Iraq: Iraq minister calls for war against graft in commodities

Author(s): Michael Georgy, Ahmed Rasheed | Date: April 6, 2017 | Language: English
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Two years ago, corruption was so rampant in Iraq’s wheat procurement program that even Islamic State militants cashed in by smuggling the strategic commodity across the border from Syria with the suspected collusion of Trade Ministry officials.
The man who cracked down on that network says the ministry, which just announced new measures to fight graft and is charged with ensuring Iraq’s food security, still has a long way to go before it can tackle the deep-rooted problem.
“We need to educate people, starting from children at school, about the risks of corruption and to create a society that rejects this phenomenon,” Labour Minister Mohammed al-Sudani told Reuters in an interview.
Nicknamed “Mr. Clean” for his efforts to fight corruption, Sudani served as acting trade minister in 2015.

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