MadDScout says to BGG(6:32 PM):
Good evening

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Good Evening !

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Hello and Good Evening

Suprkat says to ABNewsflash(6:32 PM):
Hi Andrew!
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Good evening

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Glad to see you andrew
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MadDScout says to scottiegirl(6:34 PM):
Good evening Marie

ABNewsflash says to scottiegirl(6:34 PM):
Thank You for Copying

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scottiegirl says to ABNewsflash(6:34 PM):
You're most welcome!
MadDScout says to scottiegirl(6:34 PM):
Glad to have you with us

scottiegirl says to MadDScout(6:35 PM):
Good to be here! Ready for some awesome news!
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MadDScout says to scottiegirl(6:35 PM):
We have some for ya

magnetlady says(6:35 PM):
WAHOO. Thanks Pat. Looking forward to hearing it too
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MadDScout says(6:36 PM):
We are starting with the usual few tech issues but we will let Kathy bring in our prayer for us tonight
Suprkat says(6:37 PM):
Dearest Heavenly Father: We thank You for bringing us all together again tonight and allowing us the opportunity of this investment and to share information and our ideas with each other. Thank You for the blessings You have given us – and for all those blessings that are yet to come. Be with all who need You tonight, Lord and grant them Your comfort and peace. Bless the people of Iraq as they continue to rid themselves of evil and corruption and be with their leaders as they work to restore them to their proper place in the world. Bless all those who serve, wherever they may be – military, first responders, fire fighters and law enforcement and keep them safe from harm. Be also with the families of the fallen, Lord and wrap Your loving arms around them and guide them through their grief. We ask that You be also with each of us Lord, that we may continue to shine Your light in a darkened world. In Jesus’ Name we pray, AMEN!
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MadDScout says to scottiegirl(6:39 PM):
Marie if you would bring our rules

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MadDScout says to scottiegirl(6:39 PM):
Thank you much Ma'am

scottiegirl says(6:39 PM):
You're welcome kind Sir!
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eman4u55 says(6:40 PM):
MadDScout says(6:40 PM):
We have with us tonight Kathy (Suprkat) who will start off our news
Suprkat says(6:40 PM):
OK! Good evening everyone and here we go:
Suprkat says(6:40 PM):
Although the current Republic of Iraq was born officially in October of 1932, the area of the Middle East which contains Iraq (more commonly known and referred to as Mesopotamia), by earliest recorded accounts, was born around 3100BC. Nestled in the fertile lands between and around the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, Iraq was known for its rich soil and fertile grounds.
Suprkat says(6:41 PM):
Favorite crops of the ancient Mesopotamians were wheat, barley, dates, grapes, figs, melons, apples, eggplant, onions, radishes, beans, lettuce and sesame seeds. Farmers in this area also raised sheep, goats and cows.
Suprkat says(6:41 PM):
The “Hanging Gardens of Babylon” (whose ancient ruins lie just south of Baghdad), was once considered one of the seven wonders of the ancient world
Suprkat says(6:41 PM):
It is also the place where scholars and scientists alike believe that what is now known as modern-day farming came into being.
Suprkat says(6:42 PM):
It is believed that the first crops were planted and harvested in the area of Iraq where the Tigris and Euphrates meet. The ancient Iraqis were inventors of flood control, water storage and irrigation.
Suprkat says(6:42 PM):
Over the years, the unpredictable weather, increased salinization of the water sources, the discovery of oil fields and wars have ravaged these fertile plains and in some cases even turned them into desert.
Suprkat says(6:42 PM):
In 2011, Iraq replanted palm trees to increase the date crops and revitalize date farming. In 2014, Iraq began to rethink about the irrigation and salinization problems.
Suprkat says(6:42 PM):
With outside help, experts from around the world were brought in to tackle the problem of desalinization and modern agriculture in order to bring farming back to Iraq.
Suprkat says(6:43 PM):
In February of this year, the United Nations brought in fertilizer for farmers throughout Iraq in an effort to restart the agricultural community.
Suprkat says(6:43 PM):
The International Fund for Agricultural Development (or IFAD) has committed to raise $100 million for agricultural development throughout the Middle East.
Suprkat says(6:43 PM):
These efforts have started to pay off, as we are now beginning to see. Reports of new crops springing forth all over Iraq are starting to emerge.
Suprkat says(6:43 PM):
More and more local markets are beginning to show off the labors of the local farmers.
Suprkat says(6:44 PM):
Not only will these programs help put people back to work and feed millions of hungry people, but it will also stimulate the economy by they’re no longer needing to import these goods.
Suprkat says(6:44 PM):
With the advent of the defeat of ISIS in Mosul and as spring approaches, I believe that the time for regrowth and rebirth in Iraq is upon us.
(6:44 PM)Tex was kicked out by Tex!
Suprkat says(6:44 PM):
The dry, desert landscape all over Iraq that we are used to seeing in photos is about to turn green and lush once again.
Suprkat says(6:44 PM):
I believe strongly that Iraq is about to emerge once again as the agricultural capital of the Middle East, just as it once was in ancient times and a new national pride is about to be reborn.
Suprkat says(6:44 PM):
The best of Iraq is yet to be.

