First Kurdistan–Korean Business Forum Gets Off to Flying Start

Minister Bakir said, “The KRG desires a long-term, strategic relationship with Korea. We are pleased to see a marked increase in the presence of Korean private sector activity. I believe this is only the beginning. The people and the government of the Kurdistan Region look forward to a sustained partnership in diverse sectors.”

Officials from several ministries also gave their views at the forum, contributing to a lively exchange about commercial needs, opportunities, and mutual desire for further cooperation.

The forum continued with a visit to Erbil Chamber of Commerce and Industry for a match-making session with local companies interested in joint ventures and other collaboration. Korea’s Embassy Liaison Office in Erbil is led by M Dukho Moon, who helped to organise the event. Representatives from the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Korea National Oil Company (KNOC), Incheon Airport, LG International, Daewoo Construction, SK Construction, and other companies participated in the forum.

The Kurdistan Region and Korea have already established very good relations. Korean forces were based in the Kurdistan Region from 2004 to 2008 as part of the Multi-National Force. During their four-year mission, the Zaytun Division provided vocational training, ran a hospital and helped to build social infrastructure including schools and a library.

(Source: KRG)

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