On 30 July- 2nd August, Jordan International Building, Construction & Engineering Industries Exhibition hosted a conference on rebuilding Iraq and other conflict countries in the region, including Syria. The conference hosted businesses from all over the world across all industries regarding networking and opportunities for involvement in reconstruction in the region as well as issues involved in participation in reconstruction. In addition to businesses, the conference was well attended by government representatives, including the Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Al-Razzaz.
The conference included discussions on potential partnerships and other opportunities for involvement in reconstruction, including industry specific joint reconstruction efforts. Attendees also discussed mechanisms for financing, managing, and implementing reconstruction, including mechanisms for interacting with different donors and local civil society. The conference also discussed the role that refugees may play in reconstruction.
SLDP Executive Director, Ibrahim Olabi attended the conference in partnership with Global Rights Compliance (GRC) . Scott Martin of GRC spoke on a panel on 1 August at the conference about the various international legal risks of funding or participating in reconstruction in Syria. Particularly, Martin discussed the potential for business complicity in international crimes in Syria and the importance of compliance with international law to protect businesses from legal liabilities. The panel was followed by questions and answers.
SLDP and GRC hope to continue to have a presence at events related to Syria’s reconstruction where we may raise awareness about the potential for business involvement in human rights violations and international crimes in Syria’s reconstruction.