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Rabee Securities Iraq Stock Exchange (ISX) market report (week ending: 12th July 2018).

Please click here to download a table of listed companies and their associated ticker codes.

The RSISX index ended the week at IQD731 (-0.3%) / $784 (-0.3%) (weekly change) (-9.9% and -6.2% YTD change, respectively). The number of week traded shares was 4.9 bn and the weekly trading volume was IQD5.0bn ($4.2 mn).

ISX Company Announcements

  • The CBI signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with UnionPay International Company to contribute to the development of intelligent payment technologies and electronic payment services in Iraq. UnionPay is one of the largest companies in China and most Asian countries in this field, in addition to being the third largest international company to issue and collect cards. The CBI notes that this is the third memorandum signed by the bank in 2018 with international card companies as part of its plans to expand the use of high technology to promote card work and develop payment systems in accordance with international best practice. (CBI)
  • UK-based ONEm is partnering with Asiacell (TASC) to bring unlimited news and entertainment content from Reuters to Iraq. Asiacell subscribers can now exclusively access global news on any mobile device for 600 IQD per week. The Reuters service provides full coverage of real time news and entertainment content in Arabic delivered by SMS. (Iraq Business News)
  • Al_Rabita Al_Maliya Co (MTRA) will hold a joint GA with (Bilad Al-Sham for Money Transfer and Al-Shariq for Money Transfer) on Jul. 26, 2018 to discuss merging these three companies and deciding to change the company from a Money Transfer company into an Islamic Bank according to CBI’s approval.
  • Iraqi for Tufted Carpets (IITC) will hold an AGM* on Jul. 25, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of IITC starting Jul. 22, 2018.
  • National Bank of Iraq (BNOI) will hold an AGM* on Jul. 23, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of BNOI starting Jul. 18, 2018.
  • International Development Bank for Investment (BIDB) will hold an AGM* on Jul. 18, 2018 to discuss and approve 2017 annual financial results. ISX will suspend trading of BIDB starting Jul. 15, 2018.
  • Iraqi Middle East Bank (BIME) completed their legal amendment of article (six) on Jul. 3, 2018 to decrease the number of BoDs from 7 members to 5 original members and other 5 alternative members.
  • Cross Transactions: 510 mn shares of Cihan Bank for Islamic & Finance (BCIH) on Jul. 8 and Jul. 11, 2018, which represent 0.2% of BCIH capital.

IBBC holds annual Cumberland Lodge Conference with Political, Academic, Education and Business Experts, 6-8 July

The Iraq Britain Business Council hosted its annual Cumberland Lodge Retreat on 6-8 July, inviting a host of political, business, academic and education experts to discuss the most pertinent issues relating to Iraq and its future.

The title of the conference was ‘Iraq: Domestic Expectations & Geopolitical Aspirations’ and addressed a variety of issues on regional politics, election diagnosis and the future of higher education in Iraq.

On Friday members and guests heard speeches from Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, President of IBBC and the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Iraq, Dr Edmund Canon Newell, Principal of Cumberland Lodge, Mr Nazar Mirajan Mohammed, Minister Plenipotentiary Iraq Embassy and Sara Akbar, Founder Member of IBBC, Kuwait Government Adviser and CEO of new IBBC member OiLSERVE.

The conference also featured in-depth discussions with high level representatives from the Government of Iraq, including Dr Abdul Razzaq Al-Issa, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Dr Adbul Kariem Al Faisal, Chairman of the PM’s Advisory, Dr Dara Rasheed, Deputy Minister for Construction, Housing and Municipalities and Deputy Head of Refaato and Dr Salah Hadi Saleh Alhashim, DG for Scholarships at he Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

Agenda & Speakers

Session 1: Present Situation in Iraq

Chair: Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne

Dr Barham Salih MP, Coalition for Democracy, Jon Wilks CMG (tbc), HM Ambassador to Iraq, Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Chatham House, Professor Toby Dodge, Director Middle East Centre, LSE

Session 2: Iraq in a Regional Perspective

Chair: Dr Renad Mansour, Research Fellow, Chatham House

Sara Akbar, CEO Oil Serve Kuwait

Session 3: China and Iraq

Chair: Botan Osman, Managing Director, Restrata

Raffaello Pantucci, Director of International Security Studies, RUSI

Session 4: IMF view on Iraq

Chair: Gavin Wishart, Board Member, IBBC

Gavin Gray, Mission Chief for Iraq, IMF

Session 5: Partnerships between British and Iraqi Universities

Chair: Dr Victoria Lindsay, Director British Council Iraq

Professor Obay Al Dewachi, President of Mosul University, Professor Nick Petford, Vice Chancellor, Northampton University, Professor Mohammed Al Uzri, Honorary Professor with Social and Epidemiological Psychiatry Research Group, Leicester University, Professor John Strachan, Vice Chancellor, Bath Spa University

On Saturday 7, an after dinner speech was given by Dr Mohammed Jasim, Library Director of Mosul University, who gave an impassioned presentation on the progress made in rebuilding the university’s dilapidated library.

