Tag Archives | SMEs

Celebrating the Small: MSMEs in Iraq

In Iraq, a country most recognized for its oil production, it's the micro - small - and medium-enterprises (MSMEs) that bring life and colour to the streets. Despite being the 'small' players in business, the private sector (excluding oil) accounts for close to 60% of employment, with MSMEs active in the widest range of sectors […]

IBBC, World Bank introduce Free Training for Iraqi SMEs

You are invited to help IBBC and World Bank to introduce Iraqi SME's to FREE business training courses WHEN: 29th June, 6pm to 8pm Iraq time Please share this free business training initiative and the course registration with any SME in your network, however small, and encourage them to sign up. Arabic version for sharing with […]

Impact of COVID-19 on SMEs in Iraq

Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) have been heavily affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the closures and reduced working hours recommended to curb the spread of the virus. To better understand the impact of COVID-19 on SMEs, IOM Iraq conducted a survey with 456 enterprises active in different sectors in urban areas of Iraq […]

CBI allows SMEs to Defer Loan Repayments

By John Lee. The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has announced that the repayment of loans obtained under its '1 and 5 trillion dinars' finance initiatives for small and medium size businesses (SMEs) will be suspended for three months. According to a statement from the Government of Iraq, the move is an attempt to ease […]

Govt Finance Schemes to Support SMEs, Innovation

Iraqi government’s finance schemes to support SMEs and business innovation To support small and medium private-sector projects, the Iraqi government, through the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) and with the participation of a number of private and state-owned banks, has made available several types of loans. The loans are available to all Iraqis. According to […]

SMEs to be Tax Free for 10 Years

By John Lee. The Iraqi Government has said it will exempt small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) from income tax for ten years. In a statement, it said: "The government announced a draft amendment to Income Tax Law No. 113 of  1982 to exempt several groups on low-income from paying income tax. "The proposed amendment also […]

Restarting Businesses in Fallujah, Kirkuk and Mosul

IOM Iraq’s Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) encourages rapid, large-scale private sector job creation and economic recovery through tailored support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). The EDF is a financing mechanism that provides SMEs with financial capital to contribute to their recovery and/or expansion. To assess the capacity of the market to absorb medium-sized grants, […]

Startups in Iraq "to Multiply Rapidly"

Top Mountain LLC hosted the first annual Business Canvas Erbil conference which was attended by 120 participants and took place in the Dedeman hotel. The conference was funded by the European Union and German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development through GIZ. The event was also sponsored by GroFin Iraq, a financing organization that […]

How can a Tech Sector Contribute to Iraq’s Economy?

By Hal Miran, Editor-in-Chief, Bite.Tech. Tech has grown in prominence as a key sector in global economic health. It is now commonly accepted that an economy in which entrepreneurs have the freedom and resources to create and innovate tend to perform much more robustly. Intriguingly, one study on the effect of tech on a country’s […]

The Growth of the Iraqi Tech Ecosystem

By Hal Miran, Editor-in-Chief, Bite.Tech. It might be surprising to know that the region of the Middle East has become a blossoming entrepreneurial, tech startup hub. From Jordan to Lebanon and Iran to Egypt, the region has made significant progress with innovation driving tech startup growth. Israel has more startups per capita than anywhere else […]

New LinkedIn Group to Promote SMEs in Iraq

By Padraig O'Hannelly. A new LinkedIn group has been created to help promote new businesses in Iraq. The Iraqi Crowdsourcing Group is dedicated to Iraqi entrepreneurship, projects, business ideas, solutions to problems Iraqi startups face, and innovation to ensure that successful and efficient new businesses are created. It has been set up by Aziz Al […]