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IFC, National Bank of Iraq Partner to Boost Access to Finance for SMEs, Create Jobs

Baghdad, Iraq, October 24, 2021- To support the growth of smaller businesses in Iraq and help them create jobs and overcome challenges, including from COVID-19-related disruptions, IFC today announced an investment for the National Bank of Iraq (NBI). IFC's $10 million loan to NBI will allow the bank to increase lending to small businesses in Iraq across a range of sectors. IFC will also provide NBI with advisory services support to help it reach more small and medium enterprise (SMEs) clients and better serve them. A World Bank report found that about 60 percent of jobs in Iraq are in the private sector and that SMEs are responsible for most of them. Even so, smaller businesses in the country face numerous challenges, including lack of liquidity.
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Jordan evaluates Iraq power link bids

Four firms submitted bids for the first phase of the project linking the two countries Jordan's National Electric Power Company (Nepco) is evaluating the bids it has received for the contract to install a gas insulated switchgear (GIS) as part of the project to build a substation to link the country’s electricity grid with Iraq. MEED understands the firms that submitted a proposal for the contract include: ABB Power Grids (Hitachi Energy, Japan) GE (US) Siemens (Germany) National Contracting Company (Saudi Arabia)
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Iraq and Saudi Arabia discuss developing gas fields

Oil ministry says relations are improving across the energy and industrial sectors Iraq and Saudi Arabia have discussed increased cooperation on developing gas fields, according to Iraq’s Oil Minister Ihsan Abdul-Jabbar. In a statement he said bilateral relations were improving across the energy and industrial sectors, including developing gas resources, petrochemical projects, and implementing projects to improve electricity grids.
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Schlumberger signs deal to drill 96 wells in Iraq

The West Qurna 1 field contract is worth $480m Iraq has signed a $480m contract with US-based Schlumberger to drill 96 horizontal and diagonal oil wells at the West Qurna 1 field in Basrah. Saad al-Damen, vice president of Schlumberger, said the contract will add 200,000 barrels a day (b/d) to production at the field.
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IMF: Regional Economic Outlook Update – Middle East and Central Asia

Acknowledgments The Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook (REO) Update is prepared each spring by the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia Department (MCD). The analysis and projections contained in the MCD REO are integral elements of the department’s surveillance of economic developments and policies in member countries. It draws primarily on information gat

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The Iraqi National Economy

Iraq’s Development Cocktail: A two-way street passing through
Forward This research work was supported by the German Agency for International
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HOW CAN IRAQ AVOID AN OIL CURSE? EXPERIENCES
Forward This research work was supported by the German Agency for International
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World Bank. Iraq: New Partnership to Improve Public
Washington DC, August 05, 2021—The World Bank Group has renewed its commitment
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Oil & Gas Policy

Iraq to invest $3bn a year to switch
Baghdad is most at risk from the global transition to net-zero by
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Iraq aims to boost crude output to 8
Iraq, Opec’s second-largest producer, is in talks with the international oil majors
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The second split: Basrah Medium and the challenge
Introduction   In November 2020, ahead of annual term contract negotiations,1 Iraq’s
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New hope that Iraq will reduce oil sector
Large projects to gather associated gas are making progress Increased investment in
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