Tag Archives | Australia

Iraq Urges Australian Firms to Invest in Iraq

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ambassador to Canberra, Muayed Saleh [Mouayed M. Issa M. Saleh] (pictured), has urged Australian companies to investment in Iraq. At a meeting with the Australian Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Peter Virgiz, the two sides discussed the economic relations between the two countries, and the Iraqi Ambassador called the on […]

DPM Discusses Investment with Australian Ambassador

By John Lee. The Deputy Prime Minister, Salih al-Mutleg [Saleh Al-Mutlaq], hosted the Australian Ambassador to Iraq, Lyndall Sachs (pictured), at his office in Baghdad. AIN reports that the two sides discussed encouraging Australian investment companies to work in industrial, agricultural and humanitarian development fields. The Ambassador said her country was ready to offer all support […]


Leighton Wins $200m Iraq Contract

By John Lee. Habtoor Leighton Group (HLG) has been awarded a sub-contract for the construction of infrastructure in Southern Iraq and is part of an engineering, procurement and construction project to deliver a central production facility. The Australian reports that the contract is valued at more than $200 million. HLG CEO and Managing Director Laurie […]

Oil Search Ltd Suspends Operations in Kurdistan

By John Lee. The Australian-based company Oil Search Limited has reportedly suspended its activities in Iraqi Kurdistan due to an armed attack on the company’s work base in the Nawjul District in Kfri. According to the report from AKnews, the Director of the district, Wahab Ahmed, confirmed the incident and denied that it was linked […]

400 Australian Scholarships for Iraqis

The Iraqi Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister, Ali Al Adeeb, has confirmed its agreement with Australia to grant 400 masters and Ph.D scholarships for Iraqi students in majors such as medicine, engineering, science and agriculture, according to a report from Alsumaria TV. On Friday he met with the Education Minister of Victoria state, an […]

AWB CFO Admits to Iraq Payments

The former CFO of Australia's AWB has admitted to authorising payments to Saddam Hussein's Iraqi government. According to a report in the Herald Sun, Paul John Ingleby, aged 60, admitted he failed to "join the dots" and question payments disguised as inland transport fees before approving the transactions which ultimately went to Hussein's regime. The […]

Ex-AWB boss Admits to Iraq Bribe Breaches

After almost 10 years, the former chief executive of Australia's AWB Ltd has admitted to four breaches of the law relating bribes paid to Saddam Hussein's government between 2001 and 2005 to secure wheat sales. According to the report in The Australian, Andrew Lindberg's four admissions relate to his having failed to tell the AWB […]

Australia to Invest $2.5 billion in Iraqi Agriculture

Australia will make an initial investment of $2.5 billion in Iraq's agriculture sector, according to a report from AKnews. Lyndall Sachs (pictured), Australia's Ambassador to Iraq, made the statement during a joint press conference with Wasit Governor, Mahdi al-Zubaidi. The government will start with soil reclamation projects in Wasit, Dhi Qar, and Diwaniya provinces, and […]

Iraq Buys Wheat and Rice

Reuters reports that Iraq has bought 300,000 metric tons of wheat and 150,000 tons of rice According to Hassan Ibrahim, Director General of the Iraqi Grain Board, the rice was all from Thailand, while the wheat was: 150,000 tons from Australia; 100,000 tons from Canada; and, 50,000 tons from Kazakhstan. (Source: Reuters)  

Iraq to Pay 1980s Wheat Debt over 17 Years

Payment for wheat exports to Iraq in the late 1980s will finally be distributed to growers in Australia, according to a report from Weekly Times Now. Grain growers will share in about $48m in repayment of debt owed by Iraq relating to three wheat pools run by the former Australian Wheat Board, and affecting 52,000 […]

Australia Supports Taking Iraq Out of Chapter VII

The Australian ambassador to Baghdad, Lyndall Sachs (pictured), said her country supports the lifting of United Nation's Chapter VII sanctions on Iraq, a decision on which is expected to be made by the UN Security Council in June. Sachs said: "My country has good relations with Iraq, in particular [because] it received the largest Iraqi communities […]

Leighton Alerts Police to Possible Bribery in Iraq

Leighton Holdings Limited (Leighton) has announced that it has reported to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) a possible breach of its Code of Ethics that, if substantiated, may contravene Australian laws. The possible breach related to payments that may have been made by Leighton’s subsidiary company, Leighton Offshore Pte. Limited, in connection with work to […]