The Middle East Association, in partnership with the Kurdistan Regional Government UK Representation and CT Trade Missions, will be leading a major British business development programme to Kurdistan from 9th to 13th October and coinciding with the Erbil International Trade Fair.

About the mission

  • From 9th to 13th October 2016 the Middle East Association will be leading a Trade Mission to Kurdistan.
  • This Mission is strategically timed to coincide with the Erbil International Trade Fair, the largest Exhibition in the capital of Kurdistan.
  • The Mission will give delegates the opportunity to meet senior Iraqi and Kurdish business people, to network and explore new business opportunities with government officials, investors, traders and distributors.
  • The Mission will be preceded by a workshop at the MEA on 7th September where senior Kurdish officials will address and brief the audience on latest developments.


Benefits of the mission

  • There will be a tailored and sector-specific programme arranged by the Kurdistan Regional Government UK Representation.
  • There will be business and networking meetings with Government Ministries, the private and public sectors.
  • There will be a Mission Brochure, translated into Kurdish, to advertise your product/service to potential contacts.
  • Transportation, accompanied by official KRG protocol personnel, will be arranged to all group meetings.


Who is the mission for?

  • This visit is open to member and non-member companies across the sectors but our Kurdish partners are particularly keen to encourage companies working in Infrastructure, Education & Training, Healthcare, Energy & Natural Resources, Water, Agriculture and Tourism Development to participate.


Market information

  • The MEA fully supports UK relations with Erbil and strongly encourage British companies to pursue business as normal in the Kurdish marketplace. There is a wealth of opportunities, and great demand for British expertise. Kurdistan has a growing and influential private sector with strong links to Central and Southern Iraq.
  • The FCO Travel Advice currently advises against all but essential travel to Erbil and is distinguished from wider Iraq. The security situation is however fluid and FCO guidance should be closely monitored by delegate companies.
  • The Kurds are Indo-European, not Arab, and Kurdistan Region has flourished under its own semi-autonomous leadership since the end of the Anglo-US invasion. Its major trading partner is Turkey, but EU countries have played a leading role in the Region’s development.
  • The UK has been fostering trade for 10 years now in KR and it is crucial that we continue to do so. There is an enormous amount to be done and we must, at the very least through trade, lend our unwavering support.


CT Trade Missions works closely with UK Department for International Trade. For market information on this destination please click here.

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