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The aim of the conference is to provide an international forum with up to date information and knowledge of the Iraqi energy markets. The conference will provide a platform to learn about the political perspective, energy policies and international investment in order to fully realise the direction and potential of the market. The conference will also cover the development of the energy infrastructure and the security issues surrounding these developments to enable an astute assessment of the state of the market. There will be the opportunity to learn from case studies from contractors working within the Iraqi energy market and to understand both the benefits and challenges being addressed.

A forward looking event where you will:
· Understand the Allies and Coalition Government’s role in the reconstruction of Iraq
· Identify the processes that have been occurring to restore Iraqi power
· Gain an insight into the rapid potential for emerging investments and partnership opportunities
· Establish the role of the private sector in the reconstruction
· Evaluate the direction and development of the oil sector

A unique opportunity to learn from leading industry experts including:
· Senior Representative, Ministry of Oil, Iraq, Coalition Provisional Authority
· Neil Crompton, Head of Iraq Policy Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
· Fergus Harradence, Head of Gulf Unit, Iraq Unit, UK Trade and Investment, DTI
· William Lash III, Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance, US Department of Commerce
· Albert Bertini, Deputy Program Manager, Iraqi Reconstruction, Military Programs Directorates, US Army Corps of Engineers
· Dr Sam Kubba, Chairman and CEO, American Iraqi Chamber of Commerce
· Dick Thomson, Director Middle East & North Africa Region & International Construction, British Consultants and Construction Bureau (BCCB)
· Peter Stewart, Oil Manager, Platts
· Bathsheba Crocker, Fellow & Co-Director, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Conference programme

8:30 Registration and Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Sir Harold Walker

Sir Harold Walker, , former British Ambassador to Iraq

9:10 KEYNOTE ADDRESS : IRAQ

Neil Crompton

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

  • Political process
  • Management of transition to transitional Government
  • Constitutional challenges in 2005
  • Role of UN, religious and international community
  • Security sector reform
    Iraqisation of security forces
  • Role of multi-national forces
    Reconstruction prospects
  • 9:40 RECONSTRUCTION

    Fergus Harradence

    Fergus Harradence, Head of Gulf Unit, Iraq Unit, UK Trade and Investment, DTI

  • Opportunities for UK companies
  • Procurement and contractual procedures
  • The future of the private sector
  • 10:20 DOING BUSINESS WITH IRAQI FIRMS

    Danny Benjamin

    Danny Benjamin, Vice President, AI Fawares / Ramin Information Technology Solutions (RiTS)

  • RiTS
  • Al Fawares
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 A PRACTICAL BUSINESS PERSPECTIVE FROM BAGHDAD

  • Identifying partners, agents and distributors
  • Establishing trading agencies (outside the green zone)
  • Challenges: The Iraqi mindset
  • SRB approved projects
  • Khalid Mahdi

    Khalid Mahdi, Managing Director, Iraq Business Corporation

    12:00 RESTARTING IRAQ’S ECONOMY

    Bathsheba Crocker

    Bathsheba Crocker, Fellow & Co-Director, Post-Conflict Reconstruction Project, Center for Strategic and International Studies

  • A review of the items that guide international and domestic companies’ investment
  • Iraq’s market: assessment of the size and potential growth of Iraq’s domestic market
  • Freedom of access to the market: the degree of Government interference to entering Iraq’s market
  • Impact of ongoing reconstruction: how are security, lack of an Iraqi governing body and other reconstruction-related concerns affecting the potential of Iraq’s economy and decisions about foreign investment
  • 12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:00 POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE

    Sir Harold Walker

    Sir Harold Walker, , former British Ambassador to Iraq

  • The Central Government today
  • Local Government
  • The future of Iraq
  • The US/UK intervention and the consequence for international relations and global security
  • 14:40 BUDGET

    Wayne Gagner

    Wayne Gagner, President, S&W International

  • US budget for Iraq
  • Contracts
  • Tasks
  • Key personnel in the US Government
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:20 SECURING IRAQ

    Brigadier Aldwin Wight

    Brigadier Aldwin Wight, Chairman, Security Consulting Group EMEA, Kroll

  • What is the threat and what is its impact politically, economically and socially?
    What are the approaches to security?
  • What is the CPA interim Government’s role?
  • What is the coalition forces’ role?
  • What is the emerging Iraqi security forces’ role?
    How effective are the above in addressing the threat?
  • How do security companies fit into this?
  • What are the security strategies and challenges?
    What are the costs?
  • 16:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Wayne Gagner

    Wayne Gagner, President, S&W International

    9:10 RECONSTRUCTING IRAQ

    Mr J V Schwan

    Mr J V Schwan, Vice Chairman, Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force, US Department of Commerce

  • The Bush Administration’s reconstruction plan: building bridges, infrastructure and institutions
  • The US Department of Commerce’s reconstruction initiatives
  • US Commerce Secretary Don Evans’ visit to highlight Iraq reconstruction
  • The Department of Commerce’s Reconstruction Outreach to US industry
  • Working with our Coalition partners to rebuild Iraq
  • A review of the infrastructure at the moment
  • 9:40 CASE STUDY

    Albert Bertini

    Albert Bertini, Deputy Program Manager, Iraqi Reconstruction, Military Programs Directorates, US Army Corps of Engineers

  • Support to US forces
  • Restoring Iraqi oil infrastructure
  • Supporting the Coalition Provisional Authority
  • Support to US Agency for international development
  • Restoring Iraq electricity
  • 10:20 IRAQ’S OIL

    Peter Stewart

    Peter Stewart, Oil Manager, Platts Global Energy

  • Reserves and production history
  • Oil and gas field development
  • Refineries and domestic consumption
  • Export terminals and pipelines
  • Iraq’s production prospects
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 PANEL DISCUSSION

  • The position of Iraq’s reconstruction efforts
  • The potential of Iraq’s energy
  • Opportunities and threats that could be faced by internal and external industry players
  • Juliet Blanch

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

    Albert Bertini

    Albert Bertini, Deputy Program Manager, Iraqi Reconstruction, Military Programs Directorates, US Army Corps of Engineers

    Andrew Bonser

    Andrew Bonser, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Faris Sahra

    Faris Sahra, Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    11:20 THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK OF IRAQ

    Juliet Blanch

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

  • The current post-war legal system
  • The implications of the legal situation
  • Potential legal obstacles to trade
  • In the event of a dispute, what remedies are available?
  • Issues of enforcement
  • 12:00 REVIVING IRAQ’S ENERGY

  • Current conditions and fundamentals of the Iraqi energy sector
  • The industry’s potential impact on global energy markets
  • Potential to create a favourable climate for redevelopment
  • The need for financial and technical assistance
  • Andrew Bonser

    Andrew Bonser, Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    Faris Sahra

    Faris Sahra, Lawyer, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

    12:40 Networking Lunch

    14:40 FUNDING FROM THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCIES

    Edward Lidderdale

    Edward Lidderdale, Consultant, Aid-Funded Business

  • Agencies involved in the reconstruction of Iraq’s energy sector (eg World Bank, UNDP, Islamic funds)
  • How they fit in with other sources of funding (eg bilateral, commercial)
  • Their Iraq programmes, actual and prospective
  • How to sell goods and services to them
  • 15:20 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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