By John Lee.

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) has announced that it has established a Health Sector Table.

This Table will be chaired by Professor David Kerr, Rhodes Professor of Clinical Pharmacology and Cancer Therapeutics, and Head of Department of Clinical Pharmacology at Oxford University.

It is being supported by the Iraqi Minister of Health and the Environment, Dr Ala Alwan, who attended its first meeting.

The Table’s first meeting was held at IBBC’s offices on the morning of Friday 28th June. Its purpose is to allow relevant member organisations to become involved in the further development of the Iraqi health sector.

Healthcare is a priority for IBBC, and the Minister will personally be liaising with this Table. Also present at this meeting were representatives of Almanseer Insurance, Serco, Protechnique, GE Healthcare, Perkins+Will UK, PwC, Management Partners, and The Amar Foundation.

For more information on the Iraq Britain Business Council, visit https://www.iraqbritainbusiness.org/

(Source: IBBC)

Iraqi Government, EU, IMF, UNAMI, and World Bank representatives participate at IBBC’s annual retreat in Windsor

Dara Rasheed, Iraq’s acting Minister of Housing and Construction, Jan Kubis, Head of UNAMI and Special Representative of the United Nations for Iraq, Robert Bou Jaoude, World Bank’s Special Representative for Iraq, Patrick Simmonet, EU Ambassador to Iraq and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, IBBC Executive Chairman and UK trade Envoy for Iraq, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, were amongst the participants of IBBC’s annual retreat at Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park, held from the 8th till 10th July 2016.

Christian Josz, Mission Chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), gave a full presentation on the IMF’s Stand-By Agreement for Iraq approved on the 29th June.

IBBC members Moby Group, Management Partners, Bath Spa University, Perkins+Will and CCC gave presentations at sessions aimed to discuss Iraq’s financial and budgetary situation, the country’s wider economic and structural crisis, construction and infrastructure updates and strategic communication plans.

The retreat, an IBBC members -only event, was also attended by senior officials from the Home Office and the Iraqi Embassy in London, who gave speeches on Friday evening. The after dinner speaker on Saturday was Sir Terrece Clark KBE, Chairman of the Friends of the Basrah Museum, who updated delegates on the status of this important cultural initiative.

(Source: IBBC)

Members of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), leading political figures and experts gathered in the tranquil setting of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, at the weekend for the IBBC’s annual retreat.

The weekend was spent holding discussions and talks on different aspects that affect doing business in Iraq.

The event opened on Friday evening with a dinner followed by an address by Simon Pearce, Company Secretary of the Financial Conduct Authority, who spoke about the importance and challenges of financial regulation.

Next day a lecture from Professor Toby Dodge of the London School of Economics (LSE) laid the backdrop of how Iraq has reached the point it is at.

It was followed by discussion between the former UK Security Envoy to Iraq, General Sir Simon Mayall, the Head of the Foreign Office ISIL taskforce, Mr Dan Chugg, Mr Khalid Mahmood MP and Ms Lise Grande, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Iraq. Members were treated to a frank analysis of the current goings-on in Iraq and how these came about but, more importantly, how these can be addressed.

The theme of the conference turned to vocational education with the Principal of Bedfordshire College Dr Ali Hadawi. The session described ways in which the Further Education has the capacity to empower what he termed a ‘second-chance mechanism’. Dr Hadawi stressed that education is key to investing in human capital as it is fundamental to creating and sustaining livelihoods for individuals and for making a country an attractive business opportunity.

Drawing on Dr Hadawi’s talk, Mr Vikas Handa, MD for EMEA at Weir Group, spoke about his firm’s vocational training initiatives to train and empower Iraqis. Mr Tim Luft, Co-founder of WOOTE, spoke about how rapid technological change was driving a revolution in training programmes. Virtual reality headsets, for example, allow for cheap, efficient and effective immersive training that cuts the time and cost required to create a skilled workforce.

