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US Treasury Sanctions Iraq-based Money Services Business

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions today on Afaq Dubai, an Iraq-based money services business (MSB) that has been moving money for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Today’s designation follows action taken by the Department of Defense—announced on October 11—against a key ISIS financial […]

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Iran “ready to establish Joint Bank with Iraq”

By John Lee. Iran’s private banks have reportedly laid the groundwork for setting up a joint bank with their counterparts in Iraq. Yahya Al-e Es’haq [Yahya Ale-Ishaq] (pictured), head of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, is quoted as saying that the bank would operate under the regulations of central banks of the two countries to facilitate […]

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Iraq issues new Banknote Designs

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has released a series of new banknote designs, which will enter circulation next week. According to a report from Rudaw, the notes are intended to modernise the currency and better reflect the nation’s heritage and diversity. It adds that the CBI does not plan to recall […]

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Towards Women’s Economic Empowerment in Iraq

The World Bank Group, the Government of Iraq, and the Government of Canada launched today a US$1.95 million grant to support Iraq’s efforts to strengthen systems and deliver programs to empower women economically and politically. The “Gender and Social Protection in Iraq: Towards Economic Empowerment” program consists of two complementary components: the first component will […]

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Iraq launches Social Fund to Fight Poverty

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. The Iraqi Ministry of Planning announced the launch of the Social Fund for Development on Sept. 23, with initial capital of $300 million, in cooperation with the World Bank. The project […]

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Trade Bank in talks to Buy a Gulf Lender

By John Lee. The state-owned Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) is reported to be in talks to buy a Gulf bank with branches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Qatar. Chairman Faisal al-Haimus told Reuters that talks are underway and the purchase is expected to be completed in six to eight months. The name […]

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Cyprus: A Powerful Investment brings a European passport

Advertising Feature By Veronica Cotdemiey, CEO of Citizenship Invest. Recently Cyprus has been recognized as the ‘super star’ of the citizenship by investment programs worldwide. The country has the most appealing second citizenship program being the only European country which grants the nationality in only 6 months without ever having to reside there. Cyprus has […]

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IBBC hosts Members’ Dinner in Baghdad

The Deputy Chairman of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), Rasmi Al Jabri, and Managing Director, Christophe Michels, hosted a dinner for members and guests at the Babylon Warwick Hotel in Baghdad on 29th August. Many representatives from member companies were in attendance, including the Chairman of Khudairi Group and the International Islamic Bank, the […]

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TBI puts Bank Acquisition Plans on Hold

By John Lee. The state-owned Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has reportedly put plans to buy a Turkish commercial bank on hold because of the fall in the Turkish lira. TBI chairman Faisal al-Haimus told Reuters that the bank is keen to expand its footprint in Turkey, Iraq’s largest trading partner. According to the report, TBI has […]

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KRG Cabinet discusses 2019 Budget

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani chaired the 49th regular session of the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. It was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani. Prime Minister Barzani briefed the Council about his recent visit to Baghdad and meeting with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. He said, they agreed to continue dialogue and coordination and […]

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Understanding Iraq’s Debt

By John Lee. The Al-Bayan Center for Planning and Studies has just published a new report from our Expert Blogger Ahmed Tabaqchali. Entitled “Understanding Iraq’s debt: An overview of its status, outlook and origins“, the report argues that much of that debate about Iraq’s debt is out of context, mixes loosely related facts and figures […]

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