Basra: Opportunities and Obstacles for Sustainable Growth

Oil revenues, diversification and environmental protection



October 8 - 9, 2017


University of Basra, University of Basra, Basra, Iraq. To the website ›



The Arab Gulf Research Center, the KAS Regional Program Energy Security and Climate Change Middle East and North Africa and the KAS Syria/Iraq Office are hosting a conference in Basra on furthering sustainable economic growth in the South of Iraq.

Basra has the second highest population in Iraq, it is in possession of the country’s most important harbor and located amongst the region’s richest oil fields. However, the region is still suffering from low economic growth rates and widespread poverty.

In six distinct panels, this conference aims to assess Basra’s economic potential with a focus on the regions geography and its natural resources. The predominantly Iraqi experts will discuss how to best manage and reinvest the profits of energy trade and how to overcome the city’s oil dependency. Moreover, the conference will give an outlook on future challenges, such as environmental pollution, and prospects of investment in the region.


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Contact person

Nils Wörmer

Head of KAS office Syria/Iraq

Nils Wörmer
Phone +961 (0) 1388 061/062
Fax +961 (0) 1388 064
Languages: Deutsch,‎ English,‎ Français,‎ عربي