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The Review: Kurdistan Region,january-2016
January 2016, Issue 10

The Review: Kurdistan Region

This issue provides updates relating to recent developments in a variety of sectors, including Diplomacy, IT, Real Estate, Energy, Law, and Hospitality.

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The Review: Kurdistan Region,october-2015
October 2015, Issue 9

The Review: Kurdistan Region

This issue provides updates relating to recent developments in a variety of sectors, including Diplomacy, Business, Energy, Law, Insurance, Education, Transport, and Hospitality.

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Kurdistan Review: Special Issue,february-2015
February 2015, Issue 8

Kurdistan Review: Special Issue

Kurdistan Review helps you to explore the rising leaders, sectors, companies, and trends shaping the future of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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Doing Business in the Kurdistan Region,february-2015
February 2015, Supplement

Doing Business in the Kurdistan Region

This guide is produced by Deloitte and published in the Kurdistan Review Special Issue 2015. It provides insight regarding the latest legal and bureaucratic procedures related to doing business in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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Sectors in Review

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Safeguarding Financial Stability & Developing a Modern Economy

Safeguarding Financial Stability & Developing a Modern Economy

H.E. Nechirvan Barzani, the Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, on his vision to achieve economic stability and sustainable growth in the Kurdistan Region.

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Off the Bottom, Emerging Stronger

Off the Bottom, Emerging Stronger

The rapid plunge in oil prices shocked policy makers around the globe, and the emerging energy market of Kurdistan was not immune.

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Educational Reform & Capacity Building

Educational Reform & Capacity Building

By Jacob Shapiro
At the Rwanga Foundation we believe that education is an investment in future.

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The Yezidi Genocide

The Yezidi Genocide

By Tim Mewmaw
Tim Mewmaw is currently writing a novel, titled: Wearing a Niqab, to memorialize the Yezidi’s strength in the face of the Islamic State’s onslaught ove...

construction

The Project: Empire World

The Project: Empire World

Empire World continues to forge ahead, advancing the construction of the Empire World Project despite the economic challenges confronting the Kurdistan Region.

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Notes from Westminster

Notes from Westminster

How a dynamic, pluralist and moderate Kurdistan can help the world overcome Daesh

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MERI Forum 2015: Sharing Visions for the Future of the Middle East

MERI Forum 2015: Sharing Visions for the Future of the Middle East

By bringing together leading figures in domestic and international politics, MERI aims to provide a platform for constructive dialogue to those committed to overcoming the crises currently...

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The Future Economic Challenges of Kurdistan

The Future Economic Challenges of Kurdistan

The majority of people in the Kurdistan Region are financially dependent on the government, which is itself dependent on oil income. Like many oil-based economies, the region’s economic...

analysis

Identifying Global Beacons for Private Sector Reform

Identifying Global Beacons for Private Sector Reform

By Dave van Zoonen
The vulnerability of Kurdistan’s economy to volatility in the international markets was painfully revealed by last year’s fall in oil prices.

analysis

Kurdistan Energy Update

Kurdistan Energy Update

In the latest sign that Kurdish oil has established a foothold in the international market, November marked the third consecutive month of payments to firms exporting crude through...

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Taxation in the Kurdistan Region

Taxation in the Kurdistan Region

As a semi-autonomous Region, the Kurdistan Region has introduced certain tax laws and practices that diverge from the position in Federal Iraq.

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Procurement Procedures in the Kurdistan Region

Procurement Procedures in the Kurdistan Region

The Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) signed between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the International Oil Companies (IOC) regulate almost all aspects of the companies’...

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Shifting Trends of the Kurdistan Job Market

Shifting Trends of the Kurdistan Job Market

By Allegra E. Klein, Chief Operating Officer, MSELECT
The Kurdistan region has experienced a series of economic blows in the past 18 months, the effects of which have bee...

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The Impact of the Humanitarian Crises on Human Security

The Impact of the Humanitarian Crises on Human Security

The on-going structural conflict in Iraq coupled with the advance of the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq has severely compromised human security in the Kurdistan Region.

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Resilience-building in the Kurdistan Region

Resilience-building in the Kurdistan Region

With decreasing humanitarian aid, more development must come: resilience-building for refugees and host community in Kurdistan, writes Roger Guiu, MERI Research Fellow.

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Social Security Exemptions for Oil Companies

Social Security Exemptions for Oil Companies

Social security exemptions for oil companies operating in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, writes Alain M. Hannouche.

