US Kurdistan Business Council Embarks on Historic Trade Mission to Kurdistan Region of Iraq

WASHINGTON, Oct.12, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The United States Kurdistan Business Council (USKBC) CEO General James Jones (USMC-Ret) is leading the largest ever trade mission of US business people to the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

The USKBC sponsored 48 member delegation represents 30 US companies and organizations from diverse industry sectors. The delegation will meet with top officials of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in the regional capital Erbil, and will also travel to the city of Sulaimani to meet there with provincial leaders and members of the business community. The USKBC trade mission is in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce. “The commercial opportunities in Kurdistan are enormous,” General Jones said. “The USKBC trade mission will seek to capture those chances in this promising emerging market,” he added.

During the mission, the USKBC will also sponsor a business seminar in Erbil entitled “US Business in Kurdistan,” at which US Government and KRG officials as well as leading business people will speak. In addition, the USKBC will exhibit at the Erbil International Fair, the largest general trade fair organized in Iraq. The mission will conclude with a reception hosted by the USKBC for the broader government and business communities of the United States and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

“My government is very excited to welcome the USKBC delegation to Kurdistan,” Qubad Talabani, the KRG Minister for Coordination and Follow Up, said. “We want to continue to strengthen ties between the Kurdish and American private sectors and are proud to support the growing US business community in Kurdistan,” he added.

About the United States-Kurdistan Business Council

The USKBC is dedicated to facilitating trade and commerce for US companies in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and to strengthening ties between the private sector in the US and Kurdistan Region. With one of the most liberal investment laws in the Middle East and significant needs in almost every industry sector, the Kurdistan Region presents untapped business opportunities for US companies. The council also works closely with the Kurdistan Regional Government and private businesses in the Kurdistan Region to ensure that foreign investment reinforces the already enormous economic opportunities there. For more information on business opportunities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, please visit

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