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Iraq Third from Bottom in “Passport Power”

By John Lee. Iraq has been rated third-last in a ranking of the ‘passport power’ of 199 countries around the world. The list, compiled by passportindex.org, ranked passports by their ability to allow persons to travel visa-free to other destinations. Top of the list was Germany, followed by Sweden and Singapore, while Iraq comes in […]

EU Planes Deliver 266 tonnes of Relief Assistance

The European Commission is currently working alongside EU Member States to facilitate emergency aid deliveries in Iraq, to help people affected by the crisis in Mosul. Three additional planes carrying emergency assistance from Austria and France have now touched ground in Iraq, bringing the total number of flights facilitated and co-financed by the Commission to […]

JLT Mobile Computers Supplies BGT

By John Lee. Sweden’s JLT Mobile Computers has announced that it has successfully delivered a total of 50 JLT VERSO 12 mobile computers to the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT). BGT, a container and multi-purpose cargo handling facility at the port of Umm Qasr, is operated by Philippines-based International Container Terminal Services Inc. (ICTSI); it opened […]

Zain Iraq and Ericsson Extend Managed Services Deal

Zain Iraq and Ericsson have signed a three-year extension of their network and IT operation and optimization managed services agreement. Under the extended agreement, Ericsson will continue to optimize, transform and manage network and IT operations for Zain’s nationwide 3G mobile network in Iraq, which currently includes over 4,200 sites across the country. This agreement […]

RFI for Mobile Number Portability Database

The Iraqi Communications and Media Commission (CMC), in its capacity as the sole entity responsible for regulating telecommunications, broadcasting and information Services in Iraq, is initiating the process of launching the Mobile Number Portability service (MNP). In line with their respective obligations, Asiacell, Korek and Zain, the three Iraqi mobile telecommunications operators, are initiating the […]

Asiacell selects Ericsson for Transmission Backbone Contract

Ericsson and Asiacell have partnered in a network deal to transform Asiacell’s transmission backbone infrastructure in Iraq, reports Telecompaper. This project enables Asiacell to secure the required technology and capacity to cater for the increased demand for data traffic and improve customer experiences in Iraq in the coming five years. Ericsson collaborated with Asiacell in […]

Sweden gives $4m to help Stabilize Newly Liberated Areas

In a ceremony in Baghdad today, Sweden signed a US$4 million agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support stabilization in newly liberated areas of Iraq. The contribution, provided to UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization (FFIS), will help thousands of people as they try to restart their lives in areas which have […]

Sweden Bans Flights from Northern Iraq

By John Lee. The Swedish Transport Agency (Transportstyrelsen) has reportedly banned all flights from Northern Iraq. According to a report from ch-aviation.com, Transportstyrelsen said the increased military activity across northern Iraq posed a threat to civilian flights thus warranting a ban. Iraqi Airways and Germania had connected Sulaymaniyah with Malmö and Stockholm Arlanda respectively, while […]

FlyBaghdad has eyes on Dubai, then Europe

Iraq’s youngest airline, FlyBaghdad, is in talks to start flying to Dubai and plans to launch European routes in early 2016, according to a report from Gulf News. The airline’s Regional Commercial Manager, Mohammad Abdali, told the news agency that the Iraqi-owned airline started domestic flights to Erbil, Sulaymaniyah, Najaf and Basra from its hub […]

US to Deliver Anti-Tank Weapons in June

By John Lee. The United States plans to deliver 1,000 shoulder-fired AT4 anti-tank systems to Iraq in early June, a senior US State Department official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The decision to supply anti-tank weapons was reportedly made during the visit of the Iraqi Prime Minister, Haider al-Abadi, to Washington in April. The […]

Iraq launches first Proficiency Testing Scheme

Iraq has launched its first Proficiency Testing (PT) scheme, through the Iraqi Accreditation System (IQAS), targeting 20 material and mechanical (Hardness) testing laboratories. This is an important milestone in establishing the system required for laboratories to achieve accreditation against the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025, an international standard which shall assure that measurement services and tests […]

Civilised World Must Cooperate Against Extremism

Sweden’s Minister for Defense, Peter Hultqvist, received Minister Falah Mustafa, Head of KRG Foreign Relations, and his accompanying delegation on Wednesday to exchange views on the latest security developments in the Kurdistan Region and the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Mr. Mustafa briefed the defense minister on latest developments on […]