A trade exhibition at the southern city of Nasiriya has drawn 50 Chinese firms, a senior provincial official said.
“Nasiriya is now playing host to 50 Chinese firms exhibiting various products,” said Ali Fahad, a deputy governor.
Nasiriya is the capital of Dhiqar Province, which mainly relies on agriculture as the mainstay of its economy.
According to the report from Azzaman news agency, the Chinese are very much interested in markets across the country. Shops brim with Chinese goods almost everywhere in Iraq.
Fahad said the exhibition will continue until the end of April.
The goods on show include clothes, food and electronics.
The fair is the first such economic activity wholly undertaken by foreign firms in the province.
Provincial officials see the fair and the large interest by Chinese firms as a positive signal for a better economic future for the impoverished region.
“The exhibition is important for the province’s economy. It also encourages foreign firms other than the Chinese to come forward,” Fahad said.
He did not say whether the Chinese would invest in the province’s sub-standard infrastructure.
Fahad added: “The Province has made it very easy for the Chinese to take part in the exhibition,”