(AA) – Turkish and Polish business people should unite their forces and increase trade volume, Turkey’s Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said on Thursday.
Speaking at the opening of a Turkey-Poland Business Forum in Istanbul, Zeybekci said the two nations are “the best complementary countries.”
“There are many things that Poland has but which Turkey lacks and vice versa,” the minister said. He called on business people from the two countries to get together to increase trade volume between states.
“But reason dictates another thing as well: Do not focus on Poland only. Do business together in Poland’s surrounding countries as well. Likewise, Polish and Turkish business people should do business in Turkey’s surroundings states,” Zeybekci stressed.
The Turkish minister said the trade volume between two countries had increased to $5.5 billion and voiced his expectation that the figure would rise to $10 billion.
The business forum was held during Polish Foreign Minister Grzegorz Schetyna’s official visit to Turkey. He was accompanied by a high-level delegation, including the Minister of Agriculture, senior government officials, representatives of several institutions and top businessmen.
Schetyna said he was impressed with Istanbul’s history, diversity and recent economic expansion during his address to today’s forum.
He said Polish authorities and companies were ready to share their specific experience with Turkish counterparts especially in energy, smart cities, education and technology.
“We stand ready to share our experiences. But we know we can learn so much from Turkey as well. We look forward to working closely together,” the Polish minister said.
Before Istanbul, Polish FM Schetyna also visited Ankara and held high-level talks with his Turkish counterpart, Mevlut Cavusoglu and Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The two countries last year celebrated their 600th anniversary of diplomatic relations.