Over the course of two days the Economic Forum will look to address the need for both public and private sector reforms.

The themes and broad outline of the programme include:

Day 1: Wednesday, 27 April, 2016
08:00 Registration
09.00 Workshop: Obstacles facing businesses in Kurdistan Region
Topics covered:

  • Political and economic instability
  • Access to Credit; Dysfunctional banking system
  • Bureaucracy; Corruption and transparency
  • Consumer confidence; Foreign Direct investment
10:30 Coffee Break
11.00 Reforming the Energy Sector
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Making Kurdistan Competitive again – Away from Rentier State
15.30 Coffee
16.00 Making Kurdistan Competitive again – Agriculture and Tourism
17.30 Close
18.00 Reception


Day 2: Thursday, 28 April, 2016
08:00 Registration
09.00 Workshop: Prospects for economic development in Kurdistan Region
Topics covered:

  • Diversifying the economy
  • Oil dependency; Subsidies;
  • Taxation; Private Public Integration
10:30 Coffee Break
11.00 The financial sector – increasing access to credit and building trust
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Rule of Law and Combating Corruption
16.00 Break
16.30 Reforming the Economy: Strategies and Prioritisations
18.00 Close