Business Sweden, in collaboration with the Embassy of Sweden in Baghdad and the Ministry for Foreign Affairs invites you to participate in the Swedish ICT delegation to Iraq, led by high-level representatives from Sweden. The delegation will visit Baghdad and Erbil, Kurdistan Region between 16 – 18 June 2014.
The delegation will focus on promoting Swedish ICT solutions; products, systems and services, as well as act as a door opener for Swedish companies interested in enhancing their business within the ICT sector in Iraq. During the visit, an ICT symposium will be arranged, offering the Swedish delegates the opportunity to meet with key Iraqi stakeholders as well as ICT experts, in order to facilitate further knowledge transfer and exchange of experience between Iraq and Sweden.
LARGE INVESTMENTS BY INTRODUCING HIGH SPEED DATA SERVICES THROUGH 3G
In 2003 Iraq was the only country in the Middle East that did not have a national cell phone network. Since then, the sector has expanded rapidly and is now one of the most fast growing industries in the whole MENA region. Large foreign investments, made by the three main mobile operators, have contributed to the big success story of mobile services and telecoms in post-war Iraq with mobile phone penetration currently at more than 80 percent of Iraq’s 32 million inhabitants. Iraq has one of the lowest rates of internet penetration and usage in the MENA region with only 2% of broadband access due to the lack of a functioning fixed line service. This has contributed to the fast expansion in such a short period and a deployment of new technologies. Advanced mobile data services are perceived as the next big business opportunity for the whole ICT sector since it could quickly be the primary way for Iraqis to access high speed internet. Licenses for 3G services are expected to be awarded to the mobile operators by the end of 2014 which will allow an introduction of such services. A deployment of 3G services will require upgrades of the mobile network to a total value of approximately USD 500 million yearly in new investments over the next coming years.
MAKING SWEDISH ICT SOLUTIONS; SYSTEMS, PRODUCTS AND SERVICES WELL KNOWN FOR LOCAL PLAYERS
The delegation will meet both high-level representatives and professionals from the Iraqi ICT sector in Baghdad and Erbil, Kurdistan Region. The visit aims at giving companies an understanding of business opportunities in Iraq and the opportunity to meet with key players on the market.
Register your interest below and we´ll come back to you with further information. Please confirm your participation as soon as possible but no later than 18 May, 2014. We are looking forward to seeing you in Iraq!
NEBE AL MAYAHI
Business Sweden Iraq
M +964 7809 12 49 59 (IQ)
M +46 739 96 13 91 (SE)