Tag Archives | SMEs

SMEs to be Tax Free for 10 Years

By John Lee. The Iraqi Government has said it will exempt small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) from income tax for ten years. In a statement, it said: “The government announced a draft amendment to Income Tax Law No. 113 of  1982 to exempt several groups on low-income from paying income tax. “The proposed amendment also […]

Restarting Businesses in Fallujah, Kirkuk and Mosul

IOM Iraq’s Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) encourages rapid, large-scale private sector job creation and economic recovery through tailored support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The EDF is a financing mechanism that provides SMEs with financial capital to contribute to their recovery and/or expansion. To assess the capacity of the market to absorb medium-sized grants, […]

Startups in Iraq “to Multiply Rapidly”

Top Mountain LLC hosted the first annual Business Canvas Erbil conference which was attended by 120 participants and took place in the Dedeman hotel. The conference was funded by the European Union and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through GIZ. The event was also sponsored by GroFin Iraq, a financing organization that […]

How can a Tech Sector Contribute to Iraq’s Economy?

By Hal Miran, Editor-in-Chief, Bite.Tech. Tech has grown in prominence as a key sector in global economic health. It is now commonly accepted that an economy in which entrepreneurs have the freedom and resources to create and innovate tend to perform much more robustly. Intriguingly, one study on the effect of tech on a country’s […]

The Growth of the Iraqi Tech Ecosystem

By Hal Miran, Editor-in-Chief, Bite.Tech. It might be surprising to know that the region of the Middle East has become a blossoming entrepreneurial, tech startup hub. From Jordan to Lebanon and Iran to Egypt, the region has made significant progress with innovation driving tech startup growth. Israel has more startups per capita than anywhere else […]

New LinkedIn Group to Promote SMEs in Iraq

By Padraig O’Hannelly. A new LinkedIn group has been created to help promote new businesses in Iraq. The Iraqi Crowdsourcing Group is dedicated to Iraqi entrepreneurship, projects, business ideas, solutions to problems Iraqi startups face, and innovation to ensure that successful and efficient new businesses are created. It has been set up by Aziz Al […]

Iraqi Banks Increase Funding for SMEs

By John Lee. The Iraqi private banks association has announced an increase of half-a-trillion Iraqi dinars in funding to enhance the role of the private sector and the developmentof small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), and to increase job opportunities. According to the report from Shafaaq, this brings the funding available to 1.5 trillion Iraqi dinars […]

Interest-Free Business Loans for the Unemployed

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs has reportedly earmarked 150 billion Iraqi dinars ($130 million) in this year’s budget for loans to small and medium-sized businesses. Minister of Labour, Nassar al-Rubaie (pictured), told Al-Shorfa: “The interest-free loans, which were allocated for unemployed people, will be given to finance their small […]

US Promotes Growth Through Tijara Program

U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Beecroft (pictured) and USAID Deputy Mission Director David Harden celebrated on February 25 the completion of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) five-year, $192 million Provincial Economic Growth Program-Tijara. Through partnership and joint cooperation with the Iraqi Ministry of Trade, project beneficiaries, and representatives from microfinance institutions, the Tijara […]

Private Bank SME Lending Tops $224m

More than $224 million has been injected into Iraq’s private sector economy in the form of Small & Medium Enterprise bank loans thanks to a cooperative effort between the USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program and 12 private commercial banks. Of this amount, around $113 million presently is in circulation helping business owners expand their companies […]