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How much will $15bn IMF Loan really cost Iraq?

By Omar Sattar, for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. On May 19, Iraq signed an agreement with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a loan for as much as $15 billion over the next three years. Observers are wondering how Iraq will […]

Possible $15bn in Aid for Iraq

By John Lee. Central Bank chief Ali al-Allaq has said a possible deal with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) may unlock $15 billion in aid this year and next. He told an interview in Beirut that he expects Iraq to receive $10 billion in assistance from the IMF and World Bank, with a further $5 […]

Iraq sells $1.3bn in Local Bonds

By John Lee. According to a report from Reuters, the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has started selling local bonds worth 1.5 trillion Iraqi dinars ($1.29 billion). The first local bonds sale to the public since 2003 is aimed at relieving the government budget deficit caused by falling oil prices and the costs of fighting […]

Iraq: “The Ungovernable Country”?

By John Lee. An article this week by The Economist describes Iraq as “the ungovernable country“. It says: “The economy, meanwhile, is unravelling. The government gets most of its money from oil sales, but the price of the stuff has collapsed. Parliament passed a budget of 107 trillion dinars ($100 billion) for 2016—and projects a […]

Iraq’s Financial Problems “Cyclical”

At the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)‘s Spring Conference in London last week, there was a general feeling that the downturn in oil prices is temporary, and that Iraq’s finances will rebound in due course. Referring to the long-term trend in oil prices, Vikas Handa of Weir Group was adamant that “there is only one […]

Iraq: New Attempt at OPEC Deal in June

By Simon Kent. Iraq’s representative to OPEC Falah Al-Amri has announced that plans are underway for a second round of talks on freezing OPEC output in June. Currently, Iran is now the sticking point in any such deal, aiming for 4 million BPD by March, and one Iranian official has called talks by non-OPEC members of […]

IMF could Secure 3-yr Standby Deal for Iraq

By John Lee. Reuters reports that the International Monetary Fund could approve a standby arrangement (SBA) with Iraq as early as June, unlocking $15 billion in international assistance over the next three years. The head of the IMF’s mission in Iraq, Christian Josz, said on Tuesday that the package of assistance, nearly one third of it […]

US Allows Iraq to Postpone $2.7bn for Arms Purchases

By John Lee. The US government has said it will allow the Iraqi government to postpone the payment of $2.7 billion for arms purchases. On a visit to Baghdad, US Special Presidential Envoy Brett McGurk (pictured) met with Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, Speaker of Parliament Saleem al-Jibouri, and the governors of Diyala, Salah ad-Din, Ninewa […]

Germany to Lend Iraq $566m

By John Lee. Germany has agreed to lend 500 million-euros ($566 million) to Iraq to help rebuild the country’s infrastructure. At a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi in Berlin, Chancellor Angela Merkel said Germany also wants to help with the demining of cities and towns in Iraq so that the country’s 3 million internally […]