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  • dollarsign's Avatar
    Today, 11:40 AM
    From pg. 14 of this thread... 9/22/18 European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker called on Wednesday for the European Union to promote the euro as a global currency to challenge the U.S. dollar. “We must do more to allow our single currency to play its full role on the international scene,” Juncker told the European Parliament in Strasbourg as he presented his annual program. “It is absurd that Europe pays for 80 percent of its energy import bill – worth 300 billion euros a year – in U.S. dollars when only roughly 2 percent of our energy imports come from the United States,” he said. “It is absurd that European companies buy European planes in dollars instead of euro,” he added. While Norway prices its substantial supplies to the EU in euros, an EU official said, other countries use dollars. Among the most important of these are Gulf states and Russia. (now we all see putins driving need to money launder, and find accomplices. No one wants his rubles). Now, the Special Purpose Vehicle... The SPV was conceived as a clearing house that could be used to help match Iranian oil and gas exports against purchases of EU goods, circumventing the U.S. sanctions, which are based on the global use of the dollar for oil trade. The EU wanted to have the SPV set up by this month, but no country has offered to host it, six diplomats told Reuters last week. The European Union, France, Germany, Britain, Russia and China, participants with the United States in the 2015 deal that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, have been trying to find ways to circumvent the U.S. limitations. In particular, the EU has been trying to establish a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for non-dollar trade with Iran. they are GREEN with ENVY over the Dollar's role in global trade. I stay far away from politics, but they should really be focusing on this. In some agency I'm sure they are, but it would feel better if they let us know that. $
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    Today, 10:21 AM
    Looks good for iqd
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    Today, 05:58 AM
    By Ahmed Tabaqchali, for 1001 Iraqi Thoughts. The proposed budget law, prepared by the prior government and adopted by the current one (with some minor revisions), resembles the ongoing negotiations on completing the formation of the government. Just as the participants in these negotiations had left behind the pretence of responding to popular demands and are engaged in a replay of the prior squabbles over the spoils of war. This budget too is a replay of the prior budgets and a continuation of the old rentier state practices and socialist policies. For both cases, the old Iraqi saying “???? ????? ??????? ???????” or “Halima has gone back to her old ways” is an apt depiction. Click here to read the full article. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:55 AM
    UN-Habitat and UNESCO presented the Initial Planning Framework for Reconstruction of Mosul On 15 November 2018, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) presented the Initial Planning Framework for the Reconstruction of Mosul, offering perspectives on how to ‘Build Back Better’ the city for the people of Mosul. Over 100 participants from the local government, private sector, civil society organizations and the United Nations agencies gathered at the Ninewa Governor’s office to discuss the priorities and recommendations for the reconstruction of Mosul, with special attention to the Old City. The event highlighted the complex challenges ensuring a fast reconstruction, while protecting the heritage and historical characteristics of the Old City. It also touched upon the problems that wider Mosul is currently facing in the housing sector and the urgent need to support vulnerable returnees whose houses were completely destroyed, which continues to be a major obstacle for the return of internally displaced persons in camps to Mosul. H.E. Mr. Nawfal Al Sultan, Governor of Ninewa, noted the prominent role of the United Nations agencies in the reconstruction of Mosul, and reiterated the importance of collaboration between the government offices, the United Nations agencies and the people of Mosul. He also expressed his hope that Ninewa will be built back better, asking for continuous support from the international community. Ms. Marta Ruedas, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General and United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, explained that the Framework provides a holistic and integrated approach for the reconstruction of Mosul, noting that the top priority is to protect heritage sites in the Old City from further damage as analysed and recommended in the Framework. Both H.E. Mr. Nawfal Al Sultan and Ms. Marta Ruedas called for setting up a specialised committee to follow up on and ensure that the actions recommended in the Framework are endorsed by the relevant authorities and implemented in a timely manner. After gathering comments and feedback, the Framework will be finalized and distributed to key stakeholders, including national and local government counterparts, representatives of civil society, the private sector and the community, United Nations agencies and donors. (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:55 AM
