An economic adviser in the Iraqi government said on Friday that, of all countries having companies operating in Iraq, Turkey is the best represented, followed by France.
Salam al-Quraishi told AKnews that there are now 270 Turkish companies operating throughout Iraq, mostly specialized in construction of residential complexes and providing electrical power.
"French companies are second in terms of their presence in Iraq, where their number reached to 123 operating companies, according to the National Investment Commission."
The French embassy in Baghdad announced on Oct. 23 its intension to increase trade between Iraq and France during the coming months to 5 billion dollars, revealing that 230 French companies will be present in Iraq in 2011 for the implementation of important investment projects.
"The Iraqi government is seeking in the next phase to develop its economic relations with the United States, Britain, Italy and a number of countries in the world more broadly than it is now."