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Iraq "in Talks" with IMF for $6bn Loan

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly in discussions with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to secure a $6 billion loan to help its finances. Finance Minister Ali Allawi (pictured) told Bloomberg that Iraq can apply for $2 billion in quick financing from a special mechanism to help Covid-battered economies, followed by an additional $4 million.. […]

Iraq to Participate in Buna Payment Platform

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has reportedly announced its participation in the Arab Monetary Fund's Buna payment platform. The AMF describes Buna as a multi-currency payment platform, providing clearing and settlement services, in Arab and international currencies. More here and here. (Sources: Shafaq News Agency, AMF)

Iraq's Switch enters Strategic Partnership with ZoodMall

By John Lee. Iraqi financial services company Switch has reportedly entered a strategic partnership with shopping app and cross-border e-commerce marketplace ZoodMall. According to Startup MGZN, all Switch cardholders, subject to approvals, will have instant access to three types of "buy-now-pay-later" solutions on ZoodMall's mobile-only shopping app. (Source: Startup MGZN)

Iraqi Banks undertake Overdue Reforms

By Omar al-Jaffal 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 Banks undertake Overdue Reforms The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) announced in a statement Dec. 19 the devaluation of the Iraqi dinar to 1,450 to help reduce the […]

NBI takes over Bank Audi's Iraqi Branches

Capital Bank and Bank Audi Sign Definitive Agreements for the Sale of the Assets and Liabilities of Bank Audi Branches in Jordan and Iraq Capital Bank Group and Bank Audi Group have announced the signing of the definitive agreements for the acquisition by Capital Bank of the operations of Bank Audi's Jordan Branch Network, and […]

Iraqis Protest against Dinar Devaluation

By John Lee. Rudaw reports that hundreds of people protested in Baghdad's Tahrir Square demanding that the government reverse its decision to devalue of the Iraqi dinar against the US dollar. According to The Arab Weekly, the devaluation sparked panic across the country, as people rushed to buy dollars or stock up in supermarkets before […]

Iraq Dinar Devalued by approx 20%

By John Lee. Iraq has reportedly devalued its currency by about 20 percent against the dollar. According to Bloomberg and The Arab Weekly, the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has reduced the official rate to 1,450 dinar per US dollar. The previous official rate was 1,182 dinar to the dollar. Reuters adds that the decision […]

Moody's announces Periodic Review of Iraq's Ratings

By John Lee. Moody's Investors Service has said that Iraq's credit profile (issuer rating Caa1) "is supported by the country's 'ba2' economic strength ... its 'caa3' institutions and governance strength ... its 'ba3' fiscal strength ... and its 'caa' susceptibility to event risk". The company made the announcement on Monday following its periodic review of […]