Q&A: Iraq’s chief auditor Abdulbasit Turki Saeed

The president of the federal Board of Supreme Audit, Abdulbasit Turki Saeed, tells Iraq Oil Report about his efforts to investigate Kurdistan's oil sector.
The president of the Iraqi federal Board of Supreme Audit, Abdulbasit Turki Saeed. (BEN LANDO/Iraq Oil Report)

BAGHDAD - When leaders from Baghdad and the semi-autonomous Kurdistan region agreed in January 2011 to re-start Kurdish oil exports, they enlisted the federal Board of Supreme Audit (BSA) to function as a financial referee.

They got more than they bargained for. The export agreement required an audit of the costs associated with Kurdistan's oil development – but BSA President Abdulbaist Turki Saeed insisted that his organization's mandate required a more extensive review of production and revenues.

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