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Senjata untuk Iraq – AS mahu jual peralatan tentera RM1.7 bilion

Mei 6, 2007

WASHINGTON 5 Mei – White House semalam memberitahu Kongres mengenai rancangannya untuk menjual pelbagai jenis peluru dan senjata serta peralatan ketenteraan bernilai sekitar RM1.7 bilion (AS$508 juta) kepada Iraq.

Agensi Kerjasama Keselamatan Pertahanan Pentagon memberitahu Kongres bahawa Iraq telah meminta sehingga 100 juta peluru jenis M855 5.56mm dan 7.62 mm untuk senjata kecil dan juga kira-kira 200 juta peluru jenis-jenis lain.

Menurut agensi itu, ia berhasrat menjual sekitar 400 juta peluru untuk senjata kecil, 170,000 bom tangan, bahan-bahan letupan lain serta kemudahan dan perkhidmatan ketenteraan yang dianggarkan bernilai RM1.7 bilion kepada Iraq.

“Penjualan senjata yang dirancangkan ini adalah bagi menyokong Baghdad demi kepentingan rakyat Iraq dan Amerika Syarikat (AS) selain memberi harapan bagi memulihkan kestabilan dan keamanan di Asia Barat,” kata agensi yang mengendalikan penjualan senjata antara kerajaan itu.

Dalam cadangan penjualan senjata kepada Iraq, Pentagon pada 7 Disember lalu memberitahu, pihaknya akan membekalkan trak, treler dan pera- latan yang berkaitan bernilai sehingga RM1.5 bilion (AS$463 juta).

Pentagon berkata, pihaknya juga akan menyokong rancangan Perdana Menteri Iraq, Nuri al-Ma- liki untuk melatih dan menyediakan senjata kepada 30,000 askar tambahan negara itu.

Pasukan tentera yang diperkukuhkan itu bertujuan mempercepatkan pengunduran tentera AS yang menggulingkan bekas Presiden Saddam Hussein pada tahun 2003.

Notis mengenai penjualan senjata yang dicadangkan itu diperlukan di bawah undang-undang AS tetapi Kongres mempunyai kuasa untuk menolak cadangan tersebut.

Sebagai sebahagian daripada pakej yang dicadangkan itu, AS akan menjual 170,000 butir bom tangan jenis 40mm HEDP; 80,000 bungkusan bahan letupan plastik C-4 1- 1/4 paun dan 1.28 juta meter wayar pemusnah.

Pakej itu juga melibatkan 341 juta liter diesel, 13 juta liter bahan bakar jet JP-8 dan 256 juta liter gasolin motor.

Dalam satu notis berasingan yang dikemukakan kepada Kongres, White House juga mencadangkan penjualan peluru berpandu dari udara ke udara jenis AIM-9X Sidewinder buatan syarikat Raytheon dan juga peralatan yang berkaitan kepada Turki.

Jika kesemua pilihan diambil kira, pakej itu bernilai sehingga RM238 juta (AS$71 juta).

– Reuters


Lima warga AS curi wang bina Iraq

Februari 10, 2007

WASHINGTON: Lima rakyat Amerika Syarikat termasuk tiga pegawai simpanan tenteranya berdepan dakwaan kerana disyaki terbabit menyelewengkan berjuta-juta dolar wang peruntukan bagi projek pembinaan Iraq.

Tiga pegawai terbabit – Kolonel Curtis G Whiteford, Lt-Kol Debra M Harrison dan Lt-Kol Michael B Wheeler terbabit menyerahkan projek itu kepada seorang kontraktor sebagai pertukaran mendapatkan habuan dalam bentuk wang tunai, kereta mewah dan barang kemas.

Selain itu, seorang ahli perniagaan Amerika di Romania juga didakwa kerana bertindak sebagai orang tengah antara pegawai tentera itu dengan kontraktor terbabit.

Suami salah seorang anggota tentera itu pula dituduh terbabit menyeludup berpuluh-puluh ribu dolar ke Amerika yang digunakan pasangan bagi membayar pembelian barangan termasuk kolam air panas di rumah mereka.

Semua lima rakyat Amerika itu menyelewengkan dana pembinaan semula Iraq bernilai AS$26 bilion (RM91 bilion) yang dijadikan ‘mesin wang ATM peribadi mereka,’ kata Timbalan Pendakwa Raya Jeneral Paul McNulty ketika mengumumkan pendakwaan itu kelmarin.

