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American Business Council FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Cara Nazari Company Name: American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates Tel: 04.379.1414 Email: director@abcdubai.com Website: www.abcdubai.com

American Business Council Hosts Country Spotlight on Iraq DUBAI – APRIL 25, 2013 On Tuesday April 23, The American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates joined business leaders from the U.S. and the U.A.E for Country Spotlight on Iraq, the first in a series of Country Spotlight events aimed at maximizing Dubai’s potential as a regional trade hub. Hosted and organized by the American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates (the “American Business Council”), a chapter of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the conference highlighted the importance of maximizing those unique opportunities given to companies operating in Dubai and using Dubai as a business gateway to the region, which serves as the inspiration for the Country Spotlight series. The conference featured a panel of experts who discussed the business climate and logistical, legal, security and safety aspects of doing business, and Dubai Exports closed the conference with an overview of the Dubai export/import market and their contributions to developing long-term growth strategies to expand businesses and maximize the opportunities given by Dubai’s position as a natural trade gateway. A major highlight of the conference was the C-level panel of experts discussion moderated by Ramsey Jurdi, President of the American Business Council, with participation from Dr. Ashraf Mahate – Head of Export Market Intelligence for Dubai Exports, Bruce Larson – Country Manager of Iraq for the Harris Corporation and Chairman of the Baghdad Overseas Security Advisory Council (O.S.A.C), John V. Lonsberg – Partner in Charge of the Middle East for Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P., and Kyle Stelma – Emerging Markets Managing Director of Dunia Frontier Consultants.


The American Business Council will use the success of this inaugural event to build more Country Spotlight programs, highlighting the regions that companies and individuals operating in Dubai wish to increase business relations with. ABOUT THE AMERICAN BUSINESS COUNCIL The American Business Council of Dubai & the Northern Emirates operates under the auspices of the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and functions as the Dubai Chapter of the U. S. Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Since its founding in 1985, the American Business Council has supported U.S. business interests in Dubai & the Northern Emirates and acts as a liaison between government and commercial enterprises.

The American Business Council is a 600 plus member-driven organization. Fortune 500 companies and key business leaders are well represented among the members of the American Business Council. The American Business Council provides a forum for understanding and interaction between the local business community and members of the American Business Council. Members are supported through a robust calendar of informational programs, round-table discussions, and business networking opportunities. The American Business Council is the voice of American (and America-inspired) business in Dubai & the Northern Emirates. ###

American Business Council Launches Country Spotlight Series  

Spotlight on Iraq

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