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Iraq: Bringing Faith Communities Together

By the Institute for War & Peace Reporting (IWPR). IWPR-trained activists have launched a successful series of initiatives to promote reconciliation between Iraq’s different faith communities. In one striking success, an Assyrian Christian church that had been closed for 15 years was renovated and reopened thanks to the efforts of a group of IWPR mentees. […]

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GE, Siemens Electricity Deals “in Doubt”

By John Lee. The Financial Times has reported that the recently-agreed electricity deals with Siemens and General Electric (GE) are not certain to be approved. It quotes Minister for Electricity Luay Al-Khatteeb (pictured) as saying: “I don’t have financial allocations or the processes available at hand, it doesn’t allow me to cherry-pick the right consultancies […]

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Sweden increases support for De-Mining in Iraq

The United Nations Mine Action Service (UNMAS) welcomes the contribution of SEK 75 million (approximately USD 8.3 million) from the Government of Sweden on mitigating the threat from explosive hazards in support of enhanced provision, facilitation and enablement of humanitarian and stabilization support. Approximately 1.8 million people are estimated to be internally displaced persons (IDPs) […]

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DNO Increases Oil Reserves, Shares Rise

Shares in DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, were trading up five percent on Monday afternoon following the company’s announcemnt that it has replaced 2018 production through additions to reserves, marking the second consecutive year in which the Company’s replacement of proven reserves reached or exceeded 100 percent of production. “DNO’s stellar record […]

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PM welcomes Increased Cooperation with UK

By John Lee. Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi received Baroness Emma Nicholson, the Chairman of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), at his office on Sunday to discuss cooperation between Iraqi and British businesses, and proposed investment projects in Iraq. The Prime Minister said that stability in Iraq provides an opportunity to increase reconstruction efforts, […]

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Saudi delegation visits Baghdad to discuss new Football Stadium

By John Lee. A delegation from the Saudi Arabian government reportedly arrived in Baghdad on Saturday to discuss the construction of a 100,000-seater football stadium. Saudi Arabia’s King Salman promised last March to build a football stadium in Iraq. According to some reports, it was later announced that Saudi Arabia would increase the number of […]

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IBBC signs MoU with the German Counterpart

IBBC signs Memorandum of Understanding with the German Liaison Office for Commerce & Industry The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) and the German Liaison Office for Industry and Commerce in Iraq (DWI) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to increase cooperation between the organisations to support and grow trade between the UK, Europe and […]

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Iraq’s 2019 Budget busts IMF Deal

By Salam Zidane for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi President Barham Salih (pictured) approved the controversial 2019 budget on Feb. 4. The budget passed the parliament Jan. 23 after long debates over allocations for the Kurdistan Region and southern […]

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Lukoil Drills New Production Wells at West Qurna-2

Russian oil company Lukoil has commenced drilling of new production wells at West Qurna-2 field as part of the second development phase. The company has so far concluded contracts to drill 57 production wells, including 54 wells at Mishrif formation and 3 wells at Yamama formation. The drilling campaign will ramp up production at West […]

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Oil Smugglers can count on Corruption in Iraq

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Accusations are flying about oil smuggling in Iraq’s Ninevah province, and many accusers say government officials, armed factions and other powerful parties are involved. Representatives of the province, including parliament member Ahmed al-Jubouri, have said recently […]

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GardaWorld Weekly Security Report

GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments […]

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Iran, Iraq Deal to Boost Cooperation in Electricity

High-ranking officials from Iran and Iraq on Friday signed two memorandums of understanding (MoUs) and a contract to boost cooperation between the two countries in the electricity industry. At the end of his three-day visit to Iran, Iraqi Minister of Electricity Luay al-Khatteeb signed two MoUs and a contract on the electric industry with Iranian […]

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