As Iraq returns to the international stage with record oil revenues, stability, and a new Government, the IBBC extended its Autumn Dubai conference 2022 over three days to accommodate a record number of attendees and speakers. While energy is fundamental to Iraq, the conference branched out to encompass other important topics, challenges, and opportunities that Iraq’s rebounding economy requires in the immediate and longer term.
Foremost sectors include finance and investment, tech, infrastructure and industry, water and the environment, education, skills and training and a special focus on regional areas including KRI and Basrah. Education was the subject of a special preconference day for universities and government officials.
Addressing and welcoming the business conference Baroness Nicholson, President of IBBC confirmed that Iraq is an important country for Britain, and we enjoy good and strong relations, especially between IBBC members from both the UK and Iraq. HE Juma Al Kait, Assistant Undersecretary for International Trade, UAE Ministry of Economy also welcomed the delegates to the UAE and noted that trade between Iraq and UAE has grown over 60% in the last year and is set to continue growing in the future.
HE Mr Mustafa Ghalid Mukheef, Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq, spoke of continued and accelerated investment in infrastructure, Mr Adel Khudair Al Masoodi, Representing the Iraqi Minister of Trade, The British Ambassador, Mr Mark Bryson- Richardson, Dr Mohammed Shukri Chairman of Kurdistan Investment board and Mr Sardar Al Bebany, Sardar Group Chairman and CEO and principal sponsors of the conference all focused on different aspects of business and trade opportunities. read full article