kurdistan

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Jun 2016

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.

Kurdistan Region
23 May 2016

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.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016

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 been profoundly fel...

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016

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.

Kurdistan Region
01 Oct 2015

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.

Kurdistan Region
01 Oct 2015

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 Kurdistan.

Kurdistan Region
01 Oct 2015

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 the future of the...

Kurdistan Region
01 Oct 2015

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 careful consideration give...

Kurdistan Region
30 Sep 2015

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 of ethnic and...

Kurdistan Region
30 Sep 2015

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

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.

Kurdistan Region
15 Jul 2015

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 global profile of...

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

Focus: 36N

Focus: 36N

Bringing the best international practices to Kurdistan.

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

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 2014. The report...

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

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.

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

Construction Projects in Kurdistan

Construction Projects in Kurdistan

Top trending construction projects in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

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 Support’s CEO Dori...

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015

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 ties globally.

Kurdistan Region
25 Feb 2015

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.

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014

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

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.

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014

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.

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

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 aid to tens of thousands...

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014

Notes from Westminster

Notes from Westminster

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

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2014

Deploying the Resources

Deploying the Resources

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

Kurdistan Region
09 Sep 2014

Creating the Skilled Workforce

Creating the Skilled Workforce

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

Kurdistan Region
09 Sep 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
08 Sep 2014

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 shifts in the Real...

Kurdistan Region
08 Sep 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
08 Sep 2014

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.

Kurdistan Region
08 Sep 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

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 long term.

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

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).

Kurdistan Region
14 May 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

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 has become one of...

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

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.

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

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 its own oil and gas...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013

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.

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

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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 global energy industry...

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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 sector.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
07 Oct 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
30 Jul 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jul 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

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.

Kurdistan Region
02 Mar 2013

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.

Kurdistan Region
02 Mar 2013

Building Bridges

Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, KRG

IIG talks to Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir on the KRG's foreign policy priorities.

Kurdistan Region
07 Jun 2016 - Erbil

Major Plans

Baz Karim, President & CEO, KAR Group

IIG talks to Baz Karim about KAR Group's ambitious future plans in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
26 May 2016 - Erbil

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

The Path to Excellence

Prof. Michael Mulnix, President, AUK

IIG talks to Professor Michael Mulnix on the AUK’s strategic plans and targets in the medium term.

Kurdistan Region
17 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

Kurdistan in Italy

Rezan Kader, Representative, KRG Italy

IIG talks to Rezan Kader, the KRG Representative in Italy, on the KRG - Italy bilateral ties.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016 - Erbil

Kurdistan in Australia

Haval Syan, Representative, KRG Australia

IIG talks to Haval Syan, the KRG Representative in Commonwealth of Australia, on the KRG-Australia bilateral ties.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016 - Erbil

What’s on the Horizon

Prof. Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, President, Middle East Research Institute

IIG talks to Prof. Dlawer Ala’Aldeen about Erbil-Baghdad relations, the MERI Forum 2015, and Institutes’s future projects.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016 - Erbil

Kurdistan’s IT Strategy

Hiwa Afandi, Head of the Department of IT, KRG

IIG talks to Hiwa Afandi about the DIT’s current and future projects.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016 - Erbil

Setting the Bar High

Emre Altunal, General Manager, Divan Erbil

IIG talks to Emre Altunal, General Manager of Divan Erbil, on the hospitality industry in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
01 Jan 2016 - Erbil

Treasured Time

Ghassan Dalal, General Manager, Erbil Rotana

IIG talks to Ghassan Dalal, General Manager of Erbil Rotana, on the hospitality industry and the hotel’s future plans.

Kurdistan Region
29 Sep 2015 - Erbil

Insurance Landscape & Challenges

Randa Aractingi, CEO, Dilnia Insurance

IIG talks to Dilnia Insurance CEO Randa Aractingi on the insurance industry landscape & challenges in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
28 Sep 2015 - Erbil

Energizing Kurdistan

Baz Karim, President & CEO, KAR Group

IIG talks to Baz Karim about KAR's Erbil Refinery and the Group's ambitious future plans in the Kurdistan Region.

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 2015 - Erbil

Leading the Way

Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister, KRG

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani explains the KRG's economic performance, why investors should choose Kurdistan as a business destination, and the key...

