KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani speaking during the opening of the new building of the Kurdistan Institute for Public Administration (KIPA). Photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - A new building for the Kurdistan Institute for Public Administration (KIPA) working to train government employees in the fields of administration, finance, information technology and other technical matters was opened in Erbil with KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani and South Korean Ambassador to Iraq Song Woong-Yeaob attending the ceremony.
“In order to enable the KRG institutions and their staff to cope with the progress in all fields, especially good governance, the KRG should make training and capacity building part of its human resources development strategy," said Barzani. “Therefore, all technical, material and moral necessities should be made available for this purpose.”
The purpose of the project is to also promote good governance in the Kurdistan Region and to share South Korean experience and practices in training public officials.
The KRG possesses rich human resources assets in the fields of professionalism and specialization, Barzani said.
“If these resources are better guided, reorganized and utilized in accordance with international standards, they can render quality services to the public and can energize civil servants, professionals and even government institutions to work more actively and, ultimately, develop the country,” declared Barzani.
Barzani hailed the KIPA for its performance and services. He was optimistic the institute would perform better by commencing their endeavors in the new building.
The KIPA began its work as a non-governmental organization in 2005 training KRG employees in a variety of fields by opening seminars and workshops, the prime minister explained.
“Since its establishment, thousands of KRG civil servants from different ranks and positions have participated in KIPA’s training courses and benefited from the latest information it offered about different fields of governance and administration," he said.
According to a memorandum between the KRG and Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in 2013, Barzani explained, the KIPA received $6 million for preparing advanced staff for the institute and for drafting laws and training strategies for the Kurdistan Region.
According to the KRG Planning Ministry, the KIPA supports "the improvement of human resources in government institutions of the region by providing modern training and development, consultancy and research to the public service so that public servants may make the best use of resources and more effectively serve citizens and our developing society."
Barzani also hailed the Korean military's Zaytun Division which carried out peacekeeping and reconstruction-related tasks between 2004 and 2008 in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
“The Republic of Korea has always proved that it is a friend of the people of Kurdistan Region. We respect and appreciate your friendship and support for the Kurdistan Region,” Barzani said.