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Gaining contracts to reconstruct Iraq will be fiercely competitive and it is the aim of SMi’s conference to provide you with information and knowledge on how to win contracts in Iraq. The conference will update you with the projects and contracts in reconstructing Iraq and prepare you for the risks involved with first hand knowledge and experience from experts in the field.

Reconstructing Iraq provides an overview of the current situation and focuses upon the medium-term projects, particularly those supporting energy, infrastructure, transport and telecoms. You will also be provided with the latest information on reconstruction programmes and funding. Presentations will feature top governmental officials and corporate executives.

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
Jay Brandes, Director, Iraq Reconstruction Task Force, US Department of CommerceSenior Representative, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Colin Adams, Chief Executive, British Consultants and Construction Bureau
Michael Thomas, Trade Director, Middle East Association
Paul Davis, Vice President European Business Development, Parsons
John Baxter, Group Engineering Director, Powergen

Benefits of Attending:·
. Acquire insight and information from key reconstruction leaders
· Evaluate the value of reconstruction contracts
· Optimise your opportunity to rebuild the physical and social infrastructure of New Iraq
· Gain current knowledge of Iraq’s oil industry
· Appraise potential difficulties and solutions
· Raise the profile of your company
· Key networking opportunities

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Colin Adams

Colin Adams, Chief Executive, British Consultants and Construction Bureau

9:10 STABILISING THE POLITICAL SCENE

Sir Harold Walker

Sir Harold Walker, , former British Ambassador to Iraq

  • Outline of the Iraqi government machine
  • The constitution
  • Sub-national governance
  • Mechanisms for citizens to participate in local governance
  • 9:40 LESSONS FROM PREVIOUS WARS

    Michael Thomas

    Michael Thomas, Trade Director, Middle East Association

  • Analogy between relevant wars (Afghanistan, Nigeria, Angola, Kosovo, Bosnia, Iran)
  • Stabilising the oil industry
  • Construction and restoration
  • Political situations and their effects
  • Solutions to potential problems
  • 10:20 THE EUROPEAN RECONSTRUCTION EFFORT

    Neil Crompton

    Neil Crompton, Head of Iraq Policy Unit, British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

  • Overview of the UN’s role in reconstruction
  • Maintaining social and political order
  • Maintaining security of the oilfields and installations
  • Enlisting the co-operation of Iraq’s neighbours
  • Creating a broad-based national government
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee Sponsored by Norton Rose

    11:20 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Sir Harold Walker

    Sir Harold Walker, , former British Ambassador to Iraq

    Senior Representative

    Senior Representative, , British Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    Thomas J. Ramsey

    Thomas J. Ramsey, Partner and Co-coordinator Middle East Practice, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

    12:00 THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF IRAQ

  • The current post-war legal framework
  • The stabilisation of the legal system
  • The implications of the legal situation
  • The potential legal obstacles to trade
  • Solutions to current situation
  • Daniel E. Larkin

    Daniel E. Larkin, Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

    Stephen Nelson

    Stephen Nelson, Partner, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

    12:40 Lunch Sponsored by Jones Day Gouldens

    13:40 POTENTIAL FUNDING FOR RESTORATION PROJECTS

    Michael Hodges

    Michael Hodges, Director of Middle East, Project and Export Finance, HSBC Bank

  • The existing debt position
  • Financial institutions in Iraq
  • US and coalition governments’ financing
  • United Nations’ resources
  • Traditional funding for projects
  • Oil resources as a method of funding
  • 14:20 LEGAL ISSUES IN RECONSTRUCTING IRAQ

    Craig Shuttleworth

    Craig Shuttleworth, Partner, Jones Day Gouldens

  • Overview of the contracting process
  • Specialist contracts/projects – USAID/ARMY CORPS
  • Subcontracting
  • Legal resources – “avoiding the pitfalls”
  • 15:00 RISKS INVOLVED IN REBUILDING IRAQ

