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    Today, 12:53 AM
    By Omar Sattar for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* *Oil, budgets, Kirkuk still nag Baghdad-Erbil relationsMeetings last month between representatives of Iraq’s federal government in Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in Erbil failed to produce any clear resolutions of their ongoing*differences. A high-level delegation from*the Baghdad government*visited Erbil on July 25 for talks with the newly elected government there.*Discussions focused on KRG oil exports, its share of the federal budget*and control of disputed, oil-rich Kirkuk. The Baghdad representatives included Oil Minister Thamer Ghadhban*and Finance Minister Fouad Hussein,*national security adviser Faleh al-Fayadh and the director of the prime minister’s office, Mohammed al-Hashemi. Click here to read the full story. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 08:25 PM
    GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments across the country. Please click here to download the latest report free of charge. For more information on how GardaWorld’s services can support your business in Iraq, please contact Daniel Matthews, Senior Director Iraq, at daniel.matthews@garda.com Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:58 AM
    By John Lee. The economic agreements signed between Kuwait and Iraq have recently raised concerns among Iraqi experts, who warned against “political courtesy” at the expense of the country’s interests in relation to the proposed free trade zone on the border between the Iraqi city of Basra and Kuwait. A member of the Council of Basra, Mohamed Al-Fatlawi, expressed reservations about the idea of ??establishing a free trade zone between Iraq and Kuwait, insisting his opposition stemmed “from the simple reason that it will negatively affect the Iraqi Port of Al-Faw, which is being constructed on the waters of the Arabian Gulf”. He explained that “the goods imported by Iraq from Kuwait are two hundred times more than those exported by Iraq to Kuwait”. “The presence of a free economic zone means that the port is no longer useful,” Al-Fatlawi lamented, adding that: “The ships come to Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port in Kuwait and are unloaded there, but arrive at the free zone without paying any fees. So, it will be cheaper than coming through Al-Faw Port where tariffs are imposed.” Jamal Al-Mohammadawi, a member of the Oil and Energy Committee, also said that the free zone could have a negative impact on the Port of Al-Faw. “We will recommend that the government take this issue into account, so that there won’t be any agreements at the expense of trade and import from Iraqi ports,” the New Arab reported Al-Mohammadawi as saying yesterday.” The committee member added: “This year an amount of $400 million has been allocated from the budget to complete the Port of Al-Faw, and if the issue of the free zone is not dealt with, the ships and boats will come to the Kuwaiti port of Mubarak and take the corridor through Kuwait to the market or free zone directly, without the need to complete their way and reach the Iraqi Port of Al-Faw.” (Source: Middle East Monitor) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-16-2019, 05:10 PM
    Any further updates on the capital increase?
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    08-16-2019, 03:41 AM
    By John Lee. A Scottish sweet manufacturer is reportedly seeing sales of its fudge and toffee surge in Iraqi Kurdistan. According to a BBC report, Golden Casket linked up with Sulaymaniyah-based businessman Farhad Haseb to sell the confectionery to upmarket stores in Erbil and Dohuk, as well as other towns and cities in the region. The holiday of Eid al-Adha has proved to be a strong driver of sales for the business, with Iraq now being Golden Casket’s third biggest export market, after America and Ireland. More here. (Source: BBC) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-15-2019, 01:03 AM
    By John Lee. Spartan Air Academy Iraq LLC, Irving, Texas, has been awarded a $31,477,060 task order, against indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for continued Air Academy training in support of the Iraqi Air Force. Work will be performed at Balad Air Base, Iraq, and is expected to be completed by July 8, 2020. This award is the result of a country-directed sole-source acquisition. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-15-2019, 01:03 AM
    By John Lee. Shares in Philippines-based International Terminal Container Services Inc. (ICTSI), which operates the Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT) (pictured) at the port of Umm Qasr, have closed up more than 6 percent on Wednesday following a strong set of results. The company said in a statement: “Net income attributable to equity holders of US$128.5 million grew by 42 percent compared to the US$90.2 million earned in the same period last year mainly due to improved operating income contribution from the terminals in Iraq, Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Subic in the Philippines.” (Source: ICTSI) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-15-2019, 01:03 AM
