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Itinerary of U.S. Tech Delegation to Iraq

Itinerary of U.S. Tech Delegation to Iraq

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Published by Spencer Ante
This week, BusinessWeek published my story on the new strategy of the U.S. State Department to elevate technology to a top priority and use it as a diplomatic tool to help build civill society and spur free markets.

The most visible part of that strategy, until the Iranian presidential elections, was the tech delegation that the government set up in Iraq this past April. Similar delegations are planned for Afghanistan and other places.

I interviewed several of the tech execs who were invited on this trip, including Google’s Hunter Walk, AT&T’s Richard Robbins, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Howcast’s Jason Liebman, and tech savvy State Dept. official Jared Cohen. Execs from BLueStateDigital, Auttomatic, Meetup and Google also went on the trip.

Click here to read more stories on my blog Creative Capital.
http://creativecapital.wordpress.com
This week, BusinessWeek published my story on the new strategy of the U.S. State Department to elevate technology to a top priority and use it as a diplomatic tool to help build civill society and spur free markets.

The most visible part of that strategy, until the Iranian presidential elections, was the tech delegation that the government set up in Iraq this past April. Similar delegations are planned for Afghanistan and other places.

I interviewed several of the tech execs who were invited on this trip, including Google’s Hunter Walk, AT&T’s Richard Robbins, Twitter’s Jack Dorsey, Howcast’s Jason Liebman, and tech savvy State Dept. official Jared Cohen. Execs from BLueStateDigital, Auttomatic, Meetup and Google also went on the trip.

Click here to read more stories on my blog Creative Capital.
http://creativecapital.wordpress.com

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Visit of the Technology/New Media Delegation
April 19-23, 2009
Sunday, April 19
16:00 Arrival from Amman to BIAP (Baghdad International Airport) via milair 17:00 Helo from BIAP to LZ (Landing Zone) Washington17:30 Check into Embassy housing18:15 Welcome and program overview with Helen LaFave, Cultural Attaché, JinnieLee, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer and Veronika Arky, Cultural AffairsAssistant18:30 Briefing / Courtesy call with Susan Ziadeh, Embassy Spokesperson and ActingCounselor for Public Affairs19:00 Security Briefing by RSO (Regional Security Office) Protective Operations,Ken Davis and Tony Groh20:00 Dinner at the residence of General Nasier Abadi, Vice Chief of Staff, Iraqi ArmedForces– briefing on security situation in Iraq
Monday, April 20
0745 Breakfast at the DFAC (Dining Facility)0845 Briefing with MG (Major-General) David Perkins, Director for Strategic Effects,CJ9, Multi-National Force Iraq (MNF-I), on military strategic communications0915 Briefing by MAJ Ralph Steen, MNF-I CJ6, Officer-in-Charge of the national fiber network installation project and LCDR Blake Eikenberry, MNF-I, IZFN ProjectManager 0945 Briefing with Embassy senior staff (Ambassador Robert Ford, Counselor for Political Affairs; Michael Dodman, Counselor for Economic Affairs; SusanZiadeh, Embassy Spokesperson and Acting Counselor for Public Affairs)1115 Briefing with Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih via teleconference1215 Lunch with Foreign Service Officers serving in Embassy Baghdad1330 Visit Crossed Swords and Monument to the Unknown Soldier 
 
1430 Briefing with the Prime Minister’s Advisory Council on education led by Dr.Saad Ibrahim, Education Advisor to PM Maliki1630 Briefing led by Ambassador Marc Wall, Coordinator for Economic Transition inIraq (CETI), with ECON (Economics Section), FCS (Foreign CommercialService), ACCO (Anti-Corruption Coordinator’s Office), ITAO (Iraq TransitionAssistance Office)1745 Briefing by the Office of Hostage Affairs, Peter Ford1800 Meeting with the National Investment Commission - Dr. Sami Al-Aaraji,Investment Commissioner and Salah Mohamed Ameen, Deputy InvestmentCommissioner 1930 Dinner meeting with Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Raad Fahmi andDr. Samir Salem Attar, Senior Deputy Minister 
Tuesday, April 21
0730 Breakfast at the DFAC0900 Tour of Iraq National Museum and meeting with the Faeza Al Ubadi, Chief Engineer 1100 Symposium with private sector and government telecom and technologyrepresentatives hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)1330 Lunch briefing and tour of Zain1645 Roundtable discussion with Iraqi youth at Al Rasheed Hotel1830 Reception at DCR hosted by Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Patricia Butenis
Wednesday, April 22
0730 Breakfast at the DFAC0900
 
Visit to University of Baghdad - meeting led by Dr. Mousa Al Mosawa, President,University of Baghdad and moderated by Dr. Suha M. Hadi, Professor, AlKhawarizmi Engineering College, University of Baghdad1100 Meeting with President Talabani at Dar-as-Salam Palace

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