Our Background

German Foreign Minister
Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier (German Foreign Minister) at the ETTC opening

The European Technology and Training Centre (ETTC) was opened by the German Foreign Minister Dr. Frank Walter Steinmeier in February 2009.One year later the Vocational Training Centre (VTC) was opened with support from the British Government and started to provide training for returnees and local job seekers.

The ETTC was founded as an implementing organization of a German NGO, active in Iraq since 2005.

Nowadays the ETTC is an independent, locally based and internationally oriented organization, registered as a non-profit organization in KRG.

Since 2009 the ETTC has contributed to the democratic and economic development of the Kurdish Region by providing development and migration projects and offering a wide range of training,
workshops and other events, mainly in cooperation with international partners.

The management activities of the ETTC are observed
by a Board of international experts.

The chairperson of the Board is Dr. Dirk Jankowski, CEO of a German engineering company from Bavaria and Manger of a building-safety project in Erbil and his deputy is Mr. Gary Kent, Director in the UK of the all party parliamentary group on the Kurdistan Region, and the other member is Mr. Volker Wildner, former head of the German Liaison Office for Trade and Industry in Erbil. Based on this structure the ETTC is able to provide proper, well-monitored, and well-evaluated services to the reintegration and Development projects.

The CEO of the ETTC is Mr. Jihad Zero, from Iraq, who has been with the ETTC since the beginning and who has had past work experience with different kinds of international NGOs and the United Nations.

In Germany, the ETTC is supported by the ETTC e.V. Germany , an association of people who are deeply interested in the development of the KRG and the ETTC.

ETTC, Germany e. V.

ETTC Purposes

Capacity Building

Capacity building measures for governmental and non-governmental structures to promote good governance, a democratic culture and the respect for human rights.

Humanitarian Aid activities

Provision of emergency support measures for conflict victims such as IDP`s and refugees and encouragement of integration and qualification measures for vulnerable groups.

Promotion of intercultural relations

Promotion of intercultural relations, in particular with sensitivity to the perspective of minorities and prevention of violent conflicts.

Environment care

Encouraging responsible use of natural resources and care for the environment, including disaster awareness.

Good governance

Improvement of competencies, good governance and the rule of law of public and private management

Business Start-up Developments

Supporting the development of enterprises and business start-ups, job placement, adapted training and counselling.

Promoting Employment Organisation and implementation of measures

To promote employment, with the target to improve the chances of job seekers, including returnees to Iraq, in employment.

Human Resources Measures

for capacity-building in human resource development.

International Standards for adult education

Supporting the development of international recognized standards for adult education/qualification measures.

Qualification measures Organisation and implementation of qualification measures

with the goal of improving the quality of management structures and the chances of job seekers in employment.

Technology Transfer

Supporting the organisation and implementation of conferences, meetings, workshops to enhance technology transfer between European and local enterprises.