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butterfly  The Swiss Foreign Minister will visit Iraq tomorrow

Friday 02, April 2021 21:50 Today, Friday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced that Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis will visit Iraq tomorrow.

The ministry’s media office said in a statement that “Foreign Minister Fuad Hussein and his Swiss counterpart Ignazio Cassis will hold a press conference in Baghdad tomorrow, Saturday.”

Sheila  butterfly follow the money

Sheila  butterfly Swiss don’t go anywhere unless there’s big, big money involved.

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EYEGUY  Norm is excited he said he would stop in

Dave  EYEGUY perfect….

Zig  EYEGUY : Good…thanks…did he mention my email??

Butterfly  New Zealand raises minimum wage to $20 an hour

Prime Minister @jacindaardern  fulfilled her promise to increase the minimum wage with a slight tax increase on the nation’s most wealthy

Dave  butterfly Biden wants a meer 15?

butterfly  Sorry it is just not Biden, it is almost every governor in the states that want the minimum wage raised. Honestly I don’t know how people/families live on the minimum wage. That is why a lot are working many jobs just to make ends meet.

butterfly  A loaf of bread has had many cents/dollars added along with a gallon of milk.

butterfly  I am telling on myself but I remember paying 19 cents for a loaf of bread. Gas was the same. When it raised to 25 cents/gallon, I did not travel much in my vehicle.

Sheila  butterfly ditto

butterfly  Fruits and vegetables……….lordy I don’t even buy them anymore. I can afford them, but it pisses me off how much they charge for a hand full of raspberries.

butterfly  Everything you buy has been reduced by many ounces. No longer 16 ozs, some are 14 and 12 ozs. then the raise the price on them.

Dave  gas fer my car 1.80/liter…….7 bucks a gallon

butterfly  With the pandemic our gas went down below $2, now it has risen to $2.79. By summer it will be $3+. You have a great economy it always starts with people trying to get to work via their vehicles.

Dave  Go Green initiative here……huge carbon tax…..

butterfly  Dave Correct me if I’m wrong, but don’t all citizens get free healthcare in Canada?

Dave  yep

Dave  not free….called gas tax etc

Dave nodda fer free

butterfly  Senior Citizens get free healthcare minus a deductible…………..BUT…………..they don’t provide eye/teeth healthcare. You pay what every citizen pays.

Dave  butterfly all get free medical care

butterfly Yes I agree Dave but you don’t have to worry about going bankrupt or being put out on the street because of heavy health bills you can’t pay. That is why we have a lot of people on the street.

Dave  most have benefit plans to pay fer dental etc

butterfly The gas tax…………..”everyone” pays.

Dave  not the 7 bucks a gallon we pay…..

Dave goes pat fer all that other free stuff

Dave pay

butterfly You buy petro for make your car go vroooom, rich or poor you pay that gas tax.

Dave  minimium wage going up to 15/hr

butterfly  to……not for

butterfly https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2021/04/02/undp-supports-iraqi-govt-to-strengthen-internal-security/ UNDP supports Iraqi Govt to Strengthen Internal Security 2nd April 2021 in Security

The Iraqi Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Iraq delivered a strategic planning training course to senior officers and specialists to strengthen MoI institutional capacities to implement its multiyear strategic plan (2019 -2023).

The Strategic Plan is aimed at strengthening internal security, maintain public order, develop law enforcement and anti-corruption mechanisms, improve, and develop high-quality security services for citizens, and build a professional security institution.

The nine-day training programme, supported by UNDP’s Security Sector Reform/ Rule of Law Programme, was held in Erbil from 09 to 17 March and attended by senior officers and specialists from various MOI departments, including the Planning and Follow up Directorate, Administrative and Financial Agency, Police Affairs Agency, Intelligence Agency, Federal Security Affairs Agency/ Civil Defence Directorate, Border Forces Command, Directorate of Civil Status, and Passports and Residence.

Dave  Culture here somewhat different here…….more about us than me…….

butterfly  “We would like to extend our sincere thanks and high appreciation to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and our colleagues working in UNDP Iraq for the great efforts and support to the MoI, Planning and Follow-up Directorate. The capacity building efforts were of great benefit as it contributed greatly to raising the capacities and enhancing the skills of our staff”. Said Major General, Faris Falih Abid, Director General of Planning and Follow up Directorate of MoI

“It also contributed to further develop the MoI approved mechanisms in planning, follow-up and evaluation of the MoI strategic plan 2019-2023”. Mr. Abid Added.

The participants received first-hand knowledge linking theoretical, academic concepts with the tangible implementation of a strategy within the Iraqi context to promote a security and a stable Iraq. During the course, they were equipped with skills related to strategic planning including goalsetting, targets, indicators and results, monitoring and evaluation, and developing work plans and progress reporting. The course covered topics including, strategic planning, strategic analysis related to risks and threats, and scenario planning and policy development.

UNDP and the MoI delivered this important training thanks to the generous contribution from the Government of Denmark.

butterfly  The me attitude is dissolving slowly here.,

butterfly https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2021/04/02/iraqi-pm-makes-first-visit-to-saudi-arabia/ Iraqi PM makes first visit to Saudi Arabia 2nd April 2021 in Investment, Iraq Industry & Trade News, Politics, Security

By Ali Mamouri for Al-Monitor. Any opinions expressed are those of the author(s), and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.

