economy

Kenya’s Growth Prospects

Kenya’s Growth Prospects

Kenya has been one of the most diversified economies in East Africa. It is expected that the country’s economic growth will remain robust in the medium term.

Kenya
11 Apr 2017

UAE's Growth Prospects

UAE's Growth Prospects

Confidence is gradually returning to the UAE economy. UAE’s economic growth will pick up significantly in the second half of 2017 and in 2018.

United Arab Emirates
28 Mar 2017

The Index: Dubai Budget 2017

The Index: Dubai Budget 2017

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai approved a budget of Dh47.3 billion for 2017.

United Arab Emirates
04 Jan 2017

FDI into Turkey down by 59.8 percent

FDI into Turkey down by 59.8 percent

The FDI in Turkey reached $889 million in October 2016, according to the Turkish Ministry of Economy.

Turkey
03 Jan 2017

Sharjah’s Economic Outlook

Sharjah’s Economic Outlook

Despite the tighter banking sector liquidity and slowdown in investments, it is expected that large public sector infrastructure projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi will provide support for Sharjah's economy...

United Arab Emirates
09 Dec 2016

Nigeria to boost its steel and mining sectors

Nigeria to boost its steel and mining sectors

As part of its plans to diversify its oil dependent economy, the Nigerian government aims to boost its steel and mining sectors.

Nigeria
18 Aug 2016

Dubai Industrial Strategy

Dubai Industrial Strategy

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has approved Dubai Industrial Strategy that aims to make Dubai a home for innovators for industrial production.

United Arab Emirates
28 Jun 2016

5 Things to Know About Dubai's FDI Landscape

5 Things to Know About Dubai's FDI Landscape

Dubai remains one of the most preferred destinations for investors. According to FT’s global FDI report, Dubai ranks 4th in terms of greenfield projects and 6th in foreign capital attracted. The government...

United Arab Emirates
23 May 2016

Morocco FDI Inflows

Morocco FDI Inflows

Due to its political stability and solid infrastructure, Morocco has rapidly emerged as a leading destination for foreign direct investment (FDI) in Africa.

Morocco
08 Mar 2016

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 booms and busts...

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016

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.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016

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.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016

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 politics to...

Kurdistan Region
29 Sep 2015

Islamic Banking On The Rise

Islamic Banking On The Rise

Djibouti’s strategic regional position combined with financial liberalism make the country a favorable business environment for investors, allowing them to enjoy financial stability.

Djibouti
16 Apr 2015

Target: Regional Economic Integration

Target: Regional Economic Integration

Continued progress in Djibouti has allowed for an optimistic appraisal of its future, but more is needed to ensure sustainable growth and to further integrate its economy with those of its neighbors.

Djibouti
09 Apr 2015

Rapid transformation in 20 years

Rapid transformation in 20 years

An overall gradual economic improvement can be observed in this young European country.

Bosnia & Herzegovina
09 Mar 2015

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.

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

Focus: 36N

Focus: 36N

Bringing the best international practices to Kurdistan.

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

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.

Kurdistan Region
24 Feb 2015

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.

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014

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 emissions, lowering...

Kurdistan Region
04 Sep 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
06 Jun 2014

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 promise in the Kurdistan...

Kurdistan Region
06 Jun 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014

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 5th, was not far off...

Kurdistan Region
15 Mar 2014

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 of the Region as...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
02 Mar 2013

Boosting Trade

Fathi al Mudaris, Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry, KRG

IIG talks to Fathi Al-Mudaris on the trade and investment landscape in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
25 May 2016 - Erbil

Expanding Commercial Ties

Steve Lutes, Director, US Chamber

IIG talks to Steve Lutes on the US Chamber’s activities in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
16 May 2016 - erbil

Confidence in the Future

Masoud Barzani, President, KRG

IIG talks to President Masoud Barzani about the Kurdistan Region’s cooperation with the international community, new regional challenges, and Kurdistan’s...

Kurdistan Region
23 Feb 2015 - Erbil

Trust Us

Jamal Asfour, CEO, Asia Insurance

Jamal Asfour speaks with IIG about Asia Insurance’s growth since 2012 and outlines urgently needed reforms for Kurdistan’s growing insurance sector.

Kurdistan Region
23 Feb 2015 - Erbil

Boosting Trade for Growth

Samal Sardar, Minister of Trade and Industry, KRG

Samal Sardar explains why he believes the Kurdistan Region remains an attractive destination for foreign investment and discusses the Ministry of Trade...

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014 - Erbil

Invisible Protection & Energy Savings

Martin Westney, Managing Director, Advanced Glass Technology

Martin Westney explains the security and energy-saving benefits of AGT glass products, his growing portfolio of clients, and the opportunities available...

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014 - Erbil

Ambitious Target of Growth

Raad Zahid, CEO, Erbil Stock Exchange (ESX)

Raad Zahid provides IIG with some specifics on the ESX’s opening, initial market capitalization, and plans to attract foreign investors.

Kurdistan Region
02 Sep 2014 - Erbil

Building on Industrial Capacity

Dilshad Shakir, CEO, Azady Industries

Dilshad Shakir speaks to IIG about the role that Azady Industries is playing in the development of Sulaimani a center for heavy indus- try in Iraq and...

Kurdistan Region
01 Sep 2014 - Erbil

Game Changer

Baker Saeed Taufiq, General Manager, Azmar Air

Baker Saeed Taufiq discusses Azmar Air’s expanding ground handling operations in Kurdistan and the company’s ambitious plans to turn its Slemani base...

Kurdistan Region
30 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Driving Growth

Moh’d Fuad Anaswah, CEO, Niva Car Trading

Fuad Anaswah provides IIG insight into the opportunities, as well as the challenges, in maintaining the sky- rocketing growth of the Kurdistan Region’s...

Kurdistan Region
29 Aug 2014 - Erbil

New Concept in Erbil

John Downe, Managing Partner, Azure Serviced Offices

John Downe discusses the opportunities and challenges Azure sees as it introduces the serviced office concept to the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
28 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Connecting Jobseekers with Employers

Dr. Nawzad Kameran, Partner, Kurdistan Careers

Nawzad Kameran explains how Kurdistan Careers connects Kurdistan’s workforce with the region’s growing economy through networking and capacity building.

Kurdistan Region
25 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Establishing Erbil as a Regional Hub

Oliver Mathwich, General Manager - Kurdistan, dnata

Oliver Mathwich discusses dnata’s role in transforming the Erbil International Airport (EIA) into a regional hub for transport and aviation, and discusses...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Turkish Economic Expansion & its Regional Implications

Dr. Anwar Anaid, Lecturer of Political Economy, The University of Kurdistan-Hewler (UKH)

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

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Building Bridges

Bakir Lashkari, President, Kurdish-Dutch Business Club (KDBC)

Bakir Lashkari provides IIG with insight into the opportunities and challenges that Dutch businesses find in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Investing in Long Term Growth

Paul Bailey, Managing Director, Definitus

Paul Bailey provides IIG insight into the investments and opportunities that Definitus finds appealing in the Kurdistan Region, as well as the challenges...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Iraq-Britain Business Council

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Executive Chairman, Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC)

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

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Expanding Trade Ties

Nick Baird, Chief Executive, UK Trade & Investment

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

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

Expansion through Experience

Bayad Jamal Ali, CEO, Bayad Group/Samsung

Bayad Jamal Ali details the creation, evolution, and expansion of the Bayad Group, as well as the challenges and opportunities inherent in doing business...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

An Open Door for Business

Bakhtiyar Ameen, Director General, Directorate General of Investment in Dohuk

Bakhtiyar Ameen explains the key sectors that are in need of greater investment, the main projects that have had the greatest impact on the economy of...

Kurdistan Region
06 Sep 2013 - Dohuk

Dohuk Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ayad H. Abdulhalim, Chairman, Dohuk Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Ayad H. Abdulhalim discusses business climate for foreign investors in Dohuk, the sectors that are most ripe for development, and the Chamber’s activities...

Kurdistan Region
05 Sep 2013 - Dohuk

Farsighted Leadership

Masoud Barzani, President, Kurdistan Region

The President of the Kurdistan Region His Excellency Masoud Barzani provides IIG with exclusive insight into the driving forces behind Kurdistan’s success...