    Iranian ambassador to Baghdad said Iran and Iraq are weighing plans to eliminate US dollar in trade transactions and also lift visa requirements for citizens of the two countries. Speaking at a TV program on Saturday night, Iraj Masjedi said Tehran and Baghdad are considering plans to use Iraqi dinar for trade transactions or develop barter trade considering the banking problems caused by the US sanctions on Iran. He also voiced Iran’s willingness to remove visa restrictions for travels between the two countries, saying the idea of lifting visa requirements for merchants and business people was discussed during Iraqi President Barham Salih’s Saturday visit to Tehran. Masjedi highlighted the ample opportunities available for the Iranian business sector available in the Iraqi market, saying the Baghdad government welcomes foreign investments. “The government of Iraq is seeking foreign investment in the economic field, and has now offered 1,200 projects worth $100 billion,” the ambassador added. He assured Iranian investors of improving security in Iraq, saying the security conditions in the Arab country’s inland and border regions have been getting better since the defeat of the Daesh (ISIL) terrorist group. The Iraqi president visited Tehran on Saturday with a ranking delegation for a series of political and economic talks. After high-profile talks between the Iranian and Iraqi delegations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said the two neighbors can increase their annual trade from the current $12 billion to $20 billion. Rouhani also noted that the two sides discussed ways for cooperation in the energy, power and oil industry, including the extraction of petroleum, and a plan to connect the two countries’ railroad networks. (Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:55 AM
    By Glada Lahn and Nouar Shamout, for Chatham House. Violent protests erupted in Basra this summer in response to the deterioration of public services. At the centre of the unrest is a water supply crisis which Iraq can only solve with regional and international cooperation. In August, frustrations over crippled public services, drought and unemployment in Al-Basra governorate boiled over. The acute cause was a water contamination crisis. By the end of October, hospital admissions of those suffering from poisoning exceeded*100,000 according to health officials. Crops and animals in the rural areas have been severely affected*by lack of water and current levels of salinity, with thousands migrating to Basra city. Click here to read the full story. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Today, 03:55 AM
    Ministry of Interior officially inaugurates the Local Police Service Road MapOn 12 November 2018 Lt. Gen. Moafaq Abdulhadi Tawfik, Deputy Minister for Police Affairs Agency officially inaugurated the Local Police Service Road Map of Iraq at the Ministry of Interior, in a ceremony held in the Agency headquarters in Baghdad. The overall objectives of the Road Map are firstly to put in place transition security arrangements from Iraqi Security Forces to Local Police in post – ISIL Iraq and, to develop a framework with specific emphasis on maintaining trust between Iraqi Local Police Service and the public, as well as to foster collaborative partnerships between the police and other agencies of the Criminal Justice System. The Local Police Service Road Map therefore, provides a strategy to transition the country from a military oriented focus on security to one of civil security authority in local security matters and, it prioritizes the following Police Core -Functions: Security and Protection Management Crime Management Traffic Enforcement Management Improving Effectiveness of Local Police Service (IELP), and Community Policing. Furthermore, the Road Map also highlights six crosscutting supporting functions: Finance Human Resources (HR) Training Equipment Infrastructure, and Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Ministry of Interior appointed Committee of senior officials with strategic advice and assistance from UNDP Iraq developed the Road Map. Lt. Gen. Moafaq Abdulhadi Tawfik, Deputy Minister for Police Affairs Agency said: “I extend my sincere gratitude and thanks to the Road Map Committee for their exceptional work in developing this important document that will guide the Local Police Service in Post- ISIL Iraq. “The Road Map is timely and it complements directly to the New Government Programme’s vision to transition of internal security to Local Police. On behalf of the Police Affairs Agency and the Ministry of Interior I also extend my sincere thanks to UNDP for its advice and assistance in this important work.“ UNDP Acting Country Director Gerardo Noto added: “…improving Local Police Service is an identified key priority within the Government of Iraq’s ongoing Security Sector Reform Programme under the system priority Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement that is supported by UNDP and International Partners. “Therefore the successful implementation of the Local Police Service Road Map will be a critical milestone in restoring public security services, rule of law and sustainable peace in Iraq.* UNDP will continue to facilitate advice and assistance to the Police Affairs Agency and Ministry of Interior in this critical work in the coming months.“ UNDP is grateful to Germany for its generous funding to carry out this important work in Iraq. (Source: UNDP) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 10:50 AM
