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US To Complete Iraqi Arms Deal

A deal for US fighter jets and tanks will not be stopped by political instability, reports Al Jazeera. The deal is reportedly for USD11bn-worth of weaponry. Since the US pulled out its remaining troops two weeks ago, violence has increased, arrest warrants have been issued against senior politicians opposing prime minister Nouri al-Maliki, and opposing […]

Iraq Stocks Up 34%

Iraq's stock exchange closed 34% up for the whole of 2011 due to the earliest foreign investors buying into Iraq's growth story. Undeterred by increasing security and political issues, and housing and power shortages, intrepid foreign buyers bought a net USD110m in shares this year in a market currently valued at $4bn. Next year will […]


Weekly Security Update for 22nd September 2011

Levels of violence rose in Iraq over the past week. Conditions are still quieter than July and June but they have been gradually worsening over the course of September. Last week saw a series of brutal attacks, mainly in the central region, affecting Baghdad and the provinces of Anbar and Babil. Mosul in the north […]

Iraq And Oman Business Leaders Discuss Closer Ties

Khalil Bin Abdullah Al Khonj, chairman of the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI) met Habib Yousr Al Hashmi, the Chairman of the Iraqi Businessmen Union, on Tuesday, according to Oman Tribune. Al Khonji talked about exchanging visits and delegations to enhance trade and investment between the two countries, and in both the private and public […]

Iraq Future Energy 2011

The Iraq Future Energy Conference will be hosted in Istanbul, Turkey, from 26th September to 29th September. There is a full programme to demonstrate how energy and infrastructure companies can take a piece of the projects worth tens of billions of US dollars. Attendees can learn about the Ministry of Oil's four-year plan ending in […]

Iraq Insights: A Monthly Publication on Issues Affecting Private Sector Development

 By T. Keyzom Ngodup, co-founder and Executive Director at Ideas sYnergy, an Iraq based private sector development consulting company. IRAQ INSIGHTS, published by Ideas sYnergy, aims to consolidate and build intellectual capital on private sector development, empowering stakeholders to address issues of access and structural reforms on a diverse range of topics impacting inclusive economic […]

Wanted: Foreign Funds

Recently ISX CEO Taha Ahmed Abdul Salam told reporters that foreigners now hold 19% of ISX-listed shares. (See this link.) This seems like a big percentage but in fact reveals that foreign institutional participation in the market remains quite limited. As of the end of last month, strategic shareholders in the eight foreign-invested banks held […]

Iraq To Be In The Black For First Time

The Iraqi government is increasing spending by about 25% next year to USD98.45bn, but higher oil prices will still allow it to balance its books for the first time, reports Reuters. Next year's budget will be based on an oil price of $85, due to consistently high oil prices at $100 or more. Even after […]

Czech Republic Takes Iraq Potential Seriously

Czech prime minister Petr Nečas brought a large delegation of businessmen, as well as the minister of defense and the minister of trade and industry, with him to Iraq this week, according to Aswat Al-Iraq. Revealing his commitment and belief in the economic benefits of a good relationship with Iraq, the Czech premier announced that his country […]

Iraq beyond 2011: Prosperity or Turmoil?

By Tariq Abdell, Iraq’s political risk analyst, Founder & CEO of  Mesopotamia Insight. The opinions expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.  The recent upsurge in violence across Iraq ( sticky bombs, car bombs, roadside bombs, targeted  assassinations, suicide bombers, prison breaks, etc...) underscores, irrefutably, […]

Dozens Of Countries Flock To Iraq

Just this week, we have seen a United Arab Emirates firm invest in a new Iraqi oil refinery, a German company discussing investing in Basram, and a Korean company building 25 power stations. On top of that, there have been Iranian gas deals amd Saudi Arabian interest in Iraqi telecoms, plus both British and Turkish […]