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Petrel to submit proposals to Incoming Iraqi Administration

By John Lee. Petrel Resources has said its Iraqi business is being "re-galvanised" (sic), with data bases being updated, and updated proposals submitted to the incoming administration. In its audited results for the year ended 31st December 2021, the company said it is strengthening its Iraqi team, and has invested heavily in the training and […]

Preparations made for Iraqi e-Government Project

By John Lee. A meeting has been held in Baghdad to prepare for the World Bank-funded project to modernize Iraq's public financial management systems. The meeting was attended by the Director General of the Administrative and Financial Department, Mr. Hassan Al-Magouter, and a team from Irish-based consultancy AARC, which signed a contract in December to […]

New Efforts to Release Businessmen Detained in Iraq

By John Lee. High-level diplomatic efforts have reportedly been stepped up in the hope of securing the release two foreign businessmen held in an Iraqi jail. Australian citizen Robert Pether and his Egyptian colleague Khalid Radwan have been detained since April 2021. They have been sentenced to five years in prison and jointly fined $12 […]

UN: Arbitrary Detention of Foreign Businessmen in Iraq

By John Lee. The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has concluded that Australian engineer Robert Pether and Egyptian engineer Khalid Radwan were "arbitrarily detained on discriminatory grounds", and demanded their immediate release. The pair have been detained in Iraq since April 2021, following a contract dispute relating to the construction of the new Central […]

Mosul Bank selects CR2 to Accelerate Digital Banking

Mosul Bank has selected Irish-based CR2, one of the world's leading software vendors in the digital banking and payments market, to accelerate its digital banking transformation strategy in the Iraqi market. This latest win for CR2 will see Mosul Bank offering a more advanced digital banking service to the Iraqi retail and corporate banking market, […]

Iraq to Open New Consulates Abroad

By John Lee. At its regular meeting the Iraqi Cabinet approved the recommendation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to open consulates in the Iranian city of Isfahan; in Melbourne, Australia; and the Irish capital, Dublin. A Cabinet statement added that Iraq "reserves its right to open an Iraqi consulate general in the People's Republic […]

Irish Company to Advise Iraq on Financial Info Management System

By John Lee. Iraq's Ministry of Finance has signed a contract with the Irish-based consultancy AARC Ltd to provide "advisory services regarding the preparation of functional and technical requirements and IFMIS [integrated financial management information systems] bid documents." According to a statement from the Ministry, the project has an implementation period of 17 months, and […]

Video: Friend of Robert Pether makes a Desperate Plea

By John Lee. 60 Minutes Australia has broadcast what it describes as a desperate plea from a close friend of engineer Robert Pether. Australian citizen Robert Pether and his Egyptian colleague Khalid Radwan, who have been detained in Iraq since early April, have reportedly been found guilty of fraud, and sentenced to five years in […]

Iraq "the Biggest Commercial Opportunity in Petroleum Today"

By John Lee. Petrel Resources has said that "Iraq remains the biggest commercial opportunity in petroleum today." In the company's Interim Statement to the markets on Wednesday, Chairman David Horgan added: "The geology is unsurpassed.  The oil market is sharply recovering.  But contracts must be updated for effective exploration and development." "The focus is once […]

Engineers Still Held Without Charge in Iraq

By John Lee. Australian citizen Robert Pether and his Egyptian colleague Khalid Radwan are reportedly still being held without charge in Iraq, following a contract dispute relating to the construction of the new Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) head office in Baghdad. The pair were detained in early April, having allegedly been tricked into traveling […]