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1/5/2004



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Wanted by Iraq: American firms' wares, services to help rebuild country's railroad, says U.S. trade agency



Iraq's attempts to rebuild infrastructure damaged in the U.S.-led war is opening business opportunities for American firms, including those in the railroad industry.

To address the reconstruction of Iraq's railways — for which the U.S. government has allocated $210 million through the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Act — the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is hosting a free business briefing Feb. 2 at the USTDA Business Center in Arlington, Va.

Entitled "Iraqi Railways Sector: Opportunities in Track, Vehicles & Technology," the briefing will enable executives from U.S. companies to discuss their rail-related products and services during one-on-one meetings with six senior Iraqi National Railways officials, as well as representatives of the Coalition Provisional Authority, which is responsible for the country's reconstruction projects and resource allocations.

Iraqi National Railways is seeking U.S. firms that can help the railroad reconstruct and upgrade track; procure and refurbish rolling stock; obtain track-maintenance, intermodal, container-handling, train control and signaling equipment; and implement communications and information technology.

For more information, contact consultant Koeppen, Elliott & Assocs. Ltd., 1825 "I" Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20006. Phone: 202-429-5245; fax: 202-429-9574; email: MAK@KEALTD.com; or visit USTDA's Web site at www.tda.gov.


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