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Kurdistan government in Iraq hopes digitalization will bring investment

The Kurdistan Regional Government has made progress digitizing government services, but investors say more is needed to attract serious capital and spur startup growth.
A member of Iraq's Electoral Commission demonstrates a digital machine that scans ballots of Iraqi voters.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Iraq launched a “digital transformation” strategy in October to digitize a variety of government functions. The deputy minister of the KRG Department of Information Technology said that digitalization will help bring investment to the autonomous region. 

“The more you go digital, the more transparency and efficiency will be visible to possible investors,” Hiwa Afandi told Al-Monitor. 

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