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Sulaymaniyah Museum Opens its Renovated Halls

Sulaymaniyah Museum Opens its Renovated Halls

The Sulaymaniyah Museum inaugurated a first section of its renovated exhibition halls displaying part of its rare and precious collection of historical objects embedded with ancient scripts.

The “In Writing” exhibition comes as a new milestone in the modernization project of the museum, which was initiated in 2010 with the technical support of UNESCO. The opening was also the occasion for UNESCO to reveal the Museum’s new Master Plan and architectural brief.

Under the auspices of the First Lady of Iraq, H.E. Hero Ibrahim Ahmad, and with the support of UNESCO Office in Iraq, the Sulaymaniyah Museum inaugurated on Thursday 19 March 2013 the exhibition entitled “In Writing: Objects from the collections of the Sulaymaniyah Museum”.

Organized in cooperation with Sulaymaniyah Governorate and the Department of Antiquity of Sulaymaniyah, and displayed on 170m² of renovated museum gallery, this prefiguration exhibition explores the achievements of mankind through objects featuring ancient writings from the Sulaymaniyah museum collections, the second largest in Iraq.

“Through the showcased objects, this exhibition highlights the unique richness of the cultural heritage of the region, including cuneiform masterpieces dating back to the 3rd Millennium BC. The state-of-the-art display of this exhibition creates a new relationship between the public and the museum collection. It is conceived to inspire the modernization not only of the Sulaymaniyah museum, but also of other museums in Iraq”, stated the Director of the UNESCO Office in Iraq Louise Haxthausen.

“After two years of work on upgrading the management and educational approaches of the Sulaymaniyah museum, UNESCO is more than satisfied with the results achieved”, she added, confirming UNESCO commitment to make the Sulaymaniyah Museum “a true regional landmark in the field of museology”. Mrs. Haxthausen also praised the First Lady’s contributions to safeguard Iraq’s cultural heritage, particularly in the Kurdistan region.

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Polluted Waterways could End Agriculture around Sulaymaniyah

Polluted Waterways could End Agriculture around Sulaymaniyah

Once the farms around the city of Sulaymaniyah provided all of the fruit and vegetables locals needed. Now climate change, pollution and illegal dumping in local waterways are forcing farmers out.

“We can no longer grow vegetables here, that time has come to an end,” lamented farmer Mohammed Aziz. “The water is so dirty that we don’t even dare get near it,” the 55-year-old said, pointing toward the Tanjero River, once a chief source of water for farming here.

Aziz used to grow vegetables and other crops but since major amounts of sewage began being discharged into this small river, he and his fellow farmers can no longer benefit from what they describe as once fertile land. The waters of the Tanjero River, which runs southwest of the city of Sulaymaniyah and flow into the Darbandikhan Lake, are now unsuitable for agricultural use.

“In the past, the water was not clean either,” Aziz admits. “But it was good enough and we used it. At that time, not all sewage went into the river. But now all of the sewage goes into the river and the river has become so polluted that farmers are being forced to leave their land and abandon agriculture.”

This has been confirmed by Nature Iraq, an environmental action group with links to United Nations eco-projects, that has initiated a community awareness project, called the Iraq Upper Tigris Waterkeeper Project. Nature Iraq has tested the waters of Tanjero and Darbandikhan Lake (pictured).

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New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

New Chinese Cement Factory for Sulaymaniyah

Sinoma (Suzhou) Construction Company, a subsidiary of the Chinese Sinoma International Engineering, has signed a $112.5-million deal with Iraq-based investment firm Mass Iraq for the construction of a cement plant.

Both parties will build a cement plant with an annual capacity of 5,300 tons per day in Sulaymaniyah.

The scope of the deal includes the design, procurement, construction, installation, commissioning, trial production and the final examination by standard of the raw material storage to the whole production line.

The project is expected to take two years from the day the contract takes effect.

Sinoma International Engineering is engaged in manufacture and distribution of mechanical equipment, along with engineering and installation of cement production lines. The company operates its businesses in domestic and overseas markets.

(Source: WCN)

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Air Berlin to Start Regular Services to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah

Air Berlin to Start Regular Services to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah

From 6th November 2010 airberlin will be operating one non-stop flight each week from Düsseldorf to Erbil in Northern Iraq.

