Oct 12 2013
By Khaula al-Akabi
Azzaman, October 12, 2013
The 40th session of the Baghdad international fair was inaugurated yesterday with 19 countries and 700 foreign firms taking part.
The trade fair is Iraq’s largest and is annually held in October.
“The fair demonstrates Iraq’s determination to proceed with reconstruction, cooperation and investment and at the same time continue the fight against terrorism,” said Deputy Prime Minister Husain al-Shahristani.
Shahristani added: “Iraq’s economy is progressing rapidly and the wide participation in the Baghdad fair is good evidence of the large volume of its external trade.”
This year’s session comes amid an upsurge in violence and terror attacks. Baghdad has recently been the scene of multiple car bomb attacks almost on a daily basis.
The Baghdad fair is one of numerous trade exhibitions organized in the country.
Different Iraqi provinces hold their own trade fairs, attracting companies and entrepreneurs with an interest in striking reconstruction contracts.
Iranian firms come in the forefront of foreign companies holding trade fairs, particularly in Iraqi provinces in the southern and northern parts of the country.
In the first six months of this year, Iran’s non-oil exports to Iraq hit a record of $2.8 billion.
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