Kurdistan Region
23 Feb 2015 - Erbil

The KRG's Foreign Policy Perspective

Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, KRG

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir details the Kurdistan Region’s foreign policy goals and priorities in 2015 and the Region’s strengthening ties with the...

Kurdistan Region
17 Dec 2014 - Erbil

Secure & Stable

Karim Sinjari, Minister of Interior, KRG

Minister Karim Sinjari provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the current security situation in the Kurdistan Region, as well as the KRG's security cooperation...

Kurdistan Region
16 Dec 2014 - 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

Hands-On Management at Erbil Rotana

Ghassan Dalal, GM, Erbil Rotana

Rotana announced the appointment of Ghassan Dalal as the new GM of Erbil Rotana in August 2014. Kurdistan Review talks to Dalal about his priorities, the...

Kurdistan Region
10 Dec 2014 - Erbil

The UK: A Friend to the Kurdistan Region

Angus Mckee, British Consul General, Kurdistan Region

British Consul General Angus McKee discusses the growing commercial ties between the Kurdistan Region and the United Kingdom and shares his government's...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2014 - Erbil

Foreign Policy Guru

Cengiz Çandar, Senior Columnist, Radikal Daily

Cengiz Çandar explains Kurdistan's growing strategic significance in the fight against ISIS and outlines the implications of strengthening economic, political,...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2014 - Erbil

Kurdistan's Leading Research Center

Prof. Dlawer Ala'Aldeen, President, Middle East Research Institute

Professor Dlawer Ala’Aldeen gives an overview of the areas of focus that will guide MERI’s research in the coming year and the Institute’s role in...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2014 - Erbil

Kurdistan in Austria

Dr. Mustafa Ramazan Goran, Representative, KRG in Austria

Dr. Mustafa Ramazan Goran speaks to IIG regarding the ties that the KRG Representation in Austria is fostering between Austrian and Kurdish business and...

Kurdistan Region
04 Sep 2014 - Erbil

Kurdistan in France

Khaman Zirar Asaad, Representative, KRG in France

Khaman Zirar Asaad provides IIG exclusive insight into the ways in which the KRG Representation in France is bringing French business to the Kurdistan...

Kurdistan Region
03 Sep 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

Educational Edge

Robert Ritchie, Director, Professional Development Institute -  AUIS

Robert Ritchie speaks to IIG about the growing demand for professional development training and education in the Kurdistan Region, and how PDI’s MBA...

Kurdistan Region
27 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Harnessing Kurdistan’s Human Potential

Ian McIntosh, Consultant, Ministry of Natural Resources

Ian McIntosh talks to IIG about the MNR’s plans to develop technical and vocational skills that will allow the Kurdish workforce to take on a bigger...

Kurdistan Region
26 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

Changing Dynamics

Bilal Wahab, Assistant Professor, AUIS

Bilal Wahab provides IIG exclusive analysis into the changing dynamics in Kurdistan’s energy sector and regional geopolitics, and argues for further...

Kurdistan Region
24 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Addressing New Developments

Dean Michael, Chairman & CEO, Atconz Group

Dean Michael speaks to IIG regarding Atconz’s massive ambitions and developments in the Kurdistan Region, as well as the challenges and opportunities...

Kurdistan Region
23 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Quality - A Rising Trend

Mario Al-Jebouri, Chairman, IKG Property

Mario Al-Jebouri speaks to IIG about the quickly changing dynamics present in the Kurdistan Region’s real estate sector, its current challenges, and...

Kurdistan Region
22 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Global Design

Yassin Younis, GM-Kurdistan, SSH Design

Yassin Younis provides exclusive insight into SSH Design’s entrance into the Kurdistan Region, and discusses the challenges and opportunities present...

Kurdistan Region
21 Aug 2014 - Erbil

The Big Box Comes to Kurdistan

Jean Marie Boixel, Country Manager–Iraq, SI Retail

Jean Marie Boixel predicts a bright future for hypermarkets like Auchan in Kurdistan.

Kurdistan Region
20 Aug 2014 - Erbil

SI Retail’s Expansion in Kurdistan

Christophe Durand, Expansion and Business Development, SI Retail

Christophe Durand talks with IIG about SI Retail’s expanding operations in Kurdistan and the opportunities in the retail sector.

Kurdistan Region
19 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Retail Giant

Bhupesh Malhotra, Country Manager, Landmark Iraq

Bhupesh Malhotra speaks to IIG regarding the opportunities and challenges of pioneering foreign investment in the Kurdistan Region’s retail market.

