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The 5 Challenges to Tech Entrepreneurship in Iraq

By Alice Bosley and Patricia Letayf, Co-Founders of Five One Labs. At Five One Labs, we work with idea or early-stage entrepreneurs from diverse communities to launch scalable, innovative businesses. We’ve had the privilege to work with tech startups like Dada, PHARX, Khanoo and more, and deeply understand the struggles that entrepreneurs who pursue apps, […]

New Dutch Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. Foreign Minister Mohamad A. Alhakim received a copy of the credentials of the Dutch Ambassador to Baghdad Mr. Eric Strating. The bilateral relations between Baghdad and The Hague were discussed, as well as methods for enhancing fruitful bilateral cooperation in various fields, in addition to cooperation and coordination in international forums to […]

Boskalis to build Oil Export Island in Gulf

By John Lee. Dutch company Royal Boskalis Westminster has signed a ‘memorandum of principles’ to construct an industrial island for the Basra Oil Company (BOC) in Iraq’s territorial waters in the Gulf. Iraqi oil minister Thamir Ghadhban said the project will add export capacity of 3 million barrels per day (bpd). The Dutch Ambassador to […]

Netherlands Resumes Training Mission in Iraq

By John Lee. The Netherlands has resumed its training mission in Iraq, following a brief suspension due to security concerns resulting from US-Iranian tensions in the region. The Dutch Ministry of Defence announced that, after a re-assessment of the situation, its courses can be re-started. A number of Dutch people are training Iraqi commandos in […]

New UN Special Representative for Iraq Starts Work

Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert assumed her responsibilities today as Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), pledging continued UN support for Iraq in its post-conflict recovery. “I am delighted to be here in Baghdad and ready to get down to work. We will […]

Iraq targets major Basra Gulf Expansion

Iraq is pursuing major infrastructure projects to add millions of barrels per day of export capacity, in an effort to keep pace with ambitious plans to raise production. In the short term, the Oil Ministry is looking to jump-start work on a long-delayed pipeline contract with the Australian company Leighton Offshore. Beyond that, Iraq is […]

Former Netherlands Defence Minister to head UNAMI

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has announced the appointment of Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert (pictured) of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI). She will succeed Ján Kubiš of Slovakia, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his service. Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert brings over 20 years […]

Netherlands Substantially Increases Support to Iraq

The Netherlands has contributed an additional USD 23.2 million (EUR 20 million) to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), which finances fast-track initiatives to stabilize areas liberated from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). This brings the Netherlands’ total contribution to USD 65.4 million (EUR 57 million). Marta Ruedas, Deputy Special Representative […]