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Back to the Future: The Restoration of Iraq, and British Expertise

By Ashley Goodall. Back to the future.  The restoration of Iraq and British expertise. Iraq has been in the news for a generation and our perceptions have been coloured by conflict and the near destruction of the Middle East’s most wealthy and civilised country. In the 1970’s Iraq was not only a secular and relatively […]

New Financing for Iraqi Projects

By John Lee. GE, Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) and Standard Chartered Bank (SCB) have reportedly signed a financing MoU to accelerate the development of power and infrastructure projects in Iraq. According to TradeArabia, a similar financing agreement with the three entities earlier this year facilitated the completion of the first phase of the ‘Power […]

Iraq’s Financial Problems “Cyclical”

At the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)‘s Spring Conference in London last week, there was a general feeling that the downturn in oil prices is temporary, and that Iraq’s finances will rebound in due course. Referring to the long-term trend in oil prices, Vikas Handa of Weir Group was adamant that “there is only one […]

Standard Chartered Appoints New Iraq CEO

By John Lee. Standard Chartered Bank has appointed Andreas Meletiou as its Chief Executive Officer for Iraq. Meletiou will split his time between Dubai and Baghdad, and has replaced Gavin Wishart, who has reportedly left the bank. The new CEO previously worked on developing the bank’s strategy for entering Iraq in 2013, and was regional […]

Move to Private Sector Vital For Progress

The financial losses being made by Iraq’s state owned enterprises are “not acceptable” and the Government is pushing through new legislation to prioritise the growth of the private sector, the Prime Minister’s Chief of Staff told a high-level business conference in Baghdad last week. Speaking at the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) event in the […]

Iraq Veterans Sue Banks over Terror Financing

By John Lee. A lawsuit has been filed in the US against Barclays, Credit Suisse, HSBC, Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), and Standard Chartered, seeking to hold them responsible for attacks on the US military because their alleged processing Iranian money that financed the attacks. According to a report from Reuters, the lawsuit, filed by wounded […]

Bank of Baghdad gets New MD

By John Lee. The Bank of Baghdad (BOB) has reportedly announced the appointment of Mr. Faisal Al- Haimus as Managing Director. According to Radio Dijla, Mr. Al -Haimus has over twenty years of banking experience with Standard Chartered, HSBC and Mashreq Bank. (Source: Radio Dijla)

UK Trade Mission Visits Kurdistan

Some of Britain’s most successful businessmen and women will fly to Erbil tomorrow (September 23rd) on a Trade Mission designed to show the UK’s continuing support for the resilience of the Kurdistan region of Iraq’s infrastructure, society and economy. Organised by the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), the group will spend three days meeting senior […]

Standard Chartered Iraq Encourages Korean Investors

By John Lee. Standard Chartered Bank hosted an information session on Monday for Korean businesses interested in investing in Iraq. At the one-day seminar held in Seoul, Gavin Wishart, CEO of Standard Chartered Bank Iraq, said that Iraq provides substantial opportunities for world-renowned Korean construction and engineering companies. He added that the Iraqi government is […]

Baroness Nicholson’s Speech to Investment Forum

Speech given by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, UK Trade Envoy for Iraq and Chairman of the Iraq Britain Business Council, to the ‘Investment Forum in Iraq and Kurdistan Region’, Rotana Hotel, Erbil: ‘I am indeed grateful for the privilege of addressing this eminent audience,and I thank most warmly the President of The Kurdistan Federation of […]

Barzani welcomes Standard Chartered to Kurdistan

Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani welcomed the British international bank Standard Chartered to Kurdistan on Monday at the inauguration ceremony of its Erbil branch. Mr. Barzani outlined the need for an improved banking sector in Kurdistan. He said, “I believe the time has come for us to seriously examine international financial practices […]