Doing Business in Iraq: 10 Smart Rules

With Iraq's security improving, is it time to do business there? Here's how to navigate Iraqi laws, incorporate, and deal with political risk and corruption

Doing business in Iraq does not have to be scary. In July, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki visited the U.S., and part of his mission was to convince American companies to invest in his country. He made the case that security has improved substantially. By any measure, he is correct. Although Iraq is not yet completely stable, a window of opportunity has opened there for companies willing to take a risk in one of the ultimate emerging markets. Indeed, Iraq has the second-largest oil reserves in the world and, after many years of war and sanctions, it needs infrastructure and development across all sectors of the economy. Once you become comfortable with the security situation, you will find the possibility of profits is great.

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