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Al-Abadi addresses Munich Security Conference

By John Lee. Iraqi Prime Minister Dr. Haider Al-Abadi has expressed his thanks for the international support his country has received in its fight against the Islamic State group (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh). Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, he said: “On behalf of the Iraqi people, I extend my sincere thanks to your countries […]

IBBC Welcomes Five New Members

The end of 2016 saw several new members join the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), each of which are underpinned by strong reputations for innovation, reliability and a commitment to investing in Iraq. GE, Khudairi Group, Pell Frischmann, Petronas and Siemens join 51 other world- and region-leading companies that form IBBC’s Council of Members. “IBBC […]

Iraq Third from Bottom in “Passport Power”

By John Lee. Iraq has been rated third-last in a ranking of the ‘passport power’ of 199 countries around the world. The list, compiled by passportindex.org, ranked passports by their ability to allow persons to travel visa-free to other destinations. Top of the list was Germany, followed by Sweden and Singapore, while Iraq comes in […]

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 […]

Siemens appoints New Team in Iraq

Siemens has appointed Musab Alkateeb (53) as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the company’s operations in Iraq, effective January 1, 2017. Alkateeb will take over from Nael Ghali, and has more than 15 years’ experience working across various sectors in Iraq including oil and gas, finance, business development, IT and trade. Thomas Schmidt (37) takes […]

Germany Helps Protect and Assist Displaced Iraqis

UNHCR welcomes contribution from Germany to help protect and assist displaced Iraqis UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has welcomed the latest contribution of Euro 3m from Germany to provide protection and assistance to more than 3 million displaced Iraqis. This latest funding brings the total amount received from Germany to Euro 24m in 2016 and […]

Germany ups Reconstruction Assistance to 41m Euros

The Iraqi military forces and the Counter‑ISIL Coalition are driving Islamic State in Iraq further and further back. The people there urgently need help to overcome the impact of destruction and terrorism and enable internal refugees to return to their homes. The German Federal Foreign Office has significantly extended its engagement and is providing assistance […]

UNDP Provides Water, Electricity for over 100,000 Refugees

UNDP helps to ensure access to safe water and reliable electricity for over 100,000 people in the Governorate of Erbil The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Governorate of Erbil have signed two agreements to rehabilitate key infrastructure in areas hosting thousands of displaced people, including large numbers who have fled from Mosul. With […]

Lufthansa Consulting Helps Iraq upgrade Airports

The Iraqi Government and Lufthansa Consulting are continuing their longstanding relationship in order to further enhance the aviation system in Iraq. The country’s Ministry of Transport signed a comprehensive agreement for a long-term strategic advisory and implementation project that will focus on restructuring the national carrier Iraqi Airways and the Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) […]

Yazidi Survivors win EU Human Rights Prize

Yazidi survivors and public advocates Nadia Murad and Lamiya Aji Bashar were announced as this year’s Sakharov Prize laureates during this week’s plenary session in Strasbourg. The annual Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded to individuals who have made an exceptional contribution to the fight for human rights across the globe, drawing attention […]

German Transport Firm Wins Iraq Govt Contract

By John Lee. German transport firm Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) has announced that it has secured a government project in Iraq. It includes a series of projects for the Ministries of Oil, Trade, Water Resources, and Health; the first project consists of transporing 20 Mercedes Benz trucks. This project will be executed in cooperation with […]