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Past Event
13 September 2012

U.S. Department of State Conference, US-Iraq Housing and Construction, Washington DC

9:30 Arrival at venue (HST Building, Room 6320)
10:00 Greeting and Introduction by U.S.-Side Moderator Andrew Snow, Director, Iraq Office, U.S. Department of State
10:03 Welcome Remarks by Steven Zate, Economic Minister Counselor, U.S. Embassy Baghdad

Overview of Housing and Construction Sector by Dr. Sami Al-Araji, Chairman, National Investment Commisssion

  • General plan for future housing and construction projects
  • Step-by-step process of investing in housing and construction projects (Discuss National Investment Law and related laws as needed)
  • Iraqi preferences and demand for residential units
  • Timeline for projects and financing options
  • Ensuring entry of necessary foreign labor, building materials
  • Experience with past projects

Remarks by Deputy Minister Istabraq Alshouk, Ministry of Housing

  • Explanation of tenders/tendering system
  • Information on specific housing projects planned

Provincial Investment Commission Perspectives (Salah Ad Din, Anbar, Dhi Qar, Ninewa, Diyala, Muthanna, Diwaniya, Baghdad)

  • Opportunities in the provinces (3-5 min. each)
  • Who, opportunities, contact info

U.S. Business Perspective by John Sullivan, Partner, Mayer Brown

  • How U.S. companies work and what they expect
11:20 Overview of the Foreign Commercial Service by Jonathan Heimer, Deputy Senior Commercial Officer, U.S. Embassy Baghdad
11:30 Remaining time reserved for Q&A
12:00 Adjourn videoconference meeting
Mayer Brown Speaker: John Sullivan
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