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KRG Dismisses Remarks by Iraqi Oil Minister

The spokesman of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) rejected  remarks made by the Iraqi Oil Minister, Hussein Shahrestani, on Sunday about illegal oil trade through the Kurdistan Region. Shahrestani called on the KRG to justify its position regarding exporting  oil to Iran, in a statement made to the Arabic radio channel Sawa. “In accordance with […]

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Oil Smuggling in Iraq – 5 Tankers Seized

Security services in Basrah have seized tankers intended for the smuggling of oil, according to a report from Eye Media Company. A security source said the Police Directorate of South Oil seized a tanker containing more than 30 000 liters of white oil in Al-Berjisiah, west of Basra. According to News of Basra, the tanker […]

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Diyala State Electric Company to Upgrade Plant

The Diyala State Company for Electric Industries has set out a new program to rehabilitate and renovate its operations. For this purpose it signed contracts worth 2 billion Iraqi dinars [$1.7m] with suppliers for the provision new equipment. A source in the company said that many contracts will be completed in between 2 and 7 […]

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Kurdistan Gold Imports Increased by Nine Times

The Kurdistan Region imported nearly 10,000 Kg of gold in the first six months of this year, nine times more than last year, a source at the Region’s Jewelry Control Directorate told AKnews. Ismael Sabir, the technical administrator in Kurdistan Region’s Jewelry Control Directorate, said that 9, 449 Kg of gold were traded in the […]

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Kuwait Gets $650m in Iraqi Reparation

The United Nations released $650 million in Iraqi compensation to Kuwait on Thursday, the latest payment of a war reparation scheme that began in 1994. The payment brings the total sum of compensation paid to Kuwait to $30.1 billion dollars. A further $22.3 billion is due to Kuwait. Most of the latest round went to […]

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Indian Companies to Invest in Basra

A delegation representing Indian companies is visiting Basra to learn about investment opportunities in the province, according to a report from Aswat al-Iraq. “The delegation, which consists of a number of Indian companies, held talks with the second deputy governor, Ahmad al-Hasni, on Thursday, regarding investment opportunities in different fields in Basra,” the source told […]

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Albaraka Türk to Open Branch in Erbil

Emerging from the global financial crisis unscathed, several Turkish banks plan to expand into neighbouring countries. Following Ziraat Bankas‎, Bankas‎ and Kuveyt Türk, leading Turkish bank Albaraka Türk is also planning to open a branch in Erbil, northern Iraq, Fahrettin Yah‏i, the general manager of the bank, said yesterday. The growing business volume between Turkey […]

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IOCs and Iraq’s Peculiarities

By Tariq Abdell, Founder & Chairman, Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Recent oil conferences in Baghdad and Basrah, hosted respectively by the oil ministry and the USG, underscored the International oil companies (IOCs) poor situational awareness, strategic foresight, […]

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Evolutionary Solution to Hire Talent in Iraq

Asiacell Communications LLC becomes first Iraqi company to implement a full-fledged enterprise e-recruitment solution to attract, engage and hire exceptional telecom professionals. “Recruiting exceptional talent is a challenge globally. The challenge is even bigger when you are trying to hire quality people in Iraq, especially expatriates. We have to compete with telecom companies worldwide for […]

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Iraq Signs Electricity Deal with French Firm Alstom

French energy infrastructure firm Alstom signed a memorandum of understanding with Iraq on Wednesday to build a power plant in southern Iraq, which is suffering a severe electricity shortfall. According to a report from AFP, Alstom is also set to renovate an existing power plant in the city of Najaf that it built 35 years […]

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