World Bulletin/News Desk
Turkey could advise and work with the Tunisian government in the technology field, said Mustafa Kiziltas, Manager of Ankara's Middle East Technical University (METU) Teknokent, as the countries signed a protocol on technology cooperation this week.
METU Teknokent, housing close to 300 businesses working on projects related to e-state, e-health, telecommunication, finance and defense, draws visitors coming from public offices and universities in the Middle East and North African countries, Kiziltas said.
Teknokent regularly shares experiences with those who want to build an area with a similar concept in their country and provides real support to them, Kiziltas said, which he believes is a factor that contributes to Turkey's soft power in its region.
"If we are to become the most important actor in this geographical area, we could as well try to lead the way in science and technology," he said.
During Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki's official visit last week, Turkey and Tunisia signed a protocol on technology cooperation.
METU Teknokent Manager Kiziltas said they would provide assistance to the Tunisian government in increasing the efficiency of the techno park in the Elgazala district, founded in 1999.
The head of the Turkish chambers union voiced his intention on Tuesday during a working meal with the Tunisian president to help the country build its first industrial district.
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