Iraq Business News was a Gold Media Partner at Symexco‘s Iraq Finance 2012 conference, attended by wide range of public officials and senior executives from the financial sector. It was a great gathering of finance minds and initiatives.

The following sound-bites will give you a small taste of the mood of the event:

“The opportunities in Iraq in the financial sector are the best in the world, but you have to have the appetite for riding the roller-coaster.”

– Professor Ali Allawi, former Minister of Finance.

“[We are committed to] an environment conducive to sustainable development on the basis of supply and demand … developing relations with the global economic system.”

– Dr Rowsh N Shaways, Deputy Prime Minister for Economic and Industrial Affairs.

“The Iraqi stock market is at the early stages of what will be a major capital market by any standards“.

– Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, UK’s Minister of State for Trade and Investment.

It was also good to hear from Lord Green that the UK will finally open a visa application centre in Baghdad, making it much easier for Iraqi business people to enter the United Kingdom; at Iraq Business News we have expressed our concerns about the problem of visas in the past, and we hope that our highlighting of this important issue has helped to bring it to a resolution.

By Padraig O’Hannelly of Iraq Business News

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