Italianexpo - Iraq 2008
Specialist fair for reconstruction of systems,
structures, works and services in Iraqi territory.
The facts speak for themselves: Italianexpo
Iraq 2007 ended on 10 September, with a “see
you” at Erbil, from 9 to 13 June 2008.
Italy was the first Western state to arrange its own
Iraq trade fair, with 80 businesses
We organized a national fair dedicated to manufacturing
companies, accompanying the products with technology,
business culture and training.
This will lay the foundations for profound, enduring
bonds with operators in Kurdistan.
This part of Iraq is a democratic independent region,
well-disposed towards Italy, with whom it shares a thriving
spirit of cooperation.
is safe and is currently peaceful, representing a real
gateway to Iraq.
Iraq 2007 was a success and this was confirmed by exhibitors,
who were able to conclude business worth millions of
dollars and arrange negotiations for tens of millions
of dollars, all in just five days.
The June 2008 event will be even more successful because
the country is seeking to work with Italian companies.
Massud Barzani, President of Kurdistan,
said as much when he visited the fair, defining it as
the outstretched hands of friendship and the start of
partnership between our two peoples, destined to grow
and be reinforced with the passing of time. Massud Barzani,
41, has a managerial approach and calls Western consultants
too, when he has to make strategic decisions.
Hundreds of millions of dollars were earmarked in Erbil
for reconstruction: airport, conference centres,
parks, bridges, tunnels, ministries, schools, hospitals.
Soon, eight new hotels will open around the city. In
the district nearest to the airport a Dream City, an
English City and an Italian City will be built: a Dubai-style
skyscraper scenario that will absorb over 350,000,000
dollars of private capitals.
The Kurds have understood that security is the passport
to the world.
the exhibitors at the first fair will swear to that.
For Kurdish and Iraqi operators it is still difficult
to travel abroad. With Italianexpo Iraq2008 they will
be able to establish a direct rapport
with Italian producers, without involving agents or
traders from neighbouring countries. Exhibitors at Italianexpo
Iraq2008 will encounter immediate, concrete willingness
to open negotiation at the event, as was the case at
the first fair.
In Corriere della Sera of 14 September, Sergio Romano
replied to the Hon.
Dario Rivolta, who opened Italianexpo Iraq2007 on
6 September, saying:
“Kurdistan overall is quiet and well-administered.
Businessmen and bankers have realized that. Oil companies
have already negotiated contracts for the day when the
region can make freer use of its wealth … The
Economist’s special correspondent, during a recent
trip to the regional capital (Erbil), met with Norwegian
oil men, Lebanese bankers, Dubai traders. So it is a
good thing that Italian entrepreneurs have also become
aware of the existence of an interesting potential market”.
This time the Italians got to the right place
at the right time.
For Italian companies, Italianexpo Iraq2008 represents
a unique, special opportunity.
We are faced with a market in full development, to be
satisfied and educated.
Iraq needs products and technologies, business culture,
The country still has to adopt standards that will
point future purchases towards Italy.
Iraq is a market standing by not only for large international
businesses and great contracts, but also for those traditional
items that will meet daily needs and improve quality
Perfect timing for Italian products and technologies.