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Iraq GDP Growth to Hit 8.1%

By John Lee. A new report from the World Bank Group forecasts real GDP growth (at constant market prices) of 2.8 percent this year in Iraq, increasing to 8.1 percent next year: Iraq’s economy is gradually picking up following the deep economic strains of the last four years. Real GDP is estimated to have grown […]

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Cabinet agrees Government Programme 2018-2022

The Cabinet held its weekly regular meeting in Baghdad on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Adil Abd Al-Mahdi. It discussed the Iraqi government programme for 2018-2022, and adopted a covenant committing the Prime Minister and members of the Cabinet to implementing the programme and to be held accountable for its delivery before parliament. […]

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UK announces $43m Iraq Aid Package

A new UK aid package is to help the Government of Iraq to reinvigorate its economy and rebuild hospitals, schools and other vital infrastructure, allowing Iraqis displaced by conflict to return home and restart their lives, UK Minister for the Middle East Alistair Burt announced during a four-day visit to Iraq. The UK is the […]

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Iraq Falls in Ease of Doing Business Index

By John Lee. Iraq has been ranked 171st out of 190 countries in the World Bank‘s recent Doing Business 2019 report, down from 168th place the previous year. Top of the list were New Zealand, Singapore and Denmark, with last place going to Somalia, just behind Eritrea and Venezuela. Iran ranked 128th, with Libya 186th. Doing […]

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EU, World Bank support Iraq Energy Sector Reforms

In the framework of the financing agreement signed yesterday by the Government of Iraq (GoI) and the European Union (EU) committing €14 million (US$15.8 equivalent) to support the government’s efforts to ensure increased and more reliable energy access for the Iraqi population, the EU and the World Bank Group (WBG) have signed today a €12.85 […]

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Towards Women’s Economic Empowerment in Iraq

The World Bank Group, the Government of Iraq, and the Government of Canada launched today a US$1.95 million grant to support Iraq’s efforts to strengthen systems and deliver programs to empower women economically and politically. The “Gender and Social Protection in Iraq: Towards Economic Empowerment” program consists of two complementary components: the first component will […]

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Iraq launches Social Fund to Fight Poverty

By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The Iraqi Ministry of Planning announced the launch of the Social Fund for Development on Sept. 23, with initial capital of $300 million, in cooperation with the World Bank. The project […]

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World Bank, EU support Public Financial Management Systems

The World Bank Group and the European Union have signed a €15.6 million (US$18.1 equivalent) technical assistance program to strengthen public financial management (PFM) oversight and accountability Institutions in Iraq and increase the efficiency in the management of public resources and delivery of services. The initiative, which will be implemented jointly by the European Union […]

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New Career Opportunities in Iraq

By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq: Statistical Analysis of Baseline Data from Schools, UNV Online Volunteering service Country Safety and Security Manager, Mercy Corps Program Officer, IREX International Analyst, The World Bank Senior Field Assistant, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Information Analyst Political Affairs, UNAMI – United […]

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IFC arranges $269m Financing for Zain Iraq

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is providing a financing package of $269 million to Zain Iraq, a leading mobile network operator, to help reconstruct the country’s telecom operations and spur economic growth. IFC arranged a $269 million debt package including $100 million from IFC’s own account, and $169 […]

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Million+ Households to Benefit from new Financial Programs

The World Bank Group approved the Emergency Social Stabilization and Resilience Project (ESSRP), a US$200 million project that aims to improve the livelihoods of over one million Iraqi in liberated areas through the provision of cash, short-term employment, and other means of social support, namely to the most vulnerable. As the Government of Iraq (GoI) […]

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Rehabilitation of Mosul’s Bridges Improves Livelihoods

Rehabilitation of three vital bridges in the heart of Mosul improves livelihoods for more than 1 million Iraqis Home to a very ethnically and religiously diverse population, Mosul is a symbol of interreligious coexistence and cultural diversity in modern Iraq. During Daesh occupation, the damage inflicted deliberately on the city and the surrounding areas within […]

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