The event continued with a session on ‘Nurturing an Alternative Media Discourse in Iraq’. Mr John Ray, former Middle East Foreign Correspondent for ITN, Mr Nicholas Pelham, Middle East Correspondent for The Economist, and Mr Faheem Ahamed, CEO of Lapis, gave different points of view on the difficulty of covering the news in Iraq, the way in which the dominant media narrative has been dominated by the paradigm of security, and how this neglects other aspects of the society that are key to have a more balanced perception of the reality.

The final panel of the day discussed the practical and thematic considerations for an IBBC conference to be held in Basrah in early October 2015. Members from Shell, HWH Associates, Basrah Engineering Group, ExxonMobil, Moby Group, GardaWorld, Perkins+Will, Stirling Group, G4S, and many others participated in the discussions.

Attendants were treated on Saturday evening to a lecture on Sumerian tablets found in a recent archaeological discovery in Southern Iraq by Professor Eleanor Robson of University College London (UCL) and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

(Source: IBBC)

Members of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC), leading political figures and experts gathered in the tranquil setting of Cumberland Lodge, Windsor Great Park, at the weekend for the IBBC’s annual retreat.

The weekend was spent holding discussions and talks on different aspects that affect doing business in Iraq.

The event opened on Friday evening with a dinner followed by an address by Simon Pearce, Company Secretary of the Financial Conduct Authority, who spoke about the importance and challenges of financial regulation.

Next day a lecture from Professor Toby Dodge of the London School of Economics (LSE) laid the backdrop of how Iraq has reached the point it is at.

It was followed by discussion between the former UK Security Envoy to Iraq, General Sir Simon Mayall, the Head of the Foreign Office ISIL taskforce, Mr Dan Chugg, Mr Khalid Mahmood MP and Ms Lise Grande, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in Iraq. Members were treated to a frank analysis of the current goings-on in Iraq and how these came about but, more importantly, how these can be addressed.

The theme of the conference turned to vocational education with the Principal of Bedfordshire College Dr Ali Hadawi. The session described ways in which the Further Education has the capacity to empower what he termed a ‘second-chance mechanism’. Dr Hadawi stressed that education is key to investing in human capital as it is fundamental to creating and sustaining livelihoods for individuals and for making a country an attractive business opportunity.

Drawing on Dr Hadawi’s talk, Mr Vikas Handa, MD for EMEA at Weir Group, spoke about his firm’s vocational training initiatives to train and empower Iraqis. Mr Tim Luft, Co-founder of WOOTE, spoke about how rapid technological change was driving a revolution in training programmes. Virtual reality headsets, for example, allow for cheap, efficient and effective immersive training that cuts the time and cost required to create a skilled workforce.

The event continued with a session on ‘Nurturing an Alternative Media Discourse in Iraq’. Mr John Ray, former Middle East Foreign Correspondent for ITN, Mr Nicholas Pelham, Middle East Correspondent for The Economist, and Mr Faheem Ahamed, CEO of Lapis, gave different points of view on the difficulty of covering the news in Iraq, the way in which the dominant media narrative has been dominated by the paradigm of security, and how this neglects other aspects of the society that are key to have a more balanced perception of the reality.

The final panel of the day discussed the practical and thematic considerations for an IBBC conference to be held in Basrah in early October 2015. Members from Shell, HWH Associates, Basrah Engineering Group, ExxonMobil, Moby Group, GardaWorld, Perkins+Will, Stirling Group, G4S, and many others participated in the discussions.

Attendants were treated on Saturday evening to a lecture on Sumerian tablets found in a recent archaeological discovery in Southern Iraq by Professor Eleanor Robson of University College London (UCL) and the British Institute for the Study of Iraq.

(Source: IBBC)

Iraqi and British politicians will be joining senior business leaders from both countries at the Iraq Britain Business Council’s (IBBC) eighth London conference in early November.

Entitled “Iraq – Accentuating the Positive”, the event is being held at the spectacular Institution for Civil Engineers building, One Great George Street, on November 5th and 6th.

In light of the extremely challenging situation in Iraq, the IBBC has this year chosen to focus on the continuing opportunities for British business in the country’s fast growing economy.

