Between 18 and 23 September, Baroness Nicholson visited Baghdad in her capacity as Chairman of the Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC).
She stayed at the British Embassy with the Ambassador, Michael Aron, and met a range of influential Iraqi leaders, including Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and two of his three Deputies.
She also met Iraqi and international business leaders, including Robert Dudley, CEO of BP and Sami al Araji, Chairman of the Iraqi National Investment Commission.
The visit highlighted the potential of international investment in Iraq, and helped strengthen the relationships that have already resulted in profitable opportunities for British and international business in Iraq.
It also prepared the ground for forthcoming IBBC conferences in Basra (17/18 October), London (16/17 November) and Erbil (January). These will broaden further the partnerships between British, International and Iraqi businesses.
The IBBC has delivered real benefits for its members, and is supporting the economic growth that will offer all Iraqis a brighter future. It is an excellent example of co-operation among a charitable organisation, the FCO, UKTI and the British Council, and one that promotes the British Government’s prosperity agenda.