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New Zealand names New Ambassador to Iraq

New Zealand’s Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee has today named Bradley Sawden as New Zealand’s next Ambassador to Iraq. New Zealand established an Embassy in Baghdad in 2015 to support New Zealand and Australia’s joint ‘Building Partner Capacity’ mission. “This mission has trained over 20,000 Iraqi police and army personnel who are on the frontlines […]

AWB ex-Chairman Fined over Iraq Food-for-Oil Scandal

By John Lee. A former chairman of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) has been fined $50,000 and banned from a managing a corporation for five years for failing to properly investigate $223 million in kickbacks paid to Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq. But according to a report from ABC News, Trevor Flugge’s reputation for honesty […]

Australian Firm to Manage Field Hospital near Mosul

Australian company Aspen Medical has been contracted by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide healthcare professionals and hospital management at a 48-bed field hospital south of Mosul in northern Iraq. The field hospital was established by WHO at the urgent request of the Ministry of Health in Iraq. WHO is coordinating a number of […]

Australian Firm wins work on $80m Basra Project

By John Lee. Iraq’s Ministry of Municipalities and Public Works (MMPW) has reportedly appointed Australia-based Protechnique as the main contractor for the $80-million Basra Water Pumping Station, P2R. According to a report from Construction Week Online, it will provide engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) services for the project’s transmission reservoir and transmission pump station; chlorine building; […]

Court Hears of ‘Outrageous’ Iraq Bribe

By John Lee. The father of a notorious ISIS terrorist is facing charges in Australia for allegedly conspiring to bribe officials at a company linked to the Iraqi government in the hope of winning lucrative building contracts. Mamdouh Elomar, aged 62, his brother Ibrahim Elomar (60) and businessman John Jousif (46) were charged following information […]

Australian Wheat Lowest in Iraq Tender

By John Lee. Australian wheat was reported to be offered at the lowest price, in a tender for at least 50,000 tonnes of hard wheat for the Iraqi Grain Board. The tender closed on Sunday and offers must remain valid up to Thursday, according to Reuters. Australian wheat: 50,000 tonnes at $231.70 a tonne c&f free […]

New Australian Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. The Australian Prime Minister has announced the appointment of Mr Christopher Langman as the country’s next Ambassador to Iraq. Australia and Iraq enjoy a strong bilateral relationship. More than 48,000 Australian residents were born in Iraq. Two-way merchandise trade was worth nearly $300 million in 2014, with Australia continuing to provide high […]

Iraq Delays Decision on Wheat Tender

By John Lee. The Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) has delayed until Sunday a decision on whether to buy at least 50,000 tonnes of hard wheat in an international tender. Reuters quotes traders as saying that no purchase had yet been made, with Australian wheat offered at the lowest price of $279.70 a tonne c&f free […]

Iraq Buys 200,000 Tonnes of Wheat

By John Lee. The Iraqi Grain Board has bought 200,000 tonnes of hard wheat from Canada, the United States and Australia, Reuters reported on Monday: 100,000 tonnes of Canadian wheat, from trading house Richardson at $331.65 a tonne c&f free out (ciffo); 50,000 tonnes of US wheat, from trading house Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) at $333.87 […]

Oil Minister meets Australian Ambassador

By John Lee. Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi [Adil Abd al-Mahdi] met this week with the Australian Ambassador, Lyndall Sachs, to discuss the strengthen of relations relations between the two countries, particularly in the oil sector. The Minister pointed out that “Australia is one of the countries that has good relations with Iraq, and we […]

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