Iraq: Electronic payment system to start in Iraqi Kurdistan in a bid to reduce corruption
10 Oct 2016

Electronic payments to employees in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region will officially start on Monday in a bid to reduce corruption in the workplaces and enhance transparency in a country where nearly 65 percent of its workforce are on government payroll, government officials said Sunday.

According to the ministry of labour and social affairs, the mandatory electronic system will in three months time reduce the number of “ghost workers” who do not actually work but are paid by the government through falsification of personnel or payroll records.

The new system will also unable individual employees to receive more than one salary, effectively limiting fraud and mismanagement of public assets, authorities say.

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