Kurdistan Suspends Foreign Investment in Education

The government of Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region has decided to suspend foreign investment in the education sector, in an effort to tackle low standards of teaching in the semi-autonomous province, Meed has reported. “We need to sort ourselves out and put our house in order first,” Dlawer Ala’Aldeen, the minister for higher education said. The […]

Al Arabiya Dedicated Extensive Election Coverage

Al Arabiya mobilized its human and technical capacity to cover the electoral process and provide on-the-ground, first hand coverage to viewers yearning for breaking news, political programs and reports. Under the supervision of Nowfal Aljanabi, Head of Iraqi news and programming at Al Arabiya, the channel began to broadcast the show “Race to the Parliament” […]

Work to Start in Halfaya

China National Petroleum Company (CNPC) will start work on the Iraqi Halfaya project in the second half of this year, Jiang Jiemin, the chairman of CNPC’s subsidiary PetroChina (0857.HK), said on Friday. Jiang also said it would take a fairly long time to finalize the purchase agreement for a deal to buy 2 million tones […]

Tide Turns as Kurds Push for Oil Law

While the Iraqi government has made overtures to its Kurdish counterpart in the north to end an oil standoff, much remains in doubt without legislation to keep the industry in check – rules which this time the Kurds are pressing for rather than Baghdad, writes Fawzia Sheikh For a long time, the northern Kurdistan region […]

Baghdad To Build Elevated Monorail, Subway

According to a report from RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI), Iraqi officials say foreign firms will be invited to take part in a tender to build an elevated monorail and subway lines in Baghdad to help reduce traffic in the congested capital. Baghdad Mayor Salih Abdel Razzak said the monorail in particular will help unsnarl […]

U.S. To Train Iraqi Pilots, Air Traffic Controllers

RFE/RL’s Radio Free Iraq (RFI) reports that the United States is to train Iraqi pilots and air traffic controllers under a new agreement between the two countries’ governments. The agreement provides for the opening in Baghdad of a training school supervised by the U.S. Federal Aviation Agency. That school will be financed by a $7m […]

New Air Route To Kuwait

SkyLink Arabia (SKA) has just resumed commercial flights between Baghdad, Basra, and Kuwait. SKA will provide commercial flights 2 days per week, on Tuesdays and Fridays. Additionally, SKA has resumed cargo flights to Basra International Airport.

Basra Airport Invites Businesses

Basra International Airport has announced that it will make space available to companies wanting to set up within the airport complex. Domestic and international companies can lease land within the BIA airport grounds (outside of the USF-I COB limits) for a fee for a term of one or two years. Interested firms will need to […]

6 New Projects in Sulaimaniyah

The committee managing local projects in Sulaimaniyah province HAS referred 6 service projects for implementation with a cost exceeding 6 billion dinars. A source in the projects’ section in Basra province said that 3 of the referred projects are for Al Sulaimaniyah city while the three others are for the other parts of the region. […]

Trade Ministry to Import 209,000 Tons of Rice

The Iraqi Trade Ministry announced on Wednesday that it signed four contracts to import 209 thousand tons of rice from the U.S, Pakistan, Vietnam, and Thailand. “Contracted FOB per ton prices varies from $423 to $534,” the Ministry said in a release on Wednesday received by Aswat al-Iraq news agency. Iraq consumes more than 90 […]

24 hour Traffic Lights

The Director-General of Kindi State Company, Engineer Yousef Hussein Yousef, said that his company has developed a system of traffic light signals which work on power and solar energy, which enable it to work for 24 hours without interruption. This system is distinguished by low price, compared to imported ones, with little consumption of electrical […]

Basra a Focus for Sweden and Norway

Delegations from the embassies of Sweden and Norway met with the governor of Basra last week to discuss investment opportunities in the province, according to Aswat Al Iraq. The joint delegation, led by the Swedish ambassador to Iraq, expressed the readiness of companies from both countries to contribute to large projects in the province. (Source: […]