Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force

This site is maintained by the Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force (Task Force) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Task Force provides information and counseling to companies pursuing business opportunities in Iraq. [MORE]

SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit, Oct. 31- Nov. 1, 2013

The SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit is a first-of-its-kind, national-level engagement intended to connect businesses and investors from around the world with U.S. economic development organizations at the state, regional, and local levels. The SelectUSA 2013 Investment Summit is being hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration, and SelectUSA, as part of a U.S. government-wide initiative to promote direct investment in the United States.

A fact sheet on the investment summit can be found here.

40th Baghdad International Fair, Oct. 10-20, 2013

For the third year running, the US Department of Commerce, in cooperation with the State Department and Markez, Inc., is staging the US Pavilion at BIF. The Baghdad International Fair offers significant opportunities for US companies to gain access to the dynamic Iraqi market. BIF is a top priority for the Iraqi Government, and the US Pavilion serves as a powerful symbol of US commitment to the rebuilding of Iraq.

To register, please email our event partner, Markez Inc at nsaadeh@markezinc.com.

Developing Franchise Opportunities in Iraq, June 20-22, 2013

The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce hosted a delegation of business executives from Northern Iraq (Erbil and Sulaimaniyah) to participate in a Commercial Law and Development Program (CLDP) training program led by attorney Mais Abousy and attend the International Franchise Expo in New York City from June 20-22, 2013. The eleven delegation members representing general trading companies in Northern Iraq met with American companies representing food and health care related franchisors. They also participated in a CLDP training program highlighting the key concepts of franchising, as well as the technical and legal requirements for negotiating and choosing the right franchise. The delegation conducted site visits to local franchises and visited the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Iraqi Kurdistan business people attend International Franchise Expo in New York from June 20th -22nd, 2013.

The delegation concluded their visit by travelling to Washington, DC where they participated in an Interagency meeting with representatives from the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce on June 27, 2013.

For more information, contact: Dr. Dara Saeed, Consulate General of The United States of America – Erbil at +1 (240) 553-0590 x4116 or saeedDN@state.gov or Pauline Shams, U.S. Department of Commerce at (202) 482-4974 or Pauline.Shams@trade.gov.

Basrah Business Delegation Study Tour, May 20-24, 2013

Following on the Basrah-Houston Partners in Trade Agreement, signed by the Governor of Basrah and the Mayor of Houston in December 2012, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Commerce in conjunction with the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, the City of Houston, and the U.S. Business Council in Iraq, hosted a delegation of business executives from Basrah. The Iraqi business men were interested in establishing relationships with U.S. companies in the construction, engineering and energy sectors. During the study tour, the delegation met with business members of the Bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce, participated in a Commercial Law and Development Program (CLDP) training program and conducted site visits with ten Houston based companies. Among the companies visited were: 84 Lumber, Dynamo Stadium, Exxon Mobil / Fluor, GE Capital, J.P. Morgan Chase, Price Waterhouse Cooper, Western Forums and Structura International, Teton Buildings and the Texas Medical Center. The delegation also met with the Mayor’s Council of International Trade and Development hosted by Vice-Mayor Edward Gonzalez from the City of Houston.

City of Houston’s Vice Mayor Edward Gonzalez meets with eight Iraqi companies from Basrah on May 20, 2013.

The Governorate of Basrah’s entire budget is over $5 billion dollars annually with at least $380 million in construction, engineering, transportation, and housing projects forecasted to be procured during the next three years as they prepare to host the upcoming Gulf Cup in 2015.

For more information, contact: Nyamusi Igambi, U.S. Commercial Service- Houston at (713) 209-3112 or Nyamusi.Igambi@trade.gov and Pauline Shams, U.S. Department of Commerce at (202) 482-4974 or Pauline.Shams@trade.gov.

Iraq Energy Expo and Conference, April 23-26th, 2013

The Iraq Energy Expo and Conference is the only official government-sponsored expo and conference by the Iraq Ministry of Oil. Previously, there have been more than 80 companies, from 17 countries attending and participating in the expo and conference. They welcome all international companies to participate in upstream and downstream development.

There will be an extensive expo and an engaging conference with hands-on workshops looking at present needs, tenders and future opportunities.

For more information, please visit their website: http://www.iraqenergyexpo.com/

If you have any questions, please contact Nadia Ommar at (858) 568-0211 or Nadia@iacci.info

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