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?"Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The AKEI for Research, Development and Consulting delivers on its objectives via the following:
Research and Consulting Services
Events and conferences
AKEI engages government, public and private sector institutions and civil society in open and/or confidential debates, seminars, workshops and conferences on economic issues. Such events include:
The Inaugural AKEI Economic Forum will be the first of its kind in Erbil, Kurdistan Region of Iraq. The Forum is designed to address the Region's severe financial and economic crisis by engaging government, academics, and industry leaders to debate and recommend economic policy reforms. Over the course of three days the Economic Forum will address the need for both public and private sector reforms. Potential themes to be debated include:
AKEI works on enhancing and coordinating trade and business relationship between the private sectors and businesses in Kurdistan Region with U.S. Business and trade entities through arranging trade delegations bringing US companies to the KR to understand business opportunities and build the relationships necessary to invest and expand into the Kurdistan Region. AS well as hosting companies from Kurdistan Region on trade delegations to the U.S.
This Annual Forum brings economists, agricultural experts, and policy makers together to debate the critical issues surrounding the agricultural industry.
AKEI implements community-level economic development programs in cooperation with our regional network of NGOs. AKEI complements our academic research with community projects that empower the people of Kurdistan to play an active and productive role in the development of their own economy and livelihoods. Women, minorities, the disabled, and IDPs are all integral members of the Kurdish economy and AKEI aims to promote their advancement. Services may include: workforce assessments, skills training, education, and mentoring.