Iraq may Ban some Video Games

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly considering banning several popular video games over fears that they encourage violence and crime. MP Sami’a Ghulab, who chairs the Parliamentary Committee on Culture, Information, Tourism, and Archaeology, is quoted as saying that games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends and PlayerUnkown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) are “affecting the social, psychological and educational […]

Mosul’s Fine Arts College officially Opens

Creativity flourishes as Mosul’s Fine Arts College officially opens The newly-rehabilitated College of Fine Arts at Mosul University has been officially opened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Iraq. The College, rehabilitated by UNDP with financial support from the United States Government through USAID, offers third-level art courses ranging from […]

Iraq fears Levees will mean Parched years ahead

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  Iraq fears bevy of levees will mean parched years ahead Although water levels in the Tigris and Euphrates rivers have been rising as torrential rains fill some of the […]

GardaWorld Weekly Security Report

GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments […]

WHO sends Medical Supplies to Missan

WHO sends shipment of kits and medical supplies to Missan governorate Responding to the needs of the Directorate of Health in Missan following the recent floods that hit the area, the World Health Organisation (WHO), with the generous support of donors, sent a large consignment of emergency kits and medical supplies to support the Directorate, […]

Mosul faces Political Crisis after Governor dismissed

By Mustafa Saadoun 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 Supreme Judicial Council issued an official order to the Erbil Appeals Court on April 8 to implement an arrest warrant for the former governor of Ninevah province, Nawfal al-Akoub. A conflict over […]

ICTSI to Increase Capacity at Umm Qasr Port

By John Lee. Philippines-based International Terminal Container Services Inc. (ICTSI) has reportedly allocated additional funds for capacity expansion at its Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) at the Port of Umm Qasr. Rafael Consing, ICTSI chief financial officer, is quoted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying that this year’s capex budget of $380 million will be […]

KRG Details 167 Humanitarian Projects

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) has issued a report on its “Priority Humanitarian Small Scale Projects: In Health, Education, Municipality, Electricity, Social Care, Agriculture and Livelihoods and Water Sectors Kurdistan Region-Iraq 2019“. The document presents a detailed breakdown of a total 167 priority humanitarian Small Scale Projects (SMPs) for 2019. The focus […]

IBBC holds 9th Annual Spring Conference

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held its annual Spring Conference at the Mansion House in London on 10 April, hosting officials from the UK and Iraqi Governments and delegates from the major companies operating in Iraq covering all sectors of the economy. The conference was entitled ‘Iraq – Financing a Modern Economy’ and was […]

New Oil Well Enters Production at Taq Taq

By John Lee. Share in Genel Energy closed Thursday up 2.75% after the company announced an update on activity at the Taq Taq field (Genel 44% working interest), as testing of the TT-20z well has now been completed. In a statement, the company said the well has entered production at an initial rate of 2,000 […]

Dana Gas Boosts Production in Kurdistan

By John Lee. Sharjah-based Dana Gas has announced that its average production for Q1 2019 has increased by 6% year-on-year to 68,700 boepd from 65,000 boepd in Q1 2018. The first quarter production increase was led by the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), which leapt to 32,750 boepd in Q1 2019 from 26,300 boepd in […]