What’s Your Advice to Iraq?

If you’re a regular reader of Iraq Business News, you’ll know all about the huge opportunities in sectors such as oil and gas, mining, housing, and electricity.

You’ll also be aware of the sorts of challenges facing the country.

But if you could change just three things about Iraq, what would they be? What three pieces of advice would you give to improve Iraq?

Please let us know in the Comments section below.

And remember, if you’re looking for advice on doing business in Iraq, please feel free to contact Gavin Jones at Upper Quartile and Adrian Shaw at AAIB.

28 Responses to What’s Your Advice to Iraq?

  1. ST, PRO September 14, 2011 at 6:11 pm #

    1) build solid local infrastructure in every region
    2) try to overcome tribal animosity
    3) use maximum funds for education on every level

  2. ken September 14, 2011 at 6:44 pm #

    1) revalue the currenty to stabalize iraq’s economy and make the currency tradable this would also attract buisness chains like mcdonalds, b-king and maybe some large box retailers like walmart

    2) develope and form of a constitution to show the people of iraq that the government is out to protect the peoples interest

    3) Start a citizen watch program to encourage the people to make an effort to get crime off the streets

  3. Chris September 14, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    1.Don’t forget about educating your future workforce for labor in the new Post-Saddam economy while still remembering to teach them critical thinking skills.Education,education,education.
    2.Don’t fall for the magical elixir of protectionism,it only reduces your citizens Purchasing Power Parity and makes your own “homegrown” nation’s industries uncompetitive as they no longer would have to compete on the international stage.
    3.Have an international public relations campaign for the New Iraq,post-surge and post-Saddam and all.Make mention of the fact that Iraqi Kurdistan for example is actually safer than the neighboring country of Turkey.Make light of the massive investment opportunities via the use of all multimedia,run tv commercials in the West,etc etc etc.
    4.Follow through with Babakir Zebari’s advice in 2006 and join (if not fully integrate)your nation’s armed forces with NATO.That way a disproportionate number of your nation’s income wouldn’t have to go towards the military such was under the case with the Baathists in power.The more of your people’s income that stays in their pockets the better your economy will fare.

  4. Brian Davis September 14, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    1) recall, impeach, vote out PM Maliki
    2) eliminate corruption, support three-party system
    3) make Kirkuk the national capital instead of Baghdad

  5. Ramy September 14, 2011 at 11:57 pm #

    1. Improving Security for Westerners and other foreigners

    2. Level of Education (Scholarships, Syllabus, Public Awareness, etc.)

    3. System Organization (Government, Education, Healthcare, Finance, etc.)

  6. Jdog September 15, 2011 at 4:34 am #

    wow, all your comments are on target!, Educate! Go Iraqis! get your freedom! and RV already! 🙂

  7. DAVE September 15, 2011 at 5:27 am #

    WOW THERE ARE SO MANY BUT HERE ARE THE ONES THAT ARE ALWAZ ON MY MIND.
    1. TEACH THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBILITY AND EDUCATION ON CURRENT EVENTS. WHERE THEY HAVE BEEN AND WHERE THEY NEED TO BE.
    2. STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN NO MATTER WHAT IT TAKES. PROTECT YOUR COUNTRY AND NOT LET OTHERS RUIN WHAT YOU HAVE AND WANT TO BUILD.
    3. MAKE YOUR CURRENCY STRONG AND MAKE IT STAND FOR SOMETHING. I KNOW THE PEOPLE IN THE WORLD ARE WATCHING YOU TO SEE HOW YOU RESPOND TO WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN THRU. DONT WORRY ABOUT WHOS GETTING MORE AT FIRST. YOU AND YOUR COUNTRY WILL ALL BE WINNERS AT THE END.

  8. Chris September 15, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    1. Find another Saddam who will:
    2. Take corruption into his hands and eliminate any other forms of corruption. (Corruption is inside of every Iraqi and it can only be suppressed from the top).
    3. Kick out of government all top managers without proper education or background (too many friends and relatives just sitting and looking for corruption opportunities because they have no professional knowledge on matters they are in charge).

