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KRG efforts to Simplify Access to Govt Services

Key Ministers and officials from the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I) alongside representatives of the private sector, civil society, labour unions, the international community, donors and development agencies convened at a high-level conference yesterday in Erbil on E-Governance and Public Service Centres. The Ministry of Interior of the KR-I organized the conference under the auspices […]

Baghdad denies Russian Claims regarding KRG Oil Deals

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Oil has denied reports that Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak discussed Russian oil companies’ operations in Iraqi Kurdistan with the Iraqi prime minister or oil minister during his trip to Iraq. Novak had been quoted as saying that Baghdad had no problems with Russian companies doing business with the […]

How Likely is a New Government really in Iraqi Kurdistan?

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Since the ill-fated Kurdish independence referendum, critics have been calling for the current government of the region to be replaced. But, as some critics say, nobody is serious about this […]

New Pipeline to Export Kirkuk Oil via Ceyhan

By John Lee. Iraq’s Oil Ministry has announced that it will build a new pipeline from Baiji to Fishkabur, enabling Kirkuk oil to be exported again from Turkey’s Ceyhan port (pictured). Kirkuk’s oil was previously being exported via the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) pipeline to Ceyhan, but this has been on hold since Baghdad took […]

KRG PM Barzani holds Talks with Kurdistan Political Parties

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani continued consultations with Kurdistan political parties to support unity and solidarity. Accompanied by Deputy Prime Minister Qubad Talabani and a number of KRG senior officials, they visited Suleimaniya and met with the leaderships of the Change (Gorran) Movement, Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), and the Kurdistan Democratic Socialist Party. Prime Minister Barzani and the […]

Human Rights Training for Teachers in Kurdistan

The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Office (HRO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Education in Kurdistan Region of Iraq organized a four-day training course in Erbil for 23 teacher, including 9 females, during 13 – 16 November on human rights education. This was the second in a series of courses […]

Baghdad Increases Pressure on KRG with Budget Cut

By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  The first draft of Iraq’s federal budget for 2018, approved by the government at the start of the month, envisions slashing the Kurdish region’s share from 17% to 12.7% […]

KRG “Respects” Court Decision on Independence

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) said on Tuesday that it would accept a Supreme Court decision prohibiting the region from seceding from Iraq. It said in a statement: “At the request of the Secretary General of the Iraqi Council of Ministers on November 5th, 2017, the Federal Supreme Court issued Decision No. […]

Iraq-Turkey Border Confusion: Who’s In Charge Here?

By Mahmut Bozarslan for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Tensions were already high last week between Iraq’s central government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil. The stress spiked Oct. 31 near the Iraq-Turkey border when sirens began wailing and […]

Video: Kurdistan Secession Bid takes a toll on Economy

From Al Jazeera. Any opinions expressed are those of the authors, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The economy in the Kurdish region of Iraq has taken a hit after the referendum on secession. The central government in Baghdad has closed international airspace, tourists are staying away, and there’s been […]

Kurdistan’s Tourism Suffering following Referendum

By John Lee. Tourism in Iraqi Kurdistan has reportedly been hard hit following Baghdad imposed punitive measures on the Kurdistan Region following the independence referendum. Many restaurants and guesthouses in Erbil have had to lay off employees after international flights were banned and the borders temporarily closed. According to Rudaw, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) […]