Iraqi government’s finance schemes to support SMEs and business innovation

To support small and medium private-sector projects, the Iraqi government, through the Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) and with the participation of a number of private and state-owned banks, has made available several types of loans.

The loans are available to all Iraqis.

According to a statement from the Iraqi Government, one of the more innovative finance schemes is the Central Bank’s “1 Trillion Dinars Initiative” which is dedicated to supporting small and medium enterprises, as part of the wider Iraqi government strategy to boost economic growth, create new job opportunities, and the production of local goods and services.

(Source: Iraqi Government)

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 23rd January 2020).

Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes.

The RSISX index ended the week at IQD625 (-4.4%) / $663 (-4.4%) (weekly change) (-5.2% and -5.4% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 7.7 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD30.2 bn ($24.7 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • ISX will suspend trading of United Bank (BUND) starting Sunday Jan. 26, 2020 if the company fails to explain why the prices touched the lower limit on Jan. 22, 2020 and Jan. 23, 2020.
  • Al-Mosul for Funfairs (SMOF) will hold a GA on Feb. 12, 2020 to discuss the utilization of the external expansion land with an area of 36 acres in a long-term rental method for a period of 22 years. The company will not be suspended from trading.
  • The depositing procedures of Al Mustashar Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BMUI) started on Jan. 22, 2020. The company will start trading on Feb. 12, 2020.
  • The depositing procedures of Ibdaa Al-Sharq Al-Awsat General Contracting & Investment (SIBD) started on Jan. 19, 2020. The company will start trading on Feb. 9, 2020.
  • ISX will suspend trading of International Islamic Bank (BINT) starting Jan. 28, 2020 due to the GA that will be held on Feb. 2, 2020 to discuss merging with Ur Islamic Bank. The bank will keep its name. BINT will also discuss to increase the capital from IQD100 bn to IQD250 bn through selling its shares to the Turkish Company “Bayt Al-Tamweel – House of Fund International Company” without having to put the shares for public subscription according to article 56/ forth.
  • Al Mustashar Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BMUI) completed the procedures of its capital increase from IQD100 bn to IQD150 bn, and will start trading after depositing and activating 5% of the listed shares or after 21 days of depositing the company’s shares.
  • ISX suspended trading of Iraqi Middle East Investment Bank (BIME) starting Jan. 21, 2020 due to the AGM that will be held on Jan. 25, 2020 to discuss and approve 2017 and 2018 annual financial statements.
  • Al-Ameen Estate Investment (SAEI) will hold a GA on Feb. 3, 2020 to discuss the process of selling the company’s properties located in Baghdad. The company will not be suspended from trading.
  • Region Trade Bank for Investment and Finance (BRTB) resumed trading on Jan. 19, 2020 due to fulfilling ISX request to provide its quarterly financial statements.
  • Al Taif Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BTIB) invited the community / people for the public subscription.
  • Cross transactions: 2.4 bn shares of Asiacell (TASC) on Jan. 21, 2020, which represents 0.8% of TASC’s capital.

By John Lee.

The head of Trade Bank of Iraq (TBI) has reportedly said that the bank would stop processing payments for Iranian gas imports if a US sanctions exemption expires next month.

Faisal al-Haimus told AFP:

“As a bank, the most important thing we have is that we are compliant (with international regulations). That’s why people trust us.”

Iraq relies heavily on Iran to support its struggling electricity sector.

When the United States imposed sanctions on Iran’s energy sector in 2018, it granted Iraq a series of temporary waivers to allow it to buy gas from Iran.

More here.

(Source: AFP)

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 16th January 2020).

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The RSISX index ended the week at IQD654 (-2.3%) / $694 (-0.9%) (weekly change) (-0.8% and -1.0% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 5.5 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD6.3 bn ($5.2 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • Al Mustashar Islamic Bank for Investment & Finance (BMUI) with a capital of IQD100 bn, will start trading after depositing and activating 5% of the listed shares or after 21 days of depositing the company’s shares.
  • Ibdaa Al-Sharq Al-Awsat General Contracting & Investment (SIBD) with a capital of IQD3 bn, will start trading after depositing and activating 5% of the listed shares or after 21 days of depositing the company’s shares.
  • Region Trade Bank for Investment and Finance (BRTB) will resume trading on Jan. 19, 2020 due to fulfilling ISX request to provide its quarterly financial statements.
  • ISX requested Tourist Village of Mosul dam (HTVM) to provide its AGM minutes for its meeting held on Jan. 12, 2020.
  • Middle East Producing & Marketing – Fish (AMEF) resumed trading on Jan. 16, 2020 due to fulfilling ISX request to provide its annual and quarterly financial statements.
  • New shares of Asia Al Iraq Islamic Bank for Investment (BAIB) from the capital increase to IQD150 bn through 50% rights issue started trading on Jan. 15, 2020.
  • Al-Ameen Estate Investment (SAEI) invited its shareholders to receive their 2018 cash dividend starting Jan. 19. The company will distribute 3% (IQD0.03 dividend per share, 4% dividend yield).
  • ISX suspended trading of the following companies starting Jan. 12, 2020 due to not disclosing their 3M19 financial statements: BDSI, BRTB, HASH, IELI, IICM, IMCI, IMCM, IMPI, ITLI, MTNI, SBAG and VKHF.