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IBN Welcomes New Expert Blogger

By Padraig O’Hannelly. This week at Iraq Business News, we are delighted to welcome a new Expert Blogger to our ranks: Alessandro Bacci (pictured) is an independent energy consultant in relation to business strategy and corporate diplomacy (policy, government, and public affairs). Much of his activity is linked to the MENA region, an area where […]

Iraq "one of the Biggest Investment Opportunities"

By Padraig O'Hannelly. The United Kingdom's Ambassador to Baghdad has said Iraq has the potential to become an economic force in the region, and encouraged British businesses to take advantage of the opportunities it presents. Addressing senior executives at the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)'s Spring Conference in London on Wednesday, H.E. Frank Baker OBE said […]

Iraq in the Global Marketplace

By Padraig O'Hannelly. This week in London, the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held its annual Autumn Conference, taking as its theme "Iraq in the Global Marketplace". A full house of senior executives, diplomats and public officials shared their views and experiences of business in Iraq, and discussed what Iraq can do to raise its […]

YOU are the Hope for Vulnerable Iraqi Children

YOU are the hope for some of the world's most vulnerable children From our friends Ali Allawi and Shirin Rahimi, a special invitation for November 11: "Join us at the Hope For Humanity Fundraiser event benefiting the refugee crisis for an evening with internationally renowned music composer and player Ramy Adly, on November 11, 2015, 6:30 […]

Major New Business Opportunities in Iran

The publishers of Iraq Business News are delightd to announce the launch of our new publication, Iran Business News, in response to the intense business interest in Iran in anticipation of the lifting of santions. After years of negotiations, agreement has been reached between Iran and the P5+1 countries (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, […]

1000 Attend Baghdad Classical Concert

By Robert Tollast. Attending a great live music event is something many of us will share on Facebook-- well that's if you're the type who loves social media. Some go further and spend the entire concert trying to film it on their phone or live tweeting and talking loudly...but enough about those people. When the […]

Abadi's Reforms Welcome, but Vigilance Needed

By Padraig O'Hannelly. Dramatic moves this week by Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to tackle corruption and bureaucracy have been widely welcomed, both within Iraq and internationally. Abolishing senior positions such as those of Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister -- there were three of each -- scrapping sectarian and party quotas for state positions, and […]

Another New Service from Iraq Business News

At Iraq Business News, we are committed to providing our readers with the very best business information on Iraq. To that end, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new Reference pages, which will support our news service by giving all the background information that our readers need about the country. We are […]

Baghdad's "Irrational Optimists"

By Robert Tollast. An interview with Mohamed Ridha, of the Baghdad entrepreneurial tech collective Fikra Space. So what on earth is a hackerspace? Since the essence of the concept is open source, it seems apt (although not so professional!) to quote Wikipedia, which has the most succinct definition. According to the page a hackerspace is, […]

Time for Change in Iraq

By Padraig O'Hannelly. It's nearly a year since the Islamic State (IS, ISIS, ISIL) seized control of Mosul. Almost as significantly, it is also roughly one year since the price of crude oil began its latest descent, severely limiting Iraq's ability to fund its defence and development. Many expect these two phenomena to be with […]

The Foundations of Thi Qar

By Robert Tollast, Iraq analyst with The Brecon Group. Standing on the Ziggurat, an impressive religious temple from the Sumerian period which was largely restored in the 1980s, you can still see solidified tar seeping out from the several thousand year old brickwork. In fact "qar" in the province’s name refers to tar that was […]