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UK Trade Mission to Erbil and Duhok

UK Trade Mission to Erbil and Duhok

The UK’s Middle East Association (MEA), in partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government, will be leading a Trade Delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan from 28th April to 3rd May 2013, visiting Erbil and Duhok.

The Kurdistan region remains one of the MEA’s major success stories. Last October we took another large UK trade delegation to the region with 39 companies to attend the Erbil International Trade Fair and pursue a full programme of calls in the public and private sectors.

Our mission will be multi-sector, but priority for the Kurds is in healthcare, education, infrastructure, hydroelectric power generation, agriculture and water treatment. Each of these areas of interest will have a comprehensive sector-specific mission programme organised by the KRG.

The stable security situation in Kurdistan is driving itself to business prosperity. Economically, the region is moving rapidly ahead of the rest of Iraq, and the economy’s growth this year is expected to be over 7%. It also has one of the friendliest investment laws in the Middle East. Currently, 97 UK companies are registered in Kurdistan, making the UK the fifth largest foreign presence in the region. British-Kurdish relations are strong, and British business is welcomed and encouraged for the high quality of its skills, expertise, and products.

Kurdistan remains a very attractive hub for British businesses to export their products, skills and services; they will receive a very warm welcome. We strongly recommend that you explore this emerging market and the wide range of business opportunities.

To register your interest for the Trade Mission, please return the enclosed registration form to our Mission Managers, CT Group Travel, mea@ctgrouptravle.co.uk. Leading the mission will be David Lloyd, Senior Consultant at the MEA, who has lead numerous missions to Iraqi Kurdistan.

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KRG PM hosts groundbreaking for Duhok International Airport

KRG PM hosts groundbreaking for Duhok International Airport

Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani today hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for a new international airport in Duhok.

Duhok International Airport will be the third airport in the Kurdistan Region. After its completion in 2015, travellers will have direct international access to each of the Region’s three provinces.

Speaking at the event, the Prime Minister highlighted the importance of airports to the ever-growing trade, investment and tourism in the Kurdistan Region. “The building of airports in all of Kurdistan’s provinces paves the way to the outside world. This is a vehicle to open up a Region that is closed to the world. This airport is a bridge between a land locked nation and the outside world,” he said.

Emphasising the progress that the Region has experienced over the past several years, the Prime Minister said, “The steadfastness of the Kurdish people, and the assistance of our friends around the world, has allowed us to reach this day,” adding, “…this is a national achievement even more than it is just an airport for Duhok province.”

The Prime Minister went on to thank the international companies participating in the project, including the Lebanese Dar Al-Handasa Engineering, which designed the facilities, ADPI of France, Makyol construction company, and a team from South Korea’s Incheon International Airport which will supervise the construction.

Kurdistan’s other two airports in Erbil and Slemani already provide direct flights to more than 25 destinations in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Commercial flights to Erbil began in 2005, and the $550 million state-of-the-art Erbil International Airport (EIA) opened for business in March 2010. Now one of the fastest growing airports in the world, EIA saw a 37% increase in traffic between 2010 and 2011, for a total of 620,000 passengers. And in the first two quarters of 2012, passenger numbers indicate that the growth rate will rise to around 50% this year.

The Deputy Minister of the federal Iraqi Ministry of Transport, who has provided a great deal of support to the project, was present at today’s ceremony, as was the Head of Iraqi Airways and representatives from the Iraqi Aviation Authority.

In addition to many members of the local business and diplomatic communities, the ceremony was also attended by the KRG Minister of Transport and Communication, Mr Jonson Siyaoosh, the Minister of Municipalities and Tourism, Mr Dilshad Shahab, and the Deputy Minister of Finance and Economy, Mr Rasheed Tahir.

(Source: KRG)

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KRG PM Barzani Announces Duhok International Airport

KRG PM Barzani Announces Duhok International Airport

By John Lee.

KRG Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani this week announced that the foundation stone for Duhok International Airport will be laid within two months. The future airport will further strengthen tourism and trade links in Duhok, which is one of Iraq’s most prosperous governorates.

The premier’s news came in a statement also unveiling broader government investment in a range of public works, including a healthcare project to build hospitals in the city, town and districts of Duhok. Addressing the issue of the current shortfall in Kurdistan’s infrastructure, he said, “We want to create an organized foundation for an optimistic future.”