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Sustainable Growth in Kurdistan’s Energy Industry

Sustainable Growth in Kurdistan’s Energy Industry

The oil and gas industry’s potential and challenges in the Kurdistan Region, writes Shwan Zulal, Carduchi Consulting Director.

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Commitment to changing people’s lives for the better

Commitment to changing people’s lives for the better

AUDK’s commitment to changing people’s lives for the better by offering state-of-the-art programs, writes Dr. Honar Issa, Member of the Board of Trustees, American University Duhok...

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Keeping an eye on Kurdistan’s Agriculture Industry

Keeping an eye on Kurdistan’s Agriculture Industry

The Kurdistan Region has huge potential of becoming an agricultural hub in the Middle East. There are strong indicators that agriculture industry will play a prominent role in shaping...

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Rwanga Community

Rwanga Community

By Whitman Davis, Rwanga Foundation
When Rwanga decided to open a designated area primarily for Yazidi internally displaced persons (IDPs), there was carefu...

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Ensuring the Protection of Minorities within the Kurdistan Region

Ensuring the Protection of Minorities within the Kurdistan Region

The Kurdistan Region should be proud of its perception as a guardian of minorities, providing at risk groups with security and shelter. However, more should be done to protect the rights...

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Democracy & Economic Development in the Kurdistan Region

Democracy & Economic Development in the Kurdistan Region

It would be safe to say that there exists a strong international consensus as to the benefits of democracy, meaning that talking about the negative aspects of the introduction of democratic...

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Notes from Westminster

Notes from Westminster

British foreign policy has been relatively passive for over a year to avoid needless controversy before the election and as parliament and government have settled in.

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The Right Direction

The Right Direction

A series of reforms and investments has helped reinvigorate the health sector in Kurdistan since 2007. Today, the industry provides plenty of opportunities for foreign investors.

diplomacy

KRG Worldwide

KRG Worldwide

The KRG’s dynamic foreign relations are crucial and integral components of the Kurdistan Region’s economic and social development. The DFR’s foremost objectives are to raise the...

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Turkey: The Kurdistan Region’s Largest Trading Partner

Turkey: The Kurdistan Region’s Largest Trading Partner

Ankara-Erbil relations significantly deepened and widened to cover security, economic, political, and cultural dimensions over the last decade.

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Focus: 36N

Focus: 36N

Bringing the best international practices to Kurdistan.

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Focus: MNR Annual Report, Transparency in Energy Sector

Focus: MNR Annual Report, Transparency in Energy Sector

In another step forward for transparency in the Kurdistan’s energy sector and finances, the KRG Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) released its comprehensive Annual Report in April...

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Production & Monetization

Production & Monetization

From the accomplishments and challenges of 2014 to the upward trajectory of 2015, Kurdistan remains a choice destination for energy sector investors.

construction

Construction Projects in Kurdistan

Construction Projects in Kurdistan

Top trending construction projects in the Kurdistan Region.

transport

Focus: MACAIR Flight Support

Focus: MACAIR Flight Support

As a commercial pilot with over 14,000 hours of experience flying everything from small aircraft to Boeing jets and an FAA-licensed airframe and power plant technician, Macair Flight...

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The Game Changer

The Game Changer

Major investments in the Kurdistan Region’s higher education system are helping to develop well-trained human capital.

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Forging Ties Globally

Forging Ties Globally

Despite the challenges the Kurdistan Region faced in 2014, the KRG has not retreated from its main goals– improving security in the Region and forging strong diplomatic and economic...

analysis

Kurdistan Energy Update

Kurdistan Energy Update

2015 brings new challenges but promises to be the best year yet for Kurdistan's energy sector.

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The Success of Economic Regionalism in the Kurdistan Region

The Success of Economic Regionalism in the Kurdistan Region

Dr. Anwar Anaid explains the success of the Kurdistan Region's economic regionalism, and why the Region's stability and prosperity are crucial for Iraq.

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Registering an Oil Services Company in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Registering an Oil Services Company in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

How to register an oil services company in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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Searching for Continued Growth

Searching for Continued Growth

The last year has been a time of both landmark achievements and unprecedented challenges for the economy of the Kurdistan Region.

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Forging Ahead

Forging Ahead

In spite of the recent political upheaval in Iraq, 2014 has been a year of growth for oil and gas production in Kurdistan.

