While this week's Newsletter carries many reports of new investment in Iraq, there is still a perception among investors that the country is high risk, and there are some good reasons for this.
As Anders Jönsson, a policy analyst at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), told the Iraq Finance forum in Dubai:
“There appears to be something of a vicious cycle in Iraq today ... What Iraq needs to do is to lower this bar and to lower the risks so more projects get done.”
UAE's The National reports him as saying that until Iraq can fix its risk perception, it will limit itself to investors from sectors that have experience coping with contractual and security risks, such as oil and gas, or those that are undeterred by the risk because of high demand, such as finance and telecommunications.
Getting a grip on security, in all its form, must be a top priority for government and all in authority in Iraq.
And on the subject of security, this week on Iraq Business News we are delighted to welcome Constellis Consulting, who will give us a weekly update on security developments in Iraq.
You can read their first security update here, and we look forward to getting more of their perspectives on security in the country.
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