Chief Operating Officer, Mr Christophe Michels, said the council would provide a realistic assessment of what was going on in Iraq, financially, politically and socially.

For the first time, the event will be open to non-members.  Mr Michels says this will provide a “excellent opportunity” for business people from all sectors to meet some of the main players in the Iraqi business and political world.

The conference will comprise five separate sessions under the headings:

  • What is really happening in Iraq?
  • Consolidating Success (Using Actual Examples).
  • The Importance of the Built Environment for the Future of Iraq.
  • Oil and Gas.
  • Educational Development in Iraq.

The IBBC has already confirmed the attendance of Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, 1st Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Lords Howell of Guildford and Green of Hurstpierpoint, the new British Ambassador to Baghdad, Mr Frank Baker, and Mr Faik Nerweji, the Iraqi Ambassador to the UK, together with other senior officials and politicians from the UK and throughout Iraq.

From the commercial and business community in Iraq, CEO of Genel Energy Tony Hayward will address the conference, Jack Pringle of Pringle and Brandon will be chairing the built environment panel whilst representatives from Shell, SKA, Al Saraji Group, Zaha Hadid Architects, SSH, Foster Wheeler, BP and Perkins+Will will all be participating.

Dr Alastair Niven will be chairing the education panel with high level representatives of the British Council, the Iraqi Government and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education on it.

The second day of the conference has been organised in partnership with UKTI. Mr Michels says it will provide a valuable chance to assess immediate opportunities and longer-term prospects for small to medium sized companies who want to work in Iraq.

A large number of Iraqi businesses seeking business partners in the UK will be attending both conference days.

Non-members who wish to attend should contact Richard Cotton or Christophe Michels at london@webuildiraq.org. Tickets for the first conference day are priced at £750 each. Attendance of the second conference day is free of charge.

Iraqi and British politicians will be joining senior business leaders from both countries at the Iraq Britain Business Council’s (IBBC) eighth London conference in early November.

Entitled “Iraq – Accentuating the Positive”, the event is being held at the spectacular Institution for Civil Engineers building, One Great George Street, on November 5th and 6th.

In light of the extremely challenging situation in Iraq, the IBBC has this year chosen to focus on the continuing opportunities for British business in the country’s fast growing economy.

Chief Operating Officer, Mr Christophe Michels, said the council would provide a realistic assessment of what was going on in Iraq, financially, politically and socially.

For the first time, the event will be open to non-members.  Mr Michels says this will provide a “excellent opportunity” for business people from all sectors to meet some of the main players in the Iraqi business and political world.

The conference will comprise five separate sessions under the headings:

  • What is really happening in Iraq?
  • Consolidating Success (Using Actual Examples).
  • The Importance of the Built Environment for the Future of Iraq.
  • Oil and Gas.
  • Educational Development in Iraq.

The IBBC has already confirmed the attendance of Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, 1st Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Lords Howell of Guildford and Green of Hurstpierpoint, the new British Ambassador to Baghdad, Mr Frank Baker, and Mr Faik Nerweji, the Iraqi Ambassador to the UK, together with other senior officials and politicians from the UK and throughout Iraq.

From the commercial and business community in Iraq, CEO of Genel Energy Tony Hayward will address the conference, Jack Pringle of Pringle and Brandon will be chairing the built environment panel whilst representatives from Shell, SKA, Al Saraji Group, Zaha Hadid Architects, SSH, Foster Wheeler, BP and Perkins+Will will all be participating.

Dr Alastair Niven will be chairing the education panel with high level representatives of the British Council, the Iraqi Government and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education on it.

The second day of the conference has been organised in partnership with UKTI. Mr Michels says it will provide a valuable chance to assess immediate opportunities and longer-term prospects for small to medium sized companies who want to work in Iraq.

A large number of Iraqi businesses seeking business partners in the UK will be attending both conference days.

Non-members who wish to attend should contact Richard Cotton or Christophe Michels at london@webuildiraq.org. Tickets for the first conference day are priced at £750 each. Attendance of the second conference day is free of charge.