    By John Lee. Iraq’s Oil Ministry has confirmed that the Al-Sumoud refinery in Baiji is operating at capacity, following a fire in the area. The director general of the North Refineries Company (NRC), Qassem Abdul Rahman, said the fire was near the refinery but not in it. He pointed out that: “The fire that broke out in the vicinity of the Sumoud refinery in Baiji because of the fall of one of the transmission lines of electricity on abandoned agricultural land near the refinery and led to the movement of wind, set fire to dry grass … The fire was outside the refinery’s perimeter and did not affect its production.” (Source: Ministry of Oil) (Picture: Baiji refinery) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-14-2019, 10:10 PM
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    08-14-2019, 07:18 AM
    8-13-2019 Newshound Guru EHankins Article: "An Iraqi passenger arrested in Al-Shalamjah port in possession of 2.5 million dinars." In my opinion this person knows that the dinar is about to Skyrocket in price real soon ...why take a trip now and pay the expense for a long stay out of country ...
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    08-14-2019, 01:18 AM
    By John Lee. Abu Dhabi National Energy Company PJSC (TAQA) has announced that the group’s oil and gas business delivered strong performance with an 11% increase in revenue, mainly driven by increased production volumes from its assets in Europe and Iraq. In its financial results and operational highlights for the six-month period ending June 30, 2019, it said its overall capex also rose to AED 957 million in the first six months of 2019, a 15% increase when compared to the same period in 2018. “The increase in Oil and Gas capex was largely driven by the AED 116 million acquisition of an additional 7.5% working stake in the Atrush Block from Marathon Oil Kurdistan B.V. in May of this year. The acquired stake increases TAQA’s working interest in the project from 39.9% to 47.4%. “Additional capex in Iraq was focussed towards bringing new wells on stream and the impact of debottlenecking work to increase the capacity of the current production facility. This has proven to be a worthwhile investment, with TAQA’s entitlement production increasing to 5,728 boe/d in H1 2019, a 149% improvement compared to the previous year.” It added that this has proven to be a worthwhile investment, with TAQA’s entitlement production increasing to 5,728 boe/d in H1 2019, a 149% improvement compared to the previous year. The average production by the oil and gas business for the first half of the year increased 3% to 124,760 boe/d, aided by strong well performance in Europe and Iraq. Commenting on the positive performance, Saeed Mubarak Al Hajeri, Chairman of TAQA, said: “Our solid performance in H1 2019 is underpinned by our strong operational performance.* The Group’s balance sheet remains healthy, and with stable revenues and a further reduction in debt coupled with strong liquidity we remain on course to meet our long term objectives. The recent ratings affirmation from Moody’s is a testament to the stability of our operational performance. “We also made exciting progress in advancing our strategy of maintaining capital discipline with focused investments in our core assets, such as the Atrush Block. Looking ahead, we remain optimistic and believe that our investments in the UAE and other strategic markets will contribute to a sustained growth story.” (Source: TAQA) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-14-2019, 01:18 AM
    By John Lee. The Mandali border crossing between Iraq with Iran has reported been closed following an order from Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul Mahdi’s office. Reports say the move was in response to allegations of corruption and mismanagement. (Source: hathalyoum) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-13-2019, 01:04 AM
    Fruit prices plummeted considerably during the summer harvest season in the Kurdistan Region, so much so that the price of harvesting the fruits and transporting them to wholesale markets sometimes outweighs their sale price. In the past, farmers used to dry these fruits and sell them that way to make a profit. But nowadays, 95 percent of the dried fruit available in Kurdistan Region markets is imported, and this has discouraged local farmers from drying their fruits to avoid financial loss during the harvest season. Click here to read the full story from Rudaw. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-13-2019, 01:04 AM
