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IBN Welcomes New Expert Blogger

By Padraig O’Hannelly. This week at Iraq Business News, we are delighted to welcome a new Expert Blogger to our ranks: Elena Kornienko (pictured), has more than 15 years of professional experience in contracts, procurement and tendering in various roles from demand-identification to contract close-out. She has worked on major international oil and gas projects, […]

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$30bn Pledged to Iraq – Time to Act!

Following the Kuwait International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq earlier this week, Iraq has so far received pledges of financing totalling around $30 billion to help with rebuilding the country after the devastating war against the Islamic State group. While this is well short of the $88 billion in funding estimated to be needed, […]

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Iraq in 2018 … What lies ahead?

By Padraig O’Hannelly. The year just gone by has seen many changes in Iraq, including the successful routing of the so-called Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), the holding of a controversial vote on Kurdish independence, and a long-awaited improvement in relations with Saudi Arabia. The latter part of the year also saw a steady […]

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Iraq’s Fifth Licensing Round

By Alessandro Bacci. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Ministry of Oil has repeatedly said that it would like to renegotiate the terms of its service contracts with the international oil companies (IOCs) to link the fees the companies receive for […]

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IBN Welcomes New Expert Blogger

By Padraig O’Hannelly. This week at Iraq Business News, we are delighted to welcome a new Expert Blogger to our ranks: Alessandro Bacci (pictured) is an independent energy consultant in relation to business strategy and corporate diplomacy (policy, government, and public affairs). Much of his activity is linked to the MENA region, an area where […]

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Iraq “one of the Biggest Investment Opportunities”

By Padraig O’Hannelly. The United Kingdom’s Ambassador to Baghdad has said Iraq has the potential to become an economic force in the region, and encouraged British businesses to take advantage of the opportunities it presents. Addressing senior executives at the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)‘s Spring Conference in London on Wednesday, H.E. Frank Baker OBE said […]

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Iraq in the Global Marketplace

By Padraig O’Hannelly. This week in London, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held its annual Autumn Conference, taking as its theme “Iraq in the Global Marketplace“. A full house of senior executives, diplomats and public officials shared their views and experiences of business in Iraq, and discussed what Iraq can do to raise its […]

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YOU are the Hope for Vulnerable Iraqi Children

YOU are the hope for some of the world’s most vulnerable children From our friends Ali Allawi and Shirin Rahimi, a special invitation for November 11: “Join us at the Hope For Humanity Fundraiser event benefiting the refugee crisis for an evening with internationally renowned music composer and player Ramy Adly, on November 11, 2015, 6:30 […]

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Major New Business Opportunities in Iran

The publishers of Iraq Business News are delightd to announce the launch of our new publication, Iran Business News, in response to the intense business interest in Iran in anticipation of the lifting of santions. After years of negotiations, agreement has been reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, […]

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1000 Attend Baghdad Classical Concert

By Robert Tollast. Attending a great live music event is something many of us will share on Facebook– well that’s if you’re the type who loves social media. Some go further and spend the entire concert trying to film it on their phone or live tweeting and talking loudly…but enough about those people. When the […]

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Abadi’s Reforms Welcome, but Vigilance Needed

By Padraig O’Hannelly. Dramatic moves this week by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to tackle corruption and bureaucracy have been widely welcomed, both within Iraq and internationally. Abolishing senior positions such as those of Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister — there were three of each — scrapping sectarian and party quotas for state positions, and […]

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