  9. shireen September 15, 2011 at 7:29 am #

    1.change the way of education

    2.Stop the financial and administrative corruption

    3.save the environment

  10. Diane September 15, 2011 at 7:30 am #

    1) Develop a ‘constitutional’ agreement between all tribal regions to support and respect government infrastructure that benefits all the different ethnic groups. (similar to UAE)
    2) Continue to develop the infrstructure reconstruction of the natural resources, tourism, energy, telecom, medical and transportation systems throughout IRAQ by stabilizing the currency and bringing value return to the IRAQI Dinar.
    2) Allow for free equal opportunity for education by all citizens in IRAQ, men and women of all tribal ethnicity.

    This is a great Newsletter for business managers and I enjoy reading your columns on a daily basis. Keep up the progress and good times will again return to IRAQ and the IRAQI people.

  11. Citation1 September 15, 2011 at 8:33 am #

    Don’t start entitlement programs like the US. Keep a swift punishment for crime in place and death penalty. Get the economy strong with your currency.

  12. Mohammad September 15, 2011 at 9:03 am #

    1. Govt to facilitate investment opportuinity like banking freedom and modern investment openness.
    2. This will open job market that will drive prosperity.
    3. With that will comes improved security leading to correct parlimantary working.

  13. Stew September 15, 2011 at 9:16 am #

    1. Tell the world that your currency is being used in a scam.

    2. Repeat step 1

    3. Repeat steps 1 and 2.

    Then maybe a few will get it.

  14. deneille September 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm #

    1# Make the currency worth something. No one wants to invest in a country that is valueless. RV. quickly

    2# Make equal education mandatory.

    3# Build the infrastructure by putting the people to work. Don’t have America build it…. Have the Iraqi people build it. It will give them something to do, keep them busy and give them pride.

  15. Rev. RichL September 15, 2011 at 3:05 pm #

    National natural resources: Right now everything that is being promoted are all about stripping the land. Oil and gas and mining. This leads to ecological devistation and polution of the very sustanence of human life. Water, air and soil. Make sure that there are measures to protect and rejuventate the natural elements or the country will suffer in the long term as a whole.

    Take profits from the fossil resource profits and develop non-fossil technologies and become a leader in this area.

    Education: There is what is known as a “steps” system of education which provides no individual child will slip through the cracks of lack of learning any portion of basis and advanced knowledge. Don’t use widely used current conventional education system. Teach the children the terms and their meaning of, honor, values, integrity, honesty, truth, ethics, standing for what is right and for yourself and for others. Love and respect.

    Finances: Return the value of the currency at least to par with other international currencies and make it a internationally accepted/traded currency. Do not create or maintain a currency that is “notes” i.e. a debt currency system. A national system based in debt remains in debt. Do not allow a system of credit scoring that forced debt is a requirment vs individual financial responsibility. I.e. in the U.S., if you do not have and maintain a credit card and ket the card in debt, a huge reduction in your credit score is imposed so interest rates are higher. This forces and trains people to “be and stay” in debt. It trains people not to be personally responsible for their finances as they could be by not placing themselves in to unecessary debt. Being in debt is not being responsible. Nor is forcing people to get in to debt unecessarily if they don’t want or have to.

    Do not as a nation, go in to debt to the extent of having to tax the people of the country to pay for national lack of financial responsibility. Be strong as a country and for the people.

    Public office corruption: It must be stopped at all costs.

    Retraining a population: War and hatred is a multi generational hand-me-down that carries from generation to generation. People need to learn to learn to live in peace, respect each other, help each other, work together to accomplish common goals as and between tribes, nations, a planet. The cost of a war industrial complex could be better served to achieve real and constructive goals of the people. If there is one thing I have learned in my years is that “people” don’t buy in to war, heads of governments and industry do. Be responsible and lead for your people, not for personal greed.

    Never lose track of the concept that sometimes what appears to be freedom on it’s face, may be control in motion.

    Iraq is about to be reborne.

    It will be interesting to see what direction it takes.

    God bless the people and leaders of Iraq,

    May you do the right thing as leaders and as a people,

    Rev. RichL

  16. Tracie September 15, 2011 at 5:20 pm #

    How do you prove it Stew!!!! Please show us

  17. Amalio September 15, 2011 at 6:27 pm #

    RV and everything else will follow…

  18. Nicasso September 16, 2011 at 3:47 am #

    1. Localised re-construction and continued maintenance of infrastructure must be the number one priority in each province. Ordinary Iraqi’s want a reliable power, water and sewerage system – as do businesses hoping to invest.

