Bulgaria and Kurdistan to boost ties
Head of the Commercial Attaché of the Bulgarian Consulate in Erbil announced that they are willing to boost their relations with Kurdistan Region in terms of trade, tourism, and health care.
Dimitrov Ogreon, Head of Bulgarian Commercial Attaché in Erbil and Nadir Rosti, spokesperson of Kurdistan Region's Tourism Board held a press conference at the Bulgarian-Kurdistani Chamber of Commerce earlier this month.
Ogreon told reporters that as part of their efforts to boost bilateral ties, they are taking two commercial delegations from Suleimaniya to Bulgaria to seek business opportunities with Bulgarian businessmen.
“Bulgaria is a beautiful touristic country that welcomes over 9 million tourists each year," said Ogreon. “Bulgaria is a big producer of cheese and vegetable oils, and our foods are similar to Kurdistan's foods. We have also talked with the Minister of Higher Education to send some Kurdish students to study masters and PhD in Bulgaria and bring back tourism experience to Kurdistan.”
He also added that they would also like to send their tourists to Kurdistan and develop trade relations with the Region.
Currently 9 Bulgarian companies work in Kurdistan in tourism and construction sectors.
Rosti told the media organizations that they want to make tourism a major source of revenue for the Kurdistan Region.
“Our priority is to provide safety and security for tourists,” Rosti said. “We provide assistance and facilitation for those who want to go and study masters and PhD in Bulgaria and bring back the successful tourism experience with them."