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 14th September 2011 at 18:11 #

    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 14th September 2011 at 18:44 #

    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 14th September 2011 at 19:27 #

    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 14th September 2011 at 23:50 #

    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 14th September 2011 at 23:57 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 04:34 #

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

  7. DAVE 15th September 2011 at 05:27 #


  8. Chris 15th September 2011 at 07:23 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 07:29 #

    1.change the way of education

    2.Stop the financial and administrative corruption

    3.save the environment

  10. Diane 15th September 2011 at 07:30 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 08:33 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 09:03 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 09:16 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 14:04 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 15:05 #

    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 15th September 2011 at 17:20 #

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

  17. Amalio 15th September 2011 at 18:27 #

    RV and everything else will follow...

  18. Nicasso 16th September 2011 at 03:47 #

    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 16th September 2011 at 12:07 #

    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 16th September 2011 at 18:09 #

    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 16th September 2011 at 18:14 #

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

  22. Jaydee 16th September 2011 at 22:37 #

    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 18th September 2011 at 09:30 #

    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.


  24. Stew 18th September 2011 at 20:09 #

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

  25. T. Keyzom Ngodup 19th September 2011 at 07:12 #

    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.

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  27. Pat 22nd September 2011 at 05:02 #

    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 22nd September 2011 at 17:41 #

    The RV is pure scam!


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