MadDScout says(6:45 PM):
Very nice

ABNewsflash says to Suprkat(6:45 PM):
Thank You that was very nice

MadDScout says to Suprkat(6:45 PM):
Thank you Kathy for that report

Suprkat says(6:45 PM):
Thank you very much!!
1bobby says(6:46 PM):
Great piece and as we know Ag will be one of the big 3 sectors.

MadDScout says(6:47 PM):
Ok here is a report from today that was seen in several news sources
MadDScout says(6:47 PM):
Starting work strategy on the development of the private sector in 2030
09/03/2017 10:32

Announced Planning Minister Salman Jumaili, Thursday, starting work strategy to develop the private sector in 2030, pointing out that the strategy gives the private sector role as president of the partnership with the public sector to implement projects and then move on to the decentralized management of the economy.
MadDScout says(6:47 PM):
(( It is to be inferred, that this is a project starting now and to see its full fruition and implementation by 2030. But as with a project that gives a projection date, this date is not the amount of time until they can make progress. This is the "realization" date and not the "wait till" date.
MadDScout says(6:48 PM):
I have been asked on facebook if they have to wait until 2030 to do anything?

MadDScout says(6:48 PM):
I answer with this, How can a project with many many steps and parts, that is being "started" now, and has a "realization " date, wait until that last date to start?

MadDScout says(6:48 PM):
Do the logic math here. Why if they have to wait till then even bother to bring it up now?
Slow news day? I think not. The developement strategy is being implemented NOW.

MadDScout says(6:49 PM):
How does one have a project with a realization date(meaning in full swing by) and wait till the last moment? Who says "New Bridge to open on the 15th of October 2020" and then wait till the 14th of October 2020 to start driving pilings?

MadDScout says(6:49 PM):

This is the forward movement of the activation of the private sector that was in the 2017 budget))

MadDScout says(6:49 PM):
Any ??'s
ABNewsflash says to MadDScout(6:49 PM):
Yes we are seeing the budget being opened up
MadDScout says(6:50 PM):
In an "ongoing" way
ABNewsflash says to MadDScout(6:50 PM):
2017 budget
MadDScout says(6:50 PM):
Suprkat says(6:50 PM):
and for the whole world to see!!
MadDScout says(6:50 PM):
Jumaily said in a statement, said he was "starting to work a strategy to develop the Iraqi private sector in 2030 , " noting that " the strategic role of the private sector give the president in partnership with the public sector in the implementation of projects and then move on to the management of the decentralized economy

MadDScout says(6:51 PM):
(( Here Jumaily points out that they, "are starting(present tense) work on the strategy to develope the private sector...... and that the "private sector will be in partnership with the public sector in the implementation of projects, and then will move on to the management of the DECENTRALIZED government"

He is pointing here to the idea that the economy will be managed by the private sector, no longer a centralized(socialist) type of government.))

MadDScout says(6:51 PM):
He added that " the government has implemented and continues to implement many of the efforts to support the private sector programs , " pointing out that " the development of the private sector , a coherent strategy framed Iraq methodology in the management of its economy and the distribution of roles between the public and private sectors as well as civil society strategy."

