Introducing the Kurdistan Market: 21st July

The Middle East Association will be holding a market clinic on Thursday 21st July, ‘Introducing the Kurdistan Market’, ahead of the British Trade Mission to the Kurdistan region this autumn. This event is free, although priority will be given to MEA Members.

Our panel will include senior representation from the Kurdistan Region Government, UK Trade & Investment, and the Middle East Association, who will give market advice and inform you of the fantastic potential of the Kurdistan market. It will also be an excellent opportunity to raise any questions and queries about investing in the region.

This seminar will be of particular interest to those as yet unfamiliar with the Kurdistan region and those thinking of participating in the British Trade Mission to Kurdistan this autumn, although all are welcome.

The event will begin at 11.00 with Registration. Presentations will be from 11.15, followed by Q&A, with the clinic concluding at 12.15. To attend, please return attached flyer with full details to [email protected]. As this is a free event with a limited number of places, we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible. Closing date is Noon on Monday 18th July.

Business Destination: Iraqi Kurdistan

The highly stable security situation in Kurdistan has lent 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. Erbil in particular is undergoing a consumer and construction boom, with shopping malls, hotels, and amusement parks springing up.

Kurdistan offers excellent business opportunities across many sectors, including:

  • · Construction, Housing & Infrastructure
  • · Agriculture
  • · Hotels & Tourism
  • · Oil & Gas
  • · Engineering
  • · Healthcare
  • · Technology
  • · Telecommunications
  • · Environment & Water
  • · Financial & Legal Services
  • · Education & Training

Over 70 British companies are already registered in Iraqi Kurdistan, and Kurds are looking for many more to open up offices in the region to start building long-term relationships and to be able to answer the many tenders available. British-Kurdish relations are strong, and British business is welcomed and encouraged for the high quality of its skills, expertise, and products. The local business scene is thriving, with Chambers of Commerce in Erbil, Duhok, and Suleymaniyah. More can be read about British-Kurdish business relations here.

2010 Kurdistan Testimonial: London Corporate Training

"LCT's Managing Director Ian Mann booked a stand for the Erbil International Exhibition – Iraq’s largest trade fair – last October. This proved to be a very worthwhile decision. It helped to establish LCT in Kurdistan where they now have an office and a permanent representative. This autumn’s Trade Mission will be his fifth visit within twelve months.

Earlier this year the Erbil Fellowship of Chambers of Commerce signed an agreement with London Corporate Training. Under this groups of Kurdish businessmen will be coming to London to learn how to do business in the west and to meet up with interested potential partners.

Few British companies know how highly British products and expertise are valued and regarded in Kurdistan. The potential in this market is enormous. Turks, Germans, Swiss, French, Italians, Koreans and Chinese are forging ahead. If Great Britain is not to take advantage of the goodwill and keenness for everything British, a great opportunity will be lost.

Ian Mann says: “Put aside any worries about safety. Kurdistan is really safe. Security is tight with the result that they do not have any problems. Come on. Get up and go. Join me in Kurdistan!”

2011 Kurdistan Trade Mission

The MEA, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, Invest Northern Ireland and the Kurdistan Regional Government, will be leading a Trade Delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan from 23rd to 28th October to coincide with the seventh Erbil International Trade Fair, Iraq’s largest general trade exhibition. Mission Participants will have the opportunity to exhibit at the Fair’s British Pavilion, as well as to meet government ministers, senior business leaders, and the local Chambers of Commerce.

This will be our ninth Trade Mission to the Kurdistan region in recent years, and, as ever, we anticipate a warm welcome and high-level meetings with government and business. A flyer for the mission is also attached. In view of the early bookings required for flights to and hotels in Erbil in October, the closing date for the mission is August 19th.

Attending the Kurdistan Market Clinic

To attend this free Kurdistan Market Clinic, simply complete the attached registration form and return to Chris Moses at the MEA ([email protected]). Closing date is Noon on Monday 18th July. Please note that this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.

Kind regards,



Chris Moses

The Middle East Association

Bury House

33 Bury Street

London SW1Y 6AX


Email: [email protected]

Tel: + 44 (0) 20 7839 2137

Dir. Line: +44 (0) 20 7968 1853

Fax:+ 44 (0) 20 7839 6121

Please click here to download the application form.

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