By John Lee.
A delegation from the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) took part in the 22nd Economic Forum held in Poland earlier this month.
The delegation included the KRG Minister of Planning, Dr Ali Sindi, the Chairman of the Kurdistan Board of Investment, Minister Herish Muharam, and the KRG representative to Poland, Mr Ziyad Raoof. Each participated on panels at the forum, speaking about the opportunities that Kurdistan has to offer, as well as the Region’s security and ongoing growth and development.
In a panel entitled 'Prospects for Cooperation between the Region of Kurdistan and Europeans Regions,' Minister Sindi, spoke about the ongoing cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and parts of Europe, specifically highlighting a recent cooperation agreement between the Malopolska Region of Poland and the Kurdistan Region.
Minister Sindi said he believes that relations between Malopolska and Kurdistan are likely to see rapid development and affirmed his hope to see other European regions also develop strong ties with Kurdistan.
Minister Muharam gave an overview of foreign investment in the Kurdistan Region, as well as a summary of strategic investment opportunities that currently exist in the panel 'Eurasian Land Bridge: Real Opportunities and Prospects.'
Mr Ziyad Raoof presented a paper on behalf of the Head of the KRG Department of Foreign Relations, Minister Falah Mustafa, whose visit to Poland had to be postponed due to other commitments.
Minister Mustafa's paper stated, "Our economy has shown steady growth year on year in spite of the global economic downturn...In order to maintain this continued growth, our government has actively pursued the building of relationships with the international community.”
His paper concluded, “There has never been a better time to come and see for yourself the opportunities that exist in the Region.”
In addition to their participation in the Economic Forum, the delegation held meetings with the Marshal of the Malopolska Region, Mr. Marek Sowa and his Deputy, as well as a number of prominent Polish corporations.
The 22nd Economic Forum was attended by over 2,500 guests from around the world, including representatives from the political, economic, and scientific communities, as well as many NGOs. This year’s forum was organized around the theme 'New Visions for Hard Times: Europe and the World Confronting the Crisis'. The forum was opened with remarks from Polish President Bronsilaw Komorowski and Croatian President Ivo Jisipvić.