    The Information Office of the Rafidain Bank on Sunday issued a clarification on the issuance of the MasterCard card in its branches, which includes employees and citizens. He said in a statement that "citizens and employees can visit the branches dedicated to the granting of electronic cards in Baghdad and the provinces for the purpose of obtaining those cards," noting that "the MasterCard card has many features that are used by the holders in the deposit and withdrawal of funds in any place in it "He said. Count
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    Yesterday, 10:49 AM
    The Information Office of the Rafidain Bank on Sunday issued a clarification on the issuance of the MasterCard card in its branches, which includes employees and citizens. He said in a statement that "citizens and employees can visit the branches dedicated to the granting of electronic cards in Baghdad and the provinces for the purpose of obtaining those cards," noting that "the MasterCard card has many features that are used by the holders in the deposit and withdrawal of funds in any place in it "He said. Count
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    Yesterday, 06:20 AM
    OneBeat brings together musicians from all over the world to the U.S. for an exhilarating month of performances, discussions, and interactive music-making events. OneBeat grew out of a notion that musical collaboration is a powerful way to connect people across political and cultural differences. Applications for*ONEBEAT*2019 are open from November 19 through December 21, 2018. ONEBEAT is a U.S. government-sponsored fellowship that uses music as a tool to promote dialogue, creativity, and personal engagement among musicians from around the world. Applicants must be musicians aged 19-35 who can demonstrate musical talent, leadership skills, entrepreneurial spirit, and a strong commitment to building more cohesive communities at home. The ONEBEAT program takes place in the United States over four weeks in September-October 2019. Two weeks are spent in a musical residency, and two weeks on a performance tour.* During the residency, participants form small musical ensembles, create original material, and develop workshop ideas. While on tour, fellows give public performances in various U.S. cities and lead workshops with youth and community groups.*ONEBEAT fellows will have their travel, room, and board costs covered.* Applicants must demonstrate basic English proficiency.* Interested musicians can apply directly via the OneBeat website*http://1beat.org/apply*. (Source: US Embassy in Baghdad) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 04:07 AM
    The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) warmly welcomes the repatriation of a consignment of located Kuwaiti property to the Kuwaiti authorities in a handover that took place in Kuwait City today and was observed by the United Nations. “This is an encouraging positive step taken by the Iraqi authorities in compliance with UN Security Council resolution 2107 (2013). It shows the determination of both countries to forge ahead with strengthening bilateral ties, putting behind them the bitter legacy of invasion and violence, and demonstrates the best of good neighbourly relations,” said Ms. Alice Walpole, Deputy Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General. Preparations for the transfer of the Kuwaiti textbooks and other items have taken over a year. H.E. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iraq Mohammed Al-Hakim has made exceptional efforts to ensure swift action on this important and complex file of outstanding issues with Kuwait since taking office a few weeks ago. UNAMI has been actively involved with Iraq and Kuwait as an observer in facilitating the efforts for a resolution of the outstanding issues. While UNAMI commends the Iraqi movement on the missing property file and their commitment to resolve all remaining outstanding issues with Kuwait the UN Mission recognises that the search must continue for the invaluable National Archives of Kuwait. Despite strong support demonstrated by Kuwait, and commitment to their international and humanitarian obligation shown by Iraq, full normalization of relations will only take place once all outstanding issues have been resolved, the Deputy Special Representative said. (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    Yesterday, 12:50 AM
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    11-17-2018, 05:51 PM
