By John Lee.

The Bangladeshi Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, has told Dhaka Tribune that the Iraqi Ministry of Health said it wants to recruit 100 anaesthetists.

Recruitment will be done under an arrangement with private recruiting agencies, which the minister said would not charge high fees to the candidates as the jobs are at professional level.

A technical team headed by the Iraqi Deputy Minister for Health is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on Monday to interview the applicants.

The Bangladeshi government has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to send 1,000 workers to Iraq.

(Source: Dhaka Tribune)

By John Lee.

The Bangladeshi Minister for Expatriates’ Welfare and Overseas Employment, Khandker Mosharraf Hossain, has told Dhaka Tribune that the Iraqi Ministry of Health said it wants to recruit 100 anaesthetists.

Recruitment will be done under an arrangement with private recruiting agencies, which the minister said would not charge high fees to the candidates as the jobs are at professional level.

A technical team headed by the Iraqi Deputy Minister for Health is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on Monday to interview the applicants.

The Bangladeshi government has also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to send 1,000 workers to Iraq.

(Source: Dhaka Tribune)

By John Lee.

Premier Nouri al-Maliki received the Dutch foreign minister Frans Timmerman this week and called for Dutch companies to enter the Iraqi markets, pointing that Iraq has an agreement with the European Union.

Minister Timmerman said his country is looking for opportunities either in work or investments, and said his country wants to work in Iraq in all sectors.

The situation in the region was discussed, and Premier Maliki condemned the use of chemical weapons by any side, saying he regarded it as a crime against humanity, and calling for dialogue rather than the use of military force.

The question of Iraqis living in Holland was also discussed, but no details were given.

(Sources: Aswat Al Iraq, Prime Minister’s Office)

The United States Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC) this week heard about the latest political and economic developments in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq from a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ministerial-level delegation.

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, and Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the KRG’s High Representative to the United Kingdom, briefed USKBC companies about events in Kurdistan, Iraq and the broader Middle East.

Mr. Bakir provided an overview of the economic progress in the Kurdistan Region which is an investor-friendly emerging market that can also act as a launching pad for American companies to work in other parts of Iraq. He called on USKBC member companies to assist in building the capacity of Kurdistan’s private sector and its trade associations.

Minister Bakir answered questions about the Kurdistan market, the ongoing KRG dialogue with the Iraqi federal government, relations with Turkey and the desperate situation facing the 220,000 Syrian refugees that have fled to the Kurdistan Region.

“We thank USKBC members for believing in the Kurdistan Region, which is open and friendly to American businesses,” said Minister Bakir. “Our meeting with the business council is part of a visit to Washington in which we are discussing with our American friends a variety of issues of mutual interest, including commercial, educational and cultural relations.”

USKBC board members expressed support for the KRG and its open dialogue with the U.S. government. “The USKBC is a strong supporter of Kurdistan’s development and its member companies have invested in the region. We continue to call on the broader U.S. business community to discover Kurdistan as an emerging market as we have already,” said Pete Dordal, Senior Vice President at Garda World, a founding corporate USKBC board member.

(Source: KRG)

The United States Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC) this week heard about the latest political and economic developments in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq from a Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) ministerial-level delegation.

Minister Falah Mustafa Bakir, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, and Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the KRG’s High Representative to the United Kingdom, briefed USKBC companies about events in Kurdistan, Iraq and the broader Middle East.

Mr. Bakir provided an overview of the economic progress in the Kurdistan Region which is an investor-friendly emerging market that can also act as a launching pad for American companies to work in other parts of Iraq. He called on USKBC member companies to assist in building the capacity of Kurdistan’s private sector and its trade associations.

Minister Bakir answered questions about the Kurdistan market, the ongoing KRG dialogue with the Iraqi federal government, relations with Turkey and the desperate situation facing the 220,000 Syrian refugees that have fled to the Kurdistan Region.

“We thank USKBC members for believing in the Kurdistan Region, which is open and friendly to American businesses,” said Minister Bakir. “Our meeting with the business council is part of a visit to Washington in which we are discussing with our American friends a variety of issues of mutual interest, including commercial, educational and cultural relations.”

USKBC board members expressed support for the KRG and its open dialogue with the U.S. government. “The USKBC is a strong supporter of Kurdistan’s development and its member companies have invested in the region. We continue to call on the broader U.S. business community to discover Kurdistan as an emerging market as we have already,” said Pete Dordal, Senior Vice President at Garda World, a founding corporate USKBC board member.

(Source: KRG)

LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd (operating company of LUKOIL for development of the West Qurna-2 field) has completed another social project in Basra Province.

The company supplied modern medical equipment for the central hospital of Madeina municipality adjacent to the field area. The supplied medical equipment includes a blood analyzer, diagnostic equipment for ultrasonograph and cardiograph and dental appliances.

Earlier LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd supplied modern equipment for tuberculosis and cardiovascular diagnostics for the medical centers of the neighboring Ghuwair and Umm Al-Shuwaij villages. In addition, medical personnel were trained in operating modern hi-tech equipment.

A program to support healthcare facilities of Basra province will continue: three more medical centers will be equipped by the end of the year. These activities are based on cooperation agreements concluded with Madeina, Izz Al-Din Salim and Al-Qurna municipalities in December 2012.

These agreements provide for the expansion of economic relations between the company and the municipalities as well as cooperation aimed at increasing the standards and quality of living for local people and environmental protection.

(Source: LUKOIL)

LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd (operating company of LUKOIL for development of the West Qurna-2 field) has completed another social project in Basra Province.

