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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Bilal Said

Media and Communications Director

Mr. Bilal Said is an economic journalist and media personality in KRG. Bilal received his diploma in Banking Administration from the Dukan Institute and has studied journalism at Dijla University. He began his career at Afranden Newpaper and has held various positions at newspapers and media stations, including Media, Rudaw, Hawlaity, and Awina. His areas of journalistic focus include economics and the oil and gas industry. In addition to supporting AKEI, Bilal is the head of the Economic Desk at Speada TV Station as well as the producer and broadcaster of news program Aburi ba Zhmara. He also hosts the radio program Black Gold, broadcasting from Rudaw Radio Station.

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