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Economic Recovery "Slow" for SMEs in Iraq

Economic recovery is slow for SMEs in Iraq during the second year of COVID-19 To measure the impact of COVID-19 on small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Iraq, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the International Trade Center (ITC) conducted a panel study of 716 SMEs, covering June […]

First Steering Committee Meeting of SAAVI Project

Representatives of the government, private sector and UN agencies have participated in the first steering committee meeting for "Strengthening the Agriculture and Agri-food Value Chain and Improving trade policy in Iraq" (SAAVI) project. The steering committee is led by the Ministry of Planning and co-chaired by the European Union Delegation. The Ministry of Agriculture and […]

Iraq Progresses Towards WTO Membership

The Chairperson of the Working Party on the Accession of Iraq to the World Trade Organization (WTO), Ambassador Omar Hilale (Morocco), visited Geneva on 16-18 June. Building on his earlier visits, the purpose of the Chairperson's meetings in Geneva was to identify steps and mobilise support in relaunching Iraq's accession process which had been challenging […]

Enhancing Agricultural Development will Facilitate Accession to WTO

Enhancing agricultural development will facilitate Iraq's accession to WTO A workshop on "WTO Accession and Agriculture" was organised from 4th to 7th July 2021 in Baghdad. Agricultural development consistent with WTO standards needs enhancement in Iraq for facilitating the negotiations leading to the accession process. The workshop provided a comprehensive overview of the agriculture sector […]

COVID-19 hits Iraqi Labour Market, Enterprises

COVID-19 Dealt Heavy Blows to Iraqi Labour Market, Enterprises in 2020: IOM, FAO, ITC Study In early April, Iraq surpassed 900,000 COVID-19 cases. Necessary efforts to contain the spread of the virus throughout 2020 led to a reduction in economic activity; compounded by pre-existing economic challenges, drops in oil prices and the public health COVID-19 […]

EUR 22.5m Project to Strengthen Iraqi Agriculture

Promoting inclusive economic growth and job creation in Iraq Unemployment remains a persistent challenge in Iraq especially for youth and women. Many internally displaced persons are unemployed, underemployed, informally employed, or out of the labour force. The COVID-19 pandemic has further compounded these employment challenges. In this context, providing jobs and livelihoods remains a high […]

New Survey of Iraqi SMEs during COVID-19

New Survey of Small and Medium Enterprises Offers Insight into State of Iraq's Economy During COVID-19 Pandemic Measures taken to curb the spread of COVID-19 have led to reduced operating hours or the closure of many of Iraq's small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The economic impact of the pandemic is expected to be severe. To […]