IBBC would like thank the staff at Cumberland Lodge, all speakers and delegates who contributed to the extremely fruitful discussions, and to its members, with representatives attending from Al Burhan Group, Al Nukbha OFS, Bath Spa University, BP, Olive Group, Eversheds Sutherland, G4S, KBR, Menzies Aviation, Mosul University, Najaf Chamber of Commerce, OiLSERV, Penspen, Perkins+Will, Petrofac, Restrata, Serco, Shell, TurnKey LLC, University of Leicester, University of Northampton and Wood.

(Source: IBBC)

Is the world about a war of currencies or war started ?!

What was being put in narrow circles a few months ago is now a question that is expanding day after day. Is the world heading for a currency war? Or is the currency war already under way, and can the Sino-US trade conflict be a prelude to a massive economic downturn that drives both sides to take a qualitative step to win the battle by turning to currency war? And who is the biggest loser in that war if it breaks out?

Currency war is the password now in many economic corridors, and it is not a matter of examining the extent of its seriousness or economic impact, such topics have killed academic research, but that the international economy suffered catastrophic effects in some stages of development, and therefore humanity has painful experiences with That kind of war, and what is currently being seen, is limited to how the global economy can face the risks of that battle.

Can the bipolar leaders of the United States and China realize the fate of the international economy if they decide to go ahead with currency war, Which may mean that Khaya Is economic suicide the official choice?

Professor John White, former chairman of the Bank of England’s Advisory Committee, puts the question to the question: Does anyone have an interest in the value of the currency being high in the current global trade conflict? The question is answered by "no".

"It can not be said that the international economy is witnessing a war of currencies, but certainly the circumstances are more than ever prepared for that war," he says. "If you are pessimistic, I can say that we are moving in this direction.
"The big economies now have a strong currency, after the strong currency has been a sign of strong economy and improved performance, and the conviction now prevailing among many economic leaders and policymakers that a weak currency will boost economic growth gives the economy a preferential advantage On his trade rivals, the risk that if everyone joined to that conviction will be all losers. "

The US administration wants the dollar to be weak, the EU is also seeking a weak European currency, and Japan is not hiding its official policy to overcome deflation lies in weakening the yen, China wants the yuan More competitive to increase exports and reduce imports, and Britain is silent on the decline of sterling, which could contribute to increase exports at a time when the exit from the European Union many economic problems.

But what’s the problem with that? Answers d. David, the Bank of England economist, said: "There is no problem in devaluation per se if it is a result of changes in market forces, but the risk when it is deliberate or flawed is done deliberately."

He asserts to the "economic" that the US side was clear and frank in accusing China strongly and frankly, as well as Japan to a lesser degree, that they manipulate the value of their local currency, the yuan and yen to achieve preferential advantages at the expense of US exports.

He notes that US Treasury Secretary Stephen Manuchen welcomed the depreciation of the dollar while welcoming the best economic performance of the euro area in more than a decade. Not surprisingly, the euro against the dollar rose to more than $ 1.25. On the other hand, The European is very upset by the euro’s improved value, which hampers its efforts to overcome deflation and low inflation in the Eurozone countries.

"Under the circumstances, investors and hedge funds are very cautious and delay their investment decisions pending clouds, which means a drop in growth."

Concerns that a trade war could turn into a currency war are legitimate for many economists, but they believe that currency war has not yet officially broken out.

But some believe that the US economy may be better able to counter that war than others. Some even believe that Washington may have a real interest in moving the international economy toward a currency war to curb the Chinese yuan’s ambitions.

Concerns about China’s pricing of many international goods, mainly oil in yuan, concern the top White House economic officials, congressional leaders and US financial institutions. The dollar now accounts for about 85 percent of international trade transactions, and such a step could erode the currency’s centralization.

And some believe that Washington has an interest in weakening the Chinese yuan so much that it can not be priced for major commodities in international trade, and this will only happen through its defeat in a currency war, which China is seeking to avoid now .

Since 2016, there are notable Chinese steps to dismantle capital controls on the yuan, a prerequisite for making it an international currency. Although these steps contribute relatively to the promotion of international trade by promoting the use of the yuan beyond China’s economic borders, it is a future challenge for the dollar American.

"The Chinese central bank has pledged that it will not use the yuan as a means of a trade dispute with the United States, revealing China’s financial policymakers’ understanding that they will emerge losers from the battle of currency war," said Tina Brown, a banking expert. In that war, the Chinese yuan is in a vulnerable position, and Beijing will not have to repeat the experience of 2015 by injecting more cash reserves into the markets to maintain the value of its national currency from total collapse against the dollar.

This means huge erosion in its dollar reserves without a household It is to maintain the balance of the yuan. "
But if the United States can emerge victorious in that war, despite the losses, why not rush to ignite the currency war ?!

The current interplay in the global economy as a result of globalization largely hampers the ability of the United States to do so. Such a war will inevitably weaken the growth rates of the Chinese economy and weaken the import intensity of China from the United States. Means that the US economy is negatively affected by the decline of his opponent.

