Baghdad / Al-Sabah
Government officials discussed with representatives of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) the coordination of local revenues and budgets between the federal government and local governments during a workshop recently held in Erbil.
The meeting discussed the challenges faced by the federal government and local governments in organizing and framing the relationship between all technical bodies and working to unify visions and coordinate efforts and achieve an integrative relationship. Meanwhile, Wasit governorate expected that the volume of financial revenues will increase to 96 billion dinars during the current year, After decentralization.
The participants agreed on the importance of increasing coordination and development of local capacities while strengthening administrative decentralization through the transfer of financial powers to governorates, stressing the need to avoid problems and clashes that may occur between the federal government and local governments due to inconsistencies in the practical application of instructions or misinterpretation of the basic concepts of objectives.
The head of the Supreme Coordination Committee between the provinces, Tuhran Mufti, said during the workshop:
"The Authority is making great efforts to assist local governments in performing their decentralized functions after the transfer of powers of seven ministries to the provinces.
This requires the development and training of working cadres, especially in the financial and administrative aspects.
For his part, the governor of Wasit Mahmoud Mullah Talal that «the province succeeded in achieving more financial revenues during the past year after it worked to take advantage of the transfer of powers, which contributed to increase the volume of revenues to reach 21 billion dinars, after it was 7 billion in 2016 "
He predicted that« the volume of revenues to 96 billion dinars during the current year ».
The agency, has launched mid-last year in coordination with the Iraqi government, a project to improve performance and achieve good governance for 5 years, at a cost of 160 million dollars, and includes the first phase of the provinces (Baghdad – Basra – Arbil – Babylon – Anbar – Nineveh). http://www.alsabaah.iq/ArticleShow.aspx?ID=158649