Rudaw video shows piles of papers accumulated at a KRG Interior Ministry office in Erbil.
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – To increase efficiency and combat corruption, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) will go paperless over the next four years. The Interior Ministry will be the first to test the e-governance system.
Referring to electronics and internet networks for government institutions, Interior Minister Karim Sinjari said in a conference in Erbil on Thursday that “we started implementing a new strategy and masterplan.”
The cost of the project is estimated at 12 billion dinars ($10 million).
The Azerbaijani government and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) will assist the KRG implement the system.
“The Azerbaijan government will open workshops for our cadres and the UNDP, including the funding states, will financially contribute and fund the project,” Dr. Saman Jalal, an Interior Ministry official, told Rudaw.
The underlying aim of the e-governance management system is to reduce routine corruption and client load on institutions.
“Through this project, the government will gain many benefits because it might save the KRG millions of dollars every year,” Jalal explained. “People alike will take advantage of the project because their work will be done very quickly and with the best quality and least expense.”
Through this system cash payment for government services will end and instead “it all becomes electronic card payments.”
Under the system, all the military and administrative units of the Interior Ministry will be connected through a computer network.
A police officer speaking to Rudaw at the Erbil Traffic Department pointed out an advantage of going paperless while looking through piles of documents. As things are now, if fire were to break out in the office, “all the piles of papers will be lost.”
The e-governance system is the latest modernization effort the KRG has undertaken in the wake of the financial crunch that has hit the Region hard since 2014. The government introduced a biometric payroll system to reduce spending by weeding out ghost employees. It went live in October after a year of collecting data and registering employees.