“Collaboration with MERI is most welcome, as we share the same objective for reforming the system of governance in Kurdistan Region”, said Minister Noori Othman, Head of the Department of Coordination and Follow-up of Kurdistan Regional Government (DCF-KRG).
In an official visit by MERI staff to the DCF-KRG office in Erbil, the two sides agreed to initiate a number of collaborative engagements in support of the reform process in a number of KRG ministries. Dr. Noori Othman introduced his staff who presented summaries of their diverse projects. They highlighted areas of challenge and prospects of achieving progress. They also identified certain projects that DCF had in common with MERI.
“Government institutions should remain focused on good governance”
Professor Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, President of MERI, commended the young and energetic staff that has shown a high level of competence and enthusiasm despite the difficulties they face. He reiterated that both institutions can work together to influence change and the decision-making process within the KRG, at the highest level. MERI’s academic and impartial approach was valued by the host and welcomed to add pressure on Government institutions so that they remain focused on good governance. Prof. Ala’Aldeen also stressed the importance of studying the challenges and offering solutions that are tailor-made for Kurdistan’s culture of governance and its power dynamics.
The two sides agreed to focus on priority areas for specific collaborative projects, including, quality assurance in administration and performance management in key institutions. The two sides will sign a memorandum of understanding that includes open access of staff to each other’s resources.