The U.S. Iraq Business Initiative (USIBI) is the premier vehicle for dialogue and engagement between American and Iraqi business and governmental decision-makers. The USIBI provides a platform to generate and to implement new ideas for partnerships and business policies that impact the thinking of government and business leaders in both countries.
The USIBI is a core program of the Middle East and North Africa Affairs Department. It is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – www.uschamber.com – and integral to the International Division that helps the U.S. business community compete in the global marketplace. The Initiative has full access to the Chamber’s congressional and legal affairs divisions, as well as various Chamber institutes and programs. This access can be used to advance USIBI policies, programs, and initiatives.
The USIBI is comprised of a group of major American businesses, both large and small, representing a range of sectors. Its mission is to increase member access to Iraqi markets, to help expand investment opportunities, and to promote dialogue and access to decision-makers in the United States, the Government of Iraq (GOI), and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG). It also encompasses effective advocacy and business development programs throughout Iraq and the United States.
U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative Hosts the H.E. Dr. Abdul Samad, Governor of Basrah, Iraq
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative, in collaboration with the U.S. Business Council in Iraq, hosted His Excellency Dr. Khalaf Abdul Samad, the Governor of Basrah, U.S. business executives, and accompanying Iraqi public officials visiting Washington as part of an official Iraqi delegation. During the luncheon at the Chamber, participants discussed the importance of strengthening commercial ties between Basrah and the United States and the positive impact the American private sector is currently playing, and how to expand that impact in Iraq’s reconstruction and economic development.