iraq plastprintpack & agrofood 2019: Exhibitors and organizers express confidence in future development of the Iraqi market

After three days of valuable business contacts at the launch event of iraq agrofood & plastprintpack 2019, exhibitors and organizers express confidence in the future development of the Iraqi market.

State Company for Iraqi Fairs and fairtrade sign contract for 2020

The Director General of the State Company for Iraqi Fairs, Mr Hashim Al-Sudani, his deputy and fairtrade’s MD’s Martin & Paul Maerz sign the contract for iraq plastprintpack & agrofood 2020. In order to accommodate the expected growth, the show will move to Hall 2, with 9,700 sqm, the largest hall on the exhibition grounds.


Visit of delegations

Iraq’s first plastprintpack & agrofood 2019 enabled hundreds of B2B meetings between professional visitors from all over Iraq and 80 exhibitors from 16 countries.  

In addition to private businesses, delegations of the following institutions honored the trade show with their visit: 

  • Ministry of Industry & Minerals  
  • Ministry of Agriculture  
  • Parliamentary Agriculture and Water Committee  
  • Iraqi National Business Council  
  • Iraqi Business Union  
  • Federation of Chamber of Commerce  
  • Baghdad Chamber of Commerce

The purchasing delegation of the Ministry of Industry & Minerals included:

  • Mr Ammar Aljanabi, Advisor to the Minister 
  • Mr Mohammed J.H. Al. Delphi, General Director for Food Production & Chairman of the Board of Directors 
  • Mr Nacer Idris Mehdi Al Madeni, General Director of the Technical Department 

Read here on how the exhibitors evaluate the event and the Iraqi market

Mr. Jou
General Manager - Shanghai Jwell Machinery Co. Ltd.

JWELL Machinery one of the leading manufacturers of plastics machinery and chemical fiber equipment in China. 

The Iraqi market is not new for us because we have been here for several years and have good customers. For us, iraq plastprintpack offers a good opportunity to expand our business.

iraq plastprintpack &  agrofood 2019: 80 exhibitors from 16 countries offered technologies and solutions tailored for the Iraqi market

80 exhibitors from 16 countries offered technologies and solutions tailored for the Iraqi market at iraq plastprintpack and its partner event iraq agrofood. A great result for a launch event in Iraq. 

The exhibitors came from Austria, China, Germany, India, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Lebanon, Mongolia, Morocco, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Turkey and United Arab Emirates. 

Check out the list of exhibitors 2019.

What made iraq plastprintpack & agrofood 2019 so unique?

  • Four country pavilions were present already in the launch event, namely from Germany, Iran (see here and here), Sri Lanka and Turkey (see here and here). Additional countries were represented with leading individual exhibitors.  
  • Strong presence of international market leaders in plastics, printing and packaging technology       
  • The interactive plastprintpack & agrofood portals allowing exhibitors and visitors to communicate and to arrange business meetings before, during and after the event, all year round.

Organized by the German trade show specialists fairtrade, the show was held on 15-17 April 2019 at the Baghdad International Fair Ground. 

The event enjoys the strong support of the Ministry of Trade of Iraq and its subsidiary institutions, the State Company for Iraqi Fairs & Commercial Services and the Baghdad International Fair Ground. 

Why Iraq?

US$ 30 billion in reconstruction aid for Iraq

"The commitment of 30 billion US$ in reconstruction aid for Iraq at the Iraq Reconstruction Conference in February 2018 in Kuwait has been the starting signal for our trade show projects in Baghdad", says Martin März, fairtrade’s founder and managing partner.

"We assume that as organizers of iran agrofood we can leverage synergies, as many decision-makers for Iran are also responsible for Iraq and have signaled their serious interest in the new event to us. In particular, we believe that we will benefit from the traditionally very good and close ties between Iran and Iraq." 

At the conference, the donor countries showed massive support. Government representatives from over 70 countries as well as NGO’s and almost 2,000 Iraqi and foreign companies were represented. Iran, an important player in Iraq not only politically but also economically, declared in March that it would make loans available totaling 2.5 billion euros. 

Iraq: GDP exceeds Algeria's. One of the three most populous countries in the Arab world. Ranks fourth globally among countries with the most natural resources.

"In preparing for our Iraq projects, we were surprised to learn, that in 2017 Iraq's GDP of 198 billion US$ exceeded Algeria's of 178 billion US$” continues Martin März." (GTAI Germany Trade & Invest). Interestingly, Iraq and Algeria, with around 40 million inhabitants, have about the same population. 

Iraq is one of the three most populous countries in the Arab world, after Egypt and on an equal footing with Algeria. The country ranks fourth in the world among the countries with the most natural resources. More on the Iraqi market

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