    GardaWorld, a global leader in comprehensive security and risk management, has made its weekly security report available to Iraq Business News readers. Prepared by GardaWorld’s Risk Analysis Team in Iraq, this essential report includes short- and medium-term outlooks on the security situation, reports and commentary on recent significant events, and a detailed overview of developments across the country. Please click here to download the latest report free of charge. For more information on how GardaWorld’s services can support your business in Iraq, please contact Daniel Matthews, Senior Director Iraq, at daniel.matthews@garda.com Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-17-2018, 09:53 AM
    By John Lee. The Iraqi government has retaken ownership of a property in Baghdad, after it said it was unlawfully sold to “the wife of a senior official in the previous government“. The Commission of Integrity said in a statement that “the property was sold by the official to his wife in violation to the legal controls stipulated in the Law of Sale and Rent of State Properties No. 32 of 1986, and without conducting a public bid.” The official was not publicly identified. (Source: Commission of Integrity) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-17-2018, 09:53 AM
    By Mustafa Saadoun for Al Monitor. Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News. Will Iraqis get green light to enter restricted Green Zone?While new Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has promised*to open Baghdad’s fortified Green Zone to*the public and to through traffic, there are doubts that he will be able to fulfill that pledge. The Green Zone, officially the International Zone,*is a 4-square-mile*area that’s home to*Iraqi government buildings for*the presidency, parliament, judiciary*and the*intelligence and national security staffs.*Also located there are various foreign*embassies, including those of the United States and the United Kingdom;*other*diplomatic missions; offices of international organizations, notably the UN; and residences of privileged Iraqis and*high-level officials. The restricted zone inconveniences many Baghdad residents, especially commuters. Opening the area could reduce heavily congested streets and slash the amount of time it takes to travel across town. It would also make it easier for citizens to access*government agencies. Click here to read the full story. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-16-2018, 08:03 PM
    By John Lee. Baghdad has reached an agreement with Kurdish authorities to resume exports from the Kirkuk oilfields, via the Turkish port of Ceyhan (pictured). In a statement on Friday, the Ministry of Oil said between 50,000 and 100,000 barrels per day would be exported through the pipeline on behalf of the Baghdad-controlled State Oil Marketing Organization (SOMO). S&P Global Platts says SOMO has not exported any crude oil from Ceyhan since June 2017. (Sources: Ministry of Oil, S&P Global Platts) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-16-2018, 05:54 PM
    Advertising Feature Note: ISX will be closed on Tuesday (Nov. 20, 2018) due to a religious holiday (Birth of the Prophet). The next trading session will be on Wednesday (Nov. 21, 2018). Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 15th November 2018). Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes. The RSISX index ended the week at IQD664 (+1.6%) / $711 (+1.6%) (weekly change) (-18.1% and -14.9% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 49.2 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD18.3 bn ($15.1 mn). ISX Company Announcements ISX will suspend trading of Asiacell (TASC) starting Nov. 20, 2018 due the AGM* which will be held on Nov. 26, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results. The national bonds owned by Al-Kindi of Veterinary Vaccines Drugs (IKLV) will start trading on the ISX on Nov. 18, 2018. The total number of the bonds that will start trading is 350 and each of them are from IQD5,000,000 category (ISX ticker: CBI25). Opening price for each bond will be IQD5,252,945 (IQD5,000,000 (price of the bond) + IQD252,945 (interest)) with +/-5% price change limit, and thus, the total value of the bonds that will start trading be IQD1,838,530,750 (350 X IQD5,252,945). Annual interest of the bond is 8% and the bond maturity date is Apr. 2, 2019. Original shares of Dar Al-Salam for Insurance (NDSA) will resume trading on Nov. 18, 2018 after deciding to increase the capital from IQD5.0 bn to IQD7.0 bn through 40% rights issue. The opening price will be IQD0.64 with +/-50% price change limit for the first session and after that, price will be able to change with +/-20% limit per day. Palastine Hotel (HPAL) will resume trading on Nov. 18* due to disclosing 2017 annual financial results. The National Bank of Iraq (BNOI) signed a trade finance agreement on Tuesday with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, to help the bank’s client businesses access global markets, boosting trade and spurring economic growth. In addition, a Memorandum of Understating (MOU) was also signed between the two parties whereby the IFC will provide NBI with support related to the field of Corporate Governance. (BNOI Website) Baghdad Hotel (HBAG) resumed trading Nov. 13, 2018 after discussing and approving 2017 annual financial results and deciding to distribute 44% cash dividend (0.44% dividend per share, 4.9% dividend yield). Cross Transactions: 44.6 bn shares of Zain Al-Iraq Islamic Bank (BZII) on Nov. 14, 2018, which represents 17.8% of BZII capital. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-16-2018, 05:54 PM
