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Iraq automates its customs service to reduce corruption at border crossings

The Iraqi government has taken several new initiatives to fight corruption, from automating border crossings, arresting corrupt figures and imposing restrictions on the economic interests of militias and political parties.
A picture taken during the visit of Iraqi prime minister to the southern city of Basra shows the Safwan border crossing with Kuwait, July 15, 2020.

Iraq signed a contract May 27 with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) to automate its customs procedures in a bid to eliminate financial and administrative corruption and expel armed militias from border crossings with neighboring countries.

This step is the second phase of the war on corruption at border crossings after the military operation launched earlier by the current government when it assumed its duties.

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