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UGH gets Approval to buy stake in Bank of Baghdad

By John Lee. Bahrain-listed United Gulf Holding (UGH) has received approval from the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) to buy a 51.8 percent stake in Bank of Baghdad. According to The National, the company will acquire the stake from Kuwait-based Burgan Bank. The stock-market announcement can be found here. (Sources: UGH, The National)

Tabaqchali: US Sanctions and the Illusion of Power

By Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund. This article was originally published by the LSE Middle East Centre. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Demands for the expulsion of US troops following the killing of Iranian general Qassem […]

IBBC Council meeting, Sector Tables and Members’ Dinner

IBBC hold Council Meeting, Sector roundtables, Reception & Dinner for Members on 28 and 29 January The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held its Council Meeting, Dinner & Reception for IBBC Members and distinguished guests on 28 January. The Council Meeting, hosted by Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, President of IBBC and the Prime Minister’s Trade […]

Iraq "Well Positioned" to Service its Debts

By John Lee. Iraq is well positioned to service its debt obligations, according to an article in Australia's Investor Daily. Responding to the question "what’s your view on bonds issued by Iraq’s government?", Mark Baker writes: "Iraq is a net external creditor, meaning its external assets are greater than its external liabilities. That means the […]

Govt Finance Schemes to Support SMEs, Innovation

Iraqi government’s finance schemes to support SMEs and business innovation To support small and medium private-sector projects, the Iraqi government, through the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) and with the participation of a number of private and state-owned banks, has made available several types of loans. The loans are available to all Iraqis. According to […]

Iraq discusses Joining European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

By John Lee. The Ambassador of Iraq in London, Mr. Mohammad Jaafar Al-Sadr, has met Mr. Enzo Quattrociocche, the Secretary-General of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD). During the meeting, they discussed the possibility of Iraq joining the bank. The Ambassador stressed the importance of moving forward with the implementation of Iraq’s economic […]

Iraq Repays more than $20bn in Foreign Debt

Iraq has paid back more than $20 billion in foreign debt, the head of the parliamentary finance committee Haitham Al-Jubouri has said. “Iraq’s foreign debt amounted to more than $50 billion. More than $20 billion was paid back over the last period,” Al-Jubouri told the Iraqi news agency. According to the official, Iraq still owes […]

Big Fines for Dinar Auction Fraud

By John Lee. Iraq's Commission of Integrity has revealed that it has concluded cases resulting in fines of more than 245 billion dinars ($206 million) on private banks, due to violations relating to customs licences and foreign currency auction instructions for 2012. The CoI mentioned that one of these corruption cases related to a private […]

EUAM Iraq: New Head of Mission Appointed

By John Lee. On 11 December 2019, Christoph Buik was appointed as new head of mission for the European Union Advisory Mission in Iraq (EUAM Iraq). He will take up his duties on 1 January 2020. Christoph Buik, a German national, is currently Director of the UN Standing Police Capacity. Previously, he was Police Commissioner […]