    By*Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Is positive sentiment toward Israel on the rise in Iraq?Israeli Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz (pictured) expressed his gratitude to Iraqis on Facebook July 24, stating he was thankful for Iraqi participation on the Israeli Foreign Ministry’s “Israel in Iraqi Dialect” Facebook page. The message came on the first anniversary of the creation of the page, which gained notoriety last July for its broadcasting*that a delegation of unnamed Iraqi journalists had visited Israel. Click here to read the full story. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-12-2019, 09:58 PM
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    08-12-2019, 03:02 AM
    By John Lee. The National Investment Commission (NIC) has announced the following investment opportunities: Rehabilitation of 8 factories – State Company for Glass and Refractories Industry (SCGR) (Source: National Investment Commission) (Picture: Business opportunity word cloud, from ibreakstock/Shutterstock) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-12-2019, 01:01 AM
    By Adnan Abu Zeed for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Iraqi Minister of Trade Mohammed Hashim al-Ani*announced July 5*that the ministry received about 4*million tons of local wheat, a step that signals the country is ready to achieve self-sufficiency in this strategic crop. This comes despite the*fires that hit*agricultural fields across Iraq and*ravaged 40,000 acres*(16,000 hectares) of land. Click here to read the full article. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-11-2019, 10:38 PM
    By Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The market’s action in July was so quiet that it turned activities like watching paint dry into spectator sports, as the start of the peak summer and holiday season depressed trading volumes. Nonetheless, the average daily turnover’s decline of ?15% month-on-month did not erase the turnover gains made in the prior two months, small as they were. For the month, the market, as measured by the Rabee Securities RSISX USD Index (RSISUSD), was down ?4.40% and down ?3.97% for the year. The highlight of the month, though, was the release of the latest IMF country report for Iraq, in which the IMF updated its estimates, last made in the summer of 2017, for both the future economic outlook and for the last few years. The changes to its GDP growth estimates for the crisis years 2014-2017 were as follows: Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 Old estimates +0.7% +4.8% +11.0% -0.4% New estimates +0.7% +2.5% +15.2% -2.5% While estimates for the years following the conflict changed as follows: Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 Old estimates +2.9% +1.7% +2.0% +2.1% New estimates -0.6% +4.6% +5.3% +2.6% The main takeaway is that the crisis years were, on the whole, weaker than initially expected. While, 2018, the first year following the conflict, was the second year of a deep recession with a contraction of -0.6% on the back of the prior year’s -2.5% decline, instead of being a first year of an economic recovery, at +2.9%, following a shallower decline of -0.4%* -a message telegraphed by companies listed on the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) over the last two years. On the other hand, the expected recovery in 2019/2020 would be much stronger than estimated earlier with GDP growing at +4.6%/+5.3% instead of +1.7%/+2.0%. Higher oil exports and the improved oil pricing environment, over the last two years, resulted in much higher government revenues, than estimated earlier, from 2017 onwards. This, with a long lag, is initially translating into increased consumer spending in 2019, given that the government employs over 50% of the working population. This, would then, be followed by the government’s investment spending powering the non-oil economy. Subsequently, the IMF’s new assumptions on non-oil GDP growth rates are crucial for the economy and the stock market. The IMF’s estimates for the severe contraction in non-oil GDP during the crisis years changed as follows: Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 Old estimates -3.9% -9.6% -8.1% +1.5% New estimates -3.9% -14.4% +1.3% -0.6% Accordingly, the downward trajectory in 2015 was much steeper at ?14.4% than earlier estimates of ?9.6%, while the stability expected for 2017 was, instead, a double dip recession following the bounce in 2016. Also, the contraction lasted longer at four years than earlier expectations of three years. While estimates for the years following the conflict changed as follows: Year 2018 2019 2020 2021 Old estimates +2.0% +3.0% +3.9% +4.0% New estimates +0.8% +5.4% +5.0% +4.1% Confirming the earlier message that 2018 was the second year in a contraction with the non-oil GDP dragging the overall GDP down, negating the strong contributions of higher oil prices and exports to the overall GDP growth. Subsequently, the expected recovery for 2019/2020 would be much stronger at +5.4%/+5.0% versus earlier estimates of +3.0%/+3.9%. The changes, for outlook for non-oil GDP growth, are consistent with the analysis, made here over the last few months, on the drag on the economy in 2018 and early 2019 as a result of the political paralysis before, during, and after the May 2018 parliamentary elections. A paralysis that would have ended in March as the 2019 budget was only passed into law in late February 2019. Furthermore, the IMF estimates that non-oil investment spending for 2019 would be about USD 11.25bln, or an +8.5% stimulus to the new non-oil GDP estimate for 2019. It’s unlikely, that the government would be able to spend all of the budgeted amount in 2019, given the slow nature of investment spending, and the government’s historic under-execution of such spending. Which probably explains the IMF’s estimates for investment spending at about 13.5% less than that projected by the 2019 government budget. (Source: IMF, country reports no. 17/251 and 19/248, Asia Frontier Capital)On the heels of the new IMF report, the Ministry of Finance (MoF) data as of May, show a month-on-month growth in investment spending of +20%, but from a very small base, as the January-May investment spending is only about 8% of the non-oil investment spending budget of USD 11.25bln. Implying that most of the estimated +5.4% growth in non-oil GDP for 2019 would be backend loaded, and thus a much stronger growth is anticipated in the second half of 2019 than the first half. It will likely accelerate further in 2020, as the unfinished spending for 2019 spills over into 2020. The government has considerable firepower at its disposal to continue investment spending, even as it continues to under-execute, as the same MoF data for May shows a further growth in budget surplus for 2019 at USD 3.3bln, for a cumulative 29-month surplus of USD 26.5bln. As postulated here in the past, this investment spending which started with a trickle in 2019, should grow as the full spending gets underway, carrying over into 2020, and ultimately would lead to a sustained economic recovery in line with the new IMF’s future outlook, or probably somewhat higher given the multiplier effects of such spending. The news from the corporate world supports the economic picture painted by the IMF as evidenced from a number of corporate earnings reports for the second quarter. Pepsi bottler, Baghdad Soft Drinks (IBSD), continued its strong growth with revenues for the six months in 2019 up +3% over the same period in 2018, with its pre-tax profits for the same period up +9%. Telecom operators AsiaCell Communications (TASC) and Zain Iraq (TZNI) reported increased customers by 6% and 4% respectively for the six months in 2019 versus the same period in 2018. However, both revenues and earnings continued, for the same period, to show an industry in the early stages of recovery with TASC having flat revenues but earnings before interest depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) down ?9%, while TZNI reported revenues declining ?6% and EBITDA up +13%. Both companies cited increased competition and marketing costs. Bank of Baghdad’s (BBOB) second quarter (Q2) numbers, marked a bank following through with the recovery that began in 2018, which, while confirming the initial signs of a gradual recovery in the sector, also disappointed local speculators who were hoping for a repeat performance of the first quarter (Q1). Deposits continued to grow at +4.3% for the first half of 2019 versus the same period in 2018, while credit growth continued to be negative at ?1.4%- which is a slower rate compared with the past- and led to a drop of ?27.1% in net interest income. FX income recovered +57.0%, which is an easy comparison given the severe drop seen in the same period in 2018, but nevertheless pointing to a stabilization in this income source. Commission income, continuing to rise in importance, was up +21.3%. Net income, while up +983% in the period or at over 10x the figure for the same period in 2018, while very healthy, was mostly achieved in Q1. Therfore, while Q2’s net income showed continued growth, it nevertheless poured cold water over speculative hopes for the bank to resume dividend payments for 2018’s earnings. It was these hopes that led to a +62.5% rally in the stock in May, which soon moderated to a decline of ?12.8% in June, and declined a further ?17.6% in July as the bank confirmed in its AGM that it would not pay dividends for the year. The stock’s closing price in July, is still up +16.6% from the April close before it started its wild three-month ride. While, BBOB pulled the other leading banks up with it in May, it did not drag them lower in June and July which is very different from the market’s responses to such disappointments in 2018. That time all banks were painted by the same brush, which shows a market that has begun to discriminate showing it has likely bottomed or is making a bottom. Trading