Kurdistan Region
18 Aug 2014 - Erbil

Taking the Long View

Maya Khouri, CSR Program Manager, Aamina

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

Kurdistan Region
14 May 2014 - Erbil

Taking the Long View

Mazen Turk, COO, Aamina

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

Kurdistan Region
14 May 2014 - Erbil

Slemani’s Landmark

Heimo Leitgeb, General Manager, Grand Millennium Sulaimani

While the ways in which the Grand Millennium Hotel have reshaped Slemani’s skyline are clear, Heimo Leitgeb, the hotel’s General Manager, discusses...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Sulaimani

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

Innovative Approach

Dr. Rang Shawis, Chairman, Kurdistan Children’s Hospital

Dr. Rang Shawis provides insight into the state of pediatric healthcare in the Kurdistan Region, and the ways in which he hopes that KCH will serve as...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Success Story

Andreas Ahnlund, CEO, Nordic Medical Services

Andreas Ahlund recounts NMS’s incredible success story in the Kurdistan Region, growing the company from a single ambulance, to a major, globally integrated...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Lifting the Baseline

Dr. Firya Peryadi, Chief Medical Officer, Faruk Medical City

Dr. Firya Peryadi discusses the ways in which FMC is reshaping the Kurdistan Region’s healthcare system, and provides insight into the sector’s future.

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Building Capacity

Allegra Klein, Director - Training and Development Center, MSelect

Allegra Klein provides insight into the expansion of MSelect into training and development, the training-related demands of local and multinational businesses...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Progress in Higher Education

Khaled Salih, Vice Chancellor, University of Kurdistan Hewlêr

Khaled Salih provides IIG with exclusive insight into the progresses and challenges of the Kurdistan Region’s higher education system, and describes...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Bringing Best Practices

Carl Bistany, President, SABIS

Carl Bistany provides IIG with insight into SABIS‘s major entrance into the Kurdistan Region’s market for education, and the ways in which SABIS®...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Building an IT Enabled Society

Antoine Kawkabani, General Manager, CIS Iraq

Antoine Kawkabani discusses the steps being taken towards the maturity of the ICT market in the Kurdistan Region, and the role that CIS Iraq is playing...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Leadership and Coordination

Hiwa Afandi, Head of the KRG Department of IT (DIT), KRG

Hiwa Afandi describes the role of the Department of Information Technology (DIT) in building the Kurdistan Region’s IT and ICT infrastructure, and discusses...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Applying Insight

Edward Carnegy, Managing Director, IKG Property

Edward Carnegy discusses the factors that make the Kurdistan Region’s real estate market unique, and provides insight into how the market may develop...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Luxury Landmark

Rasheed Abu Hamad, General Manager, Trillium Holding

Dr. Rasheed Abu Hamad discusses the major Arbil Mass City development project, as well as the Kurdistan Region’s potential for further growth in the...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Securing Industry

Botan Osman, Country Director, Restrata & Stirling Group

Botan Osman offers insight into how the Region’s Health, Safety, Security, Environment (HSSE), and security technology landscape are changing and developing,...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Shifting to Production

Majdi Ahmad, Managing Director, Kalegran

Majdi Ahmad provides IIG with exclusive insight into Kalegran’s ambitious development of the Akri-Bijeel Block, and shares his optimism regarding the...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Global Ambitions

Alexander Dodds, E&P Executive Vice President, MOL Group

Alexander Dodds discusses the ways in which the Kurdistan Region adds value to MOL Group’s portfolio, and discusses MOL Group’s strategy going forward...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

First Mover

Saad Hasan, CEO, Qaiwan Group

Saad Hasan provides IIG with exclusive insight into the Qaiwan Group’s strategy, as well as its latest projects and developments.

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Slemani

Bringing Global Standards

Nejdet Polat, Manager, Erbil Branch

Nejdet Polat provides insight into Bank’s strategy in the Kurdistan Region and Iraq, and discusses the ways in which the Region’s banking sector is...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Financing Development

Chawki Badr, Assistant General Manager International Expansion, BBAC

Chawki Badr provides IIG with exclusive insight into BBAC’s decision to enter the Kurdistan Region, the bank’s strategy for financing many of the Region’s...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Expanding Local Market Share

Nawzad Jaff, Chairman, North Bank

Nawzad Jaff provides exclusive insight into the opportunities present in the Region’s fast-growing banking sector, as well as challenges faced by banks...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Expanding Access

Aram Daro Noori, General Director, GoranNet

Aram Daro Noori provides IIG exclusive insight into the possibilities, opportunities, and challenges presented by the deployment of fiber optic and wireless...

