Strengthening Public Financial Management Oversight and Accountability Institutions in Iraq (WB-P170704)

  • Iraq
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Financial Institutions
  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
Bank Risk Rating
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Voting Date
Oct 30, 2019
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Government of Iraq
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  • Finance
  • Law and Government
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Investment Type(s)
Advisory Services
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 17.63 million
Value listed on project documents at time of disclosure. If necessary, converted to USD$. Please see updated project documentation for more information.
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Jan 10, 2020

Disclosed by Bank Sep 18, 2019

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Project Description

According to bank documents,  the project development objective is to strengthen institutions and mechanisms of fiscal accountability and oversight at federal and regional levels. The project has three components:

  1. Enhancing Fiscal Accountability. This component supports specific Government reform commitments to enhance;1) payroll reporting and oversight;2) public procurement;3) fiscal oversight over the budget and nonfinancial SOEs.
    1. Subcomponent 1.1: Strengthening Payroll Reporting and Oversight (Recipient-executed activities). This subcomponent aims to assist the GoI in creating a prototype Central Payroll Management Information System (CPMIS) in 2017 to institutionalize a robust payroll reporting mechanism for government spending units, providing a centralized source of information for central authorities to track payees and wage expenditures.
    2. Sub-component I.2: Enhancing Efficiency and Accountability in Public Procurement (Recipient-executed activities). This subcomponent will support the Federal Ministry of Planning in modernizing the public procurement system through technological enablement, as well as by promoting business conduct by public officials and private sector participants in the procurement process. 
    3. Sub-component I.3.: Enhancing Fiscal Oversight over the Budget and Non-financial SOEs and the reform and restructuring (Bank-executed activities on behalf of the Recipient). This subcomponent aims at strengthening mechanisms to ensure oversight and accountability in the use and management of public financial resources in the Federal Government of Iraq and in the regions by strengthening external auditing, legislative oversight and financial oversight of non-financial SOEs.
  2. Transparency, Integrity and Legal Certainty. This component supports specific Government reform commitments to 1) enhance fiscal transparency; 2) mitigate the risk of corruption and 3) improve legal certainty. It consists for three subcomponents.
    1. Sub-component 2.1: Fiscal Transparency (Recipient-executed activities). This subcomponent will seek to enhance fiscal reporting and transparency, as well as improve public participation and awareness of the budget process in Iraq.
    2. Sub-component 2.2.: Mitigating the Risk of Corruption (Bank-executed activities on behalf of the Recipient). This subcomponent proposes two main objectives 1) to strengthen the existing system of financial interest and asset Declaration by public officials; and 2) to mitigate the risk of corruption in capital investment, including in reconstruction programs funded by the Reconstruction Fund for Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations (REFAATO).
    3. Sub-component 2.3. Improving Legal Certainty (Bank-executed activities on behalf of the Recipient). This subcomponent aims to improve legal certainty in Iraq and to strengthen the effectiveness of the Federal State Council and the Kurdish Regional Shura Council both for legal review and advice and as apex administrative courts at regional and federal level.
  3. Project Management and Implementation Support (Recipient-Executed activities). This component supports project management and its coordination with other PFM reforms. Project coordination and overall management will be vested with the Prime Minister’s Office at federal level which will convene implementing and beneficiary agencies in a steering committee. In KRG, it will be vested with MOP under the supervision of the
    International Reform Coordination Task Force (IRCTF). Both the project coordination unit at federal and KRG levels will also contribute to the coordination of the project with other PFM reform programs. This component will also build their capacity for that broader purpose.
Investment Description
  • World Bank (WB)
Contact Information

World Bank:
Roland Lomme
Senior Governance Specialist

Klaus Decker
Senior Public Sector Specialist

Salam Falah Almaroof
Public Sector Specialist

Ministry of Finance

Implementing Agencies:
Central Statistical Office
Dhiaa Kadhum

KRI Shura Council
Twana Sami
Shura Council Secretary

Office of the Prime Minister
Salem Chalabi

Khadim Al-Hasani
Adviser - Non Financial SOE Reform

Federal Ministry of Finance
Maysara Abdulraheem
Director Public Policy Department

Federal Ministry of Planning
Azhar Salih
DG Public Procurement Department

Federal State Council
Mazin Lilo

Federal Board of Supreme Audit
Salah Nouri

KRI Commission of Integrity
Ahmed Anwar

KRG Ministry of Planning
Zagros Fatah
DG Development Cooperation & Coordination

KRI Parliament
Hewa Nasraden Mustafa
General Director of Parliament

KRI Board of Supreme Audit
Khalid Al-Chawishli

Iraqi Council of Reptresentatives
Salaheldeen Abdulaziz
Secretary General

Federal Commission of Integrity
Ezzaf Tawfik Jafer
Commissioner - Federal Commission of Integrity

KRI Ministry of Trade
Aras Arif
Director General for Industry

General Secretariat of the Council of Minister
Riyadh Mohammed
Director General of Audit and Oversight Directorate


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