Can PM make Iraq’s Grand Plans a Reality?

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Can Abdul Mahdi make Iraq’s grand plans a reality? New Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi recently submitted an ambitious development and financial plan to parliament, but his proposals will face […]

Kurdish Companies “moving South” to Avoid Tax

By John Lee. Companies are reportedly relocating from the Kurdistan Region to rest of Iraq in an effort to avoid taxes and customs duties which the Iraqi government charges on goods exported to southern Iraq. According to Kurdish media network Rudaw, the Baghdad government considers goods produced in Iraqi Kurdistan to be foreign, and subject […]

Adel Abdul-Mahdi – Hostage to All?

By Harith Hasan, for Carnegie Middle East Center. Adel Abdul-Mahdi was a compromise candidate as prime minister, that’s his major problem. A few weeks before he was sworn in as Iraq’s new prime minister on October 21, ‘Adel ‘Abdul-Mahdi wrote a commentary saying he would refuse the position because “the right conditions for success [were] […]

UNDP, Denmark Support Police Training in Iraq

UNDP and Denmark Support Mid – Level Police Management Training in Iraq for Citizen Service Oriented Policing On 11 November 2018 UNDP and Danish National Police started the first of a series of Mid-Level Police Management Training Courses for the Local Police in Iraq. The courses are developed and delivered in close collaboration with the […]

US Sanctions Key Hizballah, IRGC-QF Networks in Iraq

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action today to target four Hizballah-affiliated individuals who lead and coordinate the group’s operational, intelligence, and financial activities in Iraq. Specifically, OFAC designated Shibl Muhsin ‘Ubayd Al-Zaydi, Yusuf Hashim, Adnan Hussein Kawtharani, and Muhammad ‘Abd-Al-Hadi Farhat as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) […]

Iraq Considers Importing Wheat from Russia

By John Lee. Iraq reportedly wants to allow Russian-origin wheat to be bought in its state tenders to supply the country’s massive food rationing programme. According to Reuters, the Trade Ministry will send a delegation to Russia before the end of the year to study the suitability of its wheat for Iraq’s needs. Iraq needs between […]

New Investment Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee. The National Investment Commission (NIC), in cooperation with the Babylon Investment Commission, is pleased to announce the following investment opportunities: Educational Research Center and Environment Laboratories within the main university site area of 1300 m² plot number 1/3474 m 17 Tajia. The Central Student Club of the University of Babylon within the […]

Versar wins $25m Iraq Order

Versar Inc., of Springfield, Virginia, USA, has been awarded a $25,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for support program management, contract administration, project engineering, quality assurance, real estate, and support staff for continued operations in Iraq. Bids were solicited via the internet with six bids received. Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, with an […]

Contract Awarded for Trucks

By John Lee. A company has won a tender to supply two truck tractors with low-bed trailer to the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in Iraq. The contract with US-based Al-Kasid Commercial Agencies Ltd is valued at $269,300. According to the company’s website, Al-Kasid Commercial Agencies Ltd is the official distributor in Iraq for […]

The Economic Perils of Youth Nostalgia for Authoritarianism

By Ahmed Tabaqchali, for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts. The Economic Perils of Iraqi Youth’s Nostalgia for the Return of Authoritarianism Although Iraqi youth’s nostalgia for authoritarianism in the form of a powerful presidential system as a cure to their country’s ills is understandable, the economic costs of Turkey’s increasing move toward such a system over the […]