Another sign of the disintegrating UN sanctions against Iraq was evident between November 19 and 23, with the opening of the First International Specialized Motor Show in Baghdad. The exhibition was opened by the country's trade minister, Muhammad Mehdi Saleh, who told the visitors that "Iraq is a very promising market. Exhibitors at the fair included automobile manufacturers China, France, Japan, Russia, South Korea and Vietnam.
Large-scale automobile imports were almost brought to a halt following the Iraq’s invasion of Kuwait in 1990. As a result, most of the vehicles on Iraqi roads are old, and in poor condition due to shortage of spare parts.
Iraq has been able to import a limited number of vehicles as part of the UN program that allows the sale of crude oil to finance the purchase of essential items. For this purpose it signed several contracts, including one for the purchase of more than 30,000 cars and buses built by Toyota of Japan. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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