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2nd Hamburg Business Day Iraq


Iraq – unlimited possibilities for investment!

November 11th, 2010
09.30 a.m. - 5.00 p.m.
Chamber of Commerce 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 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 and the Chamber of Commerce Hamburg in cooperation with the embassy of Iraq and the Centre for Iraq Studies at the Frederick-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg.



Conference Language is English


09.00 a.m. : Reception

09.30 a.m. : Opening

  • Stefan W. Dircks, Member of the Plenum and Chairman of the Study Group Asia in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce
  • Aziz Alkazaz, Vice-President of EMA
  • Martin Köppen, Director of the Board for International Affairs, Energy and Economic Aid in the Department for Labor and Economy Hamburg


  • H. E. Dr. Hussain Alkhateeb, 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: Stefan W. Dircks, Chamber of Commerce Hamburg

  • The domestic development of Iraqi Politics; Paul Freiherr von Maltzahn, German Ambassador to Iraq (ret.)
  • The Global Challenge for the Iraqi Economy; Prof. Dr. Hanaa Hammood, Center for Iraq Studies CIS 
  • The economic relations between Germany and Iraq; Dr. Klaus Hachmeier, Federal Ministry for Economy and Technology


11:00 a.m. : Break


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

Moderator: Stefan W. Dircks, Chamber of Commerce Hamburg

  • Opportunities for Investment in Northern Iraq – Activities of the Department for Investments in Erbil between 2006 and 2010; Hayder Mustafa Saaid, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Details for the receipt of Investment-Licences in Northern Iraq; Kamaran Mufti, Kurdistan Regional Government
  • Federal Export Guarantees; Volker Knauth, Euler Hermes
  • Aid for Private Investment by the Commerzbank AG; Gerhard Schipp,  Commerzbank AG


1:00 p.m. : Lunch


2:00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. Panel 3: Presentation of Current Environmental Projects

Moderator: Prof. Dr. Sefik Bahadir, Institute for Economic Studies, Erlangen University

  • Legal Framework Requirements (Trade Laws, Distribution Rights, Investment Laws, Guarantees for Foreign Investors, Establishment of branch offices in Iraq); Dr. Stephan Jäger, Amereller Rechtsanwälte
  • Waste Sorting and Composting in Dohuk; Dipl-Ing. Eduard Metze, Consulting Engineers Dipl.-Ing. H. Vössing GmbH
  • Securing Iraq’s Water Supply, Dipl-Ing. Andreas Nußbaum, Engineering Company Nussbaum


3:00 p.m. : Break


3:30 p.m. - Panel 4: Logistics and Exports

Moderator: Taoufik Ben Amara, UN-Coordinator (ret.)

  • Perspectives for Economic Growth in the Logistics Sector; Prof. Dr. Saladin Perababi, Salahaddin University, Erbil
  • Potentials for German Export Trade; Dipl.-Ing. Nasyr Birkholz, Birkholz International
  • Experience of a German Company in Iraq; Uwe Stupperich, M.G. International Transports GmbH

Concluding Debate

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