Chinese firm helps promote cooperation between Iraq, China

08:20, February 09, 2011      

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A senior adviser of a Chinese firm said Tuesday that the company has set a good example and helped to promote the cooperation between Iraq and China.

China's ZTE company, which specialized in communications and manufacturing apparatus, is a good example for cooperation between the two countries, as the company maintained its activities in Iraq despite the toughest security deterioration during the years of the sectarian strife, Basim Atta, a senior adviser of the ZTE told Xinhua.

"We have continued our work in all Iraqi provinces, particularly, in the restive provinces of Diyala, Anbar and Nineveh during the sectarian violence," Atta said, adding that in 2006 his company set up 210,000 wireless telephones in Baghdad and Najaf, some 160 km south of the capital.

The ZTE company stood with the Iraqi people during the foreign sanctions in the 1990s, as well as supporting the Iraqi people after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, by providing the latest technologies in communications and optical-fiber cables to Iraqis with competitive prices and products of good quality, said Atta.

The company has opened an office in Baghdad, and has offices in Sulaimaniya and Erbil in northern Iraq, and is preparing to open an office in Basra, the second largest Iraqi city in southern the country, said Atta, adding that the company has also opened offices in Nassiriyah in the south and Hilla, some 100 km south of Baghdad, and Mosul, 400 km in northern Iraq.

However, the company also faced several challenges in Iraq, Atta said, the security situation is the key challenge for the company, the company's workers are moving across Iraq without being escorted like other foreign companies which hire security firms to protect their cadres.

Source: Xinhua
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