From Bombs to Bytes: How Tech can Transform Iraq’s Economy
April 25, 2017
One of the big hits at this year’s Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) conference was the tech panel (pictured) with four leading Tech companies using tech to deliver their unique services: Zain Telco, launching Zain Cash, Restrata who offer cyber security to the traditional and emergent digital economy, and Gulftainer, the logistics to connect Iraq to the world of commerce and Inevert, a start-up tech investor.
There is a clear appetite"...
ABB and IBM Partner in Industrial Artificial Intelligence Solutions
April 25, 2017
Replace first paragraph: ABB and IBM (NYSE:IBM) today announced a strategic collaboration that brings together ABB’s industry leading digital offering, ABB Ability, with IBM Watson Internet of Things cognitive capabilities to unlock new value for customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure.
Customers will benefit from ABB’s deep domain knowledge and extensive portfolio of digital solutions combined with IBM’s"...
Fasten Your Seatbelt as LIVE! by GL Events is Taking Dubai by Storm
April 25, 2017
Dubai event landscape is prone to become far more interesting, as world-renown event agency Live! by GL events launched their new division in the metropol of the Persian Gulf.
Live! by GL events is about to ruffle some feathers in the Middle East event landscape, as the new UAE region office has recently opened their doors. From major gala events to marketing activations, international summits, worldwide"...
Iraqi Govt. allocates 4.8 billion IQD to boost investment in Sulaimani
April 20, 2017
The Iraqi government has allocated 4.8 billion Iraqi Dinars IQD to the Sulaimani Governorate to restore investment plagued by a financial crisis facing the Kurdistan Region.
The Acting Governor of Sulaimani, Sardar Qadir told NRT the money will be distributed among the contractors who the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) owes more than one trillion IQD.
French Institute in Erbil to Open 'The Migrants' Photo Exhibition
April 19, 2017
The French Institute in Erbil (Institut Français) is set to open a photo exhibition on April 24th to display the photographs of the migrants and displaced people taken by well-knwon photographers including Frederic Lafargue, Marie Dorigny, Aris Messinis and Yannis Behrakis.
'The Migrants' photographs exhibition will be opened in Shanadar Park in center of Erbil, the capital of Kurdistan Region, at 5:00 pm local time.
Government, farmer cooperation could boost harvests of desired Kurdish honey
April 11, 2017
The Kurdistan Region currently only produces about 61 percent of the honey it consumes, leading to the importation of honey; however, if bee keepers practiced scientifically proven methods recommended by the Ministry of Agriculture, production could be doubled within a few years.
“The environment of Kurdistan is favorable for honey bee breeding and there are good"...
In Fiercely Contested Iraq, Erbil Offers a Model of Stability
April 8, 2017
Seventeen-year-old Khalid shuffled into the room, his baggy brown pants pulled up to his ankles. Three months ago the Iraqi army liberated his town from the Islamic State. Then Shia militias allied with Baghdad showed up. When they did, “I ran away from them and came here,” to Erbil, Khalid says, sitting on the couch of a rehabilitation center run by the Labor and Social Affairs ministry of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq. Last year these Shia militias, called Hashd al-Shaabi, or “popular mobilization units,” were incorporated as an official paramilitary...
Iraqi government, KRG oppress Kirkuk through lack of services, PUK says
April 6, 2017
The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) bloc in the Iraqi Parliament said the Iraqi government and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) have oppressed Kirkuk by not providing sufficient services to the city.
“All the parties see the revenues of this city but no one cares to solve the issues of the city,” head of the PUK bloc in the Iraq Parliament, Ala Talabani, said on Wednesday (April 5) during a press conference.
Iraq’s President, Prime Minister, meet with OPEC Secretary-General in Baghdad
April 4, 2017
OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo has met with the President of Iraq, Fuad Masum, in Baghdad.
The Iraqi President commended the OPEC Secretary-General on the successful meetings of the Organisation held among OPEC Member Countries and OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers, which led to the historic decisions taken at the 170th and 171st Meetings of the OPEC Conference, including the Declaration of Cooperation in late 2016.
Trump’s America First policies appear to be scaring away tourists
April 4, 2017
Will Donald Trump scare tourists away from America? Judging from the latest US spending data, he might already be doing so.
Since Mr Trump’s election in November, businesses that rely on tourism have become increasingly concerned that the president’s "America First" policies – including bans on travel from selected Muslim-majority countries and extra vetting of visa applicants – will make the country less attractive as a destination"...