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Big Increase in Iraq's Foreign Currency Reserves

The Iraqi Central Bank announced recently an increase in its reserves of foreign currency to more than $ 50 billion, up from $ 41 billion at the end of the first half of 2010. Mohammed Salih, an advisor to the bank, said in an interview with Radio Free Iraq that this increase is attributable to […]

New Private Banks in Iraq

Iraq's Central Bank has reportedly granted new banking licences to four new private banks, each with capital of 250 billion Iraqi dinars [$212 million]. This reportedly brings the number of private banks operating in Iraq to 35. Meanwhile, an economic advisor to the Prime Minister is quoted as saying that a package of incentives is […]

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Private Banks Perform Better Than State-Owned - CBI

The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) said on Friday that the performance of private banks is better than the performance of state-owned banks, indicating that the lack of restrictions and bureaucracy in private banks gave them a competitive advantage. Muzher Mouhammed Saleh, the chancellor of the CBI, told AKnews: "The future in Iraq will be […]

USF Intellignece Conference to Boost Iraq’s Financial Security

United States Forces-Iraq provided a forum for members of Iraq’s intelligence community to network across ministries in an effort to assess and promote processes leading to developing a more financially-secure and self-sustaining nation as U.S. Forces continue to draw down. The Intelligence Officer Financial Manager Conference was conducted at the Babylon Conference center here Nov. […]

Iraqi Banks Need to Raise $10bn in Three Years

Iraqi banks need to raise at least $10 billion [12 trillion Iraqi dinars] in fresh capital over the next three years to prepare for the expected oil-fuelled construction boom and meet new regulatory requirements, Reuters quotes an investor. Iraq has signed multi-billion deals with oil firms to boost output capacity to 12 million barrels a […]

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Foreign Firms Keen to Invest in Iraq Banks

Iraqi banks might offer huge growth opportunities in the future for investors willing to take some risks, but analysts and investors say the industry needs to consolidate first and change its business model, according to a report from Reuters. With violence ebbing from the peak of sectarian warfare in 2006/07, foreign firms and banks are […]

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