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Korean Think-Tank Urges Partnerships for Iraq Reconstruction

(Source: Korea Times) The Korea Times reports that a state-run think tank called on the government, along with local businesses, to gear up for reconstruction projects in Iraq, predicting the demand will rise in the near future. In a report entitled “Prospects of the Iraqi Economy after the General Elections,” the Korea Institute for International […]

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Bank Open for Business Despite Bombings

(Sources: AFP, Trade Bank of Iraq) The Trade Bank of Iraq insisted on Monday that it was open for business despite the damage wrought by two suicide bombers who blew their vehicles up in the street outside. The bank, which is the conduit for much of the Iraqi government’s foreign exchange transactions and dealings with […]

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BP President of Iraq on Progress of Rumaila Development

22 June 2010 (Source: PressReleaseNetwork.com) For the first time in more than three decades, two oil and gas exploration license bidding rounds took place in Iraq in 2009. The first round saw a consortium consisting of the UK’s BP and China’s CNPC spearheading IOC activities as they won the first 20 year service contract to […]

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Iraq’s Oil Sales Reach $4.3bn in May

(Source: Aswat al Iraq) Iraq’s oil sales in May registered $4.3 billion, through exporting 58.7 million barrels at a price of $73.8 per barrel, the oil ministry said on Monday, according to a report from Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Iraq’s oil sales last April registered 53 million barrels, valued at $4.2bn, at an average price […]

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Is Iraq Reverting to Square One?

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. Iraq’s recent upsurge of violence, fueled by political impasse and regional geopolitics – Notably Iran’s Mullacracy suicidal ambitions, could easily undermine its fragile democracy and, thus, plunging the country into a vicious downward spiral. The ongoing ignominious political ploys are creating a toxic environment compelling the majority […]

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New Iraqi Parliament Meets for First Time

Iraq’s new parliament met on Monday for the first time since elections were held on 7th March. According to Voice of America, “the session adjourned quickly, because parliament members had not ironed out the main items on the agenda”. The session is still technically ‘open’, but suspended indefinitely, so as not to trigger a constitutional […]

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Welcome to the ‘Your Country’ Pages

Welcome to this latest initiative from Iraq Business News. The ‘Your Country’ pages carry useful information specific to businesses from participating countries. The first to be launched is the United Kingdom, and we plan to add other countries over the coming weeks and months. If you would like to see your country represented please contact […]

Turks Seek Projects in Karbala

A delegation representing two Turkish companies expressed readiness to implement health and housing projects in Karbala, the head of the Karbala council said on Tuesday. “The Turkish delegation presented housing and health proposals to be implemented in Karbala, including the establishment of two specialized hospitals,” Mohammad al-Moussawi told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. “The local government […]

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Asiacell at 7th Media Telecommunications Conference

Asiacell, one of the largest private Iraqi companies and the first mobile telecommunications company to provide coverage for all of Iraq, announced its participation in and sponsorship of the 7th annual Media and Telecoms Convergence Conference that was held under the patronage of Her Highness Princess Sumaya Bint Al Hassan on the 7th and 8th […]

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Lack of Water Could Shut Thermal and Hydro Power Plants

Low water levels from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers may force Iraq to shut down its thermal and hydro power plants, a government spokesman said. The spokesman, refusing to be named, said the volume of water reaching Iraq from the two rivers, which originate in Turkey, had fallen to unprecedented levels and may eventually not […]

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French Navy Makes First Call in 32 Years

A French navy ship with 95 sailors on board docked Tuesday at the southern Iraqi port of Umm Qasr, in the first such visit in 32 years amid French efforts to “revive” ties with Baghdad. The two-day stop by the Ducuing, a military dispatch ship, began with a reception organised by the Iraqi navy, who […]

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S. Korean Ambassador Discusses Cooperation

The Iraqi Industry minister has received the South Korean ambassador to Iraq, and discussed with him methods of cooperation at different industrial levels. “The minister stressed that his ministry will employ all methods that support South Korean companies working in Iraq,” the Iraqi Industry Ministry said in a statement on Tuesday as received by Aswat […]

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