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1st Hamburg Business Day Iraq

Economic Demands for the Reconstruction of Iraq

May 25th, 2009
09.30 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.
Hypo Vereinsbank, Alter Wall 22, Hamburg


The „Hamburg Business Day Iraq“ presented perspectives on the development of the Iraqi economy and information on possibilities for trade and investment in the country. The Iraqi Economy will become ever more important for German Trade and Investment. That is not only because of the energy area, where Iraq will take an important role in delivering oil supplies for the world market, but also because of the reconstruction that is taking place in other sectors, like infrastructure, health, agriculture, environment and culture. Iraq offers great opportunities for investment and exports for German businesses. The conference offered participants the opportunity to exchange views and to get into contact with business leaders, decision-makers and academic experts for economics, politics and law. The event was organized by EMA in cooperation with the embassy of Iraq and the Hypo Vereinsbank Hamburg.




09.00 a.m. : Reception

  •  Prof. Dr. Jochen Vogel, Moderator


09.30 a.m. : Opening

  • Prof. Dr. Ralf Busch, Member of EMA
  • Klaus Greger, Director for business clients, Hypo Vereinsbank


  • Economic Demands for the Reconstruction of Iraq; H.E. Alaa A. Hussain Al-Hashimy, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq


10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Panel I: General Information on the Economic Conditions in Iraq

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Jochen Vogel, Moderator

  • The Current Security Situation in Iraq; Klemens Semtner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • The Economic Forum Iraq; Ralf Grauel, WPI-Wirtschaftsplattform Irak
  • Personal Safety in Iraq; Matthias Keil, Command Risks Management
  • Discussion

11:00 a.m. Break


11:30 a.m. – 1.00 a.m. Panel 2: Project Funding and Aid for German Investments

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Jochen Vogel, Moderator

  • Funding Methods; Ulrich Niemeyer, Hypo Vereinsbank
  • The Investment Laws in Iraq; Dr. Achim Börner, Börner Rechtsanwalt
  • Legal Framework Requirements for starting a business in Iraq; Saleh Majid, Legal Consultant


1:00 p.m. Lunch


2:00 p.m. Panel 3: Presentation of Current Projects

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Jochen Vogel, Moderator

  • Investment and Cooperation in Iraq: A Report on Practical Experiences; Horst-Dieter Becker, German Medical Services
  • Business in Iraq; Prof. Dr. Josef Schleicher , Daimler-Benz (enquired)
  • Economic Practice in Iraq; M. al-Janabi, AHG Industry Iraq (enquired)

Concluding Debate

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