Tag Archives | Foreign Direct Investment

Iraq to Easy Entry Visas for Investors

The Iraqi Cabinet held its weekly regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi. It approved funding to support the implementation of measures to improve public services, with a focus on electricity supply, water, health and education. It also discussed a range of policies to encourage foreign investment, and […]

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Iraqi Encourages French Companies to Invest

By John Lee. Oil Minister Jabar Ali al-Luaibi [Allibi, Luiebi] has hosted a meeting in Baghdad with the French Minister of State for Foreign Trade, Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, confirming the significance of the economic and financial relations between the two countries. Both sides expressed hopes for major cooperation in all sectors, including oil, industrial, agricultural, commercial, […]

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Building Market Opportunity and Women’s Networks in MENA

By Madeleine White Reflections on Trade+ Impact summit, in Ifrane, Morocco 19-23rd September 2016 Madeleine is co-founder of Nina magazine, Impact director of Enterprise development NGO Challenges Worldwide (a founder member of the Access to Finance for Rural Enterprise (ACRE) consortium). Madeleine contributed to discussions around the importance of impact investment and social enterprise within wider economic […]

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Iraq is Back in Business, According to Wyndham Group

By Simon Kent. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) is rising again in Iraq, The Wall Street Journal reports. The piece notes General Electric’s billion dollar contract in January, which is of course government spending, to highlight how multi-nationals are increasingly confident as the self declared Islamic State begins to collapse. The piece also notes how FDI is […]

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Iraq Oil Sector Needs $300bn Investment

By John Lee. Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi [Adil Abd Al-Mahdi] has said that Iraq’s oil and gas industry will need an investment of $300 billion over the next 15 years. He made the statement during a visit to Japan, at which he also discussed the long relationship between the two countries in the energy […]

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FDI and Legal Compliance in Iraq’s Oil Industry

By Shwan Rahman. The Impact of Foreign Direct Investment on Legal Compliance in the Iraqi Oil and Gas Industry This study seeks to ascertain the causal link between the inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and compliance with international law standards. The reasons why various Iraqi governments since 1958 have been very reluctant to open […]

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Private Foreign Investment ‘Vital for Iraq’s Growth’

Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Bahaa Al Araji (pictured), told a high level international conference in Baghdad on Wednesday that his country recognised the vital importance of foreign investment and Iraq was full of opportunity. Dr Bahaa said the Government was ready to extend all facilities and offer incentives for businesses to come to Iraq. […]

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Unemployment Increases in Kurdistan Region

By John Lee. BasNews reports that the unemployment rate in Kurdistan has risen from 7 percent at the end of 2013 to 10 percent currently. The number unemployed is nearly 100,ooo, of which 52 percent are men. The increase has been blamed on the general economic situation in Iraqi Kurdistan, and on the sanctions that Baghdad […]

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Iraq could Take Lead in FDI

By John Lee. Growth in foreign direct investment (FDI) to Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan should overtake the “expansion of flows” to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) by 2019, according to a new report from London’s Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) and the ICAEW. The report focuses on the GCC member countries […]

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Iraq “Lagging in Foreign Investment”

By Mustafa al-Kadhimi for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The question that constantly arises in Iraq, and that is often posed perplexedly, is: “Why have the Iraqis failed to attract large-scale investments over the past ten years of political and […]

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Iraq Urges Australian Firms to Invest in Iraq

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ambassador to Canberra, Muayed Saleh [Mouayed M. Issa M. Saleh] (pictured), has urged Australian companies to investment in Iraq. At a meeting with the Australian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Virgiz, the two sides discussed the economic relations between the two countries, and the Iraqi Ambassador called the on […]

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Iraqi Firms Need Foreign Expertise as much as Capital

By Sherif Salem. While attending an investment conference in Erbil in November, I was struck by a theme that came through in almost all my meetings with listed-company executives: a desire to engage with foreign companies. It seems as if expertise is more in demand than capital as companies look to grow and take advantage […]

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