Western Business Chiefs Head To Baghdad Summit

Around 80 executives from the world's leading companies doing business in Iraq will arrive in Baghdad this weekend as part of a major trade delegation.

They will attend a two day conference on Sunday September 30th and October 1st at the Al Rashid Hotel, Baghdad, to hear speeches from Deputy Prime Ministers Sharistani and Shaways and Dr Sami al-Araji, chairman of Iraq's National Investment Commission. Other Iraqi ministers and Mrs Hamdiyah al-Jaf, Chairman, Trade Bank of Iraq, will also attend along with trade groups including Basrah Chamber of Commerce.

Western companies represented will include: Shell, ExxonMobil, AMEC, DWC, Kier, Foster Wheeler, Fluor, Ernst and Young, Mott MacDonald, Kuwait Energy, Weir and major security companies including Olive Group , Control Risks and Aegis.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne (pictured), the IBBC's Executive Chairman, will lead the trade delegation. She said:

"I am delighted the conference is being held under the patronage of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Iraq, Mr al-Maliki. The trade delegation will be one of highest level groups to travel to Iraq in recent years."

(Source: IBBC)

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