    By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraq: Safe Return Capacity Building Officer, Heartland Alliance for Human Needs Program Management Officer, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Interpreter, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Heavy Vehicle Operator, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Translator*UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Engineering Technician, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Heavy Vehicle Operator, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Associate Public Information Officer, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Logistics and Procurement Assistant, ICMP – International Commission on Missing Persons Programme Management Specialist, UNDP – United Nations Development Programme (Source: UN) (Picture: Finger pressing a new career start button, from Olivier Le Moal/Shutterstock) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-16-2018, 05:54 PM
    By John Lee. The United Nations has advertised new positions in Iraqi Kurdistan: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Manager, Mercy Corps Access to Finance Project Manager, Mercy Corps Procurement Manager, Mercy Corps National Field Officer- Community Engagement, IOM – International Organization for Migration CCCM Cluster Co-Coordinator, IOM – International Organization for Migration Programme Coordinator (Economic Recovery), IOM – International Organization for Migration Protection Assistant (Counter Trafficking), IOM – International Organization for Migration Data Developer, IOM – International Organization for Migration Administrative Assistant (RRU), IOM – International Organization for Migration Resources Management Officer, IOM – International Organization for Migration Assistant Administrative Officer, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Driver/Dispatcher, UNAMI – United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq Country Director, Lutheran World Relief (LWR) Education Officer, UNICEF – United Nations Children’s Fund NPO (Pharmaceuticals), WHO – World Health Organization (Source: UN) (Picture: Success, growth, career, development signpost from 3D_Creation/Shutterstock) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-16-2018, 01:24 PM
    Then... Mr. Marshall Billingslea of the United States assumed the position of President of the FATF on 1 July 2018. Mr. Billingslea serves as the US Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary heading the Office of Terrorist Financing and Financial Crimes. Mr. Billingslea served as a Managing Director at Deloitte, responsible for its Federal Business Intelligence Services group Deloitte is the Iraqi Kurdistan's oil auditing firm. and Today... COMMODITIES NOVEMBER 16, 2018 / 3:39 AM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO LONDON/BAGHDAD (Reuters) Iraq restarted exports on Friday of Kirkuk oil, halted a year ago due to a standoff between the central government and Kurdistan's semi-autonomous region, after a new government in Baghdad agreed a tentative deal with Erbil. Rock on Mr. B. , rock on... $
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    11-16-2018, 12:13 PM
    http://www.rudaw.net/english/business/071020182
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  • James's Avatar
    11-16-2018, 10:59 AM
    Found this on Facebook. Nothing on CBI site to show bills being released or showing under the released currency tab. Take it for what it's worth.
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  • crazyfrank's Avatar
    11-16-2018, 02:53 AM
    ok since this subject was brought up I wanted to see if there was any stock profits indeed posted at Warka, so I tried to log in and I checked my access, as it was not due for renewal as well ......... and it was "no go". At first it responded with a message "that password is already in use", which got me worried. After a reboot, it responded, although still getting system warning prompts about their web site "certificate" being expired. I saw............. no stock portfolio profits posted, as the balance remains constant for the past 40 days there was a new account identity listed with a similar account number shown to be associated with Al-Wasta there was no on line access for any ISX holdings Based on this, and that they have gone into "radio silence" mode with no news on anything related to what is happening with fund access, I have opened up a channel with Al Kamal about transferring ISX holdings out of Warka. They at Al-Kamal responded immediately with a path to make that happen. The only hurtle for this is now I must again submit paperwork to the Iraqi consulate and, or, embassy as done before many moons ago, before they can proceed.
