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Commerce Extends Application Deadline for new U.S.–Iraq Business Dialogue


New York, Dec 19, 2006

In a recent Federal Register notice, the U.S. Department of Commerce (DoC) announced the extension of its application deadline for membership in the newly formed U.S.-Iraq Business Dialogue. The Business Dialogue is a bilateral forum established to facilitate private sector business growth in Iraq and to strengthen trade and investment ties between the two nations. Business leaders from the U.S. private sector interested in joining have until December 28 to apply.

U.S. section members will advise the DoC and the Iraqi Ministry of Trade on business development and ways to enhance bilateral commercial ties. Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez and Iraqi Minister of Trade Dr. Abd-al-Falah al-Sudani will serve as co-chairs.

In particular, the Business Dialogue will address:

  • factors that affect the growth of private sector business in Iraq, including disincentives to trade and investment and regulatory obstacles to job creation and investment growth;

  • initiatives that the government of Iraq might take, such as enacting, amending, enforcing, or repealing laws and regulations, to promote private sector business growth in Iraq;

  • promotion of business opportunities in both Iraq and the United States, and identification of opportunities for U.S. and Iraqi firms to work together; and

  • attracting U.S. businesses to opportunities in Iraq and serving as a catalyst for Iraqi private sector growth.

The U.S. section of the Business Dialogue will represent a cross-section of U.S. industry, with an emphasis on agribusiness and food processing, financial services, construction and housing, information technology, and manufacturing.

U.S. section members will be selected by the DoC for three-year terms. Candidates will be evaluated based on their interest in the Iraqi market; export/investment experience; contribution to diversity based on size of company, geographic location and sector; and the ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Business Dialogue will be active. Participants must be U.S. citizens residing in the United States, or able to travel to the United States or other location to attend official Business Dialogue meetings.

For additional information and eligibility requirements, please review the original October 30 Federal Register notice. Applications may be faxed to Ms. Susan Hamrock, director of the Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force at the U.S. Department of Commerce (202.482.0980).

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