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 Turkey and Middle East Affairs department. It is part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – www.uschamber.com – and integral to the International Affairs 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 Speaker of Council of Representatives of Iraq
On June 8, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative welcomed His Excellency Dr. Saleem Al-Jubouri, Speaker of Council of Representatives of Iraq and a delegation of Members of Parliament for a meeting with U.S. business leaders. Speaker Al-Jubouri spoke about the devastation ISIS has caused in Iraq and recognized that “we must have security and the rule of law in place” to attract more American companies.
U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative Hosts President of the Kurdistan Region, H.E. Masoud Barzani
In May, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative in partnership with the U.S.-Kurdistan Business Council hosted His Excellency Masoud Barzani, President of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, for a reception with U.S. business leaders. President Barzani thanked American companies and encouraged new investment in the Kurdistan Region. He said, “Kurdistan will remain open, the doors of Kurdistan will remain open to welcome all the companies who are interested in doing business. And I would like to thank all the companies who came to Kurdistan and who remain in Kurdistan in the difficult times of the challenges that we have faced, because that has provided a lot of moral support to the people of Kurdistan as well.”
U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative Hosts Prime Minister of Iraq, H.E. Haider Al-Abadi
In April, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative hosted His Excellency Haider Al-Abadi, Prime Minister of the Republic of Iraq, for a reception with U.S. business leaders. While acknowledging challenges in Iraq, Prime Minister Abadi provided a comprehensive overview of the vast opportunities and needs that exist in Iraq across multiple sectors, including transportation, infrastructure, healthcare and housing.
U.S.-Iraq Business Initiative Hosts Her Excellency Bayah Rahman, the new KRG Representative to the United States
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce was honored to host Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, a D.C. newcomer and the new representative to the Kurdistan Regional Government, for a discussion on economic opportunities in the region. Read more about her visit here.