Global instability is nothing new, but the past few years have seen numerous flashpoints come to the fore around the world. This leaves many companies in a quandary over whether to stay in an unsettled location, how to insure themselves, and how to keep the locals on side should they choose to stay put.
Latest articles from Iraq
While civil unrest in the Middle East and north Africa is making many businesses operating in the area decidedly twitchy, the CEO of Zain Group tells Barbara Njau that the telecommunications company's view that the region holds great long-term potential remains unshaken.
Switzerland-based heavy engineering company Satarem is investing $6bn to build a new large-scale oil refinery in Iraq.
With licensing procedures simplified by Iraq's central bank, the government-owned Trade Bank of Iraq is encouraging foreign-owned lenders to set up in the country.
The autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan attracted relatively high levels of FDI in the first quarter of 2013, helping it to close the FDI gap with the rest of the country.
Iraq's banking sector is struggling to put its ever-increasing assets to work, a situation not helped by the fact that it is dominated by inefficient state-owned institutions. Can an influx of foreign banks – and the technology and expertise they bring – help transform the sector, or will development hinge on the state-owned banks' ability to reform?
Since the fall of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq, the telecoms and mobile phone industry has become the fastest growing sector in the country after oil and gas. And the competition between the three major service providers is set to push the industry further.
Iraq's finance industry has called for further reform to the sector if the country is to progress to the next phase of development.
Iraqi telecoms professionals call for government help in fulfilling potential.
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