“Defendan terbabit mencuri wang itu, menyeludupnya keluar dari Iraq ke Amerika bagi tujuan peribadi mereka,” katanya.

Senarai 25 pendakwaan yang difailkan di sebuah mahkamah di New Jersey, menjadi bukti perkembangan terbaru siasatan ke atas kontrak bernilai AS$8.6 juta (RM30.1 juta) yang diperuntukkan kepada hartawan pembinaan, Philip H Bloom.

Bloom, rakyat Amerika yang mengendalikan beberapa perniagaan di bawah firma Global Business Group, mengakui menyeleweng sekurang-kurangnya AS$2 juta (RM7 juta) daripada tabung peruntukan dikendalikan bekas pihak berkuasa Iraq diketuai tentera Amerika yang kini ditamatkan operasinya.

Bloom masih menunggu hukuman. Sebagai pertukaran memberi kontrak kepada Bloom bagi tempoh 2003 dan 2005, kata pendakwa, pegawai simpanan tentera itu dan sekutu mereka saling berkongsi habuan kira-kira AS$1 juta (RM3.5 juta) dalam bentuk wang tunai, kereta mewah Porsche dan Nissan, hartanah, jam mahal, tiket penerbangan kelas pertama, komputer dan barangan lain. – AP

nice source: dinarsecret.com


Looking for investment opportunity? Try the Iraqi dinar

Disember 25, 2006

Despite Trading with the Enemy Act prohibiting trade in enemy currency, finance minister approves trade in Iraqi dinar for another year. Buying Iraqi dinar at unprecedented lows could prove enormously profitable if and when war-torn nation returns to economic prosperity

Shlomi Shefer

Published: 07.27.06, 12:07

Despite the Trading with the Enemy Act, which forbids trade in enemy currency, Finance Minister Abraham Hirchson renewed authorization to traffic in the Iraqi dinar for another year this week.

The CashFlow Club Israel , which unites entrepreneurs and investors in various financial sectors, said the extension constitutes an investment opportunity with potential for significant profits. The guiding principle in the move can be traced back to World War II, when the German mark collapsed. The few people who purchased German currency at its low point and held onto it for a few years were rewarded with astronomical profits when the mark regained strength a few years later. The same went for the Kuwaiti dinar, which slumped during the Iraqi invasion of the country and soared when the economy restabilized.The forecast that Iraq will someday return to economic prosperity is based on the nation’s tremendous oil reserves.

Bibi okayed trade

After the outbreak of the war in Iraq, the Iraqi dinar plummeted to all time lows. For the sake of comparison, before the war one Iraqi dinar was equal to USD 3. Nowadays, one American dollar is equal to about 1,000 Iraqi dinars. In other words, the value of the dinar plunged over 99 percent. According to historical trends, the purchase of 100,000 dinars for USD 100 could bear significant yields – if and when Iraq stabilizes. The current situation in Iraq precludes electronic foreign currency trade in dinars, and therefore dinar bank notes must be directly purchased and kept. Since the days of the British Mandate, Israeli law prohibits trading with the enemy and bans, among other things, trade in the currency of enemy countries like Iran and Syria.

 

 

Until three years ago, Iraq was also on that list. However, since Saddam Hussein’s regime was deposed and the United States gained control in Iraq, then-Foreign Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to okay trade in the Iraqi dinar. The go-ahead is only temporary and must be considered for re-approval every 21st of July. This week, despite the war in the north, Hirchson decided to extend the authorization for another year. As a result, the CashFlow Club Israel brought hundreds of millions of dinars, in cash, into Israel from Jordan.


The US Department of Commerce grants Trade Fair Certification to IFP’s Rebuild Iraq 2007

Disember 24, 2006
 
  Posted on 12/19/2006
  The US Department of Commerce granted Trade Fair Certification for IFP’s Rebuild Iraq 2007, the 4th International Rebuild Iraq Exhibition and conference to be held from 7 – 10 May 2007 in Amman, Jordan.
Last year’s event, Rebuild Iraq 2006, which was also certified by U.S. Department of Commerce, attracted over 1,000 exhibitors from 48 countries and more than 13,000 professional visitors, including 4,000 Iraqis. Leading national pavilions included Turkey, Italy, Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and the USA. The leading industry sectors highlighted at the event were Building/Construction, Electricity, Water Resources, Oil/Gas, Health, and ICT. The U.S. Department of Commerce hosted several well-attended matchmaking events during REBUILD IRAQ 2006, where hosted Iraqi company representatives benefited from the chance to meet hundreds of leading companies from the U.S. and other parts of the world. U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Zalmay Khalilzad visited the event and encouraged private sector companies to seek business opportunities in the New Iraq.

