Canadian Minister on Historic Trade Mission

By Robert Tollast.

Lynne Yelich, the Canadian Minister of State for Foreign and Consular Affairs, has completed a 3 day trade mission visiting Basra, Baghdad and Erbil. It is the first Canadian mission of its kind to Iraq in 25 years, and saw the opening of a Canadian trade office in Erbil.

Her delegation was received in Baghdad by the head of the National Investment Commission Dr. Sami al-Araji and Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Dr. Rose Nuri Shaways.

Along with representatives from the Canadian Business and Investment Forum, Yelich’s delegation discussed the formation of an Iraqi-Canadian joint business council, as well as numerous opportunities for Canadian companies to be involved in the building of new infrastructure. She cited Canada’s “commitment” to doing more business in Iraq, and discussed agricultural cooperation in the KRG, as well as collaboration in other sectors throughout Iraq.

(Source: National Investment Commission)

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