Investment expert Boris William said the United States would accept a relative devaluation of the yuan as a means of providing some support for the Chinese economy. But if Beijing’s financial authorities ignore US warnings that the yuan should not retreat from a certain level, the sensitive level is 6.7 yuan against the dollar The US strategy will change.

"The fear that the continued devaluation of the Chinese currency against the dollar will lead to a currency war is because each country will have a different reading of the reasons for this decline. While China will view it as a justifiable move, Given the conditions in the Chinese economy.

He explains that the other side, the administration of President Trump, will look at China’s position as a plan aimed at harming the US share of world trade. If the two sides engage in a currency war, the other economies will certainly suffer greatly.

He notes that a number of advanced industrial countries such as Japan, the European Central Bank and the Bank of England have used the logic of weakening their currency more money printing to encourage exports, so why deprive China of the practice?

Expert: Iraq will reject an Iranian request to use local currencies instead of the dollar in trade

KUWAIT, Iraq – Iraq’s approval of any Iranian request to exchange trade between the two countries in local currency instead of the US dollar has been ruled out by economic expert Majid al-Suri, noting that such an agreement would not be in Iraq’s favor.

Al-Suri said that Iraq can not apply trade with Iran in local currencies because the trade balance will be in favor of Iran and the majority of trade for its benefit. "

He added that "the implementation of this agreement will work to store the Iraqi currency within Iran, which is not in the interest of Iraq, pointing out that" such a decision is not only the competence of the Central Bank of Iraq,

but the power of the Government of the Ministry of Finance in consultation with the Central Bank of Iraq and do not expect the bank The Central Bank of Iraq on such a matter. "

"A number of countries, including India, Russia, China, Brazil and South Africa, are trying to reduce the dollar’s control over international trade and the trade war between China and the United States has resulted," he said.

The governor of the Central Bank of Iran and Crown Prince Ali Abdullah announced on Sunday the follow-up of the bank to conclude monetary agreements with Iraq, Russia and Azerbaijan to deal in national currencies.

Central Bank signs MoU to develop smart technologies


Baghdad / Al-Sabah
The Central Bank of Iraq (CBI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Yunin Bi International International on Wednesday to develop smart payment technologies and electronic payment services in Iraq.

"The company is one of the largest companies in China and most of the Asian countries in this field, in addition to being the third largest international company to issue and collect cards," said a statement issued by the Central Bank.

"This agreement came in the light of the strategy of the Central Bank To develop electronic payment services and open the horizons of work and competition for international companies to participate actively in the implementation of current and future plans for the electronic payment sector,

as well as the development of this sector and the transfer of expertise owned by this company to the Iraqi market, thus facilitating the payment and transfer of funds smoothly and smoothly E-cards saliva.

" "The company intends to enhance the collection of card purchase payments through traders using the latest technology developed over the years in mature and promising markets," the statement said.

"Supporting the international companies and organizing their work in the country will contribute directly to providing the best services and providing effective competition in this field," the statement said.

"This is the third memorandum signed by the bank in 2018 with global card companies as part of its expansion plans.

In the use of high technology to promote the work of cards and the development of payment systems in accordance with the best international practices.

Iraq violates UN Security Council resolution on Iran nuclear deal: UN


Iraq is violating a UN Security Council resolution on the Iranian nuclear deal, a UN report said on Thursday.

The Secretary-General of the United Nations addressed the report to the Security Council, which contains many details of the violations of the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Among the violations committed by Iraq is the participation of Iranian military companies in a military exhibition held in Baghdad on March 10, 2018.

Qasem Soleimani’s repeated visits to Iraq also contravene UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

The representative of the United States of America to the United Nations commended the report of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, which for the first time demonstrated Iranian military activity in the region.

Russia’s delegate to the United Nations, Vasily Nabenza, said the United States delegate "focuses on the wrong part of the report, while he has to focus on the first part of it."

In the section to which the Russian delegate referred, the Secretary-General of the United Nations criticizes the American withdrawal from the nuclear agreement to which the European Union is still committed.

"We will continue to work to strengthen the nuclear agreement so that it can be preserved and ultimately successful," said Dutch delegate to the UN Karl van Ostrom.

Instead of focusing on the agreement, the United States delegate focuses on Iran’s role in the region without addressing Iraq and supporting Iran’s popular mobilization.

"Looking at the region, Iran supports the Huthis, Iran supports Hezbollah, Iran supports Hamas, and Iran supports the Assad regime," said US Deputy Secretary of State Jonathan Cohen.

In a more moderate tone than her American counterpart, British Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Karen Pearce, criticized at one of the meetings of the Iranian nuclear agreement, for the first time, the regional role of Iran.

"Iran is a mature and respectable civilization with legitimate security interests in the region and deserves its place in the multi-faceted world order. But Iran’s ways of protecting its interests often lead to instability and threats to its neighbors," Peres said.

But America is not only criticizing the British and European, but its representative at the United Nations calls on all countries of Europe, India and China to stop buying Iranian oil, and punish Iran economically.