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EU Warns of Donor Fatigue

By John Lee. Jean-Louis de Brouwer, head of the European Union's humanitarian aid department, warned on Thursday that the situation in Iraq is deteriorating rapidly, while the world is preoccupied with crises elsewhere. He told The Associated Press that the number of displaced people in Iraq has quadrupled in the past year and shows no […]

Iraq Oil Exports Hit Record

By John Lee. Iraq's oil exports hit a record 3.08 million bpd in April, according to Reuters, up from 2.98 mln bpd in the previous month, Exports from the southern terminals reached 2.627 million bpd, while exports from the north via the Kurdistan pipeline were 450,000 bpd. At an average price of $51.70 per barrel, […]

Iraq Seeks Credit Rating before Bond Issue

By John Lee. Reuters reports that Iraq is approaching credit rating agencies to obtain a sovereign credit rating as it prepares for its first international bond sale for nine years. Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari (pictured) told the news agency: "We started the process ... The banks are also trying to help us in that direction.” […]

US Think Tank: Kurds Could Replace Turkey as Ally

The Washington DC-based think tank the Bipartisan Policy Centre (BPC) says the United States must look for a new reliable strategic partner such as the Kurds, to replace Turkey, as Turkey is no longer a dependable ally. According to the BPC, Turkey has failed to secure the length of its 560 mile with Syria against the […]

Auchan Hypermarket Closes

By John Lee. The French retailer Groupe Auchan has announced that its hypermarket in Erbil has closed down. The company described the closure as a "non-anticipated decision ... by the SI Retail shareholders, the English-law firm managing locally the hypermarket, due to the difficult situation encountered in the country." SI Retail signed an Auchan franchise […]

Private Foreign Investment 'Vital for Iraq’s Growth'

Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Bahaa Al Araji (pictured), told a high level international conference in Baghdad on Wednesday that his country recognised the vital importance of foreign investment and Iraq was full of opportunity. Dr Bahaa said the Government was ready to extend all facilities and offer incentives for businesses to come to Iraq. […]

Iraq Business News Improves User Experience

Iraq Business News takes another step forward today with the launch of its fresh, new, fully-responsive website. As the leading source of business news for Iraq, IBN has seen mobile and tablet use increase steadily, to where it now accounts for over a third of the site's traffic. Our new site means that people visiting […]

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Basra Heavy Crude Delayed Further

By John Lee. Iraq's new Basra Heavy crude grade is now expected to be further delayed. Reuters quotes sources as saying that the State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO) has informed oil companies that it will start supplying Basra Heavy against entitlements from June instead of May. (Source: Reuters)

The Turkish-Kurdish 'Secret Agreement'

This article was originally published by Niqash. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Matter of National Security? The Turkish-Kurdish 'Secret Agreement' An 18-month-old “secret agreement” between Iraqi Kurdistan and Turkey goes for 50 years and potentially affects national security and oil exports. Nobody […]

Severn Valve Solutions hits Landmark Achievements

Advertising Feature Southern Iraq’s pre-eminent valve engineering specialist was recently awarded its fourth contract for valve management in the Rumaila field. It has also achieved its mid-term target for workforce localisation. Severn Valve Solutions is an authority in valve performance, compliance and reliability. The business draws on 50 years of OEM valve expertise, 30 years’ […]

Technip wins Basra Refinery Contract

By John Lee. France's Technip, in partnership with UNICO, a Japanese engineering consultant, has been awarded a Project Management Consultancy (PMC) contract on a reimbursable basis, for the upgrading of the Basra refinery. This contract, awarded by Ministry of Oil's South Refineries Company (SRC), covers the engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning, start-up and warranty management phase […]

PM to Welcome Int'l Business to Baghdad

Iraq’s Prime Minister and many of his most senior colleagues will address a top-level international business conference being held in Baghdad later this week. Organised by the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) together with Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC) and the Federation of Iraqi Chambers of Commerce, the event will also be attended by senior […]