Urban and economic progress in Kurdistan continues with many relatively stable areas and regional policy both being attractive to foreign investment. Developments in oil, too, will not be affected by delays in forming the next Iraqi government, the local government says. The Kurdistan Regional Government points to its profit-friendly legislation including ten-year tax breaks and land set aside […]
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This hasn’t been a great year for Iraqi stocks by any stretch of the imagination. As measured by Rabee Securities’ dollar-based index, as of October 7 the market is down 10% year-to-date. And with index constituent stocks with a total weighting of something like 40% currently suspended from trading and Warka Bank (BWAI) no longer […]
Baghdad Investment Commission has granted 11 new permits to invest $243 million [290 billion Iraqi dinars] in different sectors of the Iraqi capital. “The investments will embrace the sectors of housing, commerce, tourism, and industries,” the commission said in a press release on Wednesday, according to Aswat al-Iraq news agency. It explained that the commission […]
Iraq wants to sell five decrepit Iraqi Airways planes stranded in Jordan since Saddam Hussein’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait, BusinessWeek reported on Tuesday. Fearing strikes on Baghdad’s airport, Saddam sent the planes to Jordan for protection when it became clear a U.S.-led coalition would attack Iraq to force it to relinquish Kuwait. Aqeel Hadi Kawthar, […]
Abu Dhabi’s Invest AD has launched an Iraq Investment Fund to channel investment into high-growth companies in a country where improving stability and increased oil production should fuel strong economic expansion in coming years. Invest AD is seeding the fund and is marketing it alongside its other equities and private equity funds that invest in […]
Earlier this month it was reported that the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) might redenominate the Iraqi dinar after the new government is formed, exchanging one new dinar for 1,000 old. (For more on this story, see http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2010/09/14/central-bank-wants-to-drop-zeros-from-iraqi-dinar/.) While such a redenomination would obviously help to simplify transactions and record keeping, it is not clear […]
National Food Industries has announced that it will be issuing 100% paid up shares at the price of IQD (1 per share) for those shares purchased and owned prior to the holding of its general assembly meeting. Shareholders trading through Warka Bank are advised to submit their authorization letters to purchase the paid up shares […]
Iraq’s Industry Ministry granted 168 permits for new industrial projects during the month of August. “The total investment value of the projects is around $30.254 million [36 billion Iraqi dinars],” said a press release issued by the ministry on Wednesday, according to Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The projects are related to food, textile, wood, paper, […]
An unusual feature of many of the listed Iraqi banks is that investments account for a greater share of their deposits than loans. This is true, for example, of Mansour Bank (BMNS), National Bank of Iraq (BNOI), Commercial Bank of Iraq (BCOI), Gulf Commercial Bank (BGUC), Bank of Baghdad (BBOB), and Middle East Investment Bank […]
The Erbil Stock Market will start trading during the first quarter of 2011, the project’s executive director said on Tuesday, explaining that the market startup capital will be around $10 million. “This market should become the strategic axis that will transform the economy of Kurdistan from relying on oil revenues to producing income through local […]
The Iraqi Stock Exchange (ISX) will be closed from September 9-13 due to the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr. Trading will resume on September 14. Border crossings and airports in Kurdistan will remain open.
Last month, Central Bank of Iraq governor Al-Shibibi told AFP he was hoping foreign banks would play a bigger role in developing Iraq’s financial system. From the banks’ point of view, he said, “the prospects are good, except for security.” But the foreign institutions that have already entered the Iraqi market through investments in local […]