Iraqi prime minister makes first visit to Saudi Arabia

Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi made his first visit to Saudi Arabia in an effort to enhance ties between the two countries. Full story here: https://www.al-monitor.com/originals/2021/03/iraqi-prime-minister-makes-first-visit-saudi-arabia

Dave sunni and shia unite!

butterfly https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2021/04/02/iraq-stock-market-report-340/  Iraq Stock Market Report 2nd April 2021 in Investment

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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 1st April 2021).

Note: ISC announced on Mar. 25 that trading hours in ISX will be increased on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. starting from Apr. 5, 2021 to attract more investors and encourage increasing the trading activity.

The RSISX index ended the week at IQD902 (-1.3%) / $802 (-1.3%) (weekly change) (+24.3% and +20.9% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 7.0 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD4.9 bn ($3.3 mn).

butterfly  Dave That would be a bigger surprise than the anticipation of an RV.

butterfly  https://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2021/04/02/protesters-block-entrances-to-oil-facilities/ Protesters Block Entrances to Oil Facilities 2nd April 2021 in Iraq Industry & Trade News, Iraq Oil & Gas News, Politics  By John Lee.

Protesters have reportedly blocked the entrances to the Dhi Qar Oil Company (DQOC), Dhi Qar Refinery, and the Oil Products Distribution Company.

According to Anadolu Agency, they were protesting the passing of the 2021 budget by the Iraqi parliament, which did not meet their expectations regarding guaranteed employment.

butterfly In a Saudi article they are talking about Robots for the oil industry.

Butterfly  https://www.aljazeera.com/economy/2021/4/2/beyond-bitcoin-ether-breaks-past-2000-as-crypto-gains-widen Beyond Bitcoin: Ether breaks past $2,000 as crypto gains widen

The world’s second-largest cryptocurrency gained as much as 2.3 percent on Friday, having surged 170 percent this year alone. By  Olivia Raimonde

Bloomberg  2 Apr 2021  Ether, the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency rose to $2,000 for the first time, as the rally in digital assets continues to broaden beyond Bitcoin.

The digital token for the Ethereum network gained as much as 2.3% to $2,014 on Friday. It has surged about 170% this year. The Bloomberg Galaxy Crypto Index gained gained about 3%, while Bitcoin was little changed after more than doubling this year. “We’re now really breaking higher and that will very likely attract buying activity,” said Julius de Kempenaer, senior analyst at StockCharts.com. “Ether is gaining in relative strength versus Bitcoin.”

The token has mirrored the gains in Bitcoin over the past year amid a flood of stimulus aimed at boosting the global economy during the Covid-19 pandemic. Critics warn that crypto is a speculative bubble that will likely burst.

Ether has a market value of about $230 billion, compared with about $1.1 trillion for Bitcoin, according to data from CoinMarketCap.com.

butterfly  After being arrested in Al-Hawl camp | Senior ISIS commander acknowledges a crime against Iraqi refugees in the camp

On Apr 2, 2021 https://www.syriahr.com/en/212463/

butterfly https://www.syriahr.com/en/212462/ Five day of security campaign in Al-Hawl camp | Senior leader among 100 ISIS members arrested, including women and officials

On Apr 2, 2021  SOHR sources from inside the al-Hawl camp in far south-east of al-Hasakeh, say that the Anti-Terrorist Forces carried out an operation on Thursday evening as part of the security campaign in the camp, which resulted in the arrest of eight members of the “Islamic State” of Iraqi nationalities, one of whom is a senior leader called “Abu Karrar.”

The number of ISIS members and collaborators who have been arrested since the start of the campaign on March 28, rose to 96, mostly of non-Syrian nationalities, including senior leader “Abu Karrar” and another Iraqi official, al-Zakat official of an Algerian nationality, and 11 ISIS women who have involved in the killings and securing equipment used in their operations.

The Syrian Observatory would like to point out that many other people, including women, were arrested during the five days of the campaign, but were released after interrogation.

The forces participating in the large-scale security campaign continued taking fingerprints for those aged 15 years and above in order to confirm their identities. The first phase of the security campaign is expected to end in the camp on Friday, with the second phase to be completed in the coming hours and days.

Sandyf  @Butterfly Dave did you see where I posted about forex and nada with the IQD.

@Dave IQD never been traded on Forex……?

Under IMF Art 14 the IQD is a Non-Convertible currency and as such cannot be traded or redeemed under “normal” circumstances,as in open to the public. If Iraq were to adopt the obligations of IMF Art 8 that would open the door to normal redemption and trading.

The IQD has always been traded on FOREX. FOREX is built on several levels and what should be said is that the IQD has never been traded at a level open to the general public.

Dave  sandyf but i am special ,certainly not normal…….?

Sheila https://xe.com/currencyconverter/convert/?Amount=1&From=USD&To=IQD

Dave 0.00068iqd/usd…….any idea Come the 5th?

butterfly Hi sandyf how are you? Yes I know they have never traded on forex but most think they have.

butterfly Well there is nothing to post because Iraq is back to where it was before all the excitement about getting the dang budget passed.

Sheila butterfly Budget passed yet read somewhere they need to post in Gazette, which is published on Saturday… Maybe, then Sunday, April 4,,, Resurrection?

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