Anbar Business Center Business Forum

Taking a leadership role in Anbar Province, Mr. Hikmut Sulaiman, Chairman of the Anbar Business Center (ABC), led a local Business Forum of high level government, banking and business leaders discussing local solutions to various business impediments, and identified recommendations to raise at a Government of Iraq/ Provincial Leadership Conference proposed for Baghdad in the early fall. Mr. Sulaiman demonstrated the benefits of the cooperative effort among government, banking and the private sector as the group developed solutions to challenges facing economic growth in Anbar.

Specific discussion centered on the overlapping and sometimes conflicting authorities between Anbar’s Provincial Investment Commission and its Provincial Council, the need to reactivate and open more industrial zones, and to follow-up on a proposed Anbar Free Trade Zone initiative.

This Business Forum follows up on a major Market Assessment Conference held in Anbar December 2010 attended by 100 leaders of government, business and Parliament members to review market opportunities, constraints and recommendations for improvement in Anbar. Hoping to serve as an example to other Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) in Iraq, the Anbar Business Center kicked off this series of provincial Business Forums being held prior to the planned fall conference with Ministry, national business and political leaders designed to address challenges facing the private business sector in Iraq.

The Anbar Business Center is a USAID-Tijara supported SBDC.

Mr. Khamees Ahmed Abtan, Anbar Provincial Council Economic Committee Chairman, reviewed recommendations to improve Anbar’s business environment.
Mr. Khamees Ahmed Abtan, Anbar Provincial Council Economic Committee Chairman, reviewed recommendations to improve Anbar’s business environment.
  
Ms Eman Al Hilly, Anbar Province Executive Director for CHF, states that citizens need to be better informed about modern financial and business concepts at the Anbar Business Forum.
Ms Eman Al Hilly, Anbar Province Executive Director for CHF, states that citizens need to be better informed about modern financial and business concepts at the Anbar Business Forum.