activity in August will likely continue to be in-line with that of July’s activity, as it is part of the peak of the summer season and will include the second Eid holiday break of the year. While, there is no new source of liquidity in the market, and local speculators continue to dominate activity, foreign investors have been consistent net buyers over the last few of months in a marked contrast from the picture for most of the prior months as the chart below shows. Index of net foreign activity on the Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX)(Source: Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX), Asia Frontier Capital)The extension of the June pull-back in July, continues to suggests the beginning of a consolidation phase, which would need a significant recovery in turnover before a recovery can become sustainable and for the market, as measured by the Rabee Securities RSISX USD Index (RSISUSD), to claw back some of the ?70.5% decline from the peak in early 2014 to July’s 2019 closing levels. Please click here to download Ahmed Tabaqchali’s full report in pdf format. Mr Tabaqchali (@AMTabaqchali) is the CIO of the AFC Iraq Fund, and is an experienced capital markets professional with over 25 years’ experience in US and MENA markets. He is a non-resident Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at AUIS. He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq. His comments, opinions and analyses are personal views and are intended to be for informational purposes and general interest only and should not be construed as individual investment advice or a recommendation or solicitation to buy, sell or hold any fund or security or to adopt any investment strategy. It does not constitute legal or tax or investment advice. The information provided in this material is compiled from sources that are believed to be reliable, but no guarantee is made of its correctness, is rendered as at publication date and may change without notice and it is not intended as a complete analysis of every material fact regarding Iraq, the region, market or investment. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-11-2019, 12:00 PM
    By Ahmed Tabaqchali, CIO of Asia Frontier Capital (AFC) Iraq Fund. Any opinions expressed are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. The market’s action in July was so quiet that it turned activities like watching paint dry into spectator sports, as the start of the peak summer and holiday season depressed trading volumes. Nonetheless, the average daily turnover’s decline of ?15% month-on-month did not erase the turnover gains made in the prior two months, small as they were. For the month, the market, as measured by the Rabee Securities RSISX USD Index (RSISUSD), was down ?4.40% and down ?3.97% for the year. Please click here to download Ahmed Tabaqchali’s full report. Mr Tabaqchali (@AMTabaqchali) is the CIO of the AFC Iraq Fund, and is an experienced capital markets professional with over 25 years’ experience in US and MENA markets. He is a non-resident Fellow at the Institute of Regional and International Studies (IRIS) at the American University of Iraq-Sulaimani (AUIS), and an Adjunct Assistant Professor at AUIS. He is a board member of the Credit Bank of Iraq. His comments, opinions and analyses are personal views and are intended to be for informational purposes and general interest only and should not be construed as individual investment advice or a recommendation or solicitation to buy, sell or hold any fund or security or to adopt any investment strategy. It does not constitute legal or tax or investment advice. The information provided in this material is compiled from sources that are believed to be reliable, but no guarantee is made of its correctness, is rendered as at publication date and may change without notice and it is not intended as a complete analysis of every material fact regarding Iraq, the region, market or investment. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-11-2019, 09:55 AM
    GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments across the country. Please click here to download the latest report free of charge. For more information on how GardaWorld’s services can support your business in Iraq, please contact Daniel Matthews, Senior Director Iraq, at daniel.matthews@garda.com Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-11-2019, 01:01 AM
