Representatives of the Governments of Iraq and the UK, UN, EU, IMF and World Bank Take Part in IBBC’s Annual Retreat
Dara Rasheed, Iraq’s acting Minister of Housing and Construction; Ján Kubiš, Head of UNAMI and Special Representative of the United Nations for Iraq; Robert Bou Jaoude, the World Bank’s Special Representative for Iraq; Patrick Simmonet, the European Union’s Ambassador to Iraq; and Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne, IBBC Executive Chairman and UK trade Envoy for Iraq, Azerbaijan and Turkmenistan, were among the speakers who took part in the Iraq Britain Business Council’s annual retreat at Cumberland Lodge, Great Windsor Park, from 8-10 July 2016.
Robert Bou Jaoude of the World Bank, Amar Shubar of Management Partners and Christian Josz of the IMF spoke during a session on ‘Iraq’s Financial and Budgetary Crisis’
Christian Josz, Mission Chief of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), also attended the retreat and gave a comprehensive presentation on the IMF’s Stand-By Agreement for Iraq, which was approved on the 29 June 2016.
IBBC members Moby Group, Management Partners, Bath Spa University, Perkins+Will and CCC joined panels that discussed Iraq’s financial and budgetary situation; the country’s wider economic and structural crisis; construction and infrastructure updates; and strategic communication plans.
Dr Robert Arnott of the Home Office delivered a speech following dinner on Friday 8 July
Senior officials from the Home Office and the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in the UK were also in attendance and delivered speeches at the reception and dinner held the evening of Friday 8 July. The after-dinner speaker on Saturday 9 July was Sir Terence Clark KBE CMG CVO, Chairman of the Friends of the Basrah Museum, who updated delegates on the status of the important cultural initiative.
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