An Iraqi official on Sunday said his country and Turkey agreed to setting outlines for Turkish companies to implement projects in Iraq.
As well as oil and gas, the major areas of interest are ports and shipping, construction, infrastructure -- including the airport and railways -- and in industries that range from fertiliser production to iron and steel and banking.
"Iraq and Turkey agreed on a timetable for Turkish companies to start implementing work in Iraq," Jassim Mohamed Mulla, an advisor for the minister of public works, told Aswat al-Iraq - Voices of Iraq - (VOI).
The Iraqi official noted "Minister of Public Works Riyadh Ghareeb received Turkish Trade Attache Mustafaoglo and discussed means of boosting ties in public works field with Turkey."
"Turkish companies are ready to work in Iraq especially in Najaf and Karbala" Iraqi official cited Mustafaoglo as saying.
The Turkish offical expressed readiness of Turkish investors to "enter the Iraqi markets bridges and highways fields."
Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki has on several occasions expressed his country's wish to open Iraq to international companies to contribute in reconstructing the violence-ravaged country after years of bloody conflicts and sanctions.
(Voices of Iraq)