Optimistic business deals with Turkish PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 10 January 2012 13:41

If the business transactions will push through successfully, eventually, we can see Turkish products in the local market not only in Zamboanga City but throughout the Philippines too. What more, their exclusive distributors in our country might come from our city.  This was the optimism desired during the first Turkish Business Forum 2012 held at the Turkish Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines-Zamboanga Office in Suterville last January 6.

Around 22 Turkish businessmen met local government officials and top gun from different business sectors for business talks.They offered products ranging from construction materials, medicines, food and agriculture products as well as expressed interest of investing in education and media services to members of the Zamboanga City Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Industrial Group of Zamboanga, Zamboanga Flipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce, and other local business companies.

Invited Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat welcomed the foreign businessmen spearhead by TCCP-Philippines President Irfan Karabulut. He was able to talk one on one with Turkish Congressman Metin Yilmaz of Bolu City, Turkey who was one of the delegates.  They discussed about a possible trade and business tie ups between their two cities.

Karabulut revealed that the trade figure between Philippines and Turkey has increased to 300 million US Dollars. He hopes that it will hit 1 Billion US Dollars in the coming years.Turkey is now the 15th largest economy in the world. It has a yearly budget of 1.17 Trillion US Dollars with an average annual economic growth of 9.3 %.

This business event gave at the same time opportunities for our local products and services to be exported to Turkey someday as well promote our local tourism. The foreign visitors toured our city, visited the historical Talusangay Mosque, took a dip in our Sta. Cruz Island, and savored our local cuisines.

Wesmincom Chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer, a close friend of the Turkish Filipino Tolerance School (TFTS) administration in Sinunuc, also came and shown interest to have his own business after his mandatory retirement at end of January this year.

TCCP-Zamboanga Executive Director Coskun Urfan said the local TCCP office welcomes all businessmen as well the academe sector who wants to inquire about doing business with Turkey and knowing the culture and traditions of his country. Visit their website at www.tccp.com.ph.

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