Central Bank Websites

Disember 23, 2006

Central bank websites


(Last update 27 November 2006)

Albania: Bank of Albania
Algeria: Bank of Algeria
Argentina: Central Bank of Argentina
Armenia: Central Bank of Armenia
Aruba: Central Bank of Aruba
Australia: Reserve Bank of Australia
Austria: Austrian National Bank
Azerbaijan: National Bank of Azerbaijan
Bahamas: Central Bank of The Bahamas
Bahrain: Central Bank of Bahrain
Bangladesh: Bangladesh Bank
Barbados: Central Bank of Barbados
Belarus: National Bank of the Republic of Belarus
Belgium: National Bank of Belgium
Belize: Central Bank of Belize
Bermuda: Bermuda Monetary Authority
Bhutan: Royal Monetary Authority of Bhutan
Benin: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Bolivia: Central Bank of Bolivia
Bosnia: Central Bank of Bosnia and Herzegovina
Botswana: Bank of Botswana
Brazil: Central Bank of Brazil
Bulgaria: Bulgarian National Bank
Burkina Faso: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Cameroon: Bank of Central African States
Canada: Bank of Canada Banque du Canada
Cayman Islands: Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
Central African Republic: Bank of Central African States
Chad: Bank of Central African States
Chile: Central Bank of Chile
China: The People’s Bank of China
Colombia: Bank of the Republic
Comoros: Central Bank of Comoros
Congo: Bank of Central African States
Costa Rica: Central Bank of Costa Rica
Côte d’Ivoire: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Croatia: Croatian National Bank
Cuba: Central Bank of Cuba
Cyprus: Central Bank of Cyprus
Czech Republic: Czech National Bank
Denmark: National Bank of Denmark
Dominican Republic: Central Bank of the Dominican Republic
East Caribbean area: Eastern Caribbean Central Bank
Ecuador: Central Bank of Ecuador
Egypt: Central Bank of Egypt
El Salvador: Central Reserve Bank of El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea: Bank of Central African States
Estonia: Bank of Estonia
Ethiopia: National Bank of Ethiopia
European Union: European Central Bank
Fiji: Reserve Bank of Fiji
Finland: Bank of Finland
France: Bank of France
Gabon: Bank of Central African States
The Gambia: Central Bank of The Gambia
Georgia: National Bank of Georgia
Germany: Deutsche Bundesbank
Ghana: Bank of Ghana
Greece: Bank of Greece
Guatemala: Bank of Guatemala
Guinea Bissau: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Guyana: Bank of Guyana
Haiti: Central Bank of Haiti
Honduras: Central Bank of Honduras
Hong Kong: Hong Kong Monetary Authority
Hungary: Magyar Nemzeti Bank
Iceland: Central Bank of Iceland
India: Reserve Bank of India
Indonesia: Bank Indonesia
Iran: The Central Bank of the Islamic Republic of Iran
Iraq: Central Bank of Iraq
Ireland: Central Bank and Financial Services Authority of Ireland
Israel: Bank of Israel
Italy: Bank of Italy
Jamaica: Bank of Jamaica
Japan: Bank of Japan
Jordan: Central Bank of Jordan
Kazakhstan: National Bank of Kazakhstan
Kenya: Central Bank of Kenya
Korea: Bank of Korea
Kuwait: Central Bank of Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan: National Bank of the Kyrgyz Republic
Latvia: Bank of Latvia
Lebanon: Central Bank of Lebanon
Lesotho: Central Bank of Lesotho
Libya: Central Bank of Libya
Lithuania: Bank of Lithuania
Luxembourg: Central Bank of Luxembourg
Macao: Monetary Authority of Macao
Macedonia: National Bank of the Republic of Macedonia
Madagascar: Central Bank of Madagascar
Malaysia: Central Bank of Malaysia
Malawi: Reserve Bank of Malawi
Mali: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Malta: Central Bank of Malta
Mauritius: Bank of Mauritius
Mexico: Bank of Mexico
Moldova: National Bank of Moldova
Mongolia: Bank of Mongolia
Morocco: Bank of Morocco
Mozambique: Bank of Mozambique
Namibia: Bank of Namibia
Nepal: Central Bank of Nepal
Netherlands: Netherlands Bank
Netherlands Antilles: Bank of the Netherlands Antilles
New Zealand: Reserve Bank of New Zealand
Nicaragua: Central Bank of Nicaragua
Niger: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Nigeria: Central Bank of Nigeria
Norway: Central Bank of Norway
Oman: Central Bank of Oman
Pakistan: State Bank of Pakistan
Papua New Guinea: Bank of Papua New Guinea
Paraguay: Central Bank of Paraguay
Peru: Central Reserve Bank of Peru
Philippines: Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas
Poland: National Bank of Poland
Portugal: Bank of Portugal
Qatar: Qatar Central Bank
Romania: National Bank of Romania
Russia: Central Bank of Russia
Rwanda: National Bank of Rwanda
San Marino: Central Bank of the Republic of San Marino
Samoa: Central Bank of Samoa
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency
Senegal: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Serbia: National Bank of Serbia
Seychelles: Central Bank of Seychelles
Sierra Leone: Bank of Sierra Leone
Singapore: Monetary Authority of Singapore
Slovakia: National Bank of Slovakia
Slovenia: Bank of Slovenia
Solomon Islands: Central Bank of Solomon Islands
South Africa: South African Reserve Bank
Spain: Bank of Spain
Sri Lanka: Central Bank of Sri Lanka
Sudan: Bank of Sudan
Surinam: Central Bank of Suriname
Swaziland: The Central Bank of Swaziland
Sweden: Sveriges Riksbank
Switzerland: Swiss National Bank
Tajikistan: National Bank of the Republic of Tajikistan
Tanzania: Bank of Tanzania
Thailand: Bank of Thailand
Togo: Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO)
Tonga: National Reserve Bank of Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago: Central Bank of Trinidad and Tobago
Tunisia: Central Bank of Tunisia
Turkey: Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey
Uganda: Bank of Uganda
Ukraine: National Bank of Ukraine
United Arab Emirates: Central Bank of United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom: Bank of England
United States: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (Washington)
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
Uruguay: Central Bank of Uruguay
Vanuatu: Reserve Bank of Vanuatu
Venezuela: Central Bank of Venezuela
Yemen: Central Bank of Yemen
Zambia: Bank of Zambia
Zimbabwe: Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe

Malaysia Company Involved Too…

Disember 22, 2006
Alami Vegetable Oil Products S/B
Malaysia   Click here to send email to the company

Alami Vegetable Oil Products Sdn. Bhd. is a manufacturer and exporter of palm oil products with strong credentials in international trade and finance. The Company’s manufacturing plant and equipment are state of the art and the manufacturing processes are fully integrated. Palm Oil is fractionated into RBD Palm Olein and Stearin and earmarked for the Company’s bulk exports or channeled into downstream processing and manufacture of shortenings, margarine, vegetable ghee, frying fats and cooking oil. Alami Vegetable Oil Products is moving manufacturing assets to its markets in East Africa, China and the Middle East. The integration of operations with its markets is consistent with the company’s aspirations of bonding with consumers and offering them the best in product and customer service.

 
  Alpine Pipe Manufacturing Sdn. Bhd.
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Alpine Pipe is the key producer of ERW steel pipes and hollow sections, which have a wide range of applications in the building, construction and infrastructural related sectors; water, oil and gas industries, automobile and the general manufacturing industries. Alpine Pipe is also the first steel pipes manufacturer in the South East Asia regions which has invested in the 18″ diameter pipes with the latest state-of-the-art technology. Alpine Pipe products include hot rolled and cold rolled steel products such as hollow section, pipes, plates, sheets, lipped channel, tubes, scaffoldings and other steel based constructional and building material.


Anchor-Link Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

We are a company manufacturing sectional water tanks in Malaysia. Anchor-Link brand GRP tank panels are made of SMC hot pressed moulds, where ATI brand pressed steel tank panels are pressed with our 1,500 tons hydraulic presses, which form a very high quality and precise panels. All our tanks are being widely accepted internationally. For convenience of users, we do provide a wide range of panels to meet any eventuality in tank sizes. Our dynamic staff is always ready to provide excellent customer satisfaction.


Bristol Technologies Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Manufacturer and exporter of office furniture, modular panel systems and office chairs.

  CWorks Systems Berhad
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

CWorks Systems Berhad is a MSC status company and was listed on the MESDAQ bourse in May 2005. Its main activities include design, development, production and support of CWorks Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS). CWorks is developed in Malaysia and today has secured over 800 paid user-sites in 50 countries worldwide by a group of maintenance and information technology practitioners with more than 20 years of accumulated experience in maintenance and IT. In addition, they bring with them a huge base of implementation experience, having implemented CMMS at a variety of sites internationally that includes LANs, WANs and call centers environments. Our free version is downloadable via http://www.cworks.com.my to allow test drive.