MadDScout says(6:52 PM):
(( Here he is pointing out that the government in an ongoing way, is implementing it's efforts to support the private sector. (with laws and tax/tariffs legislation, implementation, that help to create a level playing field for the startups and would be Mom and Pop shops, who are going to be in competition with more established vendors
MadDScout says(6:52 PM):
Also he points out that they have a "coherent strategy" meaning logical and consistent, and framed within Iraq methodology, as to the management and distribution of its public/private sector roles, as well as civil society strategy(social engineering))

MadDScout says(6:53 PM):
He went Planning Minister to say, " one of the first priorities of the success of the planning and achieve national economy healthy and sustainable lies in the adoption of the implementation of the private sector strategy approved by the Council of Ministers."

MadDScout says(6:54 PM):
(( another statement pointing out that the success of the planning and sustainability of the economy, relies on the adoption of the implementation of the strategy laid out by the Council of Ministers))

MadDScout says(6:54 PM):
The private sector suffers from significant neglect over the past years because of the dominance of the public sector on all investment projects in Iraq, despite the transition from a centralized economy to a free economy.
MadDScout says(6:54 PM):
(( Here the reason stated for the "significant neglect' over the years was due to the fact that the economy up to now, has been public sector has been dominant over investment, in spite of the move from a centralized, to a free market economy.))

Another version of this report with a little less verbage

ABNewsflash says(6:56 PM):
Any ??? on this article
MadDScout says(6:57 PM):
We have a report from Bobby and he is up next
1bobby says(6:57 PM):
The positive measures taken by the US Treasury AML Iraq unprecedented in the region


He praised the US Treasury representative in Iraq John Sullivan with effective measures taken by Iraq to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism, contending Iraq at the forefront of the initiative to enact important in ataralametthal to international standards in this area.

He said Sullivan, speaking during a meeting with a delegation representing Iraqi private banks association that Iraq witnessed in this regard developed rapidly and significantly over a short period not exceeding two years, never seen any country of another region.

He said during the meeting held at the NLD headquarters in Baghdad with the participation of leaders of Iraqi banks, this development is the result of lakrarkanon against money laundering and terrorist financing, which parallels the best international laws in this area, as well as the initiative of the Central Bank and private banks Association through bttoiralkwadralmsrvih courses and workshops and forums, wettoiralanzomh internal control of banks and the use of information technology.
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1bobby says(6:58 PM):
Sullivan called on all sides in the banking sector and the Iraqi Central Bank to cooperate in order to raise the rating of Iraq in the International Labour Organization (FATF) to a higher degree, noting that Iraq's banking realities now differs from the previous period and deserves a higher classification.

During the meeting discussed mechanisms for Iraqi banks accounts in American banks to facilitate Iraq's foreign trade in addition to opening up to the wider world.

Ysharali Iraqi private banks Association has trained more than 100 of the angels working in Iraqi banks in the fight against money laundering and terrorist financing and compliance with international standards during the past alashahralklilh.

1bobby says(6:59 PM):
With Sullivan coming out and saying Iraq has developed "rapidly and significantly" over a short period of time gives us an indication of the measures the CBI has taken that we don't normally see in articles.

FATF (Financial Action Task Force) was formed during the 80's at a G7 Summit and was asked to come up with initiatives to combat money laundering and after the Sept 11 attacks they were asked to incluide terrorism financing as well.

There are currently 35 member jurisdictions, including the U.S, China, Germany etc and 2 regional orginazations, the EU and Gulf Co-Operation Council

1bobby says(7:00 PM):
What I see in this article is that the U.S Treasury is wanting Iraq's banking industry to step up and achieve the standards that are accepted by the FATF.

We are seeing that through training programs with orginizations like ACAMS (Association of Money Laundering Specialists) which the Iraqi Banking Sector completed it's 2nd training seminar back in August of 2016 which was a 5 day session that included 23 represenitives from 16 government and privates banks as well as money transfer companies.

1bobby says(7:00 PM):
Couple this with all the training KPMG has been involved with and as Sullivan states, they are making great strides. Now obviously the CBI auctions have been called into question but we also see the CBI taking action against those Banks/individuals who are violating the "check and verify" policy

To show the importance that the advancement of the banking sector is not just limited to the AML, economist and banker Samir Nasiri said that the reason for the lack of implementation of the economic strategy to visualize the lack of a clear implementation, stressing that there are significant challenges facing the banking sector in Iraq after the financial and security crisis in the country.

