HE the Minister of Commerce and Industry Sheikh Mohamed bin Hamad bin Qassim al-Thani met Masrour Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq, on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos. The meeting featured discussions on ways to develop bilateral relations across multiple fields, between Qatar and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Moreover, the convening officials explored a number of issues of common interest aimed at strengthening co-operation in the sectors of trade, investment, and industry, in addition to exchanging views on the topics on the forum's agenda. The Minister of Commerce and Industry highlighted the successful economic policies Qatar has put in place to support the private sector, and pointed out the incentives, legislations, and promising opportunities available in Qatar that are aimed at encouraging Iraqi investors, businessmen, and business owners to invest in Qatar. It is worth noting that the volume of trade exchange between Qatar and the Iraqi Republic amounted to about $145.3mn in 2021. Additionally, Qatar is home to some 304 Iraqi companies operating in many sectors and important economic activities. The two countries are bound by a number of memoranda of understanding (MoUs) and agreements, including the Agreement on Economic, Commercial, and Technical Co-operation.