The Kurdistan Region's Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said the region is a gateway for international companies to enter Iraq's markets.
Barzani's announcement came when he met Chinese ambassador to Iraq Ni Jian. A statement from the Kurdistan Regional Government reported the meeting.
Jian expressed his country's willingness to enhance relations with Iraq and the Kurdistan Region, especially in the fields of science, culture, trade and economy.
Jian said his country is encouraging Chinese companies to participate in the process of rebuilding and developing Iraq. He mentioned that many Chinese companies now exist and work in the region.
The ambassador stressed that his country is trying to open a consulate in the region.
Barzani welcomed the idea of opening a Chinese consulate in the region and described it as an important move.