Thursday, May 19, 2022

Kurdistan and the UK: forging stronger links

Left: Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) President Masoud Barzani

Foreign Secretary William Hague's decision to expand the British Consulate in Kurdistan signals his intent to strengthen diplomatic and trade ties with... Jan 11, 2013

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Iraq

Kurdistan's economic growth driven by more than oil

Sectors such as housing, tourism, trade and agriculture are contributing ever more to the country's GDP Jan 11, 2013

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Iraq

Finance Minister: Infrastructure, basic services are key concerns

Bayiz Saeed Mohammad Talabani, Minister of Finance and Economy

Kurdistan's outstanding economic growth has been driven principally by oil revenues, a secure investment environment and a construction boom Jan 11, 2013

Infrastructure | Middle East | Iraq

Foreign investors' interest in Kurdistan growing

A liberal investment law and a thriving economy attract funds from abroad Jan 11, 2013

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Iraq

Closer ties with the UK in investment and education

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, High Representative of the KRGto the UK

High Representative of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to the UK, Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, speaks about the key priorities for KRG, its relationship... Jan 11, 2013

Industry & Trade | Middle East | Iraq

Erbil emerges as leading city

The Citadel of Erbil is the historical city centre and one of the area’s main tourist attractions

Shaking the dust from its shoulders, Erbil is now hailed as a prime destination for both business and pleasure Jan 11, 2013

Tourism & Culture | Middle East | Iraq

United for progress in Iraq

United Bank for Investment is a powerful example of a successful international financial firm engaged in the development of Kurdistan Jan 11, 2013

Finance | Middle East | Iraq

Study abroad and UK collaborations

Students graduating from the University of Duhok in spring 2012

The KRG provides thousands of Kurd students with scholarships to pursue advanced degrees abroad, while at the same time working to improve the quality... Jan 11, 2013

Education | Middle East | Iraq

Knowledge is power

Dr Loqman Dosky, President of the University of Duhok

Dr Loqman Dosky, President of the University of Duhok (UoD), says that as a result of its history, Kurdistan Region today is a staunch supporter of international... Jan 11, 2013

Education | Middle East | Iraq

Transforming Kurdistan’s ICT from the ground up

Kawa Junad, owner and Chairman of Allai Newroz Telecom

The state-of-the-art telecommunications network being set up in Kurdistan by Newroz Telecom is enabling creative, responsive ICT services and solutions... Jan 11, 2013

Telecoms & ICT | Middle East | Iraq

Driving Kurdistan's progress

The Ranj Group has become one of the largest companies in Iraq, and is involved in some exciting developments in Kurdistan Jan 11, 2013

Infrastructure | Middle East | Iraq

The perfect partner for Starwood Hotels

In 2012, high-end hotel company Starwood Hotels and Resorts decided to return to Iraq after a nearly 20-year absence due to the Gulf War - and they chose... Jan 11, 2013

Tourism & Culture | Middle East | Iraq


Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf, between Iran and Kuwait



total: 438,317 sq km



mostly desert; mild to cool winters with dry, hot, cloudless summers; northern mountainous regions along Iranian and Turkish borders experience cold winters with occasionally heavy snows that melt in early spring, sometimes causing extensive flooding in central and southern Iraq



petroleum, natural gas, phosphates, sulfur


GEOGRAPHY - note:   

strategic location on Shatt al Arab waterway and at the head of the Persian Gulf



Arab 75%-80%, Kurdish 15%-20%, Turkoman, Assyrian, or other 5%



Arabic update paises set descripcion = official; Kurdish update paises set descripcion = official; Turkmen update paises set descripcion = a Turkish dialect) and Assyrian update paises set descripcion = Neo-Aramaic) are official in areas where they constitute a majority of the population; Armenian



31,129,225 update paises set descripcion = July 2012 est.)



parliamentary democracy



name: Baghdad

GDP - real growth rate:   

9.9% update paises set descripcion = 2011 est.)


GDP - composition by sector:   

agriculture: 9.7%

industry: 60.5%

services: 29.8% update paises set descripcion = 2011 est.)


AGRICULTURE - products:   

wheat, barley, rice, vegetables, dates, cotton; cattle, sheep, poultry 



petroleum, chemicals, textiles, leather, construction materials, food processing, fertilizer, metal fabrication/processing



$82.77 billion update paises set descripcion = 2011 est.)



$53.93 billion update paises set descripcion = 2011 est.)



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