Dispatch of a Japanese Business Mission to Iraq

February 7, 2011

  1. A Business Mission, consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and private companies, arrived in Baghdad on Monday, February 7, headed by Mr. Mitsuo Sakaba, Ambassador in charge of Reconstruction Assistance to Iraq.

  2. During its stay in Iraq, the Mission will pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki and Deputy Prime Minister Husayn al-Shaharistani and will exchange views with high-level Iraqi officials of relevant ministries.

  3. This Mission is to provide an opportunity for the Japanese companies which asked for the dispatch of a Mission, as a stepping stone to exchange views directly with government leaders of Iraq for developing business in Iraq.

  4. The Mission's visit to Iraq is to convey our intention to strengthen Japan Iraq economic relations under the Iraqi new government and to crystallize the Declaration on Establishing a Comprehensive Partnership between Japan and Iraq.