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    11-15-2018, 08:47 PM
    On a larger scale, international arbitrage opportunities in commodities, goods, securities and currencies tend to change exchange rates until the purchasing power is equal. As a continuation of the central role of the central bank as a pillar of the country's economy, a positive improvement in oil prices coupled with sound fiscal and monetary policies will enable the Iraqi government to pay early remittances and increase the value of reserves to higher levels. Board of Directors Baghdad 24/10/2018 LOWER CATAGORIES COINS FILS They are coming...load em in. ________________________ I've looked at the portions of 3 recent posts and reached a conclusion. Just my thoughts, but here goes... the CBI has different currencies in reserve, but only has the authority to increase the "value" of their own, the IQD. given the way international arbitrage functions, the proposed currency basket for the IQD would fall into a range that would make the IQDs purchasing power about equal to their largest source of income, U.S. Dollars IQ per Us$ index Weight: US$ 0.65; EURO 0.20; GBP 0.05; Swiss 0.05; Yen 0.0513 IQ per US $ index 2 Weight: US $ 0.6; EURO 0.20; GBP 0.10; Swiss 0.05; Yen 0.05 IQ per US$ Index 3: US $ 0.5; EURO 0.25; GBP 0.10; Swiss 0.075; Yen 0.075 finally, a few days ago, the option to view "lower categories, coins, and fils" appeared on the CBI site, though we can't see them yet, after going down for a hour or more on a few occasions. it really looks good to me. $
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  • Will-it-happen?'s Avatar
    11-15-2018, 06:07 PM
    That's 8 months since they posted that and still nothing
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    11-15-2018, 01:32 AM
    Aiming for more sustainable options for dealing with the huge amounts of rubble borne out of the ISIL conflict, municipalities of around half a dozen devastated cities in western Iraq explored opportunities to establish debris recycling centres to help advance recovery efforts at a two-day workshop held in Ramadi’s Anbar University on 7-8 November 2018. Hosted by Anbar Governorate and organized in collaboration with the Iraq Ministry of Health and Environment with technical advisory support from UN Environment, the gathering brought together – for the first time – key stakeholders from local authorities, technical government departments, university academics, demining experts, as well as UN agencies to discuss more sustainable options for dealing with the huge amounts of rubble created by the ISIL conflict. “Over two years since retaking most of Anbar’s shattered cities from the grips of ISIL terrorists in 2016, rubble continues to be a major obstacle for tens of thousands of displaced persons to regain their homes, and restart their lives and businesses,” said*Mr.*Mustapha Arsan, deputy governor of Anbar Governorate. Municipal representatives from the most damaged cities of Ramadi, Haditha, Hit, Qaim and Kubaisa, in Iraq’s upper Euphrates region, underscored the major problems they continue to face in removing colossal volumes of rubble. Lack of debris removal equipment and inadequate operational budgets were highlighted as major constraints. While most of the rubble in the streets has been removed, much of the remaining debris will be generated from building demolition. The Qaim Maqam (head of district) of Ramadi,*Mr.*Ibrahim Al-Awsaj, stated that around 80*percent*of Ramadi –*capital*of Anbar governorate with a population of over 570,000 people before the conflict – lay in ruins. Preliminary estimates by Ramadi municipality indicate that around three of the seven million tonnes of debris have so far been removed with extensive support from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization. Furthermore, debris removal is significantly complicated by exceptionally high levels of contamination with unexploded ordnance and booby traps. “Over 20,000 explosive devices have so far been from Ramadi city alone,” said*Mr.*Al-Awsaj. Training and establishing clear procedures for dealing with explosives in the debris is a critical prerequisite for clearing-up the rubble. “Debris continues to be scooped and dumped in an uncontrolled manner creating serious health and environmental risks and burdensome economic liabilities for the future,” decried*Mr.*Qais Abd, head of the Anbar Environment Directorate.*Mr.*Abd added that “future campaigns to remove debris haphazardly dumped all over the place may be needed,” engendering additional costs for the financially strapped local authorities. Emphasizing that many other post-conflict cities faced similar challenges, UN Environment expert Martin Bjerregaard affirmed that considerable experience exists from elsewhere that can help inform Anbar’s debris management efforts. “We are not starting from scratch here,” said*Mr.