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UK and Iraq agree Future Defence Relationship

By John Lee. British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace met with his Iraqi counterpart, His Excellency Najah al-Shammari, signing a Memorandum of Understanding. Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said: “The work our personnel are doing in Iraq to help them combat the scourge of terrorism is absolutely vital. Not only are we making a valued international partner […]

Wood Group expects Increased Activity in Iraq

By John Lee. Scottish-based engineering firm Wood Group plc has said that its operations in Iraq will see increased activity. In its half-year results for the six months ended 30 June 2019, the company said: “Growth in 2019 will be led by Operations Solutions, where we expect increased activity in Iraq with customers including Basra […]

Scottish Sweet Company booming in Iraq

By John Lee. A Scottish sweet manufacturer is reportedly seeing sales of its fudge and toffee surge in Iraqi Kurdistan. According to a BBC report, Golden Casket linked up with Sulaymaniyah-based businessman Farhad Haseb to sell the confectionery to upmarket stores in Erbil and Dohuk, as well as other towns and cities in the region. […]

Iraq turns to BP, Eni for Oil Export Pipeline

By John Lee. Iraq is reported to be close to reaching a deal with BP and Eni for an export pipeline project. Al Jazeera quotes senior Iraqi oil officials as saying that the project was initially planned as part of a “megadeal” with ExxonMobil. They said that under the proposed $400-million agreement, BP and Eni […]

Applications for Chevening Scholarships Now Open

Chevening is the UK Government’s global scholarship programme that offers future leaders the unique opportunity to study in the UK. These scholarships are awarded to outstanding professionals from all over the world to pursue a one-year master’s degree in any subject at any UK university. Chevening provides fully-funded scholarships, leaving you free to focus on […]

UK Firm to study Iraq/Kuwait Shared Oilfields

By John Lee. Iraq and Kuwait have selected British energy advisory firm ERC Equipoise (ERCE) to prepare a study on the development of shared border oilfields. Ministry spokesman Assem Jihad said a contract would be concluded in the coming days with the company, which was chosen from a list of four candidates. ERCE is a […]

IBBC visits Ramadi and Baghdad

This past week, IBBC’s , Christophe Michels, Managing Director of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), and IBBC’s Deputy Chairman, Eng. Rasmi Al Jabri, visited Iraq with Brigadier James Ellery CBE, Chairman of Turnkey LLC. The main focus of the visit was construction and redevelopment in Ramadi, Anbar Province, which has undergone a remarkable period […]

Former Unaoil Exec pleads Guilty to Iraq Corruption

Former Unaoil executive pleads guilty to conspiracy to give corrupt payments Basil Al Jarah, Unaoil’s former partner in Iraq, pleaded guilty on 15 July 2019 to five offences of conspiracy to give corrupt payments in connection with the UK Serious Fraud Office (SFO)’s investigation into Unaoil. The offences relate to the award of contracts to […]

Iraq “has a Role to Play” in Reducing Middle-East Tensions

By Padraig O’Hannelly. Following the increase in tensions in the Gulf region in recent weeks, two British diplomats have expressed the view that Iraq could have a positive role to play. Addressing delegates at CWC‘s Iraq Petroleum conference in London, the British Ambassador to Iraq, Jonathan Wilks CMG, said: “Iraq is strong enough now to […]

UK Ambassador: “An Extremely Good Time to be Working in Iraq”

By Padraig O’Hannelly. A major petroleum conference in London has been told that more than 200 British companies now operating in Iraq, and those numbers are increasing. Addressing more than 300 delegates at CWC‘s Iraq Petroleum conference, British Ambassador Jonathan Wilks CMG said: “The UK and Iraq are becoming increasingly strong business partners and education […]

IBBC hosts Members’ Retreat at Cumberland Lodge

This weekend, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) hosted its annual members’ retreat at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Park, which was generously sponsored by Al Burhan Group. As with previous years, it was very well attended by over seventy delegates, and allowed our members to mingle and network with representatives of other businesses, civil servants, and […]