    The ISIL conflict displaced 6 million people in Iraq, disrupted the national economy and limited employment opportunities for citizens. Sixty per cent of jobs in Iraq are in the private sector, within Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs); very large numbers of those businesses experienced loss as a result of the conflict and need support to rebuild. In Fallujah, for example, an International Organization for Migration (IOM) market assessment found that 69 per cent of construction businesses and 66 per cent of food-related businesses saw their workshops looted or burned between 2014 and 2017. Mosul and numerous other areas also showed high levels of damage and limited access to finance—challenges that EDF is designed to help businesses overcome. On Monday (05/08), IOM Iraq signed a memorandum of understanding with telecommunications company Asiacell to support innovation under the Enterprise Development Fund (EDF) — a livelihoods programme that contributes to economic recovery and private sector revitalization through tailored support to Small and Medium Enterprises. The innovation component (EDFi) supports early-stage tech businesses and tech start-ups in Iraq that can contribute to the local economy and create jobs for young people in the tech sector. “We strongly believe that the engagement of the private sector is a necessary condition for successful and sustainable economic recovery and job creation,” said IOM Chief of Mission Gerard Waite. “IOM Iraq looks forward to a long, productive collaboration with Asiacell, as we work to expand job creation and improve economic opportunities across Iraq.” “Today marks the start of a strategic partnership between Asiacell and IOM that will bring the EDF-I into effect in Iraq,” added Asiacell CEO Amer Sunna. “Asiacell looks forward to contributing to the development of youth skills and capabilities, and setting the foundation for a powerful and sustainable economy.” EDF aims to restore essential economic infrastructure by providing financial capital to SMEs in economic sectors that were successful prior to the conflict but suffered loss and damage and have a high demand for labour. By targeting key sectors and providing necessary funding, the EDF encourages rapid but also large-scale job creation. The fund has received hundreds of applications since the pilot phase was launched in September 2018, and 142 business grants have been approved to date. “After the liberation of Mosul, I sold a small plot of land that I owned and tried my best to reopen my factory,” explained Moufaq Ahmed Mohamed, an EDF beneficiary and owner of an oxygen plant. “I started with only two workers. Later, I received a grant from IOM which enabled me to buy a generator which is crucial to my work.” “ I frequently lost hours of work due to sudden power outages,” he continued. “This generator was a boon to my factory; I have been able to produce more, enabling me to hire more people and expand to 11 workers — which means feeding 11 families. This makes me very happy; this kind of support for the private sector contributes to the revival and rebuilding of Mosul.” EDF forms part of IOM’s work in support of the people and Government of Iraq (GOI) to promote sustainable recovery across the country. IOM Iraq’s EDF is supported by the USA Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration (PRM); the European Commission’s Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO); KfW, the German Development Bank; the Government of the Netherlands; and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). (Source: IOM) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-11-2019, 01:01 AM
    The Protection Cluster in Iraq launched a new service mapping tool “Services Advisor Platform”, which is ready to use. The tool displays 252 service locations across Iraq for over 50 NGOs and UN agencies providing General Protection, GBV, Child Protection, HLP and Mine Action services. The main page of this tool can be accessed through the following link – https://iraq.servicesadvisor.org/#/. the services can be filtered by service, location, organization and type of referral (as explained in the this screenshot). In the coming weeks, the Protection Cluster will conduct additional training sessions on how to upload and use the Platform in five governorates (Baghdad, Anbar, Salah Al-Din, Kerbala and Erbil). Partners who would like to participate and add their services are kindly requested to register to the sessions through the registration link as indicated in this invitation letter. Partners interested can also reference to: Services Advisor Step by Step User Guide – which shows how to upload services and navigate the tool; Service Advisor Referral Guidance Note – which aims to assist partners who would like to use the Services Advisor Platform to refer cases to other organizations who are using the Platform (please note that this referral option DOES NOT replace existing GBV and CP case management referral tools/mechanisms). The referral backend https://admin-iraq.servicesadvisor.org/ requires access to the system; to do so, please contact Ghassan Shehadeh (NPC IMO) at shehadeg@unhcr.org or +964 770 494 6318. (Source: Protection Cluster) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-10-2019, 05:11 AM
    James, that's so helpful, thanks. Al Warka had given me a list 9 years ago. So thats about 90% of what I have with them.I will do my best to get access to my online account too.