    Simon Treadgold

    Simon Treadgold, Project Manager, Olive Security

  • Force majeure and present security
  • Potential political risk within Iraq
  • Logistical difficulties
  • Risk mitigation for contractors
  • Case study on recent deployment in Iraq
  • 15:40 Afternoon Tea Sponsored by Norton Rose

    16:00 ASSESSING THE SECURITY THREAT FROM ERW IN SOUTHERN IRAQ

    Colonel Lionel Dyck (rtd)

    Colonel Lionel Dyck (rtd), Chairman and Head of Operations, MineTech International

    16:40 RECONSTRUCTION AND PAYMENT MECHANISMS

    Michael Lynch-Bell

    Michael Lynch-Bell, Partner, Global Energy, Chemicals and Utilities Corporate Finance, Ernst & Young LLP

  • Contractual security
  • Currency conversion and the exchange rate
  • Removing currency from the country
  • Taxation within production, importing and exporting
  • Liability within contracts
  • 17:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One.
    Followed by a Drinks Reception Sponsored by Squire, Sanders & Dempsey

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wayne Gagner

    Wayne Gagner, President, S&W Associates

    9:10 THE US BUDGET PROCESS

    Wayne Gagner

    Wayne Gagner, President, S&W Associates

    9:40 RESURRECTING TELECOMS WITHIN IRAQ

    Paul Davis

    Paul Davis, Vice President European Business Development, Parsons

  • Assessment of Iraq’s existing telecom network
  • Iraq’s current telecom industry
  • Rehabilitating the fixed network
  • Implementing a wireless network
  • The potential for equipment vendors
  • 10:20 REGENERATING IRAQ’S POWER

    John Baxter

    John Baxter, Group Engineering Director, Powergen

  • UK industry/Army link
  • Overview of the southern Iraq electricity situation
  • Initial assessment of network post-conflict
  • Actions to restore power supplies and enhance reliability
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee Sponsored by Norton Rose

    11:20 INTERNATIONAL ARBITRATION

    Juliet Blanch

    Juliet Blanch, Partner, Head of International Arbitration, Norton Rose

  • Overview of the situation: Iraq’s existing contracts
  • The Geneva Convention and pre-war contracts
  • Potential outcomes of arbitration and enforcement issues
  • New contracts and defence against arbitration processes
  • Property rights within post-war Iraq
  • 12:00 IRAQ AND INSURANCE ISSUES

    David Neckar

    David Neckar, Practice Leader, Political and Trade Credit Risks, Willis
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    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 IRAQ’S OIL INDUSTRY INFRASTRUCTURE

    Peter Stewart

    Peter Stewart, Oil Manager, Platts Global Energy

  • Assessment of the current infrastructure
  • Repairing the oil wells and reservoirs
  • Pipeline development and security
  • Repairing and expanding the pumping stations
  • Oil reserves and exploration potential
  • Export terminals and capacity; marine insurance
  • 14:40 PANEL DISCUSSION

    Paul Davis

    Paul Davis, Vice President European Business Development, Parsons

    Michael Thomas

    Michael Thomas, Trade Director, Middle East Association

    Jay Brandes

    Jay Brandes, Director, Iraq Reconstruction Task Force, US Department of Commerce

    15:20 Afternoon Tea Sponsored by Norton Rose

    15:40 BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH US CONTRACTORS

    Jay Brandes

    Jay Brandes, Director, Iraq Reconstruction Task Force, US Department of Commerce

  • Overview of Iraq reconstruction efforts
  • US Government contracts awarded
  • 16:20 SEAPORT DEVELOPMENT OF UMM QASR

    Ken Gibbons

    Ken Gibbons, Director, Ports and Terminal Group

  • Current role in relief and rehabilitation
  • Importance of access: clearing/dredging
  • Current facilities assessment
  • Facilities repair, refurbishment; systems reinstatement
  • Port operations, operating procedures, commercial systems
  • Longer term strategic importance of Umm Qasr
    Investment opportunities
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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