Iraq Prepares for an Electronic Exchange


BAGHDAD—Despite many obstacles, the nascent Iraq Stock Exchange in central Baghdad is looking to expand, with plans to establish an electronic trading system before the end of this year.

The man who will lead Iraq's revamped stock exchange into its automated era is the market's CEO Taha Ahmed Abdul Salam. He says he is cautiously optimistic that the electronic trading system will serve as a foundation for the exchange and ultimately thrust it forward as Iraq's fledgling democracy takes flight.

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