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    08-10-2019, 01:53 AM
    Only thing you will need to do is request Karmal to transfer your stock shares from your Warka account. I would ask Warka to provide you with a current balance of your shares prior to the transfers.. Once you have a working copy to compare to what was sent to Karmal. I do not know when the last time you had a current stock balance report from Warka was why I was suggesting. After said shares are now with Karmal you can liquidate as you see fit.
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    08-10-2019, 12:20 AM
    By John Lee. Iraq is reported to be close to reaching a deal with BP and Eni for an export pipeline project. Al Jazeera quotes senior Iraqi oil officials as saying that the project was initially planned as part of a “megadeal” with ExxonMobil. They said that under the proposed $400-million agreement, BP and Eni would build two seabed oil pipelines for Iraq’s southern exports through the Gulf. (Source: Al Jazeera) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    08-10-2019, 12:20 AM
    Advertising FeatureNote: ISX will be closed starting from Aug. 11, 2019 to Aug. 15, 2019 due to the religious holiday of Eid Al-Adha. The next session will be held on Sunday (Aug. 18, 2019).* Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 8th August 2019). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at IQD628 (-0.2%) / $675 (-0.2%) (weekly change) (-4.8% and -4.9% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 7.9 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD8.5 bn ($7.0 mn). ISX Company Announcements The Central Bank of Iraq announced the increase of the assets of banks during 2018 by 11% compared to 2017 to exceed IQD120 trln ($100 bn), indicating the increased confidence of depositors in banks, which reflects positively on the development of the performance of banks and its contribution to the development of the Iraqi economy. The Bank has made accounting adjustments for the total assets of commercial banks in accordance with International Accounting Standards (IAS) as of January 2012. (CBI) Al-Bilad Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (Al-Ataa Islamic Bank) (BLAD) will hold an AGM on Aug. 29, 2019 to discuss and approve 2016 and 2017 annual financial results. The bank has been suspended since May. 17, 2018 due to not disclosing 2017 financial results. ISX will suspend trading of Al-Ahlyia for Agricultural Production (AAHP) starting Aug. 27, 2019 due to the AGM that will be held on Sep. 1, 2019 to discuss and approve the ending year Mar. 31, 2019. ISX will suspend trading of International Islamic Bank (BINT) starting Aug. 22, 2019 due to the AGM that will be held on Aug. 27, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of Baghdad Hotel (HBAG) starting Aug. 21, 2019 due to the AGM that will be held on Aug. 26, 2019 to discuss and approve 2018 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of Tourist Village of Mosul dam (HTVM) starting Aug. 20, 2019 due to the AGM that will be held on Aug. 24, 2019 to discuss and approve 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 annual financial results. Al-Mansour Bank (BMNS) will hold a GA on Aug. 19, 2019 to assign a new auditor to the bank. The bank will not be suspended from trading. Cross transactions: 2.95 bn shares of Al Taif Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BTIB) on Aug. 4 and Aug. 6, 2019, which represent 2.95% of BTIB’s capital. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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  • Kadeda's Avatar
    08-09-2019, 11:28 PM
    James, I have an account with Al Karmal and Al Warka for stocks. I hope Al Karmal can extract my shares from Al Warka (they are in my good name). But I don't think I have the share certificates so I don't know if those are necessary. I have an account in the IDC for Al Warka stocks.
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  • James's Avatar
    08-09-2019, 09:43 PM
    Kadeda if I may ask do you have an account with Al Karmal? If so have you transferred all your Warka ( ISX shares) to Al Karmal? Once this is done then you would be able to buy or sell shares through Al Karmal regardelless of the company as long as the company is trading on the ISx at the time your are wanting to sell.
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