(Post from Debbie, The IQD Team)
Published on November 3, 2011 Cypress News
IRAQI Defence Minister, Saadun Al-Dulaimi will lead a delegation of up to five other ministers and 35 senior officials to participate in the inaugural Iraq Defence & Security Summit 2011 in Cyprus on December 7-8, it emerged yesterday.
The officials will also include the Chief of Staff, General Babakir Zebari and the heads of the navy and air force.
Accompanying the Minister will also be the Ministers of Interior, National Security, Communications, Science & Technology and Transport as well as their counterpart ministries from the Kurdistan Regional Government, reports from Iraq said.
In preparation for the US troop draw down the Iraqi government is working to prepare its options for best in class technologies and solutions to strengthen the country’s defence and security infrastructure. The summit, which will be held at the Intercontinental Aphrodite Hills Resort, will be centred around pre-scheduled one-to-one meetings and is a unique opportunity to engage with Iraqi ministers, senior officials, US government agencies and oil infrastructure operators, to assist in their multi-billion dollar defence and security procurement programmes.
Iraq has made international headlines recently with its procurement of F-16 fighter jets and that just marks the beginning of a major programme to act on wide ranging requirements from critical infrastructure protection to military supply chain to border control and policing of Iraq.
Many parts of the country are looking to develop comprehensive CCTV coverage with national databases and secure communications systems. The summit is being organised by the Iraq Program for Peace & Stability made up of Iraqi and British executives committed to securing business relationships based on transparency, accountability, good ethics and political primacy within the rule of law.
For further details visit: www.iraqstability.org