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Missing Radioactive Material Located

By John Lee. Radioactive material that went missing in Iraq in November has been found, apparently undamaged, on Sunday near a patrol station in Zubair. The chief of the security panel at the Basra Provincial Council told Reuters: “A passer-by found the radioactive device dumped in Zubair and immediately informed security forces which went with […]

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Ministry to Announce New Pre-Import Inspection Contracts

A spokesman for Iraq’s Ministry of Planning and Development has said the ministry will announce the three contracts pre-import inspection next week. The Ministry has completed the final touches on the contracts for the international companies from France, Switzerland and Denmark, said Abd Al-Zahra al-Hindawi. Bureau Veritas of France, and Swiss company SGS, had been […]

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Lanco picks SGS for Inspection Contract at Power Plant

SGS has been awarded a three-year contract by India’s Lanco Group [Lanco Infratech, LANCI] to manage on-site quality control for the construction of its new gas power plant in Anbar Province, Iraq. The AKAZ [Akkaz, Akkas] power plant at al-Qaim will have a capacity of 250MW (2x 125MW) and is estimated to require three years […]

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Iraq Shortlists 6 Firms to Replace SGS for Pre-Import Inspection

AKnews reports that Iraq’s planning ministry has shortlisted six international inspection companies as possible replacements for Swiss company SGS. At a press conference in Baghdad on Monday, Planning Minister Ali Shukri (pictured) confirmed that SGS had lost the contract for Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing, and certification of Goods into Iraq (ICIGI) due to poor performance, and […]

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Planning Ministry ‘Extends SGS Work Until End Feb’

According to a report from AKnews, the Iraqi Ministry of Planning has decided to continue working with the Swiss-based company SGS until the end of February. Abdul Zahra al-Hindawi, a ministry spokesman, said the decision was taken in response to the demands of businessmen and importers until the completion of their commercial dealings with the […]

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SGS Loses Iraqi Import Inspection Contract

Iraq’s Ministry of Planning has reportedly canceled its contract with Switzerland’s SGS after the company allegedly failed to respond to Iraqi authorities about what they described as “sluggish work”. SGS and Iraq signed a contract in January 2011 whereby the Swiss company provides product conformity assessment services for qualifying products allowing their importation into Iraq […]

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SGS Comments on Import Inspection (ICIGI)

By Rickie Cole of SGS, in response to our Iraq Business News article on importation inspection: On 1st May 2011, the Central Organisation of Standardisation and Quality Control (COSQC) in Iraq implemented the Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing & Certification of Goods to Iraq (ICIGI) programme. This programme is designed to monitor the quality of regulated goods […]

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Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

Governments have many responsibilities, but one of the main requirements of government is not to get in the way. If an economy is to grow, the administration must facilitate, or at the very least not hinder, people who are trying to create value, satisfy demand, and serve customers. But the new inspection regime at Iraqi […]

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Pre-Importation Inspection Program for Goods to Iraq

Starting May 1, 2011, the Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control (COSQC) has implemented the Pre-Importation Inspection, Testing, and certification of Goods into Iraq (ICIGI), relative to the COSQC Law No. 54 of 1979 (Article 3/Clause 8). Under this programme, COSQC requires that regulated imported products whose standard specifications were declared compulsory under the […]

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Iraq Mega Projects 2010 Welcomes Oil Contract Winners

Iraq Mega Projects 2010 is Pleased to Announce the Representation of All Contract Winners in Istanbul Since the Second Oil Licensing Rounds Now that the contracts have been awarded, Iraq Mega Projects 2010 Conference & Exhibition, taking place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26-28 October, will fully examine how to fulfil the projects and unleash their […]

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