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Canada Pledges Support for "Brave" Iraqis

By John Lee. The Canadian government has confirmed that they have two cargo planes operational to assist in the transfer of arms and supplies to Iraqi Kurdish forces. Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird (pictured) went as far as to endorse US air strikes against the "brutal" ISIS: “Canada supports all efforts, including United States supply drops […]

Canadian Delegation visits Kurdistan

Following the opening of Canada’s Trade Representation Office in Erbil last month, a Canadian delegation headed by Canada’s Ambassador to Iraq Bruno Saccomani visited Kurdistan to work on boosting educational and agricultural ties. As part of their visit to the region, the delegation visited the Department of Foreign Relations where they were received by the […]


Canadian Ambassador meets with KRG

The Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa welcomed the nonresident Canadian Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Mr Bruno Saccomani today to discuss the future of bilateral relations between Canada and the KRG. This visit comes as a follow-up of the Ambassador's visit to the DFR in […]

SNC-Lavalin Awarded Pipeline Project

By John Lee. Canada's SNC-Lavalin has announced that it has been awarded a contract by the Iraq Ministry of Oil's State Company for Oil Projects (SCOP) to provide engineering services for the Iraq Export Pipeline Project. Working closely with SCOP, SNC-Lavalin will provide front-end engineering design (FEED); long-lead items tendering and evaluation; and engineering, procurement […]

Canada Hopes for Strong Ties with Kurdistan

The Head of the KRG, Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, recently welcomed the non-resident Canadian Ambassador to Iraq, Bruno Saccomani, to discuss the ways in which both sides can work together more closely. This visit follows a similar visit by the Canadian Ambassador to Kurdistan this past October. The meeting was attended by […]

Canada to Open Embassy Office in Erbil

The new Canadian Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Mr Bruno Saccomani, said his country has a six-month plan to strengthen ties with the Kurdistan Region and aims to open an embassy office in Erbil next year. In his meeting with President Masoud Barzani, Ambassador Saccomani announced plans to considerably increase bilateral ties between both sides. […]

Another New Cement Factory Planned

By John Lee. Following the news last week that Muthanna Cement is to be rehabilitated, it has now been announced that a new cement plant is to be built in Karbala. The state-owned plant will require an investment of US$300 million and will be constructed by a Iraqi-Canadian joint venture. World Cement reports that the […]

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 […]

Talisman Testing Kurdamir-3 Well

A unit of Talisman Energy Inc., Calgary, has begun a cased-hole test program of the Oligocene reservoir at the Kurdamir-3 well on the Kurdamir block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Talisman (Block K44) BV drilled the well to 2,895 m about 5 km southwest and downdip of the Kurdamir-2 well in what the block […]

Sonoro Terminates Iraqi Agreement

By John Lee. Sonoro Energy Ltd. has announced that the Company has changed its strategy of making significant use of advisory and consulting services in Iraq to primarily utilizing its own established network. With this change, the Company has terminated its advisory and consulting agreement with Amira Management B.V. (an entity with the same principals […]

Canada to Establish Diplomatic Presence in Erbil

The Canadian Ambassador to Iraq and Jordan, Mr Mark Gwozdecky, met with Minister Falah Mustafa yesterday as part of his farewell tour of Kurdistan. Ambassador Gwozdecky has served in his post for over three years. He will return to Ottawa to head the Middle East Bureau at their Ministry of Foreign Affairs. During their meeting, […]

PhotoSat Completes Satellite Mapping of Garmian Block

By John Lee. PhotoSat has announced the completion of its satellite topography mapping of WesternZagros's Garmian Block in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, using stereo satellite photos from the high-resolution Pleiades 1A and 1B imaging satellites. Pleiades 1A and 1B are the world's newest 50cm resolution satellites. The satellite topography mapping consists of an elevation […]