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Oman to open Embassy in Baghdad

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi received Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi on Wednesday in Baghdad. During the meeting they discussed strengthening the relations between the two countries and the opening of air routes, facilitating entering visas, as well as their joint role in maintaining security and stability in the region. The […]

Iraq Stock Market Report

Advertising Feature Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 13th June 2019). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at IQD657 (-1.5%) / $706 (-1.7%) (weekly change) (-0.4% and -0.5% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded […]

US imposes Sanctions on Iraq-based affiliate of IRGC

By John Lee. The United States has imposed sanctions on an Iraqi company, South Wealth Resources Company (SWRC), which it is says is an Iraq-based affiliate of Iran‘s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The full text of the Treasury Department’s statement is shown below: Today [Wednesday 13th June], the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office […]

Nechirvan Barzani tasks Masrour Barzani to form new KRG Cabinet

The President of the Kurdistan Region, Nechirvan Barzani, has tasked Masrour Barzani, as Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government, to form the ninth ministerial cabinet, in the presence of the Speaker of the Kurdistan Parliament Ms. Vala Farid and the Head of the Judicial Council of the Kurdistan Region Judge Bangin Qasim. It was […]

New Career Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq: International Expert on Communication and Report Preparation, UNDP – United Nations Development Programme Programme Management Officer (Operations), UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq WASH Officer, UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund UDOC/CM Project Manager, Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Camp Management Programme […]

New Career Opportunities in Iraqi Kurdistan

By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan: German Language Migrant Service Assistant, IOM – International Organization for Migration Country Representative, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Program Quality Coordinator, Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Program Coordinator for Iraq, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) Human Resources Analyst, UNDP – United Nations […]

Iraqi Firm harnesses Fintech to open New Markets

By Padraig O’Hannelly. Insurance is a complicated business, and as economies develop they demand more of it. This brings challenges, such as how to assess claims when the skills are not readily available locally, how to satisfy reinsurers that risks have been correctly priced and losses properly assessed, and how to develop lower-premium business without […]

Careem extends service to Basra

By John Lee. Ride-hailing service Careem has reportedly started operations in Basra. According to The National, the company, which currently operates in Baghdad and Najaf, also has a pilot project in Erbil. Careem entered the Iraqi market in January 2018, and was bought by Uber for $3.1 billion in March 2019. (Source: The National)

Small Projects bring life back to Mosul

From the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC): Small projects bring life back to the streets in Mosul Various small and medium businesses in the Old City of Mosul are supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross as life gradually returns to the streets and people resume their lives. Some business owners […]

Decision on Russian Wheat Imports “Months Away”

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly still holding discussions over the possible import of wheat from Russia. Deputy trade minister Haitham Jameel Ismail al-Khshali told Reuters that a group of experts is looking into the issue, but it could be months before they reach a decision. (Source: Reuters)

Exclusive Tee for 5K to Benefit Iraqi Children

Actress Alia Shawkat Designs Exclusive Tee for 5K to Benefit Iraqi Children Iraqi-American performer and producer, Alia Shawkat, is best known for her acting work in TV shows like Arrested Development and films like Whip It and The Runaways. She is also a talented artist, with her contemporary works featuring in high profile gallery shows […]

The Plight of Displaced Female-headed Families

By Amnesty International. Nobody wants us: The plight of displaced female-headed families in Iraq Amnesty International and other organizations have continuously documented the collective punishment of displaced families, especially female-headed families. Many are perceived as supporters of the Islamic State armed group (IS) due to factors outside their control – such as being related, however […]