Iraq has changed. As normal life begins to resume, economic activity has revived. Demand for all types of goods and services is growing fast. The focus is on reconstruction as the government rebuilds essential infrastructure, from power and water utilities and transport infrastructure to residential housing. At the same time, the government is investing in the essential economic infrastructure; including oil fields and the mid- and downstream pipeline, petrochemical, and fuel distribution sectors.
Iraq presents a huge commercial opportunity across a broad range of sectors. After five years when security was the dominant issue in Iraq, the country has now entered a new, positive phase. As the Iraqi government and security forces have stepped up their capacity, the environment for trade and investment has transformed for the better. Millions of Iraqis now have the freedom to live, to trade, to work and to travel. Security improvements are now substantial and tested. There have been notable improvements in the regulation of the business environment. The private sector has grown more important and, for the first time in decades, Iraq is open to foreign investment. These factors combine to create opportunities for trade and investment on an unprecedented scale.
To attract foreign investment into Iraq, generous benefits, guarantees and exemptions have been set out in Iraqi investment laws. Qualifying investments are eligible to: