On Thursday 27 September, Minister for European Affairs and Foreign Trade Alexander Stubb had a meeting in Helsinki with Minister of Trade of Iraq Khairullah Hasan Babakr and an Iraqi trade delegation, who are on a three-day visit in Finland. During this visit, in addition to Minister Stubb, they will meet, for example, Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen and Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Jari Koskinen.
During their discussion, Ministers Stubb and Babakr agreed that the relations between Finland and Iraq are good and trouble-free. Minister Stubb highlighted the opportunity of Finnish companies to promote Iraq’s endeavours to develop industrial operations and to act as partner in reconstruction, particularly in the fields of construction, logistics, meteorology, health care and telecommunications. Finnish environmental technologies and energy technology solutions are also quite competitive. Minister Stubb also thanked Iraq for the support for Finnish candidature to join the UN Security Council.
At the end of their meeting, the Ministers and the Iraqi delegation met representatives of Finnish companies with whom they had roundtable discussions. The Iraqi delegation included, for example, top civil servant leaders of the Iraqi Ministry of Trade, the chairmen of the Iraqi Chamber of Commerce and the Businessmen Union, and Ambassador of Iraq in Finland Abdul Kaab. In addition to Finnish companies, the discussions were attended by representatives of the Central Chamber of Commerce, Finpro, Finnvera and the Finnish Arabic Trade Association and Ambassador of Finland in Damascus, Syria, Harri Mäki-Reinikka, accredited also to Iraq, and his successor from 1 January 2013 Kari Kahiluoto.
Further information: Helena Tuuri, Head of the Unit for the Middle East and North Africa, tel. +358 50 527 5409, and Jenny Sjöberg, Inspector, tel. +358 40 590 3596