*Bjerregaard, who went on to share lessons from neighbouring Mosul as well as Syria, Lebanon, Philippines, and going to back the Balkans conflict in the late 1990s. The workshop also highlighted ongoing work by UNDP’s Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization and the International Organization Migration to establish debris recycling centres in Mosul with technical advice from UN Environment. This initiative will help create*much needed*jobs through cash-for-work programmes. Original research by Anbar University engineer*Mr.*Salah Thameel found that crushed debris from Ramadi*were*of high quality and complied with Iraqi engineering standards for use in civil works, including as underlying subbase for roads. “The cost of crushing the debris is about*one third*of buying fresh quarry materials and, if transportation costs are added, it would account for only 10*percent,” explained*Mr.*Thameel. Furthermore, “by reusing the crushed debris, we would significantly reduce negative environmental impacts of quarrying and polluting emissions from trucking gravel from quarry sites,” he asserted. Crushing debris would not only significantly facilitate rubble removal operations by reducing the volumes handled, but would also result in important cost savings. “We are eager to start with recycling and welcome support from the friends of Iraq to help us in rebuilding our damaged cities,” stated*Ms.*Asmaa Osama, President of the Committee of Health and Environment and member of Anbar Provincial Council. Workshop participants further recommended that an Anbar-wide debris management action plan led by the Governorate is developed to help coordinate debris recycling efforts across its damaged cities. Key actions including identification of potential sites for setting-up debris recycling centres were also discussed with a specific focus on Ramadi city as a demonstration pilot. (Source: UN) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-15-2018, 01:32 AM
    By Omar al-Jaffal for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* Iraq’s Governorates Reject 2019 Draft BudgetAnger is escalating in Basra over the new government’s stance toward*this strategic city and the demands of its people. The continued marginalization of this oil-rich city could spell a new round of unrest. Voices have been calling for new protests and sit-ins in Basra*in light of what activists describe as neglect of the province by the Iraqi central and local governments. As part of their efforts to organize protests, Basra activists launched the Arabic hashtag that translates into “We are coming back for you.” They called on Basra’s residents to stage mass protests in front of the South Oil Company (SOC) on Nov. 4 and to prevent its employees from entering its premises. Click here to read the full story. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-15-2018, 01:32 AM
    By Ahmed Twaij, for Foreign Policy. Recent violent protests in the southern Iraqi city of Basra have brought to light years of suffering by Iraqis in what is known as the economic capital of Iraq due to its vast oil reserves and deep-sea port access connecting the country to the international market. Basra, a predominantly Shiite city, also has a significant minority population, including black Iraqis and Christians. It is Iraq’s second-largest city and has developed a reputation for fostering some of Iraq’s greatest artists. During the first Gulf War, the Iraqi military used Basra as a route for the Kuwait invasion; ironically, a decade later, U.S.-led forces used it as a path toward Baghdad during the 2003 invasion. Click here to read the full story. Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-15-2018, 01:32 AM
    By*Hamdi Malik for Al Monitor. Any views expressed here are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.* As protests continue, residents of Iraq’s Basra call for autonomyAnger is escalating in Basra over the new government’s stance toward*this strategic city and the demands of its people. The continued marginalization of this oil-rich city could spell a new round of unrest. Voices have been calling for new protests and sit-ins in Basra*in light of what activists describe as neglect of the province by the Iraqi central and local governments. As part of their efforts to organize protests, Basra activists launched the Arabic hashtag that translates into “We are coming back for you.” They called on Basra’s residents to stage mass protests in front of the South Oil Company (SOC) on Nov. 4 and to prevent its employees from entering its premises. Click here to read the full story. (Picture credit: Ahmed Mahmoud) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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    11-15-2018, 01:32 AM
