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Nearly Half of Kurdish Businesses Pay no Tax

From Rudaw. Re-published with permission by Iraq Business News. Of nearly 25,000 registered companies in the Kurdistan Region, only around 13,000 of them pay corporate income tax, according to a new report from the Directorate of Taxes and Public Properties in Erbil. General manager of the directorate, Dr. Kamal Tayyib, told Rudaw the systematic tax […]

IMF Reviews Progress in Iraq

The Iraqi authorities and the staff of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) held discussions in Baku, Azerbaijan from January 15–19, 2017 ahead of the second review of Iraq’s 36-month Stand-By Arrangement (SBA) that the IMF Executive Board approved on July 7, 2016 ( See Press Release No. 16/321). The first review under the SBA was […]

Controversial General Appointed as Iranian Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly appointed General Irij Masjidi as its new ambassador to Baghdad, replacing Hassan Dana’i Fer [Danaeifar]. According to some sources, General Masjidi was previously a senior advisor to Qassim Sulaimani, Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC). Al Arabiya quotes Saudi minister of state for the Gulf region Thamer Al-Sabhan […]

Anbar Creates New Districts – But for Better or Worse?

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Over the past few months the council in the central Iraqi province of Anbar have managed to create a number of new districts and sub-districts. The last meeting making such […]

IS’ “Most Wanted” Woman Awarded Lantos Prize

The Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice has announced that its highest honor, the Lantos Human Rights Prize, will be awarded to Iraqi parliamentarian and ISIS’ “most wanted” woman, Vian Dakhil, at an award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on February 8, 2017 at the U.S. Capitol. Dakhil will be given the 2016 award for her […]

Japan Opens Consulate in the Kurdistan Region

Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani met with Japanese State Minister for Foreign Affairs Kentaro Sonoura and his accompanying delegation. In the meeting, attended by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani, the Japanese Minister reaffirmed his country’s position to further strengthen its relations with the Kurdistan Region, by opening its consulate in Erbil on Wednesday. […]

Iraq to Receive $1bn Loan from US

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has signed a one-billion-dollar loan with the United States to “[assist] Iraq to achieve victory in its battle against IS, and to realize economic reform”. Stephanie William, the U.S. Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires and Fadhil Nabi, the Iraqi Deputy Minister of Finance signed the agreement in Baghdad on Thursday. The […]

Iran, Iraq Eye Visa-Free Travel

Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Hassan Danaeifar said Tehran and Baghdad have been considering a step to lift visa requirements for travelers from the two neighboring countries. Speaking to Tasnim News Agency, Danaeifar highlighted the latest measures to abolish the visa regime between Iran and Iraq, saying that it would lead to more travels between the […]

Federal Budget Widens Political Conflict among Kurdish Forces

By Ibrahim Malazada for Al Monitor. Any opinions here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  On Dec. 14, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) rejected the federal budget for 2017. The government’s statement read, “The budget does not serve the KRG,” and stressed its refusal to […]

Baghdad looks to Trump with Framework Agreement

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 Foreign Ministry announced Dec. 2 the formation of a high-level committee to start implementing the Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA). This reflects Iraq’s readiness for the era […]