The Middle East Association, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment and the Kurdistan Regional Government, will be leading a Trade Delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan in the spring of 2012, visiting Erbil and Sulaymaniyah. Mission Participants will have the opportunity to meet government ministers, senior business leaders, and the local Chambers of Commerce.
The Kurdistan region remains one of the MEA’s major success stories. In October we took the largest UK trade delegation to the region to date, which was also the largest trade mission from the UK anywhere in the world this year.
Our spring mission will have a particular focus on education & training, and construction & infrastructure. Each of these areas of interest will have a comprehensive sector-specific mission programme organised by the KRG.
The KRG are especially keen to welcome representatives from British universities and other well-respected institutions to develop a variety of educational links. Given the current construction and infrastructure boom, the MEA would also like to encourage participants from organisations that would be well-placed to contribute to developing the major infrastructure requirements of the Kurdistan region as it accelerates towards being a major commercial and cultural hub in the broader region.
Investing in Iraqi Kurdistan:
The 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.
Currently, 68 UK companies are registered in Kurdistan, making the UK the third 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. More can be read about British-Kurdish relations and British investment in Kurdistan here.
‘Introducing the Kurdistan Market’: Pre-Mission Market Briefing, Wednesday 18th January
The Middle East Association will be hosting ‘Introducing the Kurdistan Market’ at Bury House on Wednesday 18th January, a market briefing ahead of the trade mission.
This event is free, although priority will be given to MEA Members.
Our panel will include senior representation from the Kurdistan Region Government 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 you might have about investing in the region.
On the panel will be:
- David Lloyd, Mission Leader and Senior Consultant, Middle East Association
- Vian Rahman, Kurdistan Regional Government Representation in the UK
- Carl Bruce, Senior Country Manager – Iraq, UK Trade & Investment
- Lyndsay Snowden, MEA Trade Missions Manager, CT Group Travel
- Kawa Besarani, Managing Director, Besarani Trading (Kurdish-British businessman)
This seminar will be of particular interest to those as yet unfamiliar with the Kurdistan region and those thinking of participating in the trade mission, although all are welcome.
The event will begin at 16.30 with Registration and Refreshments. Presentations will be from 17.00, followed by Q&A, lasting until about 18.30. To attend, please email your name, position, company, and reason for attending to firstname.lastname@example.org. As this is a free event with a limited number of places, we recommend that you sign up as soon as possible.
Participating on the Trade Mission
To sign up for a mission prospectus, please contact our Mission Managers, CT Group Travel, at email@example.com or 01892 673 435. The prospectus will give full details of the mission programme and costs.
We hope to see you on January 18th – and on the mission.