By Padraig O'Hannelly.
The year just gone by has seen many changes in Iraq, including the successful routing of the so-called Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh), the holding of a controversial vote on Kurdish independence, and a long-awaited improvement in relations with Saudi Arabia.
The latter part of the year also saw a steady and welcome increase in oil prices, which, coupled with record oil export volumes, has helped to prop up the country's finances.
As we publish our first newsletter of the new year, we'd like to say a special word of thanks to all of our contributors, including our panel of Expert Bloggers, who have given us the benefit of their wisdom and observations over the past twelve months:
- Alessandro Bacci
- Mark DeWeaver
- Ashley Goodall (Iraq Britain Business Council)
- Ahmed Mousa Jiyad
- Hal Miran (Bite.Tech)
- Aziz Al Nassiri (RiTS)
- Ahmed Tabaqchali (AFC Iraq Fund)
We look forward to reading more from them in the coming year.
We'd also like to thank all our readers and well-wishers for making Iraq Business News the must-read publication for everyone with an interest in Iraq, and we ask you to please support our valued advertisers, who make all of this possible.
It is also important to remember two Iraq-focussed charities that are doing amazing and much-needed work in the country:
Any donations made to them will make a big difference to the lives of so many vulnerable people in Iraq.
Having welcomed a new year, many of us will have hopes and dreams for the twelve months ahead. What do you wish for Iraq in 2018, and what are your predictions for the state of the country one year from now? Whatever your connection with Iraq, we’d love to read your opinions in the comments section below.
With another challenging but potentially rewarding year to come, Iraq Business News will be with you every step of the way, wishing all of you a happy, peaceful and prosperous 2018.