Dispatch of a Japanese Business Mission to Iraq

June 5, 2011

  1. A Business Mission, consisting of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry; and private companies, headed by Mr. Mitsuo Sakaba, Ambassador in charge of Reconstruction Assistance to Iraq, visited Basrah on June 4.

  2. On June 5, the Mission exchanged views with Mr. Haider Ali Fadhel, Chairman of the Basrah Investment Commission, and had a business meeting with executives from the Ministry of Electricity and energy companies in Basrah area.

  3. The Mission visited Iraq in order to crystallize the "Declaration on Establishing a Comprehensive Partnership between Japan and Iraq", and to follow up on a previous mission sent to Baghdad last February.

  4. It is expected that the discussions between mission participants and provincial officials and company executives in Basrah would accelerate business operations of Japanese companies in Iraq.
    • (*This is a provisional translation. The above date denotes the date of the issue of the original press release in Japanese.)