World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan has said that Turkey attaches a special importance to Asia-Pacific region and they increased the number of commercial counsellors in the region from 33 to 66.
Speaking at the "Turkey-Singapore Business & Investment Forum 2012" on Monday, Caglayan said that he was happy to feel the Singaporean hospitality.
Caglayan mentioned that they would like to see productive results for development of the business volume between two countries, increase in the mutual investments and cooperation in third countries.
Caglayan highlighted that Singapore was the most important country for Turkey because it was standing as an open door of Asia-Pacific region to Far East.
Caglayan said Turkey would be the most important country for Singapore as it would be the open door to Africa, Caucasus, Middle East and Europe.
Second Minister for Home Affairs and Second Minister for Trade and Industry in the Parliament of Singapore, S. Iswaran, said that Caglayan's visit was the benchmark of two countries' future bilateral relations and developments.
Iswaran touched on the bilateral relations of Turkey and Singapore and said that in the past three years, relations gained speed and said, "We are interested in the growing potential of Turkey."
Iswaran also added that there were 500 Turkish people living in Singapore and more than 50 Turkish firms are operating in the country.
"As for the geographical location of Singapore, Turkish investors and business people can come here and enlarge their businesses," said Iswaran.
Ground Deputy Chairman of Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM), Mustafa Cikrikcioglu, said that Turkey's institutionalized economy attracted 110 billion USD direct investment in the past 9 years.
Chairman of Singapore Maritime Foundation, Teo Siong Seng, said that both countries had strategic locations in their regions and said, "We see Turkey as an open door to East Mediterranean and Black Sea."
"Today, Turkey has been born from the ashes, the building and fixing process for a new Turkey has gained strength," newly elected Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote.
Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the presidential oath on Thursday after stepping down as Prime Minister on Wednesday.
Today's newspapers cover Turkey's ruling AK party's congress to elect a new party chairman, and Erdogan's handing over the AK Party leadership to Davutoglu.
The U.S. administration designated Charge D'affaires to Ankara to participate the inauguration ceremony of president-elect Erdogan.
Erdogan said he would ask incoming prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu to form a new government on Thursday and a new cabinet of ministers would be announced the following day.
An Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday, bringing 51 days of relentless Israeli attacks to a halt in the blockaded coastal enclave.
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It is not yet clear who he will be meeting during his stay, but there are believed to be no plans for him to meet Turkish Foreign Minister-turned-Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.
The nation recorded 162,445 medical tourists by the end of the first half of 2014.
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The Chinese Foreign Ministry said it is coordinating with Turkish authorities to find the workers, kidnapped by militants on Monday.
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The firms were asked to extend their bids until the end of the year, the Defence Undersecretariat said in a statement.
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