View Full Version : Problems Reforming Iraq’s State Owned Enterprises

03-05-2013, 02:28 PM
All to often, what the Iraqi government says, and what it does are two different things. A perfect example of that is Baghdad’s handling of the state owned enterprises (SOEs). While some changes have been brought about in the last few years, the majority of the almost 200 government run businesses are not only continuing to operate, but have been strengthened and protected by the authorities. The talk of reform has largely been ignored, because politicians use the SOEs to maintain employment, while officials want to maintain their hold on the economy. The stated goal of the Iraqi government is to build a market economy, but its handling of the SOEs shows that all too many are sill wedded to a state-run system.

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