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

Promoting Opportunities for Growth

Rezan Kader, KRG Representative to Italy, KRG

Rezan Kader discusses the business and investment opportunities that the Kurdistan Region offers Italian companies, and provides insight into the ways...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Long-term Collaboration

Dilshad Barzani, KRG Representative in Germany, KRG

Dilshad Barzani provides IIG with insight into the ways in which the KRG’s Representative office in Germany has brought the KRG and Germany together...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Promoting Spanish Investment

Daban Shadala, KRG Representative in Spain, KRG

Daban Shadala provides IIG with insights into the KRG Representation in Spain’s strategy to draw Spanish investment into the Kurdistan Region, as well...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

Kurdistan’s Shifting Political Economy

Henri Barkey, Professor of International Relations, Lehigh University

Henri Barkey provides IIG exclusive insight into the Kurdistan Region’s democratic consolidation, the KRG’s strategic relationship with Turkey, as...

Kurdistan Region
11 May 2014 - Erbil

DFR signs MoU with Invest In Group for ‘Kurdistan Review 2014’

Falah Mustafa Bakir & Can Yirik, Signing Ceremony, DFR & IIG

Today, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR) and...

Kurdistan Region
17 Feb 2014 - Erbil

Securing a Rapidly Developing Society

Karim Sinjari, Minister of Interior, KRG

Minister Karim Sinjari provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the operations of the Kurdistan Region’s security apparatus, as well as the challenges...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

Developing European Partnerships

Delavar Ajgeiy, Head of the KRG Mission to the EU, KRG

Delavar Ajgeiy provides his analysis of the developing strategic and commercial relationship between the EU and the Kurdistan Region. Ajgey also discusses...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

A Wealth of Experience

Gavin Wishart, CEO, Standard Chartered Bank – Iraq

Earlier this year, Standard Chartered, the British multinational banking and financial services giant, announced plans to expand its operations into the...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

Strong Credentials

Jean M. Abboud, Area Manager, BankMed Iraq

Jean Abboud discusses the expansion of BankMed’s activities in the international arena, the services offered to the bank’s retail and commercial clients,...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

Competitiveness through Innovation

Amer Al Sunna, CEO, Asiacell

Amer Al Sunna provides IIG with exclusive insight into Asiacell’s comprehensive growth strategy, as well as the role the company’s has played in strengthening...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

Improving Local Production

Dr. Salah M. Bakir, Chairman, Vano Group

Vano Group is major, fully integrated poultry producer and veterinary pharmaceutical distributer. Dr. Salah Bakir provides insights into the current state...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

Leading Thought and Discourse

Dr. Dawn Dekle, President, American University of Iraq - Sulaimani

Dr. Dawn Dekle provides IIG with her thoughts on the role that AUIS will play in the higher education and society of Kurdistan, as well as the local and...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

Strategy and Progress

Dr. Rekawt H. Rashid, Minister of Health, KRG

Minister Rekawt Rashid provides IIG with exclusive insights into the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) strategies for improving the capacity and efficacy of...

Kurdistan Region
09 Dec 2013 - Erbil

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

Follow Us

Mawlawi Jabar Wahab, Chairman, General Board of Tourism, KRG

Mawlawi Jabar Wahab explains the development of the tourism industry in the Kurdistan Region, the different aspects of the Tourism Strategic Plan 2025,...

Kurdistan Region
21 Aug 2013 - Erbil

High-level of Expertise

Dr. Adel Chaouch, President and General Manager, Kurdistan Development Venture, Marathon Oil

Dr. Adel Chaouch discusses the similarities and differences between oil and gas exploration in the Kurdistan Region and the other countries in which Marathon...

Kurdistan Region
06 Aug 2013 - Erbil

Shaping the Future of the Kurdistan Region

Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister, KRG

PM Nechirvan Barzani provides IIG with exclusive insight into the importance of the KRG’s Human Capacity Development Program, the major structural reforms...

Kurdistan Region
29 Jul 2013 - Erbil

Diplomacy in Action

Dr. Fuad Hussein, Chief of Staff to the President, Kurdistan Region

Dr Fuad Hussein provides IIG with exclusive analysis of the recent political developments in the Region, the role the KRG has played in promoting regional...