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Planning to Expand

Planning to Expand

Since the Kurdistan Region is landlocked with no extant rail services, its road and air transportation networks are fundamentally important in efforts to facilitate economic development.

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Bold Plans Amidst Regional Strife

Bold Plans Amidst Regional Strife

The Kurdistan Region, with a diversity of both landscapes and cultures, looks to raise its profile as a tourist destination in spite of the obstacles posed by regional turmoil.

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Focus: Erbil Business & Trade Center

Focus: Erbil Business & Trade Center

Across from the green expanse of Erbil’s Sami Abdul Rahman Park, a giant new building is quickly rising into the city’s skyline.

human-capital

Help has no boundaries for Rwanga Foundation

Help has no boundaries for Rwanga Foundation

By Sofia Barbarani —
An international charity foundation in Kurdistan made headlines around the world in August for being the first organization to deliver humanitarian...

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Lebanon’s Fransabank Puts Down Roots in the Region

Lebanon’s Fransabank Puts Down Roots in the Region

At the beginning of April this year, Fransabank opened its first branch in Erbil.

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Notes from Westminster

Notes from Westminster

The profile of the Iraqi Kurds in the British parliament continues to soar.

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Kurdistan Energy Update

Kurdistan Energy Update

Shwan Zulal shares his insight on the recent events and their impact on the oil and gas industry.

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Deploying the Resources

Deploying the Resources

The new projects, regulation, and processing facilities will help to modernize Kurdistan’s water supply system.

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Confidence Remains High

Confidence Remains High

Shwan Zulal shares his insight on the recent events and their impact on the oil and gas industry.

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Creating the Skilled Workforce

Creating the Skilled Workforce

Chris Parker discusses why the KRG should create the skilled workforce.

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MSELECT Employee Survey

MSELECT Employee Survey

MSelect announced the launch of its 2014 Kurdistan Employee Survey, the first such comprehensive survey ‘from the ground’ in Kurdistan.

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Shifting Dynamics

Shifting Dynamics

As quantity meets demand, however, and global companies set up shop in Kurdistan, quality is now securely in the spotlight. In many respects, 2014 has seen initial rumblings of many...

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Stepping Forward

Stepping Forward

Kurdistan’s ICT sector started from almost nothing in 2005, and has since become one of the Kurdistan Region’s most well developed and strategically important sectors.

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Planting the Seeds

Planting the Seeds

The unique topography of the Kurdistan Region makes it ideally suited to the development of a prominent agriculture industry.

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Finding Synergy in Unlikely Places

Finding Synergy in Unlikely Places

Faruk Holding, in partnership with Lafarge, have found an innovative method of using Sulaimani’s waste to partially fuel the city’s major cement plants—reducing industrial CO2...

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Untapped Resource

Untapped Resource

Kurdistan’s quickly expanding workforce contains arguably the most potential to reshape the Kurdistan Region’s business, economic, and social landscape for the better, over the...

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AmCham Slated to Open in Erbil

AmCham Slated to Open in Erbil

The US business community, increasingly finding its way into the growing sectors in the Kurdistan Region, will soon find additional support in the Region.

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Dubai - Kurdistan Trade

Dubai - Kurdistan Trade

One of the biggest challenges for any economy is attracting and securing foreign investment. But Dubai – one of the Middle East’s most prominent financial actors – has only seen...

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Taking the Long View

Taking the Long View

Aamina is a social investment advisor focused on advancing the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) practice in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI).

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Iraq-Britain Business Council

Iraq-Britain Business Council

Baroness Nicholson provides insight into the activities of the IBBC, and discusses the many opportunities in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region for UK business and investment.

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Notes from Westminster

Notes from Westminster

The British Parliament has cross-party groups providing bridges of friendship with 133 countries and regions. The all-party parliamentary group (APPG) on the Kurdistan Region in Iraq...

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Turkish Economic Expansion & its Regional Implications

Turkish Economic Expansion & its Regional Implications

With increased business interactions between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey, socio-political bonds have strengthened in the recent years.

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Women on the Frontlines

Women on the Frontlines

In a region where high-ranking positions are often dominated by men, the Kurdistan Region is gradually opening its eyes to the benefits of women’s participation in society.

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Investor Highlights from the Sulaimani Forum

Investor Highlights from the Sulaimani Forum

While its unofficial epithet, The Davos of the Middle East, may be ambitious, the 2014 Sulaimani Forum, hosted by the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani (AUIS) on March 4th and...

