Iraq Forum 2023

Middle East Research Institute (MERI) is pleased to announce the organisation of the inaugural Iraq Forum, to be held in Baghdad between 2-4 May 2023 in Baghdad. This is a yet another unique platform for national and international stakeholders to share visions, debate strategies and offer policy recommendations on the country’s major challenges.

Iraq Forum is organised by MERI in partnership with Iraq Institute for Dialogue and Al-Nahrain Centre for Strategic Studies, with the participation of a number of other national and international organisations. The conference will be attended by the Prime Minister of Iraq, Cabinet Ministers and a number of other political and institutional leaders across Iraq, as well as international think and diplomatic communities.

This inaugural Iraq Forum comes just over six months after the inauguration of the government of Prime Minister MS Al-Sudani. There are expectations and understandable pressure on his Cabinet to tackle the multi-layered challenges that Iraq has been facing for some time. The Prime Minister published a detailed manifesto (Government Programme) to systematically address these challenges, which range from security and stabilisation of Iraq, to engaging neighbours and the international community, encouraging inward investment, reforming the finance system, diversifying the economy by reducing Iraq’s dependence on the oil sector, and improving public services, including the healthcare and education sectors. These topics will be debated in terms of barriers for progress and strategies for solutions.

For more information and registration, visit the dedicated Iraq Forum website, here.

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