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Iran launching major trade office in Iraq’s Kurdistan

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An Iranian trade office is to be opened in Sulaymaniyah to boost exports to Iraq’s Kurdistan.

Iran is launching a major trade office in Iraq’s Kurdistan to boost exports of farming products and manufactured goods to the semi-autonomous region.

A senior official at Iran’s Trade Promotion organization (TPO) said on Wednesday that the trade center will be inaugurated in Sulaymaniyah, the largest city run by the Kurdistan Regional Government, until April 20.  

Farzad Piltan said Iranian businesses and trade institutions will be represented in a four-storey building of the office that has been built in a 6,000-meter piece of land in the central district of Sulaymaniyah.

“The center will also provide trade and marketing consultation services and legal and technical assistance to the participants,” said Piltan, who added that Iranian businesses and companies will be able to rent booths in the facility to present their products and services to partners in the region.  

The official said launching the new trade office would be a major boost to TPO’s efforts to increase exports from Iran to the KRG.

Iranian companies have been a major supplier of manufactured goods and farming products to the Iraqi Kurdistan region in recent years.

Exports continued unabated last year even at the height of restrictions imposed at borders because of the coronavirus pandemic. Iran has also activated several more markets in areas bordering the KRG territory to further boost the trade.

Government reports suggest exports to the KRG territory account for nearly a half of all Iranian shipments sent to the neighboring worth nearly $1 billion per month.  

Kurds in Iraq have developed a strong preference for Iranian goods and services compared to products that come from Turkey where an ongoing crackdown on ethnic Kurdish population has sparked discontent in the KRG territory.

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