Kurdistan’s Road to Independence: Building a New Economic Structure

By Tara Shwan

As the people of the Kurdistan Region prepare to head to the polls on September 25, 2017, in a historical referendum on Kurdistan's independence, we compare the economies of Iraq with other nations and ask, “What economic structure would a sovereign Kurdistan take?"

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Kurdistan’s Independence Referendum from an Economic Point of View

By Tara Shwan

This is not a political opinion, but an economic point of view. Some people in the Kurdistan Region oppose the proposed referendum for independence just because it's adopted by a certain party, while others argue that this isn't the right time for a serious step like that as the Region is suffering from severe economic crisis.

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Good Governance of Natural Resources for Economic Growth

By Paiman Ramazan Ahmad

Kaufmann et al (1999) defined "governance as the traditions and institutions that determine how authority is exercised in a country." Based on available literature including thoughts of neo-institutional scholars including, Douglass North and MancurOlsan, a positive relationship between the quality of institutions, governance structures, and economic growth is found.

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AKEI Participates in Event Organized by Kurdish Human Rights Watch

May 20, 2017

On may 20, 2017, AKEI participated in an event organized by Kurdish Human Rights Watch, KHRW, and Kurdish American Cooperation Organization, KACO, with support of MASS group. The project is a pilot greenhouse project, consisted of establishing 6 green houses for vegetable products for IDPs in Baharka Camp. The goal of the project is making the IDPs community producers instead of being consumers community.

Published Article About AKEI’s Panel Organized to Discuss the Effect of KRG Reform Program on Different Economic Sectors

May 2, 2017

The alternative of Oil based Economy By developing other Economic Sectors

May 3, 2017

AKEI attended a panel under title of "The alternative of Oil based Economy By developing other Economic Sectors such us: Agriculture, Tourism, and Industrial".

AKEI Participated in a Seminar Held by Iraqi Human Rights Organization in Erbil

April 30, 2017

AKEI staff visited KRG Minister of Transportation

April 26, 2017

Minister of Agriculture and directors visit AKEI office

April 20, 2017

AKEI Official Registration

April 10, 2017

American-Kurdish Economic Institute, AKEI, for Research, Development, and Consulting has been granted an official permit to operate in Kurdistan Region.

AKEI is an economic institute that established and registered in U.S. The opening ceremony was held in Erbil December 19, at Saad Abdulla hall and was attended by several KRG officials, and U.S. Consul General which announced their support for the work of the institute in Kurdistan.

As part of requirements for any international entity to operate in Kurdistan Region, is to register with the NGO headquarter in Erbil on April 10, 2017, we received the official certificate of the institute registration in KRG region.

AKEI's based office is in VA., U.S.A. and branch office is inside Erbil International Fair, Erbil, Kurdistan Region. several projects that we are working on currently, will be announced soon.

Kurdistan Referendum from the Economic Point of View

April 3, 2017

AKEI participated on Monday, April 3rd 2017, in a panel organized by CNO, speaking about Kurdistan Referendum from the Economic point of view.

The Impact of KRG Government Reform Program on Different Economic Sectors Panel

April 29, 2017


March 2, 2017


December 19, 2016

The America-Kurdish Economic Institute, AKEI, for Research, Development and Consulting, Opening Ceremony Event.

Date: Monday, December, 19, 2016, time: 11:00am---1:00pm

Place: Saad Abdullah Hall

  1. Welcome speech by Governor of Erbil (10 minutes)
    Mr. Nawzad Hadi

  2. Remarks by Dr. Dara Jalil Khayat (10 minutes)
    Head of KRG Chamber of Commerce

  3. Remarks by Ken Gross, Consul General, U.S. (5 minutes)
    Consulate General Erbil

  4. Power point presentation about the Institute (15 minutes)
    Founder, Tara Shwan

  5. Remarks of Ms. Bayan Abdul Rahaman, the KRG Rep. to the U.S. (5 minutes)

  6. Power point presentation by Goran Mustafa Muhamad (10 minutes)
    Member of the board of directors (How political instability has affected the investment in KR, and what can we do?)

  7. Panel Topic: How can we shift from oil economy to a diversified economy (50 minutes)
    1. Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Abdul-Star Majeed
    2. Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, Ms. Nawroz Mawlood
    3. Head of Sulaymaniah Investment Unite, Mr. Yasin Mahmoud Rashid


December 19, 2016