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Najaf SBDC Journalist recognized as the only Iraqi to attend German’s Goethe Institute Training

Najaf SBDC

Eleven Arab journalists were accepted by the world famous Goethe Institute in Berlin for a two month training program for cultural journalists from the Arab World. The only journalist accepted from Iraq is Mohammed Almoumin, a journalist for the Najaf Economic Gazette which is produced by the Najaf SBDC and is also a presenter for the satellite channel Alnajaf Alashraf. Joining Mohammad will be 3 journalists from Egypt and Palestine, two from Lebanon and one each from Tunisia and Jordan.

Najaf SBDC Cements their Relationship with Local Builders

Najaf SBDC

The Kufa Cement Company, a member of the Southern Cement State Company in Najaf, approached the Najaf Small Business Development Center to assist them in engaging construction companies and other buyers of cement in Najaf on ways to inform local buyers and educating them on the benefits of purchasing cement locally versus importing product produced from outside of Iraq.

USAID Supports Provincial Printing & Marketing Service Centers

19 July 2012

The Karbala Printing and Marketing Service Center has gone from a dream, to a concept, to a proposal and on 12 July held their Grand Opening ceremonies at the Karbala Business Development Center (KBDC). The KBDC recently signed a Performance Grant Agreement with the USAID-Tijara program for funding to establish the Marketing Service Center in Karbala.

Grand Opening for Karbala Printing & Marketing Service Center

Karbala Province
July 12, 2012

The large format banner printer was the last piece of equipment to arrive, completing the first round of printer purchases for the Karbala Printing and Marketing Service Center, culminating many months of planning and hard work by the staff of the Karbala Business Development Center (KBDC). Thanks to funding from the KBDC and a Performance Grant from the USAID Tijara Provincial Economic Growth program, customers from private businesses, universities, government and individuals can find design and printing services in Karbala for their business cards, menus, flyers, reports and banners without having to leave the city.

Samawa BDC Goes to University

Samawa BDC
June 28, 2012

WEO Director Offers Leadership Lesson to Students

Women Empowerment Organization
May 9, 2012

SBDC Iraq Network Joins Social Media

Baghdad, 24, April 2012

The SBDCs throughout Iraq use various tools such as websites and Facebook to keep in touch with beneficiaries, business partners and development agencies in order to reach out to more people and let them know of the latest developments of individual SBDCs and the Network, an account was created on Twitter for the SBDC Iraq Network at:!/SBDCIraq. Follow us!

Karbala Printing & Marketing Service Center

Karbala Province
April 21, 2012

Accelerating Growth Forecast for Iraqi Economy

Washington, DC
April 21, 2012

More good news about Iraq’s economy came from the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook issued this month in Washington DC. The IMF forecast that Iraq’s real Gross Domestic Product (sum of all goods and services produced in the country) will rise 9.9% in 2011, 11.1% in 2012 and 13.5% in 2013. This compares to 4.0% in 2011, 4.8% in 2012 and 3.7% for all oil exporting countries of the Middle East.

USAID-Tijara’s SBDC Network Recognized by GOI and UN

Executive Directors from the network of USAID-Tijara’s supported Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) participated in the 2012 SBDC Leadership Conference, themed “SBDC Strategies for Growth and Prosperity” which was facilitated by USAID-Tijara on February 27-29 in Erbil.