Kurdistan Region
05 Jul 2013 - Erbil

Present Indicators

Serwan Muhammed Muhialdeen, President, Kurdistan Region Statistics Office

Serwan Muhammed Muhialdeen explains the growth of the Kurdistan Region Statistics Office (KRSO), the steps taken to streamline the collection of statistical...

Kurdistan Region
03 Jul 2013 - Erbil

Global Access and Reach

Talar Faiq Salih, General Director, Erbil International Airport

Talar Faiq Salih talks to IIG about increased passenger rates, new routes, and airline carriers for the Erbil International Airport, as well as the role...

Kurdistan Region
24 Jun 2013 - Erbil

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

Korek Telecom expanding its coverage

Ghada Gebara, CEO, Korek Telecom

Ghada Gebara provides IIG with exclusive insight into the telecom sector, Korek’s growth targets and future plans, the company’s partnership with Agility...

Kurdistan Region
23 May 2013 - Erbil

Growing Rapidly

Wael Ghanayem, Chief Financial and Operating Officer, Zain Iraq

Wael Ghanayem explains Zain Iraq’s decision to expand its operations into Kurdistan, the potential benefits and opportunities of doing business in a...

Kurdistan Region
23 May 2013 - Erbil

A Home Away from Home

Gökhan S. Aykan, General Manager, Divan Erbil Hotel

Gökhan S. Aykan discusses the changes that the Divan has undergone since he took charge, the hotel’s dynamic approach to customer service and staff...

Kurdistan Region
21 May 2013 - Erbil

Renovating the City

Nihad Latif Qoja, Mayor of Erbil, Kurdistan Region

Nihad Qoja details the work that has gone into developing Erbil, the infrastructure that requires further investment, the planned renovations for the Erbil...

Kurdistan Region
09 May 2013 - Erbil

Good Governance & Transparency

Nisar Talabany, Senior Advisor to the Prime Minister, KRG

Nisar Talabany explains the growth of the Good Governance and Transparency Strategy, the inclusion of the Kurdistan Region in the Extractive Industries...

Kurdistan Region
29 Apr 2013 - Erbil

Raising the quality of education

Dr. Sherzad Najar, Higher Education Advisor to the Prime Minister, KRG

Dr. Sherzad Najar analyzes the development of higher education in the Kurdistan Region, the strengths and vulnerabilities of the sector, and the identified...

Kurdistan Region
25 Apr 2013 - Erbil

The Expert

Shwan Zulal, Energy and Risk Consultant, Head of Kurdistan Connect

Shwan Zulal gives his take on expanding bilateral trade between the Kurdistan Region and Turkey, American policy regarding Erbil-Baghdad relations, and...

Kurdistan Region
25 Apr 2013 - Erbil

Developing Local Knowhow

Sheikh Baz Karim, Chief Executive and President, Kar Group

Sheikh Baz Karim discusses the evolution of the oil and gas sector from Kar Group’s perspective, the company’s plans to increase natural gas production,...

Kurdistan Region
22 Apr 2013 - Erbil

Updating the System

Dosty Mohamad, Resident Manager, Khatib and Alami

K&A is handling the design and implementation of the Water Supply Improvement Project in Kurdistan. Dosty Mohamad and Hassan Ghattas discussed the plan’s...

Kurdistan Region
16 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

Bright Future

Dr. Asmat Muhamad Khalid, Minister of Education, KRG

Dr. Asmat Khalid discusses his Ministry’s current initiatives and plans for reform, methods of alleviating budgetary and infrastructure constraints,...

Kurdistan Region
30 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Blending Tradition with New Design

Faxir Maraan, Chairman, Ranj Company

Faxir Maraan explains his beliefs regarding corporate social responsibility, new energy techniques, and the blending of restored Kurdish traditions with...

Kurdistan Region
30 Mar 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

Utilizing the Kurdish Diaspora

Dr. Heja Sindi, Lecturer, University of Kurdistan Hawler

Heja Sindi explains his thoughts on how the higher education sector could be strengthened, and his belief in re-utilizing the region’s intellectual capacity.

Kurdistan Region
20 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

Confronting Challenges Head-On

Sabri Özel, Chairman, SB Özel Group

Sabri Özel discusses the development of the Gulan Park Project, the operational history of the Erbil Steel Company, and the challenges of doing business...

