Welcome to Iraq Finance 2016

2016 is a pivotal moment for Iraq’s strategic efforts to sustain economic progress and develop new financing opportunities. The country’s government is facing up to the long awaited structural and administrative reforms which, when implemented, will reveal the immense investment potential in an economy poised for expansion. Iraq’s economy is proving to be remarkably resilient, demonstrated by the increased focus on providing security and promoting transparency.

Iraq is opening up for privatisation and is offering new opportunities for foreign direct investment across the industries, particularly seeking international partners to modernise its financial services infrastructure. In addition, as the country is becoming less dependent on the oil revenues, it seeks to establish new partnerships to deal with a number of urgent fiscal and political issues and fund infrastructure projects to boost the oil and gas, electricity and transportation projects.

Connecting Iraq with global decision makers, this is an event too important to miss. Under the Patronage of H.E Ali al-Allaq, Governor of the Central Bank of Iraq and other leading financial figures will gather in a way that no other event can, key Iraqi officials, more than 200 investors, global corporate leaders, bankers, finance and legal professionals, and the most influential personalities on the banking sector in the region.

The Iraq Finance 2016 conference gathers together all major stakeholders involved in directing the economic development of Iraq.

The Opportunity

  • Hear from the highest ranking Iraqi officials
  • Iraq’s banking and financial industry, risks and opportunities
  • Network at a high level
  • Discover new business niches
  • Seal deals with top decision makers

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Highlights

  • Why Attend?

    • Hear from the highest delegation of Iraqi Officials
    • Examine the state of Iraq’s banking sector
    • Network and deal-making opportunities with top-decisions makers
    • Discuss sources and structures of finance
    • Attend the biggest annual event on banking and finance in Iraq
    • Benefit from exclusive keynote speakers
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  • What's new for 2016?

    • Financial sustainability in Iraq in light of declining of the oil incomes
    • Risk management: steps towards fair, efficient, transparent financial sector
    • Private investment in Iraq - new finance and investment laws
    • Strategies to boost financing of the SMEs
    • Practicalities of project financing: power and construction industry case studies
    • Technological modernisation and world-class solutions for the banking sector
    • Investment plans in physical and electronic security of banking institutions in Iraq
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Symexco is pleased to announce Emerging Markets Payments Group (EMP-Holdings) as Gold Sponsors...

28 January 2016
Symexco is pleased to announce Emerging Markets Payments Group (EMP-Holdings) as Gold Sponsors for Iraq Finance 2016

Symexco is pleased to announce Emerging Markets Payments Group (EMP-Holdings) as Gold Sponsors for Iraq Finance 2016

Symexco is delighted to announce QiCards as Lead sponsors for Iraq Finance 2016

28 January 2016
Symexco is delighted to announce QiCards as Lead sponsors for Iraq Finance 2016

Symexco is delighted to announce QiCards as Lead sponsors for Iraq Finance 2016

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