So again while the monetary (CBI) and economic (GOI) reforms are somewhat seperate, they do run parallel and one can not out run or slow the other.

1bobby says(7:01 PM):
Any ?'s
1bobby says(7:02 PM):
I must have explained that well lol
MadDScout says(7:02 PM):
Indeed LOL
1bobby says(7:02 PM):
Bobby exits stage left
Suprkat says(7:02 PM):
Great report Bobby!
1bobby says to Suprkat(7:03 PM):
MadDScout says(7:03 PM):
"never seen any country of another region." in regards to such a rapid developement (2 years)
Dinar Dave says to MadDScout(7:04 PM):
ABNewsflash says(7:04 PM):
Moving real fast in what they have accomplished.What was the UN last statement towards Iraq banking reforms on what they have accomplished
ABNewsflash says(7:06 PM):
They were suprised on how much they have done in cleaning things up to par
ABNewsflash says(7:06 PM):
What the coming war in Iraq?
03/08/2017 16:37:56

BAGHDAD / obelisk:
ABNewsflash says(7:07 PM):
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, on Wednesday, 08 March 2017 confirmed that Iraq will not hesitate to strike at terror sites in neighboring countries, if they threaten the security of Iraq.

It did not specify the Iraqi Prime Minister, certain countries, though named Syria, which is evidence that Iraq has become the strength and capabilities sufficient for deterrence in the vital area he deems important to national security, wherever it was.

ABNewsflash says(7:07 PM):
The new Iraqi force, worry regional countries, have long found themselves a player Oouhda in the region despite the humility that small size, is reminiscent of that of Iraq, and the disease it is recovering, thanks to the role that it deserves.

My fight against terrorism, and the popular crowd, and the Iraqi army, there is no doubt that it is stronger today strong ground in the region, tried, and her great achievements, which is what worries players from around Iraq.

ABNewsflash says(7:08 PM):
Iraq will have imposed themselves liberalization of Mosul, where certain countries have sought to postpone at least, while not able to disable it, as this will have emerged by forcing everyone to subservience to the participation of the popular crowd in Mosul battles.


The liberalization of Mosul signs, not to liberate the land, but the ministry of the Iraqi citizen of the state of "despair" that flooded selves that "no point in everything," and that "Iraq is to end."

ABNewsflash says(7:08 PM):
Now the situation is changing, and you should take advantage of the new situation, not only in war, but also in the reconstruction.

ABNewsflash says(7:09 PM):
And also..

Just as the government has succeeded in rallying for freedom from Daesh, bloody war, Iraq has proven the ability to achieve victory, the internal battle ahead of us, must be resolved with the same determination.

ABNewsflash says(7:09 PM):
It's war on corruption, terrorism and kegs, and all those who seek to undermine Iraq, economical and geographical history.

The next stage is the stage of beatings with an iron fist, the Doaash politics, and cans, terrorism, corruption and mafias.

It is a war not less virulent for the eradication Daesh, will culminate in victory after the Iraqi shifts from "despair" to "hope" and "defense" to "attack" and "very suspicious" to "self-confidence".

ABNewsflash says(7:10 PM):
Let's unite again, generally these enemies, Valssayas corrupt and sectarian, and the instigator of the partition and division, no less dangerous than Daesh, and must be thrown with determination, "Mknosa" of Iraqi ground like Aldoaash heads.

Iraq today Linzhi victory, and Pat knows where eaten shoulder, an opportunity to grow confidence trees, block the sun from the thorns of despair.

MadDScout says(7:10 PM):
Don't despair
MadDScout says(7:10 PM):
theres hope is the take away
Dinar Dave says(7:13 PM):
Shakespear has nothing on these
ABNewsflash says to Dinar Dave(7:13 PM):
Good comment
MadDScout says to Dinar Dave(7:13 PM):
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ABNewsflash says to Dinar Dave(7:14 PM):
I have a better article to share that might be more easier to understand
ABNewsflash says(7:15 PM):
For these reasons cigarettes prices fell, despite the imposition of taxes

Thursday 9 March 2017 | 12:24 | Number of readings: 152 economic Baghdad:

ABNewsflash says(7:15 PM):
ABNewsflash says(7:15 PM):
Economic Committee in the Baghdad Provincial Council made it clear on Thursday that the rivalry between the merchants and the fact that what is being offered more than what is required has led to a decline in some of the cigarettes prices, as explained that the cigarettes trade market is no longer a monopoly on certain traders as they were in the past , confirmed that the taxes a big role in rising or falling prices.

