Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 19, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary R. Clinton will address the plenary session of the Iraq Investment and Business Conference (USIBIC) on Tuesday, October 20.

The USIBIC, taking place on October 20 and 21, will be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and will follow the U.S.-Iraq Dialogue on Economic Cooperation October 19 at the U.S. Department of State.

The conference (USIBIC) is the first major event under the recently signed Strategic Framework Agreement between the U.S. and Iraq that marks the beginning of the new relationship between the two governments.

The USIBIC will cover twelve sectors-agriculture, banking/finance, defense, electricity, health, education, housing/construction, oil/gas, telecommunications, tourism and transportation. The conference is intended to promote current investment and business opportunities in Iraq, provide matchmaking opportunities for U.S. and Iraqi firms, address the challenges to doing business in Iraq, and provide opportunities for U.S. firms to meet with Iraq ministers and other senior Government of Iraq officials.

This event is open to the press. To register or for more information please go to:

Pre-set time for cameras: 5:00 a.m.
Final access time for writers and stills: 6:00 a.m.
Patricia Bergstresser
(202) 577-3595 (mobile)

Office of Press Relations,
U.S. Department of State:
(202) 647-2492

PRN: 2009/1041