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Iraq’s Govt Interventions Prompt Improvement in Forex Reserves

By Olivia Bridge. Despite recent tumultuous times and a weakening economy in Iraq, government is said to be implementing reforms that are aimed at reviving its ailing currency. Forex trading in Iraq While forex trading in Iraq is still a relatively new concept, it is gradually being embraced by nationals. Reports on the matter suggest… Read More

Iraqi Housing Fund to Increase Capital to $1.4bn

By John Lee. The Iraqi Cabinet has approval a doubling in the capital of the Iraqi Housing Fund. The capital will increase from 1 trillion to 2 trillion Iraqi dinars ($1.4 billion), with the additional funds to be paid by the Ministry of Finance. (Source: Office of the Prime Minister)

UK Law Firm advises on Iraq Port Deal

By John Lee. UK-based international law firm Clifford Chance has announced that it has advised International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on the US$125 million financing of the development, construction, equipping and operation of both new and existing facilities at the Umm Qasr Port in Iraq. In a press release, the… Read More

Final call for the Iraq Britain Business Forum

Hello I would like to attend this Conference. I hold dual Iraqi and UK nationalities.I am a retired academic, having worked at universities within Iraq as well as Britain. Also, I have published papers on the Iraqi economy, as well as other issues pertaining to my homeland.

Baghdad hosts Conference on Recovery of Looted Funds

By John Lee. An international conference on the recovery of looted funds has just concluded in Baghdad. The conference was organised by Iraq’s Commission of Integrity, and was attended by Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi; the Secretary-General of the Arab League, Ahmed Abul Gheit; ministers, judges and other officials. Praising the efforts of anti-corruption bodies, the… Read More

New Report: Expanding Access to Banks in Iraq

By John Lee. The Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) has issued a new report on the banking sector in Iraq. “Expanding Access to Banks in Iraq: Challenges & Pathways to Reform” argues that one of the major obstacles to the development of the private sector… Read More

DNO Completes $400m Bond Placement

DNO ASA, the Norwegian oil and gas operator, has completed the private placement of USD 400 million of new five-year senior unsecured bonds with a coupon rate of 7.875 percent. The placement met strong investor demand across international markets and was significantly oversubscribed, leading the Company to upsize the new bond issue from USD 300… Read More

Opinion: The Inevitability of Crypto in Iraq

By Abdurrahman Bapir, for Coindesk. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Opinion: The Inevitability of Crypto in Iraq Despite roadblocks, crypto is becoming increasingly popular in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region. Click here to read the full article.

Iraqi Finance Minister “Supports Floating Exchange Rate” for Dinar

By John Lee. Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister has reportedly said that he supports a floating exchange rate for the Iraqi currency, the dinar. Shafaq quotes Ali Allawi (pictured) as telling a press conference on Thursday that the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) intervenes occasionally to keep the dinar in the range of… Read More

Japan extends $300m Loan for Basra Refinery

By John Lee. Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Motegi Toshimitsu, visited Iraq on Saturday, meeting with Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein, Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi, and President Barham Salih. Minister Motegi announced that Japan intends to extend the “Basrah Refinery Upgrading Project (Phase 3)” Yen loan project (up to the amount of 32.7 billion yen) [$300… Read More