Members of staff from Benoy and Foster & Partners joined Peter Mandelson on the first British business delegation to Iraq in more than 20 years on Monday.
The business secretary took delegates from 23 companies — including the two architectural practices, as well as firms in the healthcare, construction, transport, power, oil and gas, water, banking and security sectors — on a one-day visit to Baghdad and Basra to drum up business.
As part of a longer tour of the region by the delegation, the visitors met Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki and other ministers and officials.
Mandelson said: “Iraq today is a place of opportunity. Britain will stand by Iraq in peace as we have in conflict to help Iraqis realise that opportunity.
“The size and seniority of the delegation reflects the importance British government and British business place in Iraq and its people. British expertise and skills can play an important role in the development of the Iraq economy.”
A Foster’s spokeswoman said: “One of our senior architects is visiting Iraq as part of the formal business delegation. It is essentially a networking opportunity.”