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Expanding Trade Ties

Expanding Trade Ties

Nick Baird analyzes the development of UK-Kurdistan business ties, and discusses the key economic areas of interest for British companies considering using the stability and prosperity...

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Turkish Policies Empower the KRG’s Independent hydrocarbon Exports

Turkish Policies Empower the KRG’s Independent hydrocarbon Exports

Turkey’s recent decision to award the Turkish group Siyah Kalem a license to import gas from the Kurdistan Region increases pressure on Baghdad to allow the KRG the right to export...

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Bold Results

Bold Results

Blessed with abundant reserves, a prudent vision for resource development, and access to lucrative markets, Kurdistan emerges as the last onshore oil bonanza in the world.

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Determined to Grow: Economy

Determined to Grow: Economy

An expected 8% growth rate, giant investment projects, and sound economic policies have ensured that the wind is blowing on the side of the Kurdistan Region economy.

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Reform & Investment: Finance

Reform & Investment: Finance

Despite the significant progress that has been achieved in recent years, major reforms are needed to overcome the fundamental financial obstacles of the banking industry.

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Reshaping Kurdistan’s Regional and Global Footprint: Energy

Reshaping Kurdistan’s Regional and Global Footprint: Energy

New oil and gas discoveries coupled with massive investment in the Region’s power sector have guaranteed that Kurdistan will maintain its position as a developing contributor to the...

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Investing in the Future: Human Capital

Investing in the Future: Human Capital

The KRG has pursued multiple programs to promote the appeal of private sector employment, and has secured better educational and training opportunities for the people of Kurdistan.

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Restoring the Bread Basket: Agriculture

Restoring the Bread Basket: Agriculture

The KRG’s Strategic Plan for the agriculture industry aims to restore the Region to its former glory as a large-scale producer and exporter.

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Heads Up: Construction

Heads Up: Construction

Numerous large-scale construction and real-estate projects are expected to help satisfy rising demand across the entirety of the Kurdistan Region.

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Plugging In: Telecom and Internet

Plugging In: Telecom and Internet

Kurdistan’s young and dynamic population, coupled with rapidly increasing mobile and internet penetration rates, indicates that there are long-term growth prospects in the telecom...

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Opening up to the World: Tourism

Opening up to the World: Tourism

The tourism industry in the Kurdistan Region continues to grow, and new opportunities are emerging.

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Taking the Right Route: Transport

Taking the Right Route: Transport

New road networks are under construction, modern airport facilities are in place, and plans for the establishment of railways and tramlines are on the radar.

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On Track for Expansion: Health

On Track for Expansion: Health

Healthcare spending between 2013-2020 is set to rise to $2.1 billion, with emphasis to be placed on the modernization and expansion of the sector’s infrastructure.

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Knowledge is Power: Education

Knowledge is Power: Education

Kurdistan Regional Government has targeted the development of a well-educated population in order to allow the Region to continue to make uninterrupted strides in its economic growth.

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Commitment to Democracy & Rule of Law

Commitment to Democracy & Rule of Law

In a very brief period of time, the Kurdistan Region has managed to achieve a rapidly developing economy, political stability, and national cohesion.

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MNR Annual Report 2013

MNR Annual Report 2013

The KRG’s Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) released a comprehensive Annual Report for 2013 in late April.

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Common Vision for the Future

Common Vision for the Future

Energy, economic, and trade relations have generated increasing interdependence between Turkey and the Kurdistan Region.

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Harnessing technology for Private Sector Development

Harnessing technology for Private Sector Development

The Kurdistan Region’s labor market faces a major challenge in coming years.

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Evaluating the Sector: Education

Evaluating the Sector: Education

Rebaz Zedbagi details the vulnerabilities of the current education sector in the Kurdistan Region and provides possible solutions for the major issues.

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Alain Hannouche

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Brad Camp

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Dr. Anwar Anaid

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Gary Kent

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Roger Guiu

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Samuel Morris

Middle Eastern Political and Security Issues

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Shwan Zulal

Energy, Gas and Politics about Kurdistan Region.

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Sector Insurance

Asia Insurance is the insurance arm of Faruk Holding. The company insures all non-life insurance classes...

Macair Flight Support

Sector Aviation

Macair Flight Support started operations as an exclusive private flight support provider at Erbil...