Kurdistan Region
29 Aug 2013 - Erbil

Asia Insurance

Jamal Asfour, CEO, Asia Insurance

Asia Insurance plays a crucial role in developing the Kurdish and Iraqi insurance sectors. The company has ambitious goals to become a major insurance...

Kurdistan Region
01 Aug 2013 - Erbil

An eye on Integrity, Political & Security Risks

Harry Bucknall, Regional Director, Control Risks

Harry Bucknall provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the major sources of stability and strength in terms of development in the Kurdistan Region, and...

Kurdistan Region
27 Jul 2013 - Erbil

At the Forefront

Ayad Mirza, Deloitte Iraq, Country Partner

Ayad Mirza talks to IIG regarding the competitive strengths of Deloitte’s legal practices, Deloitte’s key goals and objectives for 2013, the strengths...

Kurdistan Region
27 Jul 2013 - Erbil

Importing Experience

Jeroen Kelderhuis, Head of Embassy Liaison Office for the Kurdistan Region, Kingdom of the Netherlands

Jeroen Kelderhuis discusses his posting in Kurdistan, the economic sectors that are most alluring for businesses from the Netherlands, and the role he...

Kurdistan Region
04 Jul 2013 - Erbil

Huge Opportunities

Serwan M. Mahmood, Chairman, Slemani Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Serwan Mahmood provides insight into the regular operations of the Slemani Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the economic sectors that have been identified...

Kurdistan Region
10 Jun 2013 - Slemani

Strong, Inspiring, Visionary

Hawre Daro Noori, CEO, Faruk Group Holding

Hawre Daro discusses the rapid growth of Faruk Group Holding, the role internal human capacity development has played in strengthening the company’s...

Kurdistan Region
10 Jun 2013 - Slemani

Hub for Industry

Farman Gharib Sa’eed, General Director, General Directorate of Investment in Slemani Kurdistan BOI

Farman Gharib Sa’eed explains the evolution of the Board of Investment in Slemani, the priority areas and opportunities for investment, and the overall...

Kurdistan Region
05 Jun 2013 - Slemani

Italy in the Region

Simone De Santi, Head, Italian Embassy Consular Office in Erbil

IIG speaks with Simone De Santi regarding the development of Italian-Kurdish relations, the economic sectors in which Italian companies have been the most...

Kurdistan Region
09 May 2013 - Erbil

Financial Sector in the Region

Bayiz Talabani, Minister of Finance and Economy, KRG

Minister Bayiz Talabani discusses the current objectives of his Ministry, the methods taken to ensure further economic growth, the creation of the Kurdistan...

Kurdistan Region
29 Apr 2013 - Erbil

Industrial Revival

Fathi al Mudaris, Economic Relations Advisor, Ministry of Trade and Industry, KRG

Fathi al Mudaris gives IIG insight into the priority areas for investment in the industry sector, the development of human capacity, and plans for the...

Kurdistan Region
01 Apr 2013 - Erbil

Boosting Trade

Sinan Celebi, Minister of Trade and Industry, KRG

Minister Sinan Celebi provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the growth and evolution of the Kurdistan Region’s industrial sector, the development of...

Kurdistan Region
30 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Generating Trust in the Banking Sector

Bustam Al-Janabi, Managing Director, Kurdistan International Bank

Bustam Al-Janabi gives insight into the evolution of the banking sector in the Kurdistan Region, the projects that the Kurdistan International Bank for...

Kurdistan Region
11 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Developing Priorities

Herish Muharam, Chairman, Kurdistan Board of Investment

IIG talks to Minister Herish Muharam about the development, implementation, and evolution of the 2006 Investment Law, the priority sectors for investment...

Kurdistan Region
20 Feb 2013 - Erbil

Strengths, Vulnerabilities and Objectives

Hayder Mustafa Saaid, Department of Studies and Information Director General, Kurdistan Board of Investment

IIG interviews Hayder Mustafa Saaid to learn his thoughts on the strengths and vulnerabilities in the region’s investment opportunities, the key players...

Kurdistan Region
20 Feb 2013 - Erbil

Expanding Knowhow

Dara Jalil Khayat, President, Erbil Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Dara Khayat talks to IIG about the evolution of the Chamber of Commerce, the industries that have undergone the most successful development, and the commercial...

Kurdistan Region
24 Jan 2013 - Erbil