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Commerce Department to Lead U.S. Tour Promoting Business Opportunities in Iraq
Sessions will provide local business communities with an overview of the investment and reconstruction opportunities in Iraq and Afghanistan
Commerce Assistant Secretary for Market Access and Compliance and Chairman of the Iraq and Afghanistan Investment and Reconstruction Task Force William H. Lash III today announced that the Department will travel across the country to promote trade and investment opportunities in Iraq. Over the next several weeks, Lash and Susan Hamrock, Senior Advisor for Iraq Policy at Commerce, will travel to 12 cities to discuss trade assistance programs and government support for private investment.
The announcement comes on the heels of a successful business conference
in Washington, D.C. where nearly 500 U.S. firms showed up to learn more
about doing business in Iraq. Commerce Secretary Don Evans hosted the
The World Trade Organization's approval of Iraq's observer status symbolizes the global community's confidence in Iraq. For the business community it shows that Iraq is moving towards a transparent and predictable marketplace.
"Iraq has taken great strides toward creating a friendly environment for foreign investment," Lash said. "Iraq and Afghanistan present some of the greatest economic opportunities of our time. Companies need to take a hard look at the emerging opportunities."
Local businessmen and women and trade associations are invited to attend a session in their area. For more information on a specific seminar, please contact Blake Holcomb at 202-482-0981. (See attached list of cities and dates for seminars).
Assistant Secretary William Lash will host the following seminars:
February 24 Cleveland, Ohio
March 9 Los Angeles, CA
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