Non-Members Welcomed at IBBC Conference

Iraqi and British politicians will be joining senior business leaders from both countries at the Iraq Britain Business Council’s (IBBC) eighth London conference in early November.

Entitled “Iraq – Accentuating the Positive”, the event is being held at the spectacular Institution for Civil Engineers building, One Great George Street, on November 5th and 6th.

In light of the extremely challenging situation in Iraq, the IBBC has this year chosen to focus on the continuing opportunities for British business in the country’s fast growing economy.

Chief Operating Officer, Mr Christophe Michels, said the council would provide a realistic assessment of what was going on in Iraq, financially, politically and socially.

For the first time, the event will be open to non-members.  Mr Michels says this will provide a “excellent opportunity” for business people from all sectors to meet some of the main players in the Iraqi business and political world.

The conference will comprise five separate sessions under the headings:

  • What is really happening in Iraq?
  • Consolidating Success (Using Actual Examples).
  • The Importance of the Built Environment for the Future of Iraq.
  • Oil and Gas.
  • Educational Development in Iraq.

The IBBC has already confirmed the attendance of Sheikh Humam Hamoudi, 1st Deputy Speaker of the Iraqi Council of Representatives, Lords Howell of Guildford and Green of Hurstpierpoint, the new British Ambassador to Baghdad, Mr Frank Baker, and Mr Faik Nerweji, the Iraqi Ambassador to the UK, together with other senior officials and politicians from the UK and throughout Iraq.

From the commercial and business community in Iraq, CEO of Genel Energy Tony Hayward will address the conference, Jack Pringle of Pringle and Brandon will be chairing the built environment panel whilst representatives from Shell, SKA, Al Saraji Group, Zaha Hadid Architects, SSH, Foster Wheeler, BP and Perkins+Will will all be participating.

Dr Alastair Niven will be chairing the education panel with high level representatives of the British Council, the Iraqi Government and the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education on it.

The second day of the conference has been organised in partnership with UKTI. Mr Michels says it will provide a valuable chance to assess immediate opportunities and longer-term prospects for small to medium sized companies who want to work in Iraq.

A large number of Iraqi businesses seeking business partners in the UK will be attending both conference days.

Non-members who wish to attend should contact Richard Cotton or Christophe Michels at [email protected]. Tickets for the first conference day are priced at £750 each. Attendance of the second conference day is free of charge.

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