ISRAR (Iraq Solution for Regulatory and Administrative Reform),
The economic reconstruction of Iraq includes broad regulatory reform to move from a socialist to a market economy. The Government of Iraq (GoI) has decided to launch a program of systemic reform to update its legal/regulatory policies and policy instruments, stimulate market-driven growth in the private sector, and boost national competitiveness. Iraq has inherited a massive accumulation of legal norms, with around 25,000 legal norms on the books dating back almost 100 years at the national level, and more added every week. Some of these legal norms are sensible and well designed for the future of the country, but many are unneeded, outdated or inconsistent with the new Constitution. There are also contradictions, inconsistencies, and complexities through the legal framework that are burdensome for citizens and businesses, and that discourage development in Iraq.
As part of the USAID-funded Iraq National and Provincial Administrative Reform Project, Jacobs, Cordova & Associates is designing a broad Regulatory Guillotine™, using international best practices, at the national level to count, review, and improve the national regulatory framework affecting business activity and the lives of citizens. The GoI has decided to name this reform ISRAR (Iraq Solution for Regulatory and Administrative Reform), which means in Arabic “determination”. The ISRAR reform, to operate from 2012-2014, will be operated by Iraqi reform units, overseen by the Iraqi government, and operating under Iraqi law and constitutional frameworks. Decisions to revise or eliminate regulations will be taken by the Iraqi Government or the Iraqi Parliament, using expedited legal procedures such as the omnibus package.
USAID, Iraq, 2011-2015.