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Iraq: New Land of Opportunity? – Meet the British Ambassador

March 19 @ 8:00 am - 11:15 am

You are invited to join Mr Jon Wilks, CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Iraq, and his DIT colleagues to explore the opportunities for business in this market.

This is an exciting time for doing business in Iraq and in particular those companies already doing business in the Gulf, Saudi Arabia and the Levant should consider Iraq as a place to do business. Perceptions of the country are dominated by conflict and security concerns. But look deeper: The security situation is stabilising and exports of goods and services from the UK are increasing (reaching £0.5bn in 2017). So the opportunity is there for UK firms to get into this market early – not least through UK Export Finance which has been offering support in the market since 2017 and recently completed £1bn of business.

To reflect the close ties between the UK and Iraq, our Embassy in Baghdad has been working  with the new Iraqi government to boost our economic partnership. Priorities for the next 4 years have been identified in the following sectors:

• oil & gas

• power

• infrastructure

• security & defence

• healthcare and life sciences

• education

• financial & business services

• technology

• retail

• agriculture

The international community is increasing its activity in Iraq, which is creating opportunities for aid-funded business. Donors are moving into the economic space to create the conditions to stimulate the private sector and improve the ease of doing business.

Iraq is a challenging business environment, but opportunities are there and the British Embassy and DIT Iraq are on hand to help. So come along to our event on 19 March and hear from the Ambassador and his team directly. Roundtable and one-to-one sessions are bookable on the day.


08:00-08:30       Registration and refreshments


Iraq – What You Need to Know

08:30-08:35     Welcome from DIT Yorkshire & Humber

08:35-08:55      Mr Jon Wilks CMG, HMA Baghdad

Briefing on political situation, business environment, future opportunities and busting myths

08:55-09:15      Department for International Trade Iraq

Sector specific market briefing, market entry, and UK Export Finance

09:15-09:35      Company case-study

09:35-09:55      Prof Colin Raban

Higher Education links between UK & Iraq

09:55-10:25       Q & A with all Speakers


Education and Skills Round Table

10:30-11:15       HMA Jon Wilks and Prof C Raban

Meetings with DIT Iraq

10:30-11:15       One-to-one meetings: DIT Iraq and companies