On Wednesday, 27 February 2019, the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Austria and the Austrian Society of Engineers and Architects invited to an exclusive “Expert’s Round Table on the Reconstruction of the City of Mosul.
More than 70 high-ranking participants from the public and private sector from Iraq, Austria, and the international context followed the invitation to Vienna to discuss the reconstruction of areas and regions in Iraq and to find solutions in the form of presentations and an open dialogue.
Among the high-level guests were the Iraqi Vice-Minister for Environment, the head of the Iraqi reconstruction program REFAATO (in the ministerial rank), representatives of the EU Parliament, the Iraqi Parliament and the Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, experts and representatives of relevant UN organizations, architects, experts, companies and journalists.
The Round Table meeting generated an excellent feedback and response from both, the participants and the media, and was described as a meeting that could “bear historical significance" and potential for the reconstruction of the Nineveh region and city of Mosul.
The two-day program of the high-level Iraqi delegation also included an official welcome of honour at the Vienna City Council, and a visit and tour through to the King Abdullah b. Abdulaziz International Centre for Interreligious & Intercultural Dialogue (KAICIID). The delegation also visited the Seestadt Aspern, one of Europe's largest urban development projects; the waste incineration plant “Spittelau”; and Meixner Vermessungs ZT GmbH, an Austrian pioneer company specialised in future technologies for land surveying, laser scanning, photogrammetry, cultural heritage and 3D city models.