Archive | 6th December 2011

Iraq and US in Talks over ExxonMobil Dispute

Iraq is reported to be in talks with the United States about the exploration deals signed by ExxonMobil in Iraqi Kurdistan without Baghdad's approval, according to a report from Reuters. Deputy Prime Minister for Energy Affairs Hussain Al Shahristani (pictured) said that Iraq was considering several options, not sanctions, over the deal and there was […]

Consultants to Review Iraq Oil Targets

Reuters reports that iraq's oil ministry has asked consultants to draw up a plan with a lower output level and longer timeframe to achieve its oil output plans. Iraq's existing deals with international oil firms aim to boost its output capacity to 12 million bpd by 2017 from around 2.95 million bpd currently. But Iraq […]

Iraq Purchases 120,000 Tons of Rice

Iraq bought 120,000 metric tons of rice from India and Pakistan, reports BusinessWeek. The total amount consisted of 90,000 tons of the grain from Pakistan and 30,000 tons from India, said Hassan Ismail Ibrahim, director general of Iraq's Grain Board. Iraq consumes 1.25 million tons of rice a year, mostly imported, according to Ibrahim. The […]

Maliki, Allawi, and the Sunnis That (Still) Reject Federalism

The following article was published by Reidar Visser, an historian of Iraq educated at the University of Oxford and currently based at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs. It is reproduced here with the author’s permission. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. […]

UN Launches Findings of Iraq Knowledge Network Survey

Under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Iraq, the Ministry of Planning lunched findings of Iraq Knowledge Network (IKN) survey. The Deputy Minister of Planning and Head of Iraq’s Central Statistics Organization, Dr. Mehdi Al-Alak, and the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, […]

Kurdistan Investment Board Chairman's Speech in London

Speech by KRG Minister Herish Muharam, Chairman of the Kurdistan Investment Board, to “Iraq – Untapped Opportunities” Conference in London. Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m very pleased to participate in this important conference on the untapped opportunities in Iraq. As the Chairman of the Kurdistan Board of Investment, it’s my pleasure to be speaking to you, […]

Iraqi Govt Considers Further Gas Capture Projects

Following the signing of the gas deal with Shell and Mitsubishi, the Iraqi Oil Ministry is considering exploiting flared gas at other oilfields, including in Missan [Maysan]. The Minister of Oil, Abdul Karim Luaibi [Abdul-Kareem Elaibi] told AKnews that the Iraqi government is considering projects similar to the Basra Gas Company. It is noteworthy that […]

Japan Wants to Develop Iraqi Oil Fields

According to a report from Tokyo Times, Japan's Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry, Yukio Edano (pictured), has told Nuri al-Maliki of Japans’s desire to work on the development of Iraqi oil fields. It was reported that a Japanese consortium led by Nippon Oil had been optimistic about securing the right to develop the Nasiriyah oil […]


Iraq to Import 3m Tons of Wheat in 2012

Bloomberg reports that Iraq plans to import 3 million metric tons of wheat in 2012, with tenders starting in January. Hassan Ibrahim, director general of the country’s grain board, said in an interview that  the grain board wants $3 billion to spend on grain imports next year, up 10 percent on the 2011 figure. Iraq […]

Iraqi-Emirati Trade Reaches $6.5bn

AKnews reports that trade between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Iraq trade was worth $6.5 billion USD (7,500 billion IQD), up from $5 billion USD (6,000 billion IQD) in 2009 according to Iraqi Government figures. The two countries hope to continue this trend and increase trade to $7 billion USD (8,000 billion IQD) at […]

Oil Fields on Iraq-Kuwait Border Await Demarcation

The Oil and Energy committee of Iraq's Council of Representatives announced on Sunday that there are 10 oil fields stradling the Iraqi-Kuwaiti border that are waiting to be demarcated, according to AKnews. Committee member Furat al-Sharei told the agency that the oil will be extracted from these fields after finding joint mechanisms between the countries. […]

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