In addition the airline will also be offering fortnightly flights from Düsseldorf to Sulaymaniyah.

Many of the seats have already been booked by a tour operator.

The flights to Iraq are now available for booking online (airberlin.com), by calling the airline’s Service Centre (tel. 01805–737 800; 0.14 €/min. from a landline, mobile phone charges max. 0.42 €/min.) and in travel agencies.

Tickets to Arbil start at 459 euros including taxes, charges and topbonus miles (exclusive aviation tax) and tickets to Sulaymaniyah start at 509 euros, including taxes, charges and topbonus miles (excluding aviation tax).

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Germany Opens Economic Office in Sulaymaniyah Next Month

Germany’s consul in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, Oliver Schnackenberg, announced that a German economic office will be opened in Sulaimaniya next month.

The Governor of Sulaimaniya, Behrouz Mohamed Saleh, discussed the plan, and its role to support and promote business between Germany and the region, during his meeting with Schnackenberg.

He also requested that the German consul facilitate visits by citizens of Iraqi Kurdistan to Germany, by streamlining procedures for granting them visas.

Meanwhile the German consul said that the opening of the office will contribute to supporting German business to work in the region.

They also discussed the intention to open two German schools during the current year, one in Erbil and another in Sulaimaniya, to strengthen the bonds of cultural cooperation between Germany and the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

( Iraq Directory )

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The Mystery of Kurdistan’s Border Taxes

The Mystery of Kurdistan’s Border Taxes

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Missing Millions? The Mystery of Iraqi Kurdistan’s Border Taxes

Money collected at Iraqi Kurdistan’s borders with Iran and Turkey should amount to hundreds of millions of dollars for the cash-strapped region. Yet nobody knows where all the cash is going. Critics say politicians are collecting it and an investigation is underway.

Revenues collected at the borders of Iraqi Kurdistan have been a major source of income for the the semi-autonomous, northern region in the past. And with the current financial squeeze inside the region, thanks to, firstly disputes over oil revenues and the federal budget with Baghdad, and secondly, Baghdad’s own economic problems, there’s been more emphasis on these revenues recently. After all, they might have some potential to help relieve Iraqi Kurdistan’s current financial crisis.

The problem is, although the revenues are clearly being collected at the borders between the region and neighbouring Iran and Turkey, nobody knows where they are going to.

As one senior Iraqi Kurdish official admitted around three weeks ago: “What happens to the revenues collected at the region’s borders is a mystery”.

On March 12, Iraqi Kurdistan’s Minister of Finance and Economy, Rebaz Mohammad Hamalan, expressed concern about the fact that although a large number of trucks and tankers cross the borders into Iraqi Kurdistan daily, the amount of revenue the government collects from this seems minimal.

The money collected at the borders is mostly in the form of customs and duties and a lot of it comes from land transport, like the trucks. Even out-of-date figures suggest there should be a lot of money collected at borders.

For example, one 2003 book, titled Iraqi Kurdistan: Political Development and Emergent Democracy, noted that 50 trucks per day carrying cigarettes were coming through the border at just one of the region’s major crossings – each truck was taxed US$17,500. And that was in 1999.

Another book on the region – Kurdish Quasi-State: Development and Dependency In Post-Gulf War Iraq – wrote that in 2002, revenues at the Turkish border totalled around US$750 million but, the author says, a lot of this went to politicians.

Further estimates can be found in US Embassy cables from 2007 where, based on a duty tax of 5 percent on all goods entering the country and Turkish export figures, the diplomats who wrote the cable thought that Turkish border revenues should be closer to US$100 million – and that’s from just one border crossing.

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Germania Suspends Erbil Flights

Germania Suspends Erbil Flights

By John Lee.

Germania has suspended air services to Erbil, which has come under increasing threat from Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) terrorists.

Germany’s Federal Ministry for Transport (Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur – BMVI) has prohibited all flights by German airlines to Erbil until 30th March 2015 (inclusive).

Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Emirates, Etihad Airways and flydubai had already suspended flights to the city.

Kurdistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Talabani said that “the airspace of the Kurdistan Region is safe and the airports are far from any security risk.”

Germania continues to serve Sulaymaniyah from Dusseldorf, Munich and Stockholm Arlanda.

(Source: ch-aviation.com)

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