    NATO Leads New Mission to Develop Iraq’s Defense InstitutionsA new NATO-led mission in Iraq will work to further develop Iraq’s security institutions and structures, British Army Maj. Gen. Christopher Ghika told Pentagon reporters here today. American and Turkish troops conduct a convoy during a joint patrol in Manbij, Syria, Nov. 8, 2018. Army photo by Spc. Zoe Garbarino The mission is expected to be established by early next year, said Ghika, who declined to specify which NATO nations and the number of personnel would be involved. Ghika, deputy commander of strategy and information for Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve, spoke during a video teleconference from Baghdad today. The nature of the mission will be noncombat, he said. It will consist of advisors working closely with officials of the Iraqi Ministry of Defense and the Office of the National Security Advisor “to help Iraq build a more effective, sustainable, inclusive and transparent defense sector.” The focus of those efforts will be on institutional education in the National Defense University, the Joint Forces Staff College, and some of the schools which are building military capability in areas such as engineering and infantry, he said. The advisors will focus on training the Iraqi instructors. Ghika also provided an update on coalition efforts to counter the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and provide aid to civilians impacted by the fighting. Coalition Efforts in Syria Last week provided for the safe delivery of critical humanitarian aid to the Rukban internally displaced person’s camp near At-Tanf Garrison, Syria, on the border with Jordan in the deconfliction zone, Ghika said. Leading that effort were the Maghaweir al Thowra, a fighting force native to southern Syria and a partner of CJTF – OIR, the United Nations and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, a humanitarian nonprofit organization. Maghaweir al Thowra was previously called the New Syrian Army. Supplies delivered included 10,475 food parcels, clothes for 18,000 children, 10,000 hygiene kits, as well as newborn baby kits for about 1,200 children, he said. Also, the U.N. conducted an emergency vaccination campaign to protect around 10,000 children against measles, polio and other potentially deadly diseases. Currently, the coalition and Syrian Democratic Forces partners are fighting ISIS in the last physically held terrain in the Middle Euphrates River valley around the town of Hajin in eastern Syria, Ghika said. “This is a hard fight. Indeed, we have witnessed some of the most intense fighting since ISIS was defeated in Raqqa, and Mosul, . The ultimate outcome is not in doubt. ISIS will be defeated in the Middle Euphrates River valley,” he said. On Nov. 8, U.S. and Turkish forces conducted their second combined joint patrol in the vicinity of the town of Manbij, Syria, on the west bank of the Euphrates, about 19 miles from Turkey. “This is a critical part of the coalition’s efforts to prevent the resurgence of ISIS there and enable the voluntary return of refugees and internally displaced people,” Ghika said. Coalition Efforts in Iraq Iraqi security forces continue to target ISIS fighters who are attempting to regroup and regain a foothold in the small pockets of the Anbar Desert area of Iraq. Those efforts, called Operation Last Warning, are broadening to the entire country, he said. Additionally, Iraqi forces are shoring up the border with Syria to prevent ISIS fighters from fleeing to Syria, reinforcing efforts of the SDF, he said. In Saladin province in northern Iraq, the ISF and the Iraqi counterterrorism service, supported by the coalition, conducted multiple strikes on an ISIS senior leader meeting, killing a significant number of ISIS militants and key leaders, Ghika said. Progress in Battling ISIS “I’m struck by the immense progress that’s been made by Iraqi security forces and Syrian democratic forces partnering against the evil of ISIS,” said Ghika, noting that this is his second CJTF – OIR tour, the first as deputy commander of the coalition’s land component command in 2014 to 2015. A recently published U.N. report on atrocities and mass graves in territories formerly controlled by ISIS documents 202 mass grave sites and the U.N. estimates these sites contain 6,000 to 12,000 bodies, he said. “This is a stark reminder of why the coalition to counter ISIS was established and why nations across the globe have been willing to send their fighting men and women here,” Ghika said. (Source: US Dept of Defense) Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. Post your commentary below.
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