    2. Improve the education system from primary to further education with the creation of an effective national curriculum free from religious interference. Western companies in Iraq often complain about the lack of technical ability. Perhaps more of the oil and oil services (and other incoming multi national) companies could create more scholarships / apprenticeships?

    3. End the nepotism/corruption that is so rampant throughout all levels of Iraqi society. This is no easy task and may not even be achievable, but if the message is constantly drilled into Iraqis now then the next generation may be more inclined to operate a meritocracy. Failure to address this point will continually hold back points 1 and 2.

  19. Stew September 16, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    How do I prove it Tracie?
    Hmmm. If you told me it was going to snow in Baghdad tomorrow. How could I “prove it” that it wont snow.
    I could show you facts that say the average temp in Baghdad this time of year is 88 degrees, and that it has never snowed on Sept 17 in Baghdad. Any and every weather expert would tell you there is no chance of snow tomorrow based on known facts, climate and history.
    Same with this 100,000% dinar RV scam. With the know facts about the dinar, with history as a guide, and the known economic climate in Iraq… there is absolutely no chance that there is a 100,000% RV. Better chance of snow in Baghdad tomorrow.

  20. Jim September 16, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    1. Do what is in the best interest of humanity.
    2. Believe in the supreme being of choice,but allow for economic growth.
    3. Enjoy life every day to the fullest.

  21. Jim September 16, 2011 at 6:14 pm #

    This should have been done a long time ago. Look to outside interests as the reason for the growth not occuring.

  22. Jaydee September 16, 2011 at 10:37 pm #

    I agree with everyone that education, promoting a sense of pride in Iraq, and fighting corruption will go a long way. For all you dinar haters “stop hatin’ already.” The dinar will re-value. Its a real currency that has the potential to go up or down in value. Maybe not at $3, but .30 to a 1.00 is possible. That will be enough for me.

  23. Rev.RichL September 18, 2011 at 9:30 am #

    For those who are dinar / RV oriented or not.
    This is all about Iraq and its people. It’s rebirth.
    It is not about you if you are not from Iraq.
    If your entire interest in Iraq is upon the outcome or profiting from the higher value placed upon their currency then you are missing the higher values for an entire people and lessened yourself.
    Free choice is provided to those who desire to participate or not, believe or not, in something greater than themselves.
    Do not hate others or their choices. You only hurt yourself internally through hate.
    Be thankful for the decisions you make for yourself because decisns are blessings to learn, grow, evolve from individually to be come better people, no matter which decision we chose to make.
    It is all a matter of perspective and what we chose to do with taking personal responsibilities for our individual decisions. One way or the other they can be used to learn from and become better people.
    So with that I say,
    No matter what you call the higher being that you call upon for wisdom, peace and harmony,
    May you be blessed in all that you are given choices and opportunity to learn from.

    Rev.RichL

  24. Stew September 18, 2011 at 8:09 pm #

    Yeah… 30,000 to 100,000% is surely possible, happens all the time.

  25. T. Keyzom Ngodup September 19, 2011 at 7:12 am #

    1) Access to information, research and relevant public documents for further analysis, debates, dialogues.
    2) Developing local capabilities and ‘protecting’ as well as upgrading local markets and local industries (currently even tea is bought to Iraq through Gulf buyers: why not directly? No comments on quality – some tea companies may even be disbanded from further trade).

    3) Creating networks of ‘changemaker’ through youth entrepreneurs who are making an impact in their communities.

    Read more of our thoughts on http://www.ideas-sYnergy.net

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  27. Pat September 22, 2011 at 5:02 am #

    1. Build out the fiber optic backbone to all Iraqi universities and hospitals.
    2. Educate Iraqi Agriculture students in Aquaponics to deal with Iraq’s water shortage.
    3. Launch television and radio campaigns to reawaken an appreciation of Iraq’s contributions to the world throughout history so that they feel a sense of pride in being Iraqi.

  28. Gina September 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm #

    The RV is pure scam!

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