In the second of our series looking at the Mondi Diamond Awards one year on, we travel to Iraq and catch up with Rami Kawar, who together with the Industrial Bags team at Mondi Iraq won the Operational Excellence category.
The story of how they looked after each other in a time of terrible crisis for the country, and worked together to deliver outstanding results against all the odds, has captured the interest of so many people. Here we find out what’s happened since that time.
Rami, tell us a bit about the picture in Iraq now and how it’s affected your business.
Rami: Throughout 2018 and into this year things certainly looked like they were improving on the political front. The whole country has been going through a reconstruction phase and for many people this started to bring new opportunities.
For us it’s been a great year in terms of financial and operational performance. The reconstruction going on across the country has brought renewed confidence and real growth for our cement business, and we have been busy making plans to expand production.
But of course this is a region where there is perhaps more uncertainty right now than anywhere else in the world, so it’s hard to say for sure what the picture will look like a year from now.