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  1. Tidbit: Salaries are lagging, infrastructure services have not been refurbished/builtout. But Sadr doesn't have citizens rioting, protesting. Why? 3 months ago or so, PM Sudani told the citizens the IQD would be worth more than the dollar. When Iraqi Muslims traveled to Saudi Arabia for Haj, it was reported they did not spend dinars but spent dollars. Why? Look at the blueprint. The dollar black market will die a very quick death when the dinar is worth more than the dollar. Poof! Immediate! That is why the exchange companies are complaining. It is against the law to use the dollar currently to even buy a car. The dollar has been outlawed in Iraq. You cannot build out a country with roads, housing, ports, airports at a rate of 1310 and investors won't touch it at that rate. It just doesn't pencil.
  2. "THE FOREIGN MINISTERS OF IRAQ, JORDAN AND EGYPT DISCUSS ENHANCING TRIPARTITE COOPERATION AND COMMON AREAS" A meeting was held between the foreign ministers of Iraq, Jordan, and Egypt on the sidelines of the high-level part of the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. The meeting focused on ways to enhance tripartite cooperation between these countries in several economic and political fields. During the meeting, it was agreed on the importance of accelerating the completion of joint projects and presenting new ideas and projects in various fields such as electrical connection, renewable energy, communications, trade, industry, transportation, health, pharmaceutical industries, housing and reconstruction. Areas related to culture, tourism, youth and sports were also discussed, in addition to security and defense cooperation between these countries. The ministers also discussed the situation in the Middle East region, stressing the importance of achieving security and stability there, and touched on many issues, including the Palestinian issue and the efforts made to find a solution to the Syrian crisis. The ministers agreed to continue coordination between them to prepare for the upcoming tripartite summit scheduled to be held in Cairo.
  3. * Census scheduled for 2024 * Only 40 feet of hard cast remain on the front of the new CBI building The WTO will convene in Baghdad on October 4, 2024, a WTO Iraq acceptance symposium. In c/ Ceorder to be accepted into the WTO Iraq will need an internationally acceptable exchange rate. The USTreasury has spent from June 2023 until currently with a team finalizing new banking systems at the CBI. "Al-Sudani stressed that the government has taken several measures with the Central Bank of Iraq in implementing financial reform, which is considered a key to economic reform in achieving the government’s goal of moving from a unilateral economy towards a productive and multi-economic economy, where, for the first time, a financial database ""was created"" for banking transactions, in a way that achieves confidence***. ""Required in dealings with banks and international banks"". The 3-year budget was approved in June 2023 for 2023-202024-25 with two definite portions: Service and development. There was not adequate funds in the 23' budget to cover just the service/salaries portion of the budget. Funds have not been spent for the 23' portion of the budget. Recently funds have been spent for salaries, retirees, etc from accounts with unpaid balances, funds from stolen monies brought back into Iraq (crooks have been given amnesty if the funds are returned). So what is Iraq waiting on to spend 23' money? The rate. * HCL is about ready to pass, but IMO we don't need it. The HCL needs a rate, the rate doesn't need the HCL. * Sudani went on a PR tour in New York at the recent UN General Assembly meeting. MOUs, contracts, etc have been signed in the past few months in Baghdad with countries, companies, wanting to do business in Iraq. * IMO we are there! Too early from my brain (3:30 am here) to include more progress that has been achieved in Iraq, but they have turned around and are ready to run. Maliki is even praising and supporting this government. Baghdad Today' publishes summary of PM's meetings in New York | Today, 13:47 | - Baghdad The "Today" news agency publishes, today, Saturday, (September 23, 2023), a summary of the meetings of Prime Minister Mohamed Shaia Al-Sudani on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly at its 78th session held in New York. Below is a summary of the meetings: From Europe: ●German Chancellor ●The Spanish Prime Minister ●Bulgarian President ●Norwegian Prime Minister ● The Dutch Prime Minister ● President of Cyprus ●British Deputy Prime Minister From Asia: ● President of the Republic of South Korea ● Prime Minister of Malaysia From the countries of the region: ●Chairman of the Yemeni Presidential Leadership Council ●The Iranian President ●The Kuwaiti Prime Minister ●The Lebanese Prime Minister As well as: ■ US Secretary of State ■ Secretary-General of the United Nations ■ Secretary General of NATO ■ US President's Special Envoy for the Middle East and North Africa McGurk ■ U.S. Treasury Undersecretary ■ Director of the United Nations Development Program ■Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) Research centers, seminars and interviews ▪︎ Dialogue session with the US Council on Foreign Relations ▪︎ Panel discussion organized by Al-Monitor Foundation and Simafor of the Americas ▪︎Meeting with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the presence of businessmen, investors and representatives of major American companies ▪︎Interview with Bloomberg Channel ▪︎Interview with CNN ▪︎Interview with the National newspaper ▪︎Meeting with the New York Times Companies • Meeting with the American company General Electric • Meeting with the Honeywell Multinational Technology Group • Coveken American law firm (??) The Director of Prime Minister Rabie Nader's Information Office confirmed today, Saturday (23 September 2023), that Prime Minister Mohammed Shiaa Al-Sudani, over a period of six days, best presented Iraq's official speech, which is based on balance, building serious economic partnerships and building bridges of cooperation. Nader said in a post on the platform (x) Twitter previously, followed by "today," that "an important and active Iraqi movement in New York, included meetings and meetings with an unprecedented number of leaders and leaders of countries from different trends and continents, and the common link between all of them the great desire to open up to and work with Iraq." He added that "the Prime Minister, over the course of six days, presented, in the best way, Iraq's official speech based on balance, building serious economic partnerships and building bridges of cooperation." Nader continued: "It is remarkable that most of those met by the Prime Minister, leaders and presidents, are very attentive and interactive with the priorities he adopts," noting that "more than one head of state expressed the sincere desire to visit Iraq, in a clear manifestation of (productive diplomacy) adopted by this government, keen to stay away from formal relations that do not exceed the stage of taking souvenir photos." He stressed that "besides the presidents and leaders, there was a clear interest from research centers and institutions, which were keen to hold seminars; with the aim of listening to the convictions and policies pursued by the Prime Minister in politics, security, economy and foreign relations."
  4. Aloha, Laid Back! I am so happy to see you are safe and sound. I hope I didn't cause unneeded concern as I really thought you lived by the old Lahina airport. So glad to see you!
  5. Laid Back could be fine and might not be able to communicate on the Internet due to infrastructure being burnt out.
  6. Laid Back has given so much of his time, expertise, and basically himself, to people he has never met here for a long time, while helping us to have a better understand of our investment. Please send prayers and white light protection to not only LB, but all the people and animals impacted by this fire. Lahaina was once my home and I understand what a magical place it is and what it means to the locals, and how important it was to LB. Hurry back, LB. We've got an RV party to attend real soon and you promised to buy the first round of Mai Tai's and puu puus. ♥️
  7. Notice Halbousi hasn't said tomorrow's session isn't cancelled. This guy was the governor of Kirkuk and under investigation for corruption, exactly what the new systems and budget cancel out: corruption!
  8. Show me a denomination I can buy a stick of gum with!!! Thanks, Mary B.
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