Agenda

 

DAY 1 CONFERENCE - 4 DECEMBER 2019


Opening of Forum and Welcome

 

Keynote Speeches

  • Keynote Speech #1 - Investing in Iraq - Iraq Ministry of Finance representative (TBD)
  • Keynote Speech #2 - US Government’s Support to Iraq – USG representative (TBD)
  • Keynote Speech#3 - KRG Deputy Prime Minister – (TBD)

 

Panel Session 1: Why Iraq? Why Ninewa? Why Now?

Moderated by Peter Dimitroff, COP – IGPA

Speakers:

  • USG Representative
  • National Investment Commission representative (TBD)
  • Mayor of Hamdaniya (proposed, TBC)

 

MATCHMAKING MEETINGS

  • IGPA will organize multiple one-on-one sessions between investors and SMEs with parallel interests.

 

Panel Session 2: Current Business / Investment Climate in Ninewa

Moderated by: CrossBoundary Representative

Speakers:

  • Improving Investment Climate / Addressing Barriers to Investment - Ninewa Center for Consulting and Research representative (TBD)
  • Investment Requirements in Ninewa Plains - Ninewa Investment Commission representative (TBD)
  • Investment Outlook in Mosul - Mayor of Mosul (proposed TBC)

 

Luncheon

  • Speaker: USG Representative

 

Panel Session 3 – Voices on the Ground: Social Conditions and Revitalization of Ninewa

Moderated by: NIFI representative

Speakers:

  • Hamdaniya District Rehabilitation Committee representative (TBD)
  • Yazidi Entrepreneur
  • KRG High Council of Women’s Affairs representative (TBD)
  • Yazidi NGO (TBD)

 

Panel Session 4 – Highlighting USG’s Commitment to Ninewa Plains

Moderated by: Said Abu Hijleh

Speakers:

  • USG Commitment to Iraq and the greater Middle East – USG representative (TBD)
  • Transitional Initiatives for Ninewa Plains - TAAFI Project, Chemonics representative (TBD)
  • Iraq Governance and Performance Accountability (IGPA) Assistance Packages - Dr. Mojeeb Stanikzai, IGPA DCOP
  • Looking Ahead: the NIFI Roadmap - Arun Hsu, IGPA/NIFI Team Lead

 

Panel Session 5: Sources of Finance

Moderated by: NIFI representative

Speakers:

  • OPIC representative (TBD)
  • GroFin representative (TBD)
  • Central Bank of Iraq representative (TBD)

 

BRIEFING: Ninewa Investment Facilitation Initiative (NIFI)

Speaker: Sahel Annabi, NIFI team lead

  • Business Development Center; Business Development Services; and Ninewa Investment Forum

 

Dinner Speaker:

  • USG Representative (TBD)

 

 

 

DAY 2 CONFERENCE - 5 DECEMBER 2019

 

Speaker:

  • Investment and Finance in Iraq - Central Bank of Iraq representative (TBD)

 

MATCHMAKING MEETINGS

  • IGPA will organize multiple one-on-one sessions between investors and SMEs with parallel interests.

 

Panel Sessions – Featured SMEs by Sector

 

Panel Session 6 – Agriculture Sector

Moderated by: Sahel Annabi

- Video presentation of the agriculture sector

- 4 SMEs from the Agriculture Sector (food processing, livestock, dairy, poultry) will present their investment and partnership potential to investors and participants

 

Speakers:

  • Bashar Yousif Jamoo – Nahrain Association
  • Samim Dakhil Sleman – Samim Factory
  • Duraid Salm Jbo – Al Aseel Cold Storage
  • Rabee Elias Benham – Elias Bahnam Dairy Factory

 

Panel Session 7 – Entrepreneurship/Miscellaneous Businesses

Moderated by: NIFI representative

- Video presentation of the entrepreneurship/miscellaneous sector, including IT, women and youth enterprises, and others

- 3 SMEs in the Entrepreneurship/Miscellaneous Sector will present their investment and partnership potential to investors and participants

 

Speakers:

  • Nour Adil – Hopeful Hands (Woman Entrepreneur)
  • Eva Habeeb Kareem – Norwegian Church Aid Journalist (Journalist, Gender Sector)
  • Yadgar – Lezzoo Delivery Founder (IT)

 

Panel Session 8: Industrial/Manufacturing Sector

Moderated by: NIFI representative

- Video presentation of the industrial/manufacturing sector, including steel recycling, electronic, and other businesses

- 3 SMEs from the industrial/manufacturing sector will present their investment and partnership potential to investors and participants

 

Speakers:

  • Abdullah Naif Darwish – Alaela Tahini
  • Qusay Hashim Wali – Al Layth Electonics
  • Dr. Nihad Ishaq – Medical Supplement Factory

 

Luncheon Speaker:

  • Ninewa Governor (proposed)

 

Panel Session 9 – Service Sector

Moderated by: Arun Hsu, NIFI team lead

- Video presentation of the service sector, including education, health, transportation, hospitality businesses

- 3 SMEs from the service sector will present their investment and partnership potential to investors and participants

 

Speakers:

  • Mohammad Mahfouz Khairedine – Al Sahel AlAkhdar Hotel, Mosul
  • Ahmed Ismail – TeamMart / Mistawfi Group
  • Ahmed Shahir – Fendi Brilliant Academy

 

Closing Remarks / announcement of results of the conference

Speaker: USG representative (TBD)