Iraq Policy Group (IPG) – Core Group Workshop
August 6 - 7, 2019 - Smallville Hotel - Beirut
The Syria/Iraq Office of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) initiates the Iraq Policy Group (IPG) in cooperation with Al-Nahrain University of Baghdad and with the support of international academics. The IPG brings together regional and international experts involved in public administration, good governance, decentralization, economic development and security sector reform. The first meeting of the IPG will take place in Beirut on the 6th and 7th of August 2019. The members will come together on a regular basis to meet with representatives of the Prime Minister Office (PMO) and the Iraqi government for intensive consultations. Along the current decentralization efforts in Iraq, its associated challenges and obstacles, the role which regional and international partners can play will be discussed. Since Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has taken office, there has been growing hope for a sustainable political and economic development of the country. Iraq suffers from weak institutions, political and social polarization, inadequate infrastructure and a rapidly growing population. In direct exchange with Iraqi government representatives, the IPG will advise and develop reform plans that correspond with the ideas of the new government. This will make it possible for the reform plans to be implemented with greater success. Thereby, they will contribute to a sustainable stabilization and economic prosperity in Iraq.