The Kurdistan Regional Government's Minister of Trade, Sinan Chalaby [Chalabi], told AKnews that the number of Jordanian companies in Iraqi Kurdistan is expected to double by the end of the year.
Currently 50 Jordanian companies do business in the Kuristan Region. According to Chalabi, this figure is expected to increase to 100 by the end of 2011, now that Jordan has opened its consulate in Erbil.
"Some of the Jordanian businessmen and investors accompanying the Jordanian Prime Minister have already showed willingness to work in Kurdistan in the future", Minister Chalabi said.
Jordan's Prime Minister, Marouf al-Bakhit, officially opened the Jordanian consulate in Erbil on Monday, vowing to provide facilities for movement and transportation from and to Jordan.
The Jordanian delegation, consisting of ministers, officials and businessmen, arrived in Erbil on Sunday headed by the Prime Minister, and attended the opening of the Joranian-Kurdistan Economic Forum.
(Source: AKnews, Aswat al-Iraq)