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