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Iraq Seeks Recovery of Funds Frozen in Italy

By John Lee. Iraq is reportedly trying to recover Iraqi funds frozen in Italy. Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein (pictured) is reported as saying that Baghdad is attempting to recover around EUR 600 million, plus interest, that the Saddam Hussein regime paid to Italian companies to purchase weapons. According to Basnews, the weapons were not delivered… Read More

Audio: How Can Iraq Upgrade Its Banking Sector?

From the Iraqi Voices podcast. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. How Can Iraq Upgrade Its Banking Sector? Iraqi Voices hosts Akel Al-Ansari, a commercial banking specialist, to discuss the current state of the banking sector in Iraq and what is… Read More

UK Removes Iraq from List of “High-Risk Third Countries”

By John Lee. The United Kingdom has removed Iraq from the list of high-risk third countries for the purposes of money laundering legislation. The new listing — “Schedule 3ZA” — does not include Iraq.  This schedule replaces the list in Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2016/1675 of 14th July 2016 by identifying high-risk third countries with… Read More

Mastercard, CBI to Promote Digital Payments in Iraq

By John Lee. Mastercard has signed a partnership agreement with the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) to digitize the country’s payment ecosystem in a bid to boost financial inclusion, encourage socio-economic development, mitigate the risks of a shadow economy and accelerate the advancement toward a cashless society. According to a statement from the company, the… Read More

Iraqi Govt Relaxes Monetary Policy

By John Lee. The Iraqi government has said it is relaxing monetary policy to help businesses and people on low incomes. Ammar Mohammed (pictured), the Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI), said the measures include the provision of “soft” loans up to a value of 15 million Iraqi dinars (IQD) [$10,250], with… Read More

Central Bank says No Further Devaluation of Iraqi Dinar

By John Lee. The Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) has reassured the markets that there will be no further devaluation of the Iraqi dinar. Ammar Mohammed said: “It was important to change the exchange rate before approving the budget in order to know the income and budget in dinars … to… Read More

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Iraq passes $89bn Federal Budget Bill

By Joe Snell for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraq passes $89 billion federal budget bill The budget confronted issues of unemployment, currency devaluation and non-oil revenues and was passed as lawmakers prepare for October’s general election; the… Read More

Iraqi Parliament Approves 2021 Budget

By John Lee. Iraq’s Parliament (House of Representatives) has approved the Federal Budget Law for 2021 on Wednesday night. The budget is reportedly based on an oil price of $45 per barrel, and oil exports of 3.25 million barrels per day, giving a budget of 129 trillion Iraqi dinars ($89 billion) and a budget deficit… Read More

Iraq seeks to Recover Looted Funds

By John Lee. The Iraqi President, Barham Salih (pictured), has reportedly announced new legal measures to recover funds looted from Iraq. Economist Basem Jamil Antoun told Asharq Al-Awsat that funds stolen since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003 are estimated at $250 billion. Click here to read the full story. (Source: Asharq Al-Awsat)