Dura Deck Sdn Bhd

Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Scaffold metal deck and tubular scaffold accessories.

  Hong Seng Power Sdn Bhd.
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

– Diesel generator set – PT Power brand


Itamac (M) Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

The company deals with: – Adjustable full flush and half flush volume (single or dual flush). – Flow rate for 6 litres volume is of 2.75 litres per second for 50mm dia discharge outlet. – Built-in adjustable overflow level (225mm – 315mm from base to tank). – Cistern height acceptable from 310mm – 450mm (base to tank to top of lid). – Available in 60mm diameter on tank outlet and 40mm dia on lid hole only. – Detachable cistern lid for maintenance.

  Jawala Corporation Sdn. Bhd.
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

“Tropical Wood and Furniture” is a direct manufacturer and supplier of sawn timber, plywood and wooden furniture both indoor and outdoor, and other wood moldings. Jawala Corporation Sdn Bhd can supply you with all the materials for your woodworking industries, furniture for your garden, dining, schools and offices. We have been exporting worldwide since 1987.

  Juan Kuang Electric Fans Manufacturer Sdn. Bhd.
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

We are a Malaysia-based manufacturer specializing in providing OEM and our own house brand – MASTAR for a diverse range of home electrical appliances such as electric fans, electric irons, hair dryers, sandwich toasters, bread toasters, mixers, juicers, blenders, kettle jugs, electric kettles, air pots, gas cookers, oven toasters, vacuum cleaners, air coolers, washing machines as well as the AV products. In international arena, we are currently exporting to numerous countries such as Singapore, Bangladesh, Japan, Egypt, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, etc… International enquiries are most welcome. We ensure the best service.

  Laser Welding Electrodes Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

– Welding electrodes – Gas welding and cutting equipment and accessories – CO2 Mig wires

  London Biscuits Berhad
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Individual wrap cookies, extruded corn snacks, chocolate coated products, cup biscuits and jelly.

  Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade)
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Matrade is the principal Government agency of Malaysia responsible for promoting the export of Malaysian manufactured products, semi-manufactured products and services. Services provided by Matrade include: – Providing information on Malaysian products and services – Organizing business matching between foreign buyers / importers with Malaysian exporters – Facilitating visits of foreign buying missions and individual foreign buyers to Malaysia

  Malaysian Timber Council
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

The Malaysian Timber Council (MTC) was established in 1992 to promote the development of the Malaysian timber industry with special focus on the marketing of Made-in- Malaysia quality timber products.


Micatron Sdn. Bhd.
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Micatron manufactures a wide range of electronic ballast for fluorescent lamps, compact fluorescent lamps and high-pressure sodium vapor lamps, electronic starters, electronic ignitors, photocell electronic control units and emergency power pack that comply with international specification. Incorporated in 1990, Micatron is the largest branded electronic lighting gear and accessories manufacturer in Malaysia. Micatron products are exported to Europe, South East Asia, South Asia and the Middle East.


Mofaz Dagang Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

– Alla Fonte Mineral Water – Voccano Herbal Drinks – 24 Power Energy Drinks – Carabao Electrical Appliance

  Nutrix Plantations Sdn Bhd.
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

We are exporters of palm oil based products such as cooking oil vegetable, ghee, shortening, margarine and speciality fats.

  Proton Marketing Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Proton cars

  SKB Shutters Manufacturing Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

SKB Shutters’ latest product is a contribution to the Green World where mankind works towards the eradication of thoughtless cutting of trees- Wood Effect Coating. SKB Shutters is ready to provide special wood effect coating to any aluminium, steel, stainless steel or even urban architecture and furnishings. Wood Effect Coating can be found from our SKB products range, especially includes WF-1 Multipurpose Windows, Casement Windows, Sliding Doors, Slim Line Security Window Shutters and many more. SKB Wood Effect Coating guarantees not only a remarkable aesthetic excellence but also the maximum resistance to wear, tear, and strong light. Thus, SKB Shutters have in a small way contributed to helping save the environment.

  Smart Victory Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

School furniture

  Terus Maju Manufacturing Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

– PVC Layflat hose – Traffic cone / trash bin – Road barrier – PW water tank – Trailer mudguard – Fibremesh


Zanwa Sdn Bhd
  Malaysia Click here to send email to the company
 

Power transformers (33KV to 275 KV; 5MVA up to 400MVA)