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Five One Labs announces Recipients of Growth Funding

Five One Labs, a start-up incubator for entrepreneurs based in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), has announced the grant recipients of its Growth Funding Project (GFP). The program aims to support early- and later-stage startups that were impacted by COVID-19 with seed funding grants to grow their businesses, as well as business advisory from… Read More

New COVID-19 Guidelines for Travelers by Iraqi Kurdistan

In accordance with the global response against COVID-19 and the cautious lifting of restrictions, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s Ministry of Health has updated official guidelines for travel to the Kurdistan Region. Taking into consideration the public interest and the government’s ongoing efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19, travelers entering the Kurdistan Region by land… Read More

Addressing the Needs of Iraq’s Most Vulnerable

Addressing needs of Iraq’s most vulnerable critical for inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19, new UNDP reports say Recovery strategies targeting Iraq’s vulnerable populations – including women, youth and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) –  must be prioritized to ensure inclusive and sustainable recovery from COVID-19 in Iraq, according to two new complementary reports released today… Read More

COVID-19: Iraq announces 10-Day Lockdown

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet on Tuesday approved a recommendation by the Higher Committee for Health and National Safety to impose a 10-day full curfew from May 12th to 22nd, following a rise in COVID-19 infections across the country. All malls, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, event and wedding halls, swimming pools and gyms will be… Read More

Covid and Devaluation hit Asiacell Revenues

By John Lee. Mobile phone service Asiacell has reported a sharp drop in revenue, when expressed in Qatari riyals, as a result of the devaluation of the Iraqi dinar. In its results for the three-month period ended 31 March 2021, parent company Ooredoo said: “The Iraqi economy was impacted by weakening purchasing power following the… Read More

COVID-19: Iraq Suspends Flights with India

By John Lee. The Iraq Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA) has reportedly suspended all direct flights from and to India, due to concerns over COVID-19 (coronavirus). Shafaq reports that the Indian variant of the disease has been found in Dhi Qar province. (Sources: Bas News, Shafaq)

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… Read More

UK’s $4m support for Iraq’s fight against COVID-19

By John Lee. The United Kingdom has committed GBP 3 million (approximately US$ 4.1 million) to support the Government of Iraq’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). With this contribution, the United Kingdom joins 12 international partners in supporting UNDP’s COVID-19 rapid health emergency response… Read More

Covid-19: Govt amends Curfew, Announces New Measures

By John Lee. The Iraqi Government has issued the following announcement regarding measures to help prevent the spread of COVID-19: A partial curfew will be implemented during the blessed month of Ramadan from 20:00 to 05:00 the following morning for the first three weeks of Ramadan, while allowing restaurants to provide delivery service. A full… Read More

Iraq Receives First Shipment of Pfizer Vaccine

By John Lee. On Saturday, the Iraqi Ministry of Health announced the arrival of the first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for COVID-19 (coronavirus). It also received another new batch of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine. The Ministry said it plans to vaccinate 12 million citizens this year. (Source: Govt of Iraq)