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World Bank Slates Iraq’s Business Environment

As Iraq’s politicians continue to haggle over the formation of the next government, the World Bank has issued its latest Doing Business 2011 report, and the incoming administration would do well to read it. Consider the following: Out of 183 countries monitored, Iraq ranks 166th, behind even Haiti and Zimbabwe; No business regulation reforms have […]

World Bank’s MIGA Open for Business in Iraq, Insures First Investment

The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), the political risk insurance arm of the World Bank Group, today underscored its commitment to supporting investment into Iraq with an announcement of its first contract of guarantee for the country. The guarantee of $5 million backs a Turkish investment into a Baghdad plant that manufactures polyethylene terephthalate (PET) […]

World Bank Financing Iraq’s Power Generation

A second tranche of a World Bank loan to Iraq, amounting to $741 million [890 billion Iraqi dinars], will be allocated for the improvement of the country’s electricity sector, an Iraqi academician and economist said on Sunday. “The agreement between Iraq and the World Bank offered Iraq a $3.6-billion credit, the first tranche of which […]

Iraq to Tap World Bank for $5bn

According to a report from AK News, the Iraqi government is planning to borrow $5 billion from the World Bank to fund its 2010 general budget deficit, Iraq’s acting Finance Minister said Wednesday. Iraq’s budget for 2010 is suffering a deficit of IQD23 trillion Iraqi dinars [approx $19bn] which the government is planning to narrow […]

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Capacity Building for Iraqi Public Sector

A team of World Bank specialists from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region launched an intensive multi-sector capacity building program for Iraqi public sector officials to enhance their knowledge and skills for more effective implementation of development projects.