US fails to overhaul Iraq’s corrupt accounting system

A US government project to overhaul the corrupt accounting system in place
during the Sadam Hussein era has failed – after four years and an investment of
more than $38m.

One of the objectives of the American occupation was to change the practices
that flourished under Sadam’s rule, and to establish accounting systems that
would ensure that oil revenues – which made up almost all of the government’s
budget – could not be diverted from government coffers.

The US Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Construction
yesterday announced in a report that the system the United States had chosen had
shown a ‘lack of understanding of the existing Iraq financial and business
processes,’ and had not taken root, the
York Times

A deputy inspector, Ginger Cruz, said the new system had little impact on
Iraq’s financial systems and that the old system, which was created for secrecy
and control, remained in place.

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