Iraq Plans to Slice Three Zeros off Currency Notes

Iraq plans to knock three zeros off the nominal value of bank notes to facilitate currency transactions, a central bank official said on Thursday. Iraq is trying to revamp its economy and boost oil production after the effects of the war with crude deals that may vault it to one of the world’s top oil […]

Iraq on Road to Stamping out Oil Graft

Iraq took a step towards leaving its reputation for corruption and the misuse of oil cash behind today, as the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) board accepted its bid to become a candidate member. Iraq now has two years to implement EITI standards in financial reporting within its oil sector. It must also undergo validation […]

New Infrastructure in Wassit

Six projects involving roads, bridges and a water unit, have been approved for Wassit province. Total value is approximately $26m. Additionally, the provincial council has signed a contract with a number of foreign companies to build housing units for teachers.

Korean Company Wins $3bn Contract in Basra

South Korea’s STX Heavy Industries has signed a $3bn deal to build a steel plant and gas-fired power station in Basra. The power plant will have a capacity of 500MW, while the steel plant should output 3m tons annually. The Iraqi State Company for Iron and Steel will take charge of operating the plant after […]

Al- Ajili / Cooperation with Hawaii University

Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Abd Thiab al- Ajili has confirmed that Iraqi Higher Education is looking forward to expanding cooperation with international universities with the  aim of making use of their expertise in developing the educational sector and other institutions in the country. During his meeting with number of professors in Hawaii […]

Five-year Development Plan Completed

The Iraqi Ministry of Planning has finalised its development plan for the years 2010-2014, focusing on the oil and electricity sectors as a first priority, but extending as far as agricultural and rural development. The program includes more than 2,700 projects worth nearly $186bn. (Sources: Aswat Al Iraq, Iraq Directory)

Kurdistan to Resume Oil Exports

Iraq’s oil minister, Hussain al-Shahristani, said he expected exports from Kurdistan to resume in the near future, but the status of disputed oil deals with foreign companies (including Norway’s DNO) remain unclear. This follows resolution of a disagreement between the semi-autonomous region and central government regarding payment mechanisms. Shares in Gulf Keystone Petroleum and DNO […]

Strengthen Commercial Ties with India

(Sources: Reuters, Hindustan Times) Iraq’s Minister for Industry and Minerals announced the intention to strengthen commercial ties with India, following a visit to New Delhi. The state-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC) plans to import 220,000 bpd of Iraqi oil, and joint ventures worth $2bn are being investigated.