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AmCham Kurdistan will sponsor events throughout the year with the goal of providing professional development and networking opportunities for our members. 


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USAID

Online workshop on digital and Facebook marketing

The workshop on digital and Facebook marketing was held on April 4 Th. 2021 The subsidised IGPA Ninewa Investment Facilitation Initiative (NIFI), in collaboration with AmCham Kurdistan. The workshop assists organisations with utilising the web and online media to expand brands mindfulness, advance their items and administrations, associate with clients, and increment deals. It will zero in on creating Facebook posts and adverting in addition to website improvement (SEO).NIFI also provided specialised help to SMEs in Ninewa and KRG to assisted them with-gaining the information, instruments, and financing expected to fabricate independence and develop.




U.S.-Iraq Business Council Special Report 


During November 23 and 24, the U.S. Chamber's U.S.-Iraq Business Council, in cooperation with the Kurdistan Regional Government, was honoured to host a virtual conference on Post COVID-19 Economic Priorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.  The two-day, virtual event was led by USIBC President Steve Lutes and Kurdistan Regional Government Representative to the United States Her Excellency Bayan Sami Rahman, and featured discussions on a wide array of topics including economic diversification, strengthening the investment environment, and the future of U.S.-Iraq energy cooperation with U.S. industry leaders and senior officials from both governments. According to our media partner, Rudaw, the event garnered over 2.5 million viewers.
 

USIBC President Steve Lutes leads a Q&A with Kurdistan Regional Government Prime Minister HE Masrour Barzani 

The first day of the event kicked off with keynote remarks by His Excellency Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government. During introductory remarks, Chairman of Hillwood and the Perot Companies and Co-Chair of the U.S.-Iraq Business Council Ross Perot Jr. highlighted his company’s longstanding partnerships in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, which support over 2,100 local jobs, and predicted the company would double its energy production in the next several years.

His Excellency Prime Minister Barzani emphasized opportunities for international investment across a range of sectors during his featured speech to conference participants, reiterating, “we welcome international investment in all sectors of our economy, from health care and education to green energy, manufacturing, and agriculture.”  He also discussed the Kurdistan Regional Government’s focused efforts to “reduce red tape to ensure that foreign investors are able to complete necessary procedures more quickly and more easily—from company registration to visa regulations and permits.”

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Mark Menezes also spoke at the conference and emphasised that "Secretary Brouillette has made a point of remaining engaged in the Kurdistan Region's energy sector and continuing his frequent contacts with Prime Minister Barzani, and for good reasons. Simply stated, the Secretary, the Department of Energy, and the entire U.S. government appreciate the critical value of the U.S.-Kurdistan partnership and of energy and the U.S. business in the region.”

 

Pictured clockwise: Bilal Wahab Nathan and Esther K. Wagner Fellow, The Washington Institute; HE Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the U.S.; Hon. Matthew Tueller, U.S. Ambassdor to Iraq; HE Bayan Sami Rahman, KRG Representative in the U.S.; and HE Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations


A conversation on partnering for the future of stability and prosperity followed remarks by the Prime Minister and featured participation by HE Minister Safeen Dizayee, Head of the Department of Foreign Relations for the Kurdistan Regional Government; HE Dr. Fareed Yasseen, Ambassador of Iraq to the U.S.; and Hon. Matthew Tueller, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq. In discussing the importance of continued collaboration, HE Minister Dizayee reminded participants, “there are opportunities for us to cooperate more and more with Baghdad in order to enhance our relationship, not only at the political and security level, but also to help each other with the development of our economy."

 


The event also featured a high-level discussion on enabling the drivers of economic growth with Kurdistan Regional Government Deputy Prime Minister HE Qabad Talabani and the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs Hon. Joey Hood, which highlighted continued progress to implement reforms that streamline and digitize bureaucratic processes for government services. The conversation also emphasized the vitality of encouraging the development of a diverse and innovative private sector in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region. His Excellency Deputy Prime Minister Talabani importantly noted "the pandemic has taken not just a human toll but also a massive economic toll. But the economy didn't come to a complete stop.” He added, “if you have faith in the private sector, you create the space for it to fill the void that may be created as the result of government policy or a shock outside of our control, like Covid-19.”
 


Participants had the opportunity to hear from a diverse array of senior officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government including HE Begard Talabani, Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources; HE Reber Ahmed Khalid, Minister of Interior; HE Awat Janab Noori, Minister of Finance and Economy; HE Dara Rashid Mahmud, Minister of Planning; and HE Mohammed Shukri, Chairman of the Kurdistan Board of Investment.  In discussing the KRG’s response to COVID-19 amidst the roll out of its new agricultural reform agenda, the Minister of Agriculture and Water Resources noted, “We also established 13 different processing manufacturing companies in order to safeguard food for our internal market and at the same time to purchase our farmer's products. In next days, we will lay the foundation stone for a sugar-beet processing plant, which will provide jobs for 8,000 farmers.”

Throughout two days of several insightful discussions featuring these leaders, a number of themes emerged, including the importance of creating a diversified economy and improving public services; ongoing work to restructure tax and customs systems in order to create revenue and support local production, and enabling an attractive environment for international investors. These recommendations were echoed in insights from U.S. Consul General in Erbil Robert Waller and the State Department's Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Iraq Affairs David Copley, both of whom expressed the United States' continued readiness to work together with stakeholders in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to realise a more robust and diversified economy for the mutual benefit of both countries.  

 

Pictured clockwise: U.S. Department of Energy Principal Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Dr. Matthew Zais; Baz Karim, President and CEO, KAR Group; Chris Bowers, Senior Advisor, Chevron; and Russell Freeman, CEO, Hillwood Energy  


The program also featured an all-star lineup of executives from the U.S. business community who highlighted successful partnerships in fields from healthcare and digital technologies to banking and infrastructure.  Moreover, during a discussion the future of U.S.-Iraq energy partnerships, participants heard optimistic testimonies from longstanding partners Hillwood/HKN Energy, Chevron, and KAR Group.  The conversation was led by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Principal Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Dr. Matthew Zais, who said, “the KRG’s energy sector and the development of its energy resources will be the backbone of its economy, and will be critical to fully envisioning a diverse economy and one that postures the region for a prosperous economic future.”

 



U.S. Consulate Erbil Direct Line Program "Opportunities in Iraqi Kurdistan Agricultural Sector"

The Consulate hosted  a Direct Line conference on "Opportunities in the Iraqi Kurdistan Agricultural Sector" on Tuesday, June 15 at 09:30 EST/16:30 Iraq time. This virtual discussion hosted by Consul General Waller and the KRG Minister of Agriculture  provide an overview of opportunities in the Iraqi Kurdistan agricultural sector. Other presenters include the KRG Ministry of Agriculture Director General of Planning and Follow and private sector partners from Green Eastland.



Oct 7, 2020 Roundtable with visiting DAS Mr. David Copley, in partnership with US Consulate-Erbil.




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