- Establish good relations between the Kurdistan Regional Government-Iraq and the Australian Government.
- Arrange contacts between companies in Kurdistan and companies in Australia in the areas of manufacturing, commerce, agriculture, tourism and other industries, especially in that the Kurdistan Region is a tax free area.
- Establish contacts between Kurdish and Australian universities and in other areas of education, health, science and the Arts.
- Arrange and facilitate services for the Iraqi–Kurdish community in Australia and their families in Kurdistan
In accordance with these aims KRG Australia would like to inform the Australian Government and people of the issues that most concern Iraqi Kurds and to develop areas of mutual interest.
In the political arena the following areas are a priority:
- Establish a democratic federation of Iraq based on geographic regions (with the need to educate the Iraqi people on the different types of federal systems)
- Political and social justice for the people of Kirkuk – including those who have been displaced by the Iraqi Ba’athist Government’s ethnic cleansing policies.
- Conduct a census to establish the demographic needs of the Iraqi people.
In the area of economic development Iraqi Kurds are keen to develop infrastructure and business relations with Australian companies. For this to occur, it was suggested by Kurdish representatives and Australian government officials in 2001 that Australia send a delegation to Iraqi Kurdistan and establish a basis on which joint ventures could proceed. In 2003, during the visit of Jalal Talabani to Australia, it was further suggested that Australia could open up an Austrade Office in Iraqi Kurdistan. Now that Austrade is represented in Baghdad, we would like to work with Austrade and other teams to enable the KRG to negotiate directly on the:
- Building of roads, bridges and other infrastructure, including facilities to serve Erbil International Airport
- Supply of electricity including hydroelectric schemes – on a mini and macro scale
- Development of international banking facilities
- Development of telecommunications
- Land and water management schemes and conservation technologies
- Building and equipping of hospitals.
- Reforestation of mixed forests for multi uses
- Agro-industries e.g. food processing ventures
- Cement plant
- New siloes for storing grains
- Establishment of crops suitable for dry-land farming and partial irrigation
- Geological surveying to establish mineral potential
- Institution building for a civil, democratic and pluralistic society