Iraqi President Meets US President Biden

US President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. met on Tuesday with the President Barham Saleh of Iraq on the margins of the UN General Assembly in New York. Together they discussed strengthening the bilateral relationship and deepening cooperation on regional diplomatic initiatives. President Biden stressed the U.S. commitment to Iraq's long-term stability and the leaders reaffirmed […]

Al Majal Business Park (AMBP) in Burjessia Celebrates 6th Anniversary

On September 21st, 2015, Al Majal Business Park (AMBP) opened its doors in Burjessia, serving local and international clients. Today AMBP is a recognized, leading life support services provider in Iraq. Innovation has always been part of our journey. We continue to apply value-driven innovative ideas to deliver world-class services at AMBP. Our team works […]

AD Ports signs MoU with Iraq

By John Lee. Abu Dhabi Ports (AD Ports Group) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) to promote increased cooperation between the two organisations within the fields of transportation and maritime. Facilitated during a recent visit of a high-level delegation led by the Iraqi Minister of […]

New Oil Refinery announced for Qayara

By John Lee. Iraq's North Oil Company (NOC) has signed a Heads of Agreement (Memorandum of Understanding) with two energy companies to build a 70,000-barrels-per-day oil refinery in Qayara (Qayyarah). The facility, Nineveh province, is to be built by Sweden's SEAB and Turkey's Limak. No information was given regarding the size of the investment or […]

Iraq, Saudi Arabia to Streamline Border Trade

By John Lee. Iraq and Saudi Arabia agreed to work together to help streamline the flow of goods between the two countries. Meeting at the recently-reopened border post of Arar, officials from both sides agreed to implement more efficient electronic clearance systems to reduce delays. They will also upgrade the road connections leading to Arar. […]

UNDP Restores Essential Services in Western Anbar

Six new facilities providing basic services to 230,000 residents in western Anbar have officially opened thanks to a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Iraq, the Governorate of Anbar, and the international community. The facilities, completed under UNDP's Funding Facility for Stabilization (FFS), were inaugurated as part of a UNDP Iraq visit to Heet, Haditha, Anah, Rawa, Qaim and […]

Ministerial Energy Council urges Progress on Refineries

By John Lee. At the most recent meeting of Iraq's Ministerial Energy Council, headed by Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar Ismail, the Council decided that the South Refineries Company (SRC) should "take the necessary steps" to develop the Shuaiba refinery in Basra Governorate. It also urged the acceleration of work on the 140,000-bpd Karbala oil refinery, […]

Baghdad hosts Conference on Recovery of Looted Funds

By John Lee. An international conference on the recovery of looted funds has just concluded in Baghdad. The conference was organised by Iraq's Commission of Integrity, and was attended by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi; the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit; ministers, judges and other officials. Praising the efforts of anti-corruption bodies, the […]

Expanding Basic Services to Poor Neighbourhoods in Basra

The European Union supports UN-Habitat to expand basic services to poor neighbourhoods in Basra City The last 18 months have highlighted the importance of access to safe potable water, sanitation, waste management, and hygienic conditions to prevent and protect human health during disease outbreaks. Nearly 1.8 billion people world-wide live in inadequate housing, in overcrowded […]

Iran to open Trade Center in Sulaymaniyah

By John Lee. Iran is reportedly planning to open a trade and exhibition centre in Sulaymaniyah (Slemani). Tehran Times quotes an official at Iran's Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) as saying that the new centre will facilitate the entry of Iranian companies into the Iraqi market. It will be set up in collaboration with the Iran […]

Seismic Survey begins at Sasan-Talafar

By John Lee. Iraq's Ministry of Oil has announced the start of seismic survey work at the Sasan-Talafar exploration project in Nineveh. The Director General of the Iraq Oil Exploration Company said that the eighth seismic division has started two- and three-dimensional geological survey work at the site, "within the framework of the oil exploration […]