Agriculture and Food Conference held between the Kurdistan Region and the Netherlands

Erbil, Kurdistan Region, Iraq (dfr.gov.krd) – Head of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Department of Foreign Relations (DFR), Minister Falah Mustafa participated in conference discussions of cooperation between the Kurdistan Region and Netherlands on the agriculture, food security and investment sectors under the theme “farm to the plate” which organized by Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in the Region and under the patronage of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The conference also attended by the KRG Deputy Prime Minister, Qubad Talabani and Consul Generals in the Kurdistan Region and Representatives of the public and private sectors of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Erbil, Willem Nicolaas Cosijn, along with a number of Ministers, Governors and KRG Officials.

In his opening remarks, Consul General and Representative of the public and private sectors, Mr Cosijn welcomed the participants and expressed his optimism for further development and progress of relations between the two countries. He also emphasized on the importance of revitalizing the agricultural sector, industry and developing a sustainable and strong economic infrastructure in the Kurdistan Region.

In his remarks, Head of DFR, Minister Falah Mustafa highlighted the historical relations between the Kurdistan Region and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. He also thanked the people and government of the Netherlands for their support to the Peshmerga Forces in fighting against ISIS, also, co-operation in mine clearance and humanitarian assistance to the refugees and displaced persons in the Region.

Minister Mustafa addressed that the conference took place as a result of growing ties between the two countries and referred the efforts to raise the efficiency of agricultural production in the Kurdistan Region and improve it in terms of quality, food security, soil protection, and water resources. “We are welcoming companies and foreign investments that are interested in investing and enhancing collaboration and effective implementation of the projects in the Kurdistan Region” Minister added during his statement at the conference.

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