A business delegation from the Iraqi Kurdistan visited cities of Plovdiv, Haskovo and Sofia between September 22 and September 27, 2019

A business delegation from the Iraqi Kurdistan visited cities of Plovdiv, Haskovo and Sofia between September 22 and September 27, 2019 at the invitation of the Haskovo Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

On September 23, the Iraqi Kurdistan delegation attended the opening of the International Technical Fair in Plovdiv, where they met with potential partners.

The Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry organized one of the meetings in the capital, together with b2b talks with Bulgarian companies.

In his opening speech, BCCI’s Secretary General Vasil Todorov stressed that the Chamber already has traditional relations with the Erbil Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Kurdistan Chamber of Commerce, and the Union of Importers and Exporters of Iraqi Kurdistan, which date back to 2011.

Chairman of HCCI, Yancho Yanev also welcomed participants in the meeting and stressed that the cooperation with the Union of Importers and Exporters of Iraqi Kurdistan will continue to support business partnerships between the two countries.

Bulgarian companies have expressed interest in trade and investment activities with partners from Iraqi Kurdistan in the sectors: trade, construction, oil industry, food industry, agriculture, and industrial equipment, Todorov said.

The head of the Iraqi delegation Attaa Mohammed Noori, Deputy President of the Union of Importers and Exporters of Iraqi Kurdistan, presented the economic potential of his region. He said that consumers in the Eastern countries are sure of the good quality of Bulgarian goods and that is why there is interest in them at the Iraqi Kurdistan market. The companies in the delegation represented the business communities from the cities of Karkuk and Duhok.

After the official opening of the forum, many talks were held between companies from both countries working in the sectors: agriculture, food industry, IT, machine-building, trade, cosmetics, mineral waters, etc.

The cooperation with the Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Sofia and with the office of the Trade and Economic Affairs Office of Bulgaria in Erbil further facilitates the interaction between companies and institutions on both sides.