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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Govan T. Shukri

Research Fellow

Lecturer at College of Law and Political Sciences, Salahaddin-Hawler University.

Govan is lecturer at Salahaddin-Hawler University, Department of Law. He has obtained his LL.B Bachelor of Law from Salahaddin-Hawler University in 2008-2008. In 2009, he was appointed as legal assistant at College of Law and Political Sciences, Department of Law, Slahaddin-Hawler University. He served at the Department for 2 years and then became candidate of the national scholarship programme (called HCDP, KRG’s initiative) to continue his higher education abroad. Govan chose UK and he started doing his LL.M Master in Laws (International Commercial Law) and obtained the degree in December 2013 from the University of Nottingham, UK.

In 2014, Govan returned to Kurdistan and worked as e legal consultant at the College of Law’s Legal Clinic for 9 months. In September 2014, he started teaching law students at Salahaddin-Hawler University. Since then he has started at several institutions and law firms as their legal consultant. Govan has worked at the KRG’s Council of Minister’s Protocol Department as a Legal Consultant and Contract Manager. He has been a partner at Onus Law Office in Erbil.

In 2015, he was researcher at the Centre for Political and Strategic Studies-Kurdistan, Salahaddin-Hawler University. He is also a sworn legal translator authorised by the Kurdistan Judicial Council.

His current position is, beside teaching and conducting researches at the University, the member of the Curricula Development Committee at Salahaddin-Hawler University’s College of Law and Political Sciences, Department of Law.

He has been teaching law as a part-time lecturer at several departments of Lebanese French University in Erbil for two years.

He is also a shaper at Erbil Hub, Global Shapers Community, an initiative of World Economic Forum.