Iraq Government To Open Doors To Foreign Investors At London Event

  • Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki endorses and supports event.
  • High-level delegation from several ministries and headed by deputy prime minister.
  • Financing of Iraq’s reconstruction to be discussed with international banks and investors.

Iraq is to welcome foreign investors at a major London convention and offer a stake in the country’s economic and financial future.

The major investment conference for Iraq will get underway in London next week from 17-18 September (

A high-level delegation, endorsed by Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, and led by the deputy prime minister, Rowsch Shaways (pictured), will be welcomed by the UK minister of state for trade and investment, Lord Green, at London’s Grange Tower Bridge Hotel.

“Iraq is embarking on a major redevelopment programme and all government departments are preparing for huge growth and expansion,” said Shaways. “The aims and objectives of Iraq Finance 2012 complement the urgent needs and reforms required across the country.”

The delegation will discuss Iraq’s investment requirements and key opportunities for regenerating the country’s financial sector. Iraqi ministers and government officials are expected to call upon the support of the international community to help in financing Iraq’s reconstruction.

It is also a chance for foreign investors to discover the massive financial potential in a stabilized Iraq. The country is already emerging as a major center for international investment following its long isolation from world markets. Major opportunities exist across several industries if the appropriate financing and domestic banking sector is fully established.

Iraq will use the conference to present its ideas for PPP and project financing, as well as a series of reforms and investments for its banking sector, including the restructuring of state banks.

The event has already attracted widespread investor attention. Leading investment and private banks are taking part together with IOCs, technology companies, insurance providers, and other financial institutions, all hoping to capitalize on the reconstruction of Iraq’s physical and financial infrastructure.

Haider al Abadi, Chairman of Iraq’s Parliamentary Finance Committee said: “This conference will contribute to the existing work of the committee by exploring mechanisms for regenerating the financial sector through active participation and dialogue with international clients, as well as to address any immediate and long term needs for reform."

To register or enquire about a media pass for Iraq Finance 2012, being held at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London, 18 – 19 September, contact the organisers on [email protected] or call +44 (0) 208 849 8964.

Event: Iraq Finance 2012 – international conference on finance and banking in Iraq

Date: Tuesday 18 – Wednesday 19 September 2012

Venue: The Grange Tower Bridge Hotel


Key Confirmed Attendees and Speakers:

1. H.E Dr Rowsch Shaways, Deputy Prime Minister
2. H.E Dr Qusayl Al-Suhail, First Deputy President of Parliament
3. H.E Dr Rafe Al Essawi, Minister of Finance
4. H.E Dr Sinan-al-Shabibi, Central Bank Governor
5. H.E Dr Ali Yusuf Al Shukri, Minister of Planning and Development
6. H.E Eng. Mohammed Al-Darraji, Minister of Construction & Housing
7. H.E Dr Sami Al-Araji, Chairman, National Investment Commission
8. H.E Dr Haider Al-Abadi, Chairman, Parliamentary Finance Committee
9. Hamdiyah-al-Jaff, Chairman and President, Trade Bank of Iraq


One Response to Iraq Government To Open Doors To Foreign Investors At London Event

  1. Sammy 13th September 2012 at 03:09 #

    The issue here is not lack of investment opportunities, but who wants to invest in a country that sits on the edge of civil war and breakaway provinces, the lack of stability is known to foreign investors and descent companies will not take such a real and substantial risk.
    there are no foundation for investment, simply there is no law of taxation, insurances, workers rights, govermental gurantees. may be some chines companies will step in but even that is a remote possibility.
    At this stage Iraq is in a desperate need for a real government, perhaps a poerfull dictatorship to be able to establish the bases for a real country, that will be followed by investments and a latter democracy.