From Peace to prosperity:

The Conference to find out what’s happening for Iraq business.

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) Autumn Conference in Dubai on December 8th is set against a backdrop of relative peace and security in Iraq, and the prospect of oil revenues surging through the economy is driving a wider range of business opportunities and a prospective 8% increase in GDP.

Peace is enabling the economy to diversify through the revenues that pay for a range of infrastructure projects. So this Autumn we are focusing on a range of sectors set to benefit from a stable Iraq: namely, Water, Transport and Logistics, Energy and Tech.

The recent protests have also spurred on Government reforms and incentives to drive employment, entrepreneurship and service diversity, and increase the volume of opportunity that lies ahead and the prospects for not just business-to-business but also a burgeoning consumer market.

The Iraqi Electricity Minister will likely be speaking about his reforms to open up the market to SME’s, training and new players. Other ministers including those from Construction and Transport are attending.

The recent announcement of a 10year tax-free period for SMEs in Iraq will also stimulate the Tech entrepreneur market and drive the uptake of engineering skills.

At this conference, we will discuss big-picture economics with Professor Frank Gunter (Lehigh University), Ahmed Tabaqchali (AFC Iraq Fund), and Simon Penny (UK Trade & Investment), who will address the economic backdrop in the Middle East, and the context for Iraq in particular.

The World Bank and Wood Plc will cover the water sector, while Rolls Royce, Basra Gateway Terminal (BGT), and Menzies will look at transport and logistics, and Iraq’s Electricity Minister, GE, Siemens and Enka will focus on energy.

Alongside the conference our Tech Forum brings experts on HealthTech and Educational Tech, including speakers from GE, Siemens Healthcare, KPMG, EY, Google and the British Council, among others.

While key opportunities will be outlined, the real opportunity for business is to meet the people directly involved in contracts and supply-chain opportunities. This is the place to do business, to network and to find out what’s happening in the Middle East’s most potentially dynamic market that is Iraq.

For further information and to find the latest updates on speakers – more are expected – please contact  london@webuildiraq.org or visit the website to register for tickets.

https://iraqbritainbusiness.org/event/autumn-conference-at-the-address-hotel-dubai

The year it’s all on the up…

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) in conjunction with the Federation of Chambers of Commerce in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq are hosting a one-day London Business Forum to exchange information on business opportunities in Kurdistan and the United Kingdom.

The event will be held on the 20th January 2016 at The English-Speaking Union, Dartmouth House, 37 Charles Street, Mayfair, London.

Speakers will include:

  • Dr Yusuf Goran, KRG Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research;
  • Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, Executive Chairman IBBC and UK Trade Envoy to Iraq;
  • Dr. Dara Jalil Khayat, President, Kurdistan Federation of Chambers of Commerce & Industry;
  • Karwan Jamal Tahir, KRG High Representative in London;
  • Suren Thiru, British Chambers of Commerce;
  • Stuart Smith, UKTI Director Iraq;
  • Professor Lesley-Jane Eales-Reynolds, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Kingston University; and,
  • Nigel Birch, Director Business Solution Centre, University of Wolverhampton.

The opening addresses will be followed by two sessions, one specifically on education and healthcare, and the other on business opportunities in Kurdistan.

Delegates are invited on a complimentary basis. Seats are limited and so all applications will be subject to space permitting.

This event is sponsored by Genel Energy and UB Group.

For details, please email london@webuildiraq.org or phone +44 (0) 20 7222 7100.

Iraq Business News is delighted to bring you the latest major new guide to business in Iraq.

Published by Allurentis, in association with Iraq’s National Investment Commission (NIC) and UK Trade Investment (UKTI), the sixth edition in the annual New Iraq series – The New Iraq: 2015/2016 Discovering Business – contains a wealth of case studies, commentary and data; it’s 120 pages of essential reading for everyone with an interest in the redevelopment of Iraq.

And as Dr. Sami Al-Araji, Chairman of the National Investment Commission, says in the introduction:

There are more than 900 projects that could be offered up for foreign investment and joint ventures. Downstream oil ventures, natural gas development and the mining and processing of Iraq’s many valuable solid minerals, promise to develop as new pillars of the economy. Housing, infrastructure renewal, industry, manufacturing, agriculture, transportation and financial services are also major areas opening up to investment.”

We’d like to congratulate Laura Curtis (laura.curtis@allurentis.com) and all her team at Allurentis on a splendid publication.

Iraq Business News is delighted to make this guide available to readers in pdf format: Please click here to view or download the full document.

The British Consulate General Erbil has a vacancy for a Head of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) C4 (L) position.

Interested candidates should forward the following to Erbil.recruitment@fco.gov.uk:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A fully completed Application Form. Please provide examples of performance in each competency on the summary section of the application form.
  3. A covering letter stating why you feel you have the necessary skills and qualifications.

The closing date for all applications is 11 June 2015.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large number of applications, only those shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

(Source: UK FCO)

The British Consulate General Erbil has a vacancy for a Head of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) C4 (L) position.

Interested candidates should forward the following to Erbil.recruitment@fco.gov.uk:

  1. An updated Curriculum Vitae.
  2. A fully completed Application Form. Please provide examples of performance in each competency on the summary section of the application form.
  3. A covering letter stating why you feel you have the necessary skills and qualifications.

The closing date for all applications is 11 June 2015.

Applications received after the stated deadline will not be considered.

Due to the large number of applications, only those shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

(Source: UK FCO)