Kurdistan Region
06 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Continuously Developing

Kamuran Celebi, Regional Manager, MITAS

Kamuran Çelebi discusses the specific services offered by his company, the development of infrastructure in the Kurdistan Region, and his thoughts on...

Kurdistan Region
05 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Evaluating the Sector: Education

Rebaz Zedbagi, Chairman & Founder, Zednas Holding

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

Kurdistan Region
02 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Innovation Replacing Tradition

Justin Carney, General Manager, Agrisoya

Justin Carney, General Manager of Agrisoya, explains the necessity of diversifying the agriculture sector, the challenges of promoting new ideas and technologies,...

Kurdistan Region
01 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Establishing International Connections

Delsoz Sherwani, CEO, Zagros Group

Delsoz Sherwani discusses the Zagros Group’s decision to enter the aviation sector at a very early stage, the importance of creating international relationships,...

Kurdistan Region
01 Mar 2013 - Erbil

Facilitating, Openness & Stability

Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations, KRG

IIG meets with Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir to hear his thoughts on Kurdistan’s open door policy, its relations with its immediate neighbors, and his...

Kurdistan Region
26 Feb 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

Pioneering Hospitality

Thomas Touma, General Manager, Erbil Rotana Hotel

IIG talks to Thomas Touma regarding the current climate of the tourism and hospitality industry, and how Erbil Rotana differentiates itself in light of...

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

Fierce Competition

Erdal Ahiska, Regional Manager, Petoil

IIG talks to Erdal Ahiska about Petoil’s history in the Kurdistan region, the evolution of the oil and gas sector, and the company’s plans for future...

Kurdistan Region
20 Feb 2013 - Erbil

Reforming the System

Serwan Baban, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources, KRG

Professor Serwan Baban provides exclusive insight into the growth of the agricultural sector in Kurdistan, his ministry’s plans for development in the...

Kurdistan Region
11 Feb 2013 - Erbil

From New York to Erbil

Shawn Emamjomeh, Regional Director, Claremont Group

IIG talks to Shawn Emamjomeh, Regional Director of Claremont Group, about the company’s work with the Kurdistan Board of Investment, its decision to...

Kurdistan Region
10 Feb 2013 - Erbil

Smart hotel for business travelers

Doaa Amin, General Manager, Tangram Hotel

IIG talks to Doaa Amin about the Tangram’s strategy for regional expansion, establishing a brand in a rapidly changing market, and why swimming pools...

Kurdistan Region
05 Feb 2013 - Erbil

Expanding Access and Promoting Regulation

Jonson S. Ayo, Minister of Transportation and Communication, KRG

Minister Jonson S. Ayo gives IIG an exclusive look into the expansion of the Kurdistan Region’s postal services, internet capabilities, cellular coverag...

Kurdistan Region
28 Jan 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

Sharing Common Vision for the Future

Aydin Selcen, Consul General, Turkish Consulate in Erbil

Consul General Aydin Selcen tells IIG about expanding relations between the Turkish government and the KRG, the role Turkish companies have played in maintaining...

Kurdistan Region
23 Jan 2013 - Erbil

Reinventing Iraqi Pharmaceuticals

Dr. Bahram Resul, CEO, Awamedica

IIG talks to the award winning Dr. Bahram Resul, CEO of Awamedica, about the groundbreaking pharmaceutical company and the state of the Kurdistan healthcare...

Kurdistan Region
13 Jan 2013 - Erbil

Strategic Growth

Kamaran Ahmed Abdullah, Minister of Housing and Reconstruction, KRG

Minister Kamaran Ahmed Abdullah gives IIG an exclusive look into the burgeoning road, bridge, and tunnel construction sectors and details the Kurdistan...

Kurdistan Region
10 Jan 2013 - Erbil

Fashion in Erbil

Özden Güven, Manager, Beymen Erbil

IIG talks to Özden Güven about current fashion trends in both Iraqi Kurdistan and the larger global marketplace. Beymen opened its first store in Erbil...

Kurdistan Region
11 Dec 2012 - Erbil

IIG to produce “Kurdistan Review” in partnership with DFR

Falah Mustafa Bakir & Can Yirik, Signing Ceremony, DFR & IIG

The Department of Foreign Relations of the Kurdistan Regional Government signed a memorandum of understanding with Invest in Group.

Kurdistan Region
07 Nov 2012 - Erbil