Tag Archives | Gavin Jones

Minister Criticises Security and Insurance Companies

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. Without doubt the security situation has improved significantly since I was last in Iraq, and made great strides in the south, where the first time I worked in Basra in 2007 we were never allowed into the city of Basra […]

Iraq – the Opportunity and the Problem

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. It is very difficult with a market like Iraq to separate […]

Time to Keep your Head Down in Iraq

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Last week hundreds of people were arrested all over Iraq in […]

Upper Quartile Runs Seminar on Opportunities in Iraq

In a bid to encourage firms to develop a presence in the Middle Eastern state of Iraq, Upper Quartile, in partnership with Aberdeen City Council’s International Trade and Investment team, held a seminar yesterday in Aberdeen, attracting representatives from around 20 oil and gas service companies interested in the investment opportunities available in Iraq. Over […]

US Forces to leave Iraq by Christmas

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The U.S. and Iraq have failed to reach an agreement on […]

Where’s Vince …

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. We are seeing an unprecedented level of interest in Iraq from […]

Aberdeen City Council to Encourage Energy Investment in Iraq

Aberdeen City Council has announced a new initiative to encourage North-east companies to explore business opportunities in Iraq. Upper Quartile, an Edinburgh-based economic development consultancy, will manage the programme, which will target the oil and gas sector, academic institutions and other contractors. Seminars will be held over the coming months to inform firms of the […]

Will they, won’t they ……. US Troops in Iraq

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The US administration has declared again that it is “on track” […]

Practical Lessons in Selling to the Iraqi South Oil Company

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. We have been working with a substantial international company in Iraq […]

Maliki – re-packaging, re-aligning or just hanging on in there

By Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile. This article was originally published on the Emerging Economics blog. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. It has been long in the making but it looks like […]

Interview with Gavin Jones on Radio Dijla

Gavin Jones, Director of Iraq Business News, and Partner at consultancy firm Upper Quartile, was recently interviewed by Iraq’s Radio Dijla.  The full transcript is shown below: Radio Dijla: How do foreign investors look at the Iraqi market today? Gavin Jones: There are three main reasons for foreign investors committing to a market – a […]