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EU Planes Deliver 266 tonnes of Relief Assistance

The European Commission is currently working alongside EU Member States to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq, to help people affected by the crisis in Mosul. Three additional planes carrying emergency assistance from Austria and France have now touched ground in Iraq, bringing the total number of flights facilitated and co-financed by the Commission to […]

Iraqi-French Business Council Economic Forum

The Iraqi-French Business Council Economic Forum was held in Bagdad on the 1st of Dec. 2016 in its 10th session under the joint patronage of the Iraqi and French governments. The Forum activities opened with a welcoming speech by Dr. Sami Al- Araji, NIC Chairman through which he reviewed the history of establishing the Iraqi […]

Civilian Policing Working Group meets Ministry of Interior

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is assisting the Government of Iraq (GoI) in its efforts on Security Sector Reform (SSR) through a well-established partnership with the Office of the National Security Advisor (ONSA). On 29 August, UNDP and ONSA co-chaired the first meeting between the Ministry of Interior (MoI) and international partners within the […]

France to send Troops, Aircraft Carrier to Fight IS

By John Lee. France is to send more military advisors to Iraq, in addition to sending a aircraft carrier to the region, as it steps up its fight against the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh). President Francois Hollande (pictured) said: “We will intensify the army’s efforts to support the Iraqis as they try […]

Iraq Extends Poultry Products Ban

By Simon Kent. Apparently concerned about the lethal pathogenic H5N1 strain of the bird flu virus, which has previously been reported in Iraq, the country has extended a ban on poultry imports. Previously French poultry product imports were banned in December, but in January the ban was extended to over 20 countries. Monday’s ban on […]

France’s Total to Develop Shared Oilfield in Iran

By John Lee. Iran has reportedly signed an agreement with France’s Total to develop the South Azadegan oil field, which is shares with Iraq. Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zangeneh (pictured) is quoted as saying that both parties have agreed to keep the details of agreement confidential, adding that the French firm is now “studying its […]

Qaiwan secures $105m Loans for Iraq Power Plant

By John Lee. Kurdistan’s Qaiwan Group has secured two loans totalling $105 million to refinance part of the firm’s investment in the 442-MW Bazian Power Plant (pictured). According to a report from Trade Arabia, Deutsche Bank has arranged an eight-year $75-million buyer credit, along with the Dubai branch of Lebanon’s Bankmed. The finance is being […]

Total, Vitol Fined in Iraq Oil-For-Food Case

By John Lee. French oil company Total and Swiss oil-trading company Vitol have been fined for corruption by a French court in relation to Iraq’s oil-for-food program. According to Bloomberg, Total was guilty of corrupting foreign civil servants, and has been fined EUR 750,000, while Vitol has been fined EUR 300,000. Other corruption charges against Total […]

Iraq Bans Poultry Imports due to Avian Flu

By John Lee. Iraq has banned the importion of frozen and live poultry products from two dozen countries. According to a report from Reuters, Baghdad restricted poultry imports from France last month, following a reported outbreak of H5N1 bird flu. The ban now extends to Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, Bhutan, China, Egypt, Ghana, Hong Kong, India, […]

Veolia Wins Contract at Karbala Refinery

Veolia Water Technologies has been selected by HDGSK Joint Venture to supply a Zero Liquid Discharge Evaporator and Crystallizer for the Karbala Refinery Project in Iraq. Veolia will engineer, procure and deliver a Zero Liquid Discharge system based on its proven HPD® Brine Evaporator and Brine Crystallizer technologies for calcium sulfate seeded slurry processes. Iraq’s […]