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Australian Wheat Lowest in Iraq Tender

By John Lee. Australian wheat was reported to be offered at the lowest price, in a tender for at least 50,000 tonnes of hard wheat for the Iraqi Grain Board. The tender closed on Sunday and offers must remain valid up to Thursday, according to Reuters. Australian wheat: 50,000 tonnes at $231.70 a tonne c&f free […]

New Australian Ambassador to Iraq

By John Lee. The Australian Prime Minister has announced the appointment of Mr Christopher Langman as the country's next Ambassador to Iraq. Australia and Iraq enjoy a strong bilateral relationship. More than 48,000 Australian residents were born in Iraq. Two-way merchandise trade was worth nearly $300 million in 2014, with Australia continuing to provide high […]

Iraq Delays Decision on Wheat Tender

By John Lee. The Iraqi Grain Board (IGB) has delayed until Sunday a decision on whether to buy at least 50,000 tonnes of hard wheat in an international tender. Reuters quotes traders as saying that no purchase had yet been made, with Australian wheat offered at the lowest price of $279.70 a tonne c&f free […]

Iraq Buys 200,000 Tonnes of Wheat

By John Lee. The Iraqi Grain Board has bought 200,000 tonnes of hard wheat from Canada, the United States and Australia, Reuters reported on Monday: 100,000 tonnes of Canadian wheat, from trading house Richardson at $331.65 a tonne c&f free out (ciffo); 50,000 tonnes of US wheat, from trading house Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) at $333.87 […]

Oil Minister meets Australian Ambassador

By John Lee. Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi [Adil Abd al-Mahdi] met this week with the Australian Ambassador, Lyndall Sachs, to discuss the strengthen of relations relations between the two countries, particularly in the oil sector. The Minister pointed out that "Australia is one of the countries that has good relations with Iraq, and we […]


Emirates to Reroute Flights

By Patrick M Schmidt. Sir Tim Clark, Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines, has announced that the airline would no longer allow its own aircraft to fly over Iraq. This statement comes as a reaction to the missile strike on Malaysian Airlines MH-17 and concerns about ISIS militants in the north of Iraq being in possession […]

Australian Oil-for-Food Case Dropped

By John Lee. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has today discontinued its proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria against Charles Stott and Michael Long for alleged breaches of their duties as officers of AWB Limited -- formerly the Australian Wheat Board -- in connection with the United Nations Oil for Food Programme in […]

Leighton Shares Dive on Iraq Corruption Allegations

By John Lee. [UPDATE: In January 2017, Wal King, former CEO of Leighton Holdings, received an apology and an out-of-court settlement from Fairfax Media following their claim that he knew of alleged corporate misconduct, including the payment of a $42 million bribe in Iraq.] Shares in the Australia's Leighton Holdings, Australia’s biggest builder, fell more […]

Wheat Falls As Iraq Shuns US Grain

According to Bloomberg, wheat fell the most in three weeks after Iraq and Egypt shunned U.S. grain in tenders yesterday, indicating ample global supplies. Egypt, the world’s largest wheat importer, bought 60,000 metric tons from both Romania and Ukraine on Aug. 6, while Iraq purchased 150,000 tons of Australian and Canadian grain. “Wheat’s lower because we missed out on […]

Leighton Looks to Move on from Iraq Scandal

By John Lee. Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) chairman, Riad Al Sadik (pictured), has said Leighton's name “became very, very bad in Iraq” in 2012 following the bribery scandal. “HLG was definitely affected,” he told The Australian. “It took us quite some time to clean this up.” The company sacked a senior manager last year as […]