Matthias Fekl, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, the Promotion of Tourism and French Nationals Abroad, will today co-chair, together with Iraqi Oil Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, the 15th French-Iraqi Joint Economic Commission. Dr. Salam Hassan Khoshnaw, Iraq’s Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Mr. Dara Hassan Rashid, Deputy Minister of Construction and Housing, and Mr. Amir al-Bayati, Deputy Minister of Communications, will also participate in the commission.
The work will mainly focus on agriculture, the environment, transport, water and electricity. As has become common practice for joint commissions, businesses will participate in the plenary session. Mr. Fekl will co-chair tomorrow, together with Iraq’s Deputy Prime Minister Rowsch Nuri Shaways, a French-Iraqi business forum with companies.
These meetings reflect the willingness of our two countries to develop our trade, and France’s support for Iraq’s development and reconstruction.