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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) Washington

17:30 Check into Embassy housing

18:15 Welcome and program overview with Helen LaFave, Cultural Attaché, Jinnie
Lee, Deputy Cultural Affairs Officer and Veronika Arky, Cultural Affairs
Assistant

18:30 Briefing / Courtesy call with Susan Ziadeh, Embassy Spokesperson and Acting
Counselor for Public Affairs

19:00 Security Briefing by RSO (Regional Security Office) – Protective Operations,


Ken Davis and Tony Groh

20:00 Dinner at the residence of General Nasier Abadi, Vice Chief of Staff, Iraqi Armed
Forces– 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 communications

0915 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 Project
Manager

0945 Briefing with Embassy senior staff (Ambassador Robert Ford, Counselor for
Political Affairs; Michael Dodman, Counselor for Economic Affairs; Susan
Ziadeh, Embassy Spokesperson and Acting Counselor for Public Affairs)

1115 Briefing with Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salih via teleconference

1215 Lunch with Foreign Service Officers serving in Embassy Baghdad

1330 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 Maliki

1630 Briefing led by Ambassador Marc Wall, Coordinator for Economic Transition in
Iraq (CETI), with ECON (Economics Section), FCS (Foreign Commercial
Service), ACCO (Anti-Corruption Coordinator’s Office), ITAO (Iraq Transition
Assistance Office)

1745 Briefing by the Office of Hostage Affairs, Peter Ford

1800 Meeting with the National Investment Commission - Dr. Sami Al-Aaraji,
Investment Commissioner and Salah Mohamed Ameen, Deputy Investment
Commissioner

1930 Dinner meeting with Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Raad Fahmi and
Dr. Samir Salem Attar, Senior Deputy Minister

Tuesday, April 21

0730 Breakfast at the DFAC

0900 Tour of Iraq National Museum and meeting with the Faeza Al Ubadi, Chief
Engineer

1100 Symposium with private sector and government telecom and technology
representatives hosted by the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)

1330 Lunch briefing and tour of Zain

1645 Roundtable discussion with Iraqi youth at Al Rasheed Hotel

1830 Reception at DCR hosted by Chargé d’Affaires, Ambassador Patricia Butenis

Wednesday, April 22

0730 Breakfast at the DFAC

0900 Visit to University of Baghdad - meeting led by Dr. Mousa Al Mosawa, President,
University of Baghdad and moderated by Dr. Suha M. Hadi, Professor, Al
Khawarizmi Engineering College, University of Baghdad

1100 Meeting with President Talabani at Dar-as-Salam Palace


1215 Visit to University of Technology, meeting led by Dr. Qahtan Khalaf Al-
Khazrajy, President and session with students

1445 Arab Media Roundtable with print and online journalists for executives from
Meetup, Blue State Digital, YouTube and AT&T

1545 CNN Interview with CEO of Twitter

1600 TV Interview with Arab media executive from Howcast

1630 Roundtable with Western press – all members of delegation

1900 Meeting with Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Barham Salih

2215 DVC with State Department Press in Washington, D.C.

Thursday, April 23

0500 PSD (Protective Security Detail) to BIAP

0900 MilAir from BIAP to Amman