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Iran “ready to establish Joint Bank with Iraq”

By John Lee. Iran’s private banks have reportedly laid the groundwork for setting up a joint bank with their counterparts in Iraq. Yahya Al-e Es’haq [Yahya Ale-Ishaq] (pictured), head of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, is quoted as saying that the bank would operate under the regulations of central banks of the two countries to facilitate […]

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Iraqi Depositors ‘Trapped’ In Iranian Banking System

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. By Abbas Sarhan. The Iranian banking system was seen as an attractive alternative to Iraq’s shaky financial institutions. But a recent, drastic devaluation in the Iranian rial means Iraqi money […]

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Iran Eyes Closer Banking Ties with Iraq

Iran’s president called for stronger banking relations with Iraq to allow for a growth in the bilateral trade and economic cooperation. In a meeting with Iraq’s parliament speaker in Tehran on Tuesday, President Hassan Rouhani said expansion of economic and trade ties between the two neighbors hinges on enhanced baking relations. The central banks of […]

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Rasheed Bank applies to open Branch in Iran

By John Lee. Iraq’s state-owned Rasheed Bank has applied for permission to set up a branch in Iran. At a meeting on Sunday between Iran’s Minister for Industry, Mining and Trade, Mohammadreza Nematzadeh, and Iraqi Minister for Industry and Minerals, Mohammed Shia ‘Al Sudani, Minsiter Al Sudani said he hoped the application would be approved. […]

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Taif eWallet shakes up Iraqi finance

By Robert Tollast Recently, a friend at Fikra Space, the pioneering Iraqi hackerspace group, emailed me some news that could have far reaching effects in Iraq. On the face of it, it probably seems like a fairly mundane development. Ideal Payments, the electronic payment providers, have partnered with Belgium based Monniz and Iraq’s Taif Money […]

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Iran, Iraq sign Banking MoU

By John Lee. Iran and Iraq have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU), covering cooperation in the banking sector, in Baghdad on Wednesday. IRNA reports that the MoU was inked at a meeting attended by the visiting Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), Valiollah Seif (pictured), and his Iraqi counterpart Ali Al Alagh […]

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Iraq in the Global Marketplace

By Padraig O’Hannelly. This week in London, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held its annual Autumn Conference, taking as its theme “Iraq in the Global Marketplace“. A full house of senior executives, diplomats and public officials shared their views and experiences of business in Iraq, and discussed what Iraq can do to raise its […]

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Banks Refuse to Ante Up amid Liquidity Shortage

By Amina al-Dahabi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq’s private banking sector is having trouble meeting customers’ demands because of liquidity issues, leading to unrest and worry. Some banks are limiting withdrawals to a specific percentage of deposited funds, while others have stopped […]

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CBI Lends $5.1bn Iraqi Banks

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has allocated $5.1 billion (6 trillion Iraqi dinars) in loans to banks in a bid to keep a handle on inflation. Ali Allaq, Central Bank general manager, told the Al-Hayat newspaper on Monday that the CBI is responsible for the stability of the market, adding that […]

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In State Banks We Trust

By Mark DeWeaver. 2013 was another strong year for deposit growth at the ISX-listed banks. Deposits at the 19 names that have so far reported year-end financials were up 17% year-on-year as of December 31. (Only BDFD and BELF, which together accounted for 8% of 2012 listed-bank deposits, have yet to report.) While their deposit […]

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Iraq’s Missing Market

By Mark DeWeaver. In my last post I argued that Iraqi banks’ high cash/deposit ratios are due to the absence of an interbank market. If that is the case, you might think it would be easy to get the banks to put more of their deposits to work in the “real economy.” Couldn’t somebody (e.g. […]

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