8 April 2021, Amsterdam.
H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi, Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq to the Netherlands, is seen with Managing Director Ambassador Sheikh Mohammed Belal at the Secretariat of the CFC. H.E. Dr. Hisham Al-Alawi, today paid a courtesy visit to the Common Fund for Commodities to discuss matters to enhance commodity development and trade in the Republic of Iraq.
His Excellency Al-Alawi was accompanied by Dr. Hayder Salh Al-Asadi, First Secretary at the Embassy. Ambassador Belal was accompanied by Ms. Michèle Schwarz, Head of Accounting and Administration.
During the discussion, Ambassador Belal briefed Ambassador Al-Alawi on the current as well as probable future initiatives of the CFC. Ambassador Belal elaborated on the elements, what he termed as green recovery in a post pandemic era, to help COVID-19 wrecked smallholder and SMEs to get to their feet at the earliest. Ambassador Belal wished to see more working relations and partnership with the countries in the days to come.
Before taking leave, Ambassador Al-Alawi assured that he will do his best to bring good project ideas from his country and the region as well as promoting the idea of impact investment as best as he could. Ambassador Belal urged Ambassador Al-Alawi to disseminate the information with business chambers, Ministries, and enterprises so that qualified SMEs/enterprises could submit quality projects from Iraq for consideration by the Executive Board of CFC, and to attend potential entrepreneurs from Iraq to attend the CFC webinar sessions arranged for potential applicants to the CFC call for proposals.
Ambassador Belal assured to pursue more innovative outreach in the days to come to make the services of CFC available to as many people as possible in the commodity dependent developing world, with a heightened sense of innovations and creativity.