Earlier this month it was reported that the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) might redenominate the Iraqi dinar after the new government is formed, exchanging one new dinar for 1,000 old. (For more on this story, see https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2010/09/14/central-bank-wants-to-drop-zeros-from-iraqi-dinar/.) While such a redenomination would obviously help to simplify transactions and record keeping, it is not clear […]
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National Food Industries has announced that it will be issuing 100% paid up shares at the price of IQD (1 per share) for those shares purchased and owned prior to the holding of its general assembly meeting. Shareholders trading through Warka Bank are advised to submit their authorization letters to purchase the paid up shares […]
Iraq’s Industry Ministry granted 168 permits for new industrial projects during the month of August. “The total investment value of the projects is around $30.254 million [36 billion Iraqi dinars],” said a press release issued by the ministry on Wednesday, according to Aswat al-Iraq news agency. The projects are related to food, textile, wood, paper, […]
An unusual feature of many of the listed Iraqi banks is that investments account for a greater share of their deposits than loans. This is true, for example, of Mansour Bank (BMNS), National Bank of Iraq (BNOI), Commercial Bank of Iraq (BCOI), Gulf Commercial Bank (BGUC), Bank of Baghdad (BBOB), and Middle East Investment Bank […]
The Erbil Stock Market will start trading during the first quarter of 2011, the project’s executive director said on Tuesday, explaining that the market startup capital will be around $10 million. “This market should become the strategic axis that will transform the economy of Kurdistan from relying on oil revenues to producing income through local […]
The Iraqi Stock Exchange (ISX) will be closed from September 9-13 due to the Muslim holiday of Eid ul-Fitr. Trading will resume on September 14. Border crossings and airports in Kurdistan will remain open.
Last month, Central Bank of Iraq governor Al-Shibibi told AFP he was hoping foreign banks would play a bigger role in developing Iraq’s financial system. From the banks’ point of view, he said, “the prospects are good, except for security.” But the foreign institutions that have already entered the Iraqi market through investments in local […]
Starting September 1, the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has announced it will be reducing the required reserve rate (RRR) from 20% to 15%. As this move frees up an additional 5% of deposits for the banks to lend out, you might think it would be positive for loan growth and stimulative for the economy […]
The Ninewa Investment Commission has granted 28 investment permits for investments totalling “more than $1 billion” [1.2 trillion Iraqi dinars] in the province. “The permits were granted to local businessmen to invest in the fields of agriculture, industry, tourism, health and education,” a source from the commission told Aswat al-Iraq news agency. He explained that […]
A delegation of Russian companies met with the chairman of Basra Council on Thursday to discuss investment opportunities in the city, a media official of the Basra council said. “A delegation of Russian companies’ representatives held a meeting with Jabbar Amin, with whom they discussed investment opportunities in the city,” Hashem Ubeidi told Aswat al-Iraq […]
On August 8, the Iraq Securities Commission (ISC) announced that a total of 18 companies would be suspended for failing to submit their 2009 financials. Of these, 6 had already been suspended for never having submitted 2008 financials. (See the table for a complete list of the companies.) As of August 25, only four of […]
By Ahmad Saleh, IraqiXchange. Kindi Veterinary Vaccines (ISX: IKLV) surprises investors and announces after tax net profit of 378 mil IQD for 2009, up tenfold from the previous year. On August 18th it published its annual results and returned to trading after being suspended from the Iraq Stock Exchange earlier this month for not disclosing […]