The Business of Business is Business

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and his main rival for the top position, Ayad Allawi, met on Tuesday to discuss a resolution to the ongoing parliamentary stalemate. This was only the second meeting between the two men since the inconclusive 7th March election.

While this was welcome news, Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for the prime minister, stressed that no deals were reached; he did, however, describe the meeting as "positive and good". We'll keep you updated on developments as they unfold.

Meanwhile, despite the political uncertainty, business goes on throughout Iraq. Our stories in recent days cover everything from rural tourism initiatives to urban monorail contracts, and from micro-finance to some detailed analysis of trading on the Iraqi stock market.

We can expect to see increasing activity in all areas of the economy as the task of commercialising Iraq's energy reserves gets into full swing.

Meanwhile, following our announcement last week that we had exceeded 6,000 subscribers to our weekly newsletter – with more signing up this week, by the way – we have just brought out our simplified rate card for advertisers. Just click here to find out more about how Iraq Business News can raise the profile of your business.

And for specific advice on doing business in Iraq, why not contact Gavin Jones at Upper Quartile and Adrian Shaw at AAIB.

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