Kur­dis­tan Cham­ber of Com­merce wel­comes Bri­tish busi­ness del­e­ga­tion

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The Kur­dis­tan Cham­ber of Com­merce yes­ter­day hosted a re­cep­tion in Er­bil to wel­come a large Bri­tish trade del­e­ga­tion headed by Baroness Emma Nicholson, Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of the Iraq Bri­tain Busi­ness Coun­cil.

The del­e­ga­tion, vis­it­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion this week, in­cludes busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives and trade of­fi­cials from the UK Trade & In­vest­ment (UKTI), the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment trade depart­ment, and the Iraq Bri­tain Busi­ness Coun­cil (IBBC), a Bri­tish-based not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion, with of­fices in Er­bil since 2012, which fa­cil­i­tates trade ex­changes be­tween Bri­tain and Iraq in­clud­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

Min­is­ter Falah Mustafa, the Head of the KRG Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions, ad­dress­ing the del­e­ga­tion and the mem­bers of the Kur­dis­tan Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, said, ‘When we talk about our re­la­tions with the UK, we re­mem­ber how, in 1991, Bri­tain played a ma­jor role in es­tab­lish­ing a safe heaven in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion that helped us reach where we are to­day.’

Min­is­ter Mustafa noted that Bri­tain has to­day be­come Kur­dis­tan’s part­ner of choice and dis­cussed the many ar­eas in which the re­gion has been learn­ing from the UK. He also ex­pressed his hopes that Bri­tish com­pa­nies will con­tinue to get in­volved with and help de­velop Kur­dis­tan fur­ther.

The Bri­tish Con­sul Gen­eral, Hugh Evans, point­ing out the no­table size of this joint del­ega- tion, high­lighted the year-onyear in­crease in the num­ber of com­pa­nies want­ing to join trade mis­sions and the grow­ing in­ter­est in do­ing busi­ness in Kur­dis­tan. The com­pa­nies come from a broad spec­trum of sec­tors some of which in­clude engineering, health­care, higher ed­u­ca­tion and con­sul­tancy ser­vices. He re­it­er­ated Min­is­ter Mustafa’s words, say­ing, ‘The pres­ence of this large del­e­ga­tion here helps us achieve our aims, which are to make Great Bri­tain a part­ner of choice to Kur­dis­tan.’

Baroness Nicholson ex­pressed her plea­sure of be­ing in Kur­dis­tan and spoke about her hopes for an in­crease in the pres­ence of UK com­pa­nies in Iraq as a whole and in Kur­dis­tan in par­tic­u­lar. She said, ‘I am very proud that the IBBC has now got an of­fice in Er­bil and am sure this will only help en­hance our busi­ness re­la­tions.’

The Head of the Kur­dis­tan Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try, Mr Dara Jalil Khayat, spoke about the ac­tiv­i­ties of the cham­ber and their mem­bers and ex­pressed his hopes for the re­la­tion­ship to con­tinue to work both ways in which the Kur­dish com­pa­nies are able to visit the UK with ease to ex­plore the busi­ness and in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties in Bri­tain. Mr Khayat thanked the KRG Depart­ment of For­eign Re­la­tions and the KRG Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Of­fice in the UK for their on­go­ing ef­forts and as­sis­tance in fos­ter­ing th­ese re­la­tions be­tween Kur­dis­tan and the United King­dom.

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