A member of the Committee on the Alkraawi's "Eye of Iraq News," "The rivalry between the merchants and the fact that what is being offered more than what is required has led to a decline in some of the cigarettes prices in the markets," noting that "any commodity was facing high aspect ratio versus demand ratio will attest decrease prices automatically. "

ABNewsflash says(7:16 PM):
He explained Alkraawi, that "cigarettes trade market is no longer a monopoly on certain traders as they were in the past where the market saw the entry of many traders, which sharpened the rivalry between them," adding that "tax big role in rising or falling prices as well."

The markets have seen some decline in prices of cigarettes, despite the imposition of taxes in the budget in 2017 ended two
MadDScout says(7:17 PM):
competition because of the influx of traders
MadDScout says(7:17 PM):
and the tax causing prices to fall
MadDScout says(7:18 PM):
I know is only cigarettes now but could be an indicator
MadDScout says(7:18 PM):
of things to come
ABNewsflash says to MadDScout(7:18 PM):
Looks like we are starting to see an indication on some of the prices on goods coming down,cause if the ciggs are dropping in prices.That wouldnt be the only thing going down in price?
Dinar Dave says(7:18 PM):
Smokes and Booze
MadDScout says to Dinar Dave(7:18 PM):
(y) The bread of life
ABNewsflash says to Dinar Dave(7:18 PM):
Suprkat says(7:19 PM):
After what they've been through, can you blame them?
Dinar Dave says to MadDScout(7:19 PM):
ABNewsflash says to Dinar Dave(7:19 PM):
MadDScout says(7:19 PM):
any ??'s
Pablo says(7:19 PM):
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ABNewsflash says to Pablo(7:20 PM):
Fire away
Pablo says(7:20 PM):
In regards to earlier news, if the budget is starting to be opened, will they be opening it with the new rate?
ABNewsflash says to Pablo(7:20 PM):
Not at this moment in time
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:20 PM):
Rate is something subject to conditions needing to be met not something already in the budget
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:21 PM):
Make sense?
Pablo says(7:21 PM):
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:21 PM):
Suprkat says(7:22 PM):
Anyone else?
MadDScout says(7:22 PM):
Any more??'s or comments
Suprkat says(7:23 PM):
Are you all awake?
MadDScout says(7:23 PM):
If no more
MadDScout says(7:23 PM):
we will say thank you for joining us tonight and everyone have a blessed evening
Pablo says(7:24 PM):
Suprkat says to MadDScout(7:24 PM):
Good night!!!!
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:24 PM):
Charlie&Gracie says(7:24 PM):
Thank you for all of the news !! Really appreciate everyone's hard work !!
MadDScout says to Suprkat(7:24 PM):
Good night Kathy
MadDScout says to Charlie&Gracie(7:25 PM):
Our pleasure
Pablo says(7:25 PM):
I've noticed prices coming down on items, is that part of an increasing dinar, or is that more supply-demand stuff?
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:26 PM):
I think there are many factors
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:26 PM):
some as pointed out tonight is an influx of new merchants
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:26 PM):
sagecanyon says(7:26 PM):
Great newstime guys and girls! Thank You! Appreciate all your hard work! I love the part that they are ready to defend their country.
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:27 PM):
Also the street rate is getting stronger
Suprkat says to sagecanyon(7:27 PM):
You're welcome and thank you for joining us tonight!!
sagecanyon says(7:27 PM):
Amazing what they have accomplished in 2 years...just amazing
MadDScout says to sagecanyon(7:27 PM):
You're welcome
MadDScout says to sagecanyon(7:28 PM):
isn't it?
Pablo says(7:28 PM):
Which brings another point, if the street rate is gettng stronger, why not bump up the official rate to reflect it?
MadDScout says to sagecanyon(7:28 PM):
That was also pointed out in the reports to make the progress they have is not common
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:28 PM):
Many factors
MadDScout says to Pablo(7:29 PM):
not any one disembodied event or point