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Iraq Britain Business Council launches Young Executives Network

At the end of May 2017, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) launched its latest initiative: the Young Executives Network. The event was held at the IBBC offices in Westminster Tower, London, where Mr Zaid Al Elyaseri, Country Manager of BP Iraq, was the first guest speaker. Around 30 young professionals, executives and entrepreneurs attended […]

Academic says Visiting Iraq caused Problems entering US

By John Lee. A British academic has said that visiting Iraq has caused him to have problems entering the United States. Writing in Times Higher Education, Nick Petford, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Northampton, said: “My forays [into Iraq] have not been without consequence. In March this year I fell foul of Donald Trump’s travel restrictions […]

Pell Frischmann completes Design of $700m Iraq Water System

By John Lee. UK-based engineering firm Pell Frischmann has reportedly completed the design of a $700-million water infrastructure rehabilitation project in Iraq. According to a report from TradeArabia, the Water Supply Sector Loan Project involves refurbishing aging facilities and building new infrastructure to support the public health of residents in the Ninewa, Anbar and Salah […]

PM receives Executive Chairman of Iraq Britain Business Council

By John Lee. Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi received the Executive Chairman of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), Baroness Emma Nicholson, at his office on Sunday. During the meeting, they discussed strengthening relations between Iraq and Britain, and increasing cooperation in all fields, especially economic, ensuring that the doors of investment are open to international […]

Wood Group’s Iraq Progress “Slower than Anticipated”

By John Lee. Energy services company Wood Group has said that the “pace of activity” on its contract with Exxon in Iraq is “slower than anticipated.” Exxon operates the West Qurna I field in southern Iraq. In its Annual General Meeting Statement on this morning, the Scottish-based company added that management’s expectations of full year […]

EnerMech Launches JV with Khudairi Group

UK-based EnerMech has launched a joint venture with the Khudairi Group in Iraq to target both the re-emerging oil and gas and large infrastructure sectors. The JV, with one of the country’s longest established family-owned groups, is expected to generate $20 million-plus turnover within a short period. The downstream energy and infrastructure rejuvenation along with […]

KRG to Reform Armed Forces

Kurdistan Regional Government to reform its armed forces with the support of International Coalition As part of the Kurdistan Regional Government’s continuing reforms, the Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs will implement significant reform measures with assistance from a joint team of military experts from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. Prime Minister Barzani, Deputy […]

UK Parliamentary Report Opposes Kurdish Independence

By John Lee. A new report from the British House of Lords’ Select Committee on International Relations has recommended that the United Kingdom should not support Kurdish independence. Describing the Iraqi Kurds as “a valuable ally“, the report — The Middle East: Time for New Realism — says that while the UK should support the Kurdistan […]

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 […]

UK Minister Renews Commitment to Iraq

The UK’s Minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, met with political leaders in Baghdad and Erbil to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to defeating Daesh and support efforts to bring unity to Iraq. In Baghdad, Minister Ellwood met with Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, Foreign Minister Ibrahim Al-Jaafari, and Speaker of Parliament Salim Al-Jibouri, to emphasise […]

UK Firm wins Award for work in Iraq

Pell Frischmann has won the British Expertise ‘International Masterplanning Project of the Year’ Award at their 2017 awards dinner. Its Three Cities Masterplanning project saw transport infrastructure masterplanned for Basra, Hilla, and the combined Najaf and Kufa conurbation. To achieve that, the company helped each city to overcome a shortage of much needed local skills […]

Last Chance to Register for Iraq Networking Event

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)‘s Spring Conference & Networking Event in London is just days away, but you still have a chance to meet more than 150 key stakeholders, business partners and prospects active in the Iraqi market. The Conference — Iraq: Rising Confidence — takes place on Monday 3rd April 2017 at the […]