Iraq

May 6, 2019 - May 10, 2019

Iraq: CLDP Hosts Iraqi Delegation of University Officials for Consultations in Houston

CLDP will host a delegation of university officials from Basrah, Iraq in Houston, Texas from May 6-10, 2019. The delegation will meet with the University of Houston, as well as attend the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC).

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April 4, 2019 - April 6, 2019

Iraq: CLDP facilitates strategic investment planning for provincial investment commissions for the Southern Governorates of Iraq

On April 4-6, CLDP led a delegation of investment commissioners from Iraq’s key southern governorates to participate in the FDI conference hosted by the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA).  The conference provided attendees with the necessary resources on investment promotion and investment market trends.  Moreover, the conference provided a unique opportunity for Iraq, a current WAIPA member, to network with other promotion agency officials from similar economies, and share lessons learned, as well as, success stories.  On the margins of the workshop, CLDP, guided the delegation and conducted consultations on their respective investment plans and priorities.

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March 11, 2019

Iraq: CLDP Leads Franchising Conference in Baghdad

On Monday, March 11, 2019, in Baghdad, Iraq, at the behest of the U.S. Consulate General in Basrah, CLDP led a conference on franchising at the headquarters of the Iraqi agency in charge of foreign investment, the National Investment Committee (NIC). The purpose of the conference was to highlight the success already achieved by CLDP in terms of franchising by U.S. firms, particularly in the Baghdad and Basrah provinces, so that the audience, composed of Iraqi firms from other provinces, could understand how to become franchisees of U.S. firms. Iraqi media covered the seminar extensively, quoting U.S. Consul General Timmy Davis on his comments regarding business partnerships and starting new franchises. The NIC noted that companies like Burger King, McDonalds, Pizza Hut, and Domino’s are interested in entering the Iraqi market in Kurdistan and the Southern provinces. Franchise agreements between U.S. franchisors and Iraqi franchisees benefit both groups, granting franchisors access to the Iraqi market and creating revenue and opportunities for management experience for franchisees. For the last five years, CLDP, working in close cooperation with FCS, has created opportunities for Iraqi firms interested in becoming franchisees and built the capacity of these Iraqi firms to enter into durable franchising agreements with U.S. franchisors.

March 5, 2019 - March 9, 2019

MENA Region: CLDP Hosts the 9th Annual Middle East Pre-Moot

On March 5-9, CLDP, in partnership with the Royal University for Women (RUW), the Bahrain Center for Dispute Resolution, Mena Chambers Bahrain, and the Center for International Legal Studies of the University of Pittsburgh, hosted the 9th Annual Middle East Vis Pre-Moot at RUW in Riffa, Bahrain. The competition brought together 17 teams consisting of more than 100 students from Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon, Myanmar, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and the United Arab Emirates. The University of Colombo from Sri Lanka won the competition and the Royal Institute of Colombo, also from Sri Lanka, took second place. Before the competition, CLDP’s Vis Moot mentors and coaches conducted a three-day training. This five-day program was designed to prepare students for the Willem C. Vis Moot Competition (“the Vis Moot”) that takes place annually in April in Hong Kong and Vienna. The Vis Moot is the most prestigious international moot on commercial arbitration where more than 400 teams from over 100 countries compete on oral and written advocacy. The Vis Moot experience helps equip the participating students with the skills necessary to handle commercial business disputes and bolsters the rule of law in their respective countries.

February 24, 2019 - February 27, 2019

CLDP Visits IFA Convention

CLDP, in cooperation with the Department's Global Franchise Team (ITA and USEAC) and the International Franchise Association (IFA), participated in the International Franchise Association's Annual Convention on February 24 - 27, 2019 to promote US Franchise expansion into Iraq.  Since 2014, CLDP, alongside ITA, USEAC and IFA, have been working the with US Mission to Iraq to develop a cadre of qualified prospective franchisees, improve the business legal environment, and attract US franchisor interest in Iraq's ripe market.  Franchising provides a proven global model for Iraq to create new jobs, increase investment, and diversify its oil dependent economy.  To date, over 10 mega shopping malls have been built, and a multiple of known brands have begun expansion, including, Hardee's, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, and Tootie Frutti. CLDP Attorney-Adviser Mais Abousy participated as a speaker at the 2019 International Franchise Association Convention, and met with U.S. franchise companies to provide insight to the commercial and legal franchise environment in Iraq's Southern Governorates.

