Cutting Through Local Complexity
Market entry services
Government and public sector
When projects are held up by local red tape in difficult markets, organisations rarely have the time, resource and knowhow to unlock the situation.
An international development agency had funds allocated for a project in Iraq aimed at stimulating new enterprises and developing existing SMEs, while also strengthening institutional capabilities for sustainable development. However, implementation of the project was facing significant delays due to complicated bureaucratic challenges within the country.
Part of the problem was that the donor organisation had only a limited presence in Iraq, Vzir supported them on the ground across different locations, liaising with the client’s office in Amman, Jordon.
To unblock the project hold-ups, Vzir set up and facilitated meetings with senior local government officials and presented a compelling case. We succeeded in convincing senior decision-makers of the benefits of the project and the need to intervene so that the project could move forward.
Following this, we worked with the donor organisation team to set up the project structure and liaised with the different components of the project in Erbil, Baghdad and Nasiriya.
Top government officials intervened in the process and enabled the project to start. The Governate Council in Nasiriya, the Ministry of Industry and Minerals in Baghdad and the Chamber of Commerce in Erbil were persuaded to each host their relevant part of the programme.