The company supplied modern medical equipment for the central hospital of Madeina municipality adjacent to the field area. The supplied medical equipment includes a blood analyzer, diagnostic equipment for ultrasonograph and cardiograph and dental appliances.

Earlier LUKOIL Mid-East Ltd supplied modern equipment for tuberculosis and cardiovascular diagnostics for the medical centers of the neighboring Ghuwair and Umm Al-Shuwaij villages. In addition, medical personnel were trained in operating modern hi-tech equipment.

A program to support healthcare facilities of Basra province will continue: three more medical centers will be equipped by the end of the year. These activities are based on cooperation agreements concluded with Madeina, Izz Al-Din Salim and Al-Qurna municipalities in December 2012.

These agreements provide for the expansion of economic relations between the company and the municipalities as well as cooperation aimed at increasing the standards and quality of living for local people and environmental protection.

(Source: LUKOIL)

At a meeting in Erbil today, the oil and gas companies operating in the Kurdistan Region and leading figures from the oil services sector pledged to provide emergency relief to the large number of displaced people who have flooded into the Region in recent weeks.

Dr Ashti Hawrami, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Natural Resources, said, “Although the KRG has already allocated 10 million dollars-equivalent in fuel supplies and some 25 million dollars of capacity-building funds for emergency assistance, given the huge scale of the crisis and the number of refugees arriving daily we all need to work together to provide more urgently needed help.”

It is hoped that an additional US$50 million of funds can be raised by the companies through their own industry-wide effort. In addition to the funds already committed by the KRG, Minister Hawrami said the government would match “dollar for dollar” any contributions from the oil sector.

He added, “I am pleased that in our meeting the oil and gas companies agreed to help fund the humanitarian relief effort. Their assistance will make a big difference to the lives and well-being of the refugees and also help the communities in which they are located.”

At the meeting, Minister Hawrami, senior international oil company representatives, UNHCR officials and representatives of international NGOs discussed how to kick-start this important and urgent funding initiative.

The KRG Council of Ministers asked the Ministry of Natural Resources to put the request to the oil and gas companies, as long-term partners of the Kurdistan Region that can play a role in contributing to the relief efforts.

William Tall, head of UNHCR in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq, told the meeting that there were similar oil industry initiatives around the world in times of crisis, and he cited his experiences with Azerbaijan after the fall of the former communist regime.

He also commended the KRG’s efforts in responding to the refugee crisis, describing them as “exceptional.” But he explained that with the winter approaching and more refugees arriving, the situation is “not sustainable without further help.”

Current estimates by the UNHCR put the number of displace people in the Region at over 200,000, with more arriving every day. Roughly half have been accommodated in temporary camps, but a significant number have filtered into villages, towns and cities, where they are often struggling on the margins.

The KRG, international aid agencies, NGOs and local citizens have all risen to the challenges posed by such a large influx of displaced people, but much more is needed in the way of practical aid to help the Kurdistan Region cope with the scale of the crisis.

(Source: KRG)

At a meeting in Erbil today, the oil and gas companies operating in the Kurdistan Region and leading figures from the oil services sector pledged to provide emergency relief to the large number of displaced people who have flooded into the Region in recent weeks.

Dr Ashti Hawrami, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Minister of Natural Resources, said, “Although the KRG has already allocated 10 million dollars-equivalent in fuel supplies and some 25 million dollars of capacity-building funds for emergency assistance, given the huge scale of the crisis and the number of refugees arriving daily we all need to work together to provide more urgently needed help.”

It is hoped that an additional US$50 million of funds can be raised by the companies through their own industry-wide effort. In addition to the funds already committed by the KRG, Minister Hawrami said the government would match “dollar for dollar” any contributions from the oil sector.

He added, “I am pleased that in our meeting the oil and gas companies agreed to help fund the humanitarian relief effort. Their assistance will make a big difference to the lives and well-being of the refugees and also help the communities in which they are located.”

At the meeting, Minister Hawrami, senior international oil company representatives, UNHCR officials and representatives of international NGOs discussed how to kick-start this important and urgent funding initiative.

The KRG Council of Ministers asked the Ministry of Natural Resources to put the request to the oil and gas companies, as long-term partners of the Kurdistan Region that can play a role in contributing to the relief efforts.

William Tall, head of UNHCR in the Kurdistan Region and northern Iraq, told the meeting that there were similar oil industry initiatives around the world in times of crisis, and he cited his experiences with Azerbaijan after the fall of the former communist regime.

He also commended the KRG’s efforts in responding to the refugee crisis, describing them as “exceptional.” But he explained that with the winter approaching and more refugees arriving, the situation is “not sustainable without further help.”

Current estimates by the UNHCR put the number of displace people in the Region at over 200,000, with more arriving every day. Roughly half have been accommodated in temporary camps, but a significant number have filtered into villages, towns and cities, where they are often struggling on the margins.

The KRG, international aid agencies, NGOs and local citizens have all risen to the challenges posed by such a large influx of displaced people, but much more is needed in the way of practical aid to help the Kurdistan Region cope with the scale of the crisis.

(Source: KRG)

By John Lee.

Following the news last week that Muthanna Cement is to be rehabilitated, it has now been announced that a new cement plant is to be built in Karbala.

The state-owned plant will require an investment of US$300 million and will be constructed by a Iraqi-Canadian joint venture.

World Cement reports that the project is expected to take “less than 38 months” from design to completion, and create about 700 jobs. Its planned capacity is 5300 tonnes per day.

(Source: World Cement)

(Picture: Falluja Cement Factory)