Baroness Nicholson – Opening Speech at IBBC Conference

Mr Finjan is a former high sea captain and I look forward to hearing from him, particularly with regards to the developments of the Faw Port project.  Unfortunately HE Mr Jabbar AH AL Luiebi, Minister of Oil, has sent his last minute apologies, urgent commitments emerged, which did not allow him to be with us after all. We all know how busy these gentlemen are and we are very fortunate to have one senior cabinet Minister with us today.

IBBC has long had a most productive relationship with the National Investment Commission of Iraq and with the Iraqi Chambers of Commerce and I warmly welcome their representatives here today and in doing so in particular I thank our long standing IBBC member and recently appointed Deputy Chairman Rasmi Al Jabri for all his work behind the scenes in facilitating the Iraqi delegation getting here today. I also want to thank our UAE Representative Mr Samer Al Omari who has worked relentlessly to make this conference a success.

Thank you to the UK Government.

Whilst IBBC is independent of UK Government we have very close ties with a whole range of Government Ministers, MPs and Departments to include the Foreign Office, the newly instituted Department of International Trade and the UK Export Finance.  With Brexit moving ahead the UK has to reach out to the world to enhance its trade and business relationships and IBBC is doing all it can to encourage more UK Government support for British companies interested in doing business in Iraq .

In recent years British companies have been hugely championed by the British Ambassador to Iraq, Mr Frank Baker OBE, who has worked tirelessly on their behalf. I am therefore very grateful indeed that Frank has been able to squeeze IBBC into his very busy schedule and we look forward very much indeed to getting an update from him shortly.

Sponsors and Speakers

IBBC has always been generously supported by its members at major events and this conference is no exception.

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