During his visit to the province, Prime Minister Barzani met with the Governor of Duhok Tamar Ramadhan and other Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) officials to discuss the airport as well as the construction of more schools and hospitals in the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Ministry of Transport and Communications and international construction companies are currently in negotiations on an agreement to build the first international airport to be located within the Governorate of Duhok. The proposed builders have been invited by the Ministry to assemble a team of investors, developers, construction and concessionaire companies to finance, build and operate the airport.

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Work to Begin on Duhok Airport in 2 Months

Work to Begin on Duhok Airport in 2 Months

The Kurdistan Region’s Prime Minister, Nechirvan Barzani (pictured), has announced that the foundation stone for the new Duhok Airport will be laid within two months.

AKnews reports that he said that his government will soon begin building hospitals in the city, town and districts of Duhok.

The news comes after Barzani’s meeting with Duhok governor and officials, at which he also discussed the construction of more schools in the Kurdistan Region, especially in Shangal and Zummar.

He added: “We want to create an organized foundation for an optimistic future.”

(Source: AKnews)

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11 New Factories Opened in Duhok in 2011

11 New Factories Opened in Duhok in 2011

The chief of industrial development in Duhok has said that 11 new factories were opened in the province in 2011, up from seven 2010.

According to the report from AKnews, an additional five factories were sanctioned last year but they are yet to open.

All the factories are of private sector.

There are 546 factories throughout the province.

(Source: AKnews)

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Duhok Opens $11m Conference Centre

Duhok Opens $11m Conference Centre

A new $11 million USD (13 billion IQD) conference hall was opened last week in Duhok city, according to AKnews.

Bayar Ramzi, director for Cultural Center of Duhok University, told the agency that the design of the conference center was selected by the president of Duhok University for its modern lines.

The conference center, intended for national and international events, can host up to 840 guests and has a section for interpreters.

There are several other halls, besides the conventions hall, in the center. One can seat 400 people. There is internet access, lecture halls, and VIP and exhibition sections as well as a cafeteria and accommodation.

(Source: AKnews)

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An International Airport for Duhok

An International Airport for Duhok

Duhok Province said that it sealed a contract with Lebanese Dar Al Handasah to build an international airport in the province with a cost of 5 million dollars.

The source said that it expects works to start at the end of next year.

Another source said that the airport will help in developing the economy, tourism and investment in the region.

(Source: Al SumariaTV)

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Swedish Ambassador visits Kurdistan

Swedish Ambassador visits Kurdistan

The Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa and the Assistant Head of the DFR, Siham Jabali met with the Swedish Ambassador to Iraq, Jörgen Lindström and the Head of the Sweden Section Office in Erbil, Jessica Svärdström today.

They discussed different ways in which bilateral relations can be strengthened between Sweden and Kurdistan. In addition, they exchanged views on the latest political, economic and security developments in Kurdistan and Iraq.

Ambassador Lindström expressed his pleasure at Sweden’s role in helping further develop the health sector in Kurdistan through Swedish companies working in the region.

Both sides expressed their willingness to strengthen their business relations as more Swedish companies wish to invest in Kurdistan

Sweden has a large Kurdish community, and through the KRG Representation in Sweden and the Swedish office here, both sides are hopeful that bilateral relations will strengthen in the areas of education, health, cultural, and economic interaction.

Minister Mustafa went on to brief the Ambassador on the latest updates regarding the KRG’s government formation, and pointed out the challenges that any new democracy faces when attempting to establish a broad based government.

They also discussed the latest developments regarding the ongoing disputes between Erbil and Baghdad and the prospects for resolving the issues, in accordance with the constitution.

They also talked about the Iraqi parliamentary elections that are scheduled to take place at the end of April. Minister Mustafa said ’we need the support of the international community through international observers in order to ensure that elections are held on time and conducted in a free and fair manner.’

Finally they spoke about the ongoing crisis in Syria, its implications and the conditions of the Syrian refugees living in Kurdistan, where the Ambassador stated his country’s continued support in providing assistance to the refugees.

During his trip to Kurdistan, Ambassador Lindström also visited the governorates of Sulemani and Duhok where he held meetings with various officials.

(Source: KRG)

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