IBBC Spring Conference – “Iraq in Transition”

The Iraq Britain Business Council (IBBC) will be holding its Spring Conference on April 27 at Mansion House and on April 28 at Vintners’ Hall in London.

In recent weeks considerable political debate has taken place in Iraq following Prime Minister Abadi’s announcement of a technocrat reshuffle of his cabinet. It seems that the motto of the conference – ‘Iraq in Transition’ – fits what is happening in the country better than expected.

Unfortunately, this means that previously announced Iraqi Ministerial attendance cannot be confirmed anymore. The Minister of Oil will not attend the conference having stepped down from his post recently. It is still planned for the Iraqi Minister of Industry and Minerals, HE.Mohammed Sahib Khalaf Al-Daraji to attend.

The conference is the place to hear about the latest developments in Iraq from top level UK and Iraqi officials, businessmen and academics.

Confirmed speakers to date include:

  • H.E. Mohammed Sahib Khalaf Al-Daraji;
  • Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, IBBC Executive Chairman and the UK Trade Envoy for Iraq;
  • Frank Baker OBE, HM Ambassador to Iraq;
  • Jafaar Al Hamdani, Chairman of the Iraqi Federation of Chambers of Commerce;
  • Helena Morrissey, Newton Investments CEO and founder of 30% Club;
  • Lieutenant General Sir Simon Mayall;
  • Louis Taylor, CEO of UK Export Finance;
  • Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint; and,
  • Alderman Peter Estlin, the Lord Mayor’s Aldermanic Representative.

They will be joined by speakers from IBBC member companies such as Shell; BP; Standard Chartered Bank; Gulftainer; Weir Group; Restrata; Management Partners; Moby Group; Bath Spa University and others.

Topics on the agenda include:

  • Update on the Political and Security Environment in Iraq and the Middle East
  • Improving Human Capital: Public and Private Sectors
  • Trade and Finance: Export and Import, Duties and Customs
  • Oil and Gas: Project Finance / Downstream Developments
  • Telecoms, Media and Technology

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne will be hosting a post-conference dinner for delegates at the historic Vintners’ Hall.

Due to a large number of delegates registering for the conference, the second conference day venue is changing from Shell Centre to Vintners’ Hall. On both days delegates will enjoy the participation of a large delegation of Iraqi businessmen and regional officials representing most governorates of Iraq, led by the Chambers of Commerce.

IBBC members Shell, Restrata and Al Iraqia for Money Transfer have generously agreed to sponsor the event.

Please register via the online booking facility on the IBBC website, or contact the team on [email protected] or +44 (0) 20 7222 7100 for advice and help.

The IBBC team looks forward to seeing you at the Spring Conference!

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