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Expected Outcomes

The first meeting of the Working Group, held in Amman, Jordan, on 17-18 February 2010, was attended by a top-level Iraqi delegation representing 12 government ministries or agencies. The meeting allowed Government of Iraq officials to benefit from detailed briefings by Working Group technical experts on two extra-budgetary sources of funding for infrastructure projects that are relatively well-adapted to the Iraqi situation public-private partnerships and development bank loans. Members approved an action plan calling for Iraqi ministries to submit priority infrastructure project proposals to MENA-OECD for study at the second meeting of the Working Group. MENA-OECD will identify a shortlist based on criteria specified in the action plan, and will seek initial expert feedback as well as any necessary supplemental information to ensure that substantial progress can be made in Paris. At the meeting, experts will provide advice on how to develop the projects into viable financing applications. Major corporate players in the infrastructure field will be invited to present case studies of successful projects, and the issue of integrity in public procurement will also be addressed.

Members of the Working Group

GOI Representatives

Technical Experts and International Members

Obaid Mahal Fraih, Deputy of the General Secretariat of the Cabinet Jaber Khalaf Awad, Advisor, Office of the Deputy PM for Infrastructure (DPM/I) Shakir Salman Fayyadh, Director General, Office of the DPM/I

Thair Salah Mahdi, Advisor, Office of the President

Ather M. Kalaf, Head of Protocol, Office of the DPM/I

Riyadh Yousef Aboud, Chairman, Infrastructure Committee, Office of DPM/I Saleh Abed Sahab, Chairman, Public Services Committee, Office of the DPM/I Abdulsatar Abduljabar Hasan, Head of Administration, Office of the DPM/I Rafe Khuder Salih, General Director, Office of the PM, Advisory Board Muayad Mohamed Ibrahim, Senior Chief of Engineers, Ministry of Water Resources Mohammed Raouf Hassan, General Director, Ministry of Finance Ehsan Mohammad Salman, Snr. Chief of Engineers, Min. of Transportation

Lubna Hamid Raheem Al Saghban, Expert, Ministry of Electricity

Alexander Böhmer, Head, MENA-OECD Investment Programme Carl Dawson, Iraq Project Coordinator, MENA-OECD Investment Programme Bertrand Nora, Risk Analysis Department, French Development Agency Stephen Rimmer, Senior Private Sector Development Specialist, World Bank Walid Abdelwahab, Director, Infrastructure Department, Islamic Development Bank Louis Bedoucha, Senior Business Development Officer, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)

Husain Al-Chalabi, International Energy Sector Consultant

Marc Murcia, Director of Public Guaranties, Coface France James Polan, Vice President, Overseas Private Investment Corporation Chris August, Expert on Banking, Finance and Investment

Arouna Roshanian, Private Sector Development Program, UNDP Iraq Bruno de Cazalet, UNIDO Legal Expert, Private Sector Development Programme Iraq Jérôme Grand d'Esnon, Lawyer, Carbonnier Lamaze Associés

Emad Mostafa Younes, General Director, Ministry of Construction and Housing

Sven de Smet, Head of Acquisitions, Investments & Financial Advisory, GDF-Suez Energy International

Nazim Abbas Mutlaq, Assistant General Director, Ministry of Oil

Pierre Sorbets, Public Sector Department, HSBC France

Abdul Hussein Noori Mahdi Al-Hakim, Expert, Ministry of Agriculture

Laurence Héron, Senior Manager, Transaction Advisory Services - Project Finance, E&Y

Abdul Ridha Naji Mahmoud, Assistant General Director, Ministry of Municipalities

Stéphane Manoukian, Senior Manager, E&Y

Basim S. Hussein, Expert, Ministry of Telecommunications

Curtis Ohlers, Iraq Transition Assistance Office, U.S. Embassy, Baghdad

Saad Sharif Al-Katib, General Director, Ministry of Planning Ahlam Abbas Mohammad Ali, Senior Chief of Engineers, Amanat of Baghdad Mazen Sabah Ahmed, Snr. Researcher, National Investment Commission Khamis Hamad Margab, Private Sector, Asas Al Sharq Co. (Trading and General Construction) Shaban Abbas Kadhim, Private Sector, Jazira Company (for livestock services) Embassy of Iraq in France Amer Sulaiman, First Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in France Sahib Abbas Mahmud, Commercial Service, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in France Shakhwan Tayfor, Commercial Service, Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in France

Mustafa Alshawi, Chairman, Iraqi Institute for Economic Reform Antony Jamo, Partner, Tigris Capital Partners LLP Florian Amereller, Amereller Legal Consultants Emily Walker, Finder, Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency

Pierre Fournol, Lawyer

Gilles Pinot de la Villechenon, HSBC France Elisabeth Blanc, Coface France

Joshua Volz, US Department of State, Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, Economic Advisor Iraq Kamal Field Al Basri, Expert on Iraqi Economic Affairs


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