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Minister for Health and Social Affairs Mr. Göran Hägglund headed this business delegation consisting of representatives from Elekta, Bactiguard, SCA, AstraZeneca, Getinge and Swedfund.
The whole delegation was accommodated in the Swedish embassy. A working dinner with a briefing of the political situation was held during the first night and hosted by Ambassador H.E. Carl-Magnus Nesser. The next day the delegation was received by the Iraqi Minister of Health, H.E. Dr. Majid Hamd Amin. The meeting was followed by a lunch and a meeting with Kimadia, the state procurement authority for Marketing Drugs & Medical Appliances. The Director General, Dr. Ihsan J. Ahmed, welcomed the delegation and opened up for a concrete discussion on regulations and procedures for entering the Iraqi healthcare market. In the afternoon a study visit was arranged at the public hospital “Baghdad General Hospital”. A networking meeting at the hospital’s premises followed the tour around the facilities. The meeting ended with a signing ceremony of a MoU between Elekta and Baghdad General Hospital. In the evening the Swedish ambassador hosted a reception where a number of high level persons from the Iraqi healthcare sector, both public and private, were present. A match making meeting where the Swedish companies participated and their Iraqi distributors and other partners followed.
After one and a half intense days in Baghdad the delegation departed with the UN Plane from Baghdad International Airport, heading for Kurdistan and the city of Erbil. A different security situation offered a more relaxed atmosphere. A visit to a private hospital was arranged in the afternoon. The hospital is considered to be one of the best in the region and is providing high quality care. No security schemes are offered by the state though so all payments are out of pocket. As a result only patients that are well off have the possibility to seek treatment at the hospital. In the evening the Swedish ambassador hosted a reception where over 100 people. The interest for Sweden was high and many participants had a history as refugees in Sweden and spoke fluent Swedish. Many had decided to move back to their native country and wanted to build up healthcare and welfare institutions after the Swedish model. During the last day a meeting at Awamedica, partner of AstraZenica, and a visit to the public Rizgary Hospital took place. The delegation also met with the Kurdistan Regional Minister of Health, H.E. Dr. Taher Hawram.
The general impression of the Swedish delegation was that the Iraqis had an astonishing openness towards private actors, especially from government side.The interest for Sweden and Swedish healthcare was immense in Kurdistan and the opportunities for contacts and business opportunities seem great. Close ties from Iraqis and Kurds former residing in Sweden can probably facilitate and open up many doors for the Swedish companies. Security is still a big problem though, especially in Baghdad, and the costs related to this. The healthcare systems are not very developed as everything has been destroyed during the war and the procedures for entering the market through.
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