$17bn "Development Road Project" Launched by Iraqi Govt

By John Lee. The government of Iraq announced more details this week on its plans to create a transport corridor between the Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean Sea coast in Turkey. The 1,200-kilometer "development road project", sometimes referred to as the "dry canal project", will link Iraq's Grand Faw port, which is still under construction, […]

Iraqi Govt allocates $417m to build New Oil Export Facility

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has reportedly allocated approximately $417 million to build a third offshore oil export pipeline. State-owned Basra Oil Company (BOC) is said to have signed a ontract with the Dutch company Royal Boskalis, to build the two-million-bpd facility. (Sources: INA, Reuters, Kurdistan24)

Central Bank of Iraq Increases Gold Holdings

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has recently acquired approximately 2.3 tons of gold, leading to a 1.79-percent increase in its overall gold holdings. With this purchase, the bank's total gold reserves now stand at 132.74 tons, maintaining its rank at 30 among the world's gold-holding nations. The Investments Department of the […]

New Agreements "Confirm the New Oil Market Order"

By Simon Watkins for the OilPrice.com. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Three New China-Russia-Iran and Iraq Agreements Confirm The New Oil Market Order The last week or so has seen a flurry of major cooperation agreements - including in energy, security, […]

Malaysian Firm Wins $82m Contract in Iraq

By John Lee. Malaysia's Pestech International, through its joint venture with China Energy Engineering Group Tianjin Electric Power Construction Co Ltd (TEPC), has won a contract is for the completion of the Electricity Sector Reconstruction Project Phase (III), Lot 1-Construction, comprising of four 132-kilovolt Gas Insulated Switchgear (GIS) substations in Baghdad. The contract value is […]

Asiacell, QiCard, and Digital Zone join forces in Iraq

By John Lee. Iraqi telecom provider Asiacell, fintech Qi and platform Digital Zone have officially announced a strategic alliance. According to a statement from Asiacell, this integration will empower millions of Asiacell and Qi's shared customers to carry out purchases using their Qi payment cards seamlessly. This promises a smooth retail experience, fostering financial inclusion, […]

IrisGuard, NassWallet partner in Iraq

By John Lee. UK-based IrisGuard and Iraq's NassWallet have announced a new partnership with the integration and deployment of IrisGuard EyePay iris enabled smartphone, and EyeCloud platform with NassWallet's mobile wallet service. According to a statement from IrisGuard, the integration will enable a regular verified disbursement of humanitarian cash assistance, provided by the United Nations […]

New Mangrove Nursery in Basra to foster Sustainable Development

WFP and Iraq develop a mangrove nursery in Basra to foster sustainable development and combat the climate crisis The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in partnership with the local government of Basra, Iraq's Ministry of Environment, and the University of Basra's Marine Science Centre started a mangrove nursery in the tidal flats region with […]

KRG building Ponds to Improve Water Management

By John Lee. The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), in collaboration with UNICEF, has initiated the 'cooperative ponds' program, which entails providing farmers with financial and technical support to build ponds for collecting rainwater. The initiative, which aims to reduce water shortages and lessen the impact of drought, is considered a national priority. The ponds will […]

Kurdistan's Haute Couture breaks into Paris Fashion Week

By Amberin Zaman for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Kurdistan's haute couture breaks into Paris Fashion Week Lara Dizeyee, who will be showcasing her designs at Paris Fashion week in early July, has created a unique line […]

ICC Awards, FSC Decisions and The Three-Years State Budget

By Ahmed Mousa Jiyad. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. ICC Awards, FSC Decisions and The Three-Years State Budget A heated debate dominates domestic politics in Iraq nowadays, indicating possible sever fracture in internal geopolitics and political alliances. Strong and effective correlation […]