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AAR, RSI to brief U.S. rail suppliers on Iraq business opportunities


At the request of the U.S. Department of Commerce, the Association of American Railroads (AAR) and Railway Supply Institute Inc. will conduct a briefing July 25 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Washington, D.C., to inform U.S. rail industry suppliers about business opportunities associated with rebuilding Iraq’s railway.

Speakers include Joel Szabat, transportation counselor at the U.S. Embassy’s Iraq Reconstruction Management Office in Baghdad, who serves as lead advisor to the Iraqi minister of transportation; and Jay Brandes, director of the commerce department’s Iraq Investment and Reconstruction Task Force. Szabat will discuss the reconstruction of Iraq’s railway; Brandes will talk about commerce department services available to U.S. companies doing business in Iraq and current funding sources.

For more information, call Kelly Donley at the AAR at 202-639-2343 or send an email to

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