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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

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

IBBC Webinar: Causes and Cures for Iraqi Corruption

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) is delighted to invite you to the public launch of Professor Frank Gunther’s new paper on corruption in Iraq on Monday 26th of April from 1pm – 2pm BST. Following the presentation of the paper there will be comments from Dr Renad Masour, Chatham House, and Maya Gebeily, AFP…. Read More

Invitation to IBBC Members’ Introduction Webinar

Dar Al Handasah has provided consultancy services to more than 950 clients in 60 countries, and has handled projects involving a total investment cost of over US$ 300 billion. Through these projects, we participate actively in the development of our societies. With a permanent staff of 9,850 and over 4,000 successfully completed projects, DAR has in-house… Read More

IBBC Welcomes Iraq’s New Simplified Visa Scheme

By John Lee. The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has welcomed Iraq’s decision to lift the requirement to obtain entry visas prior to arrival in Iraq. In a statement on Tuesday, Christophe Michels, Managing Director of the IBBC, said: “The IBBC has long lobbied for a simpler access to Iraq for business-people, and this program… Read More

Iraqi Union of Accountants signs Agreement with UK counterpart

On 15th March the Iraqi Union of Accountants and Auditors signed a cooperation agreement with its UK counterpart, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). The signature of this  important agreement for both countries was witnessed by IBBC President and UK PM’s Trade Envoy Baroness Nicholson, Iraq’s Parliament First Deputy Speaker HE… Read More

IBBC discussion to celebrate International Women’s day

On Monday, 8th March the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) held a well attended Women’s Group discussion to celebrate International Women’s day. The discussion was chaired by Ms. Samar Thamer Al Mafraji, Managing Director, AMS Iraq with the speakers including Mrs Vanessa Douglas, Senior VP/Director HR & Admin, SKA International Group DMCC; Mrs. Hadeel Hassan,… Read More

Fourth Oil Exec Jailed for Iraq Bribery

Paul Bond has today been sentenced to three and half years’ imprisonment for conspiring with others to bribe Iraqi public officials to secure lucrative oil contracts in post-occupation Iraq. Earlier this week, Bond, a former senior sales manager at SBM Offshore (SBM), was found guilty on two counts of conspiracy to give corrupt payments following… Read More

Iraq plans 20GW Solar Power by 2030

By John Lee. Iraq’s Minister of Oil has his Ministry’s goal is to support the Ministry of Electricity to have 20 gigawatts of solar energy capacity installed by 2030. In a promotional video issued by the Government of Iraq, Ihsan Abdul Jabbar added that the recently-announced partnership with French energy company Total will include the… Read More

NOC looks fwd to Investment from UK Energy Firms

By John Lee. On 4th February the Chairman of the National Oil Corporation (NOC), Mustafa Sanalla, received the United Kingdom Ambassador to Libya, Nicholas Hopton, and his delegation at the NOC headquarters in Tripoli. According to a statement from the NOC, a number of topics were discussed, most notably the need to maintain the independence… Read More