Iraq Mega Projects 2010 Conference & Exhibition took place in Istanbul, Turkey, on 26-28 October. The event promised to be the gathering for service companies to meet the mega project holders; this did not fail to live up to expectation. Representatives of the contract holders came as delegates to support the gathering, though low profile they were able to see what the service companies have to offer and it was also impossible to miss the vast number of high level participants gathered in Istanbul.
The opening of the conference set the precedence for the two days of discussions and networking opportunities, each coffee and lunch break was packed with professional Iraqi’s keen to exchange business cards and do deals. The cruise on the Bosphorus River sponsored by Caterpillar was an enjoyable evening that set a relaxed atmosphere for delegates to socialise and make potential deals, whilst taking in the sites of Istanbul.
H.E. Taner Yildiz the Turkish Minister of Energy & Natural Resources spoke about the strong ties amongst Turkey and Iraq and the plans to improve relations further. “I am strongly convinced that such an event will create a great opportunity and enhance the relations between Turkey and Iraq and give further opportunities for Turkish companies in Iraq. Turkish companies have always held a place in the Iraqi market despite the old difficulties and our companies believe there is a need to generate their existence more strongly there now”. His Excellency was represented by the Deputy Minister Mr Sefa Sadik Aytekin.