the UNDP and MENA-OECD on 1-2 July 2008 in Baghdad


Participants discussed options for the implementation of economic and private sector development reforms, and presentations made by Iraqi officials and OECD/UNDP representatives encouraged active discussion to help identify the most relevant policy and reform areas in Iraqi economic reconstruction.


In particular, the discussion highlighted that reforms in investment policy, private sector, business integrity and anti-corruption, tax, public-private partnerships, and privatisation of state-owned enterprises must be implemented and enforced.


The meeting brought together representatives from Iraq and OECD member countries, and included the Chairman of the National Investment Commission, the Iraqi Ambassador to France, and senior representatives from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Council of Ministers, the Ministries of Finance, Planning and Development), the Joint Anti Corruption Council and the Commission of Integrity.




 Meeting documentation

 Agenda [English l Arabic]

Conclusions [English l Arabic]



Economic Policy Reforms in Iraq:

Investment Policy and Transparency for Growth and Private Sector Development in Iraq, by Mr. Rainer Geiger, Deputy Director, Directorate for Financial and Enterprise Affairs, OECD

Supporting Tax Reform and Implementation in Iraq : Role of the OECD, by Mr. Jeffrey Owens, Director, Centre for Tax and Policy Administration, OECD [here]

Investment in Iraq, by Dr. Al Anbaki, Economic Advisor of the Prime Minister, Prime Minister's Economic Council, Iraq


Investment Policies:

Rules of Investment Law No. 13 in 2006, by Dr. Qayssar Al Saed, Legal Department, National Investment Commission, Iraq

Work Proposal for a National Investment Strategy in Iraq, by Ferris Nesheiwat, Regional Advisor, MENA-OECD / Iraq Programme, OECD

International Investment Agreements, Strategies and Content, by Mr. Alexander Böhmer, Head of Unit, MENA-OECD Investment Programme, Private Sector Development Division, OECD

Iraq - International Investment Agreements Treaty Programme - Checklist, OECD


Anti-Corruption and Public Procurement:

The Iraq Compact, by Mr. Sirwan Ibrahim, Chief of Staff, Deputy Prime Minister's Office, Iraq


Public Procurement:

OECD Activities for Improving Transparency in Government Procurement in Iraq, by Mr. Janos Bertok, Principal Administrator, Public Governance and Territorial Development, Innovation & Integrity Division, OECD

Risk-mapping Methodology - Practical Tools for Procurement, by Mr. Jean-Pierre Bueb, Consultant, OECD.

Fighting Corruption - OECD Typology on Bribery in Public Procurement, by Ms. Nicola Ehlermann-Cache, Senior Policy Analyst, MENA-OECD Investment Programme, Private Sector Development Division, OECD [here]

Paper on Inventory of Mechanisms to disguise Corruption in the Bidding Process, OECD

Discussion Paper on Transparency in Procurement Procedures in Iraq, OECD [here]


Anti-Corruption and Integrity:

Anti-Corruption Efforts in Iraqby Dr. Ali Al Allak, Chairman of the Higher Commission for Anti-Corruption, Council of Ministers, Iraq

Iraq's Main Corruption Sources and Counter-measures, by Mrs. Nicola Ehlermann-Cache, Senior Policy Analyst, MENA-OECD Investment Programme, Private Sector Development Division, OECD [here]

Building an Effective Anti-Corruption System for Iraq, by Mrs Sylvia Fletcher, UN Development Programme, and Mr. Oliver Stolpe, Crime Prevention Expert, UN Office on Drugs and Crime

Paper on the impact of the OECD Anti-Bribery Convention, OECD [here]

Enhancing Integrity in Private Sector - Responsible Business Conduct in the MENA Region, by Ms. Arouna Roshanian, Policy Analyst, MENA-OECD Investment Programme, Private Sector Division, OECD.

Developing Practical Tools for Promoting Integrity in Iraq, by Mr. Janos Bertok, Principal Administrator, Public Governance and Territorial Development, Innovation & Integrity Division, OECD

Discussion Paper on Practical Tools to Enhance Integrity in Public Service, OECD.

OECD Working Methodology, OECD

Fight against Corruption, Service Central de Prévention contre la Corruption (SCPC)


Aid Management and Budget Planning:

Presentation on Paris Declaration in Aid Effectiveness : Context of Iraq, by Mrs. Huda Malik, Director General for International Development, Ministry of Planning and Development Co-operation, Iraq

The OECD and Budgeting, by Mr. François Lacasse, Consultant, OECD




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