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November 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Supports the Ministry of Oil’s First International Exhibit

On November 12-15, 2018, Iraq’s Ministry of Oil exhibited for the first time at the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exposition (ADIPEC). The exhibition came as a result of prior CLDP-sponsored programs and consultations provided to the Ministry on the margins of ADIPEC. Exhibiting at ADIPEC provided U.S. companies and Iraqi officials a prime opportunity to partner on projects and investments that are essential to the development of Iraq’s economy. The Ministry of Oil requested CLDP’s support in exhibiting at the upcoming Offshore Technology Conference to be held in May 2019 in Houston, Texas.

November 12, 2018 - November 15, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Supports U.S. Companies Working in Southern Iraq’s Oil and Gas Industry

On November 12-15, 2018, in Abu Dhabi, CLDP supported U.S. Consul General to the Southern Governorates Timothy Davis in reassuring U.S. oil and gas industry representatives of the U.S. government’s commitment to support the development of economic and legal environment in southern Iraq. Recently, the U.S. Department of State made an unprecedented move to close diplomatic and military operations in southern Iraq, due to rising costs and security concerns. The closure severely impacted U.S.-Iraq relations, specifically southern provincial diplomatic engagement.  U.S. companies were concerned that the lack of U.S. presence in Basrah would hamper their operations and future works. In an effort to ease concerns and provide a new economic and diplomatic strategy for U.S. engagement in southern Iraq, CLDP organized a series of meetings for Consul General Davis on the margins of the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exposition, the world’s leading conference on oil and gas. Meetings, organized in coordination with the bilateral U.S.-Arab Chamber of Commerce and the U.S. Commercial Service in the United Arab Emirates, included Exxon, Chevron, Honeywell UOP, Halliburton, Excelerate Energy, Siemens USA, and other notable engineering, procurement, and construction service providers. In addition to the meetings, CLDP and Consul General Davis are coordinating closely to develop creative ways to sustain engagements with local stakeholders (government and private sector) for the coming year to continue to provide the needed support for U.S. companies working and seeking work in Iraq’s southern governorates.

November 8, 2018 - November 13, 2018

Iraq: ITA and CLDP Support Iraq Franchise Market

On November 10-13, 2018, CLDP, in coordination with the U.S. Embassy in Iraq, the Department of Commerce Global Franchise Team, and the International Franchise Association (IFA), sponsored a delegation of Iraqi investors and franchisees to the Global Restaurant Leaders Conference (GRLC) in Dubai. The GRLC is an annual event for franchise market executives of food operators and suppliers, providing an exclusive opportunity to network and connect with key industry leaders. CLDP and ITA jointly provided consultations to Iraqi participants and made presentations during the event, highlighting Iraq’s potential markets. The delegation met with IFA leadership as well as executives of major U.S. brand operators. The meetings and consultations have yielded a heightened interest to expand in Iraq, identification of potential partnerships, and initiated preliminary negotiations for key brands. Meetings included Steak ‘n Shake, Domino’s Pizza, PJ’s Coffee, Wingstop, Arby’s, Hardee’s, Krispy Kreme, other Yum Brands, and the Al Shaya Group (master franchisees of several U.S. brands for the Middle East). In an effort to sustain further development of the franchise market, the Iraq delegation plans to establish a local franchise association, in coordination and with support from IFA.

May 29, 2018 - June 2, 2018

Iraq: CLDP Prepares Iraqi Investors to Acquire US Franchises

On May 29 - June 2, CLDP, in coordination with the US Mission to Iraq, ITA, FCS, and the International Franchise Association (IFA), hosted a 5 day program on “Investing in US Franchises” for a delegation of prospective Iraqi franchisees.