Given the high level of investor interest in Iraq and the increasing levels of capital inflows, an influx of banking players and the introduction of new financial and insurance products in a range of areas is a near certainty in Iraq in the coming months. It is also an urgent necessity in order to underpin the rapid economic growth and liberalisation that is taking place in the country.

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Following publication in August 2009 of a well-received exclusive report on the investment potential of Anbar, Iraq’s largest province, fDi Magazine widened its scope with a countrywide investment guide, published in December 2009 and distributed in January 2010 at the World Economic Forum in Davos, detailing the fast-evolving investment environment and how foreign companies can become partners in building the new Iraq. These reports quickly became essential reading for investors eyeing potential projects in Iraq, and fDi remains dedicated to tracking the developments as Iraq’s economy re-engages with the global business community.

In addition to its regular global distribution of corporate decison makers and active foreign investors, the August/September 2010 issue of fDi, and along with it the Iraq banking and insurance sector report, will also have official distribution at the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank, taking place in Washington, DC, in October 2010, attended by thousands of banking, business, financial and political leaders from around the world.