How did Eksen Construction’s story begin in the Kurdistan Region?
Before entering the Kurdistan Region, Eksen has completed numerous projects in Turkey and Turkmenistan. Eksen began to operate in the Kurdistan Region because of the huge opportunities that the Region offers in construction sector. It is a stable and booming market.

We first came to the Region in 2006. I think it’s fair to say, we were here on time. In the beginning, there were not as many companies here as there are now, but there was still large-scale demand. We started with smaller projects relating to construction in the health and education sectors. We completed every project on time and with a very high standard. So, we were able to establish our reputation early on. We also took the time to really get to know the geography and demographics of the Region. This allowed us to better understand the needs and capabilities of the area and then work to provide solutions.

What are Eksen’s key projects in the Region?
We successfully completed the Erbil Courthouse and Isik University projects. We are currently at work constructing the Erbil Governorate.

How do you think Turkish companies are perceived here in the Kurdistan Region? What is their reputation?
In the construction sector, there are many international companies here. A majority of them are Turkish. At first, it was mostly subcontractors coming here to complete smaller projects. Now the larger companies are coming because, we have entered the “branding” period of Kurdistan. The people here value new technology and new ideas. Turkish companies are in a unique position in that they are able to easily import new products from Europe and then bring them here, thereby satisfying this demand. When I first came here, the projects weren’t very professional. Now, they certainly are. Everything in the construction sector is now far more up-to-date, and I believe Turkish companies have been instrumental in helping bring about this change.

Everything in the construction sector is now far more up-to-date, and I believe Turkish companies have been instrumental in helping bring about this change.

In terms of labor, are your workers local, Turkish, or a combination?
The management and coordinators are Turkish. The laborers are a combination. We have lots local workers and then quite a few resident workers from different countries.

What are the company’s plans going forward?
Our main focus will be on building construction. However, we will of course be interested in big projects, specifically relating to energy and infrastructure. We hope to be involved in these types of projects to expand our areas of operation and bring our reputation for quality to underdeveloped sectors.