IBBC hold Iraq Business Forum for hundreds of UK and Iraqi businesses at the Central Hall Westminster in London on 9th April

The Iraq Britain Business Council held its Iraq Business Forum on 9th April at the Central Hall Westminster in London on 9th April. The event was led by Eng. Rasmi Al-Jabri Deputy Chairman of IBBC and Richard Cotton, IBBC’s Commercial Adviser. A key note address was given by Dr Salar Ameen, Deputy Chairman of the National Investment Commission. Dr Dara Al Khayat, Deputy Chairman of the Iraqi Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Chairman of the Kurdish Federation of Commerce of Industry headed a delegation alongside many of his colleagues.

The Forum followed on from last year’s event and this year saw a huge increase in interest from both Iraqi and UK businesses with record numbers of over 350 delegates attending from small and medium sized businesses.

The agenda for the day comprised of a key note speech, two panels of Iraqi and British business people identifying opportunities and capability to supply, followed by one to one meetings between companies hosting displays and our Iraqi visitors.

The event was open for all business sectors and covered oil & gas, electricity and water, construction & infrastructure, tech, financial & professional services, healthcare, food processing, automotive and foodstuffs and more.

Conference Session and Speakers:

Session 1 – Iraqi Panellists present business opportunities in Iraq

Chairman: Eng. Rasmi Al Jabri

Panellists:  Suha Al-Kifaee, Managing Director, International Islamic Bank; Eng Zuhair M.R. Sharba, General Secretary of Iraqi Center for International Arbitration; Iraqi Chambers of Commerce; Dr Dara Khayat, President of KRG Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry; Tariq M Al-Obeidi, Private Sector Chief Consulting Engineer, Osama A. Kadhum, Managing Director of Ratba’a Contracting Co.LLC; Ranajit Sengupta, General Manager, Sardar Trading Agencies, Iraq

Session 2 – UK Panellists present UK delivery capability

Chairman: Mr Richard Cotton;

Panellists: Lila Thompson, Chief Executive, British Water; Stuart Broadley, CEO, Energy Industry Council; Liam Smyth, Director – Trade Facilitation, British Chambers of Commerce; Phillip Marsham, CEO, Basra Gateway Terminal; Stephen Dawe, Group International Business Director, Morris Lubricants; Martyn Warr OBE, Consul General, British Consulate General

IBBC is the premier organisation promoting UK small and medium sized enterprises to trade with Iraq and this now annual event is the leading business event where such companies can showcase their products and services to over one hundred visiting Iraq business people.

The IBBC is especially grateful to its event sponsor and newest IBBC member, Sadar Trading Group.

To find out more about IBBC and to attend future events, please email London@webuildiraq.org