Turkey demands more Greek quota on trucks

The Turkish industry minister Friday called on Greece to raise quota on Turkish trucks.

Turkey demands more Greek quota on trucks

The Turkish industry minister Friday called on Greece to raise quota on Turkish trucks.

Turkey's Industry & Trade Minister Nihat Ergun said that Greece had only allowed 20,000 Turkish trucks to enter its territories.

"We want this figure to be raised to 25,000 a year," Ergun said during the Turkey-Greece First Regional Business Forum in the northwestern Turkish city of Edirne.

Ergun said cooperation between Turkey and Greece would not only contribute to the two countries but also to the geography they were situated and the world.

The Turkish industry minister said Greece had started to implement a firm economic program to evade economic problems, referred to the economic crisis Turkey underwent in 2001 and said Turkey was ready to share its experiences with Greece.

Turkish-Greece trade volume was 903 million USD in 2002, and it was up by four-folds in 2008 and reached 3.6 billion USD, Ergun said.

Ergun said the trade volume between the two countries was 2.7 billion USD in 2009 despite the global crisis.

"This means that our trade volume was up by three-folds in 2009 when compared to 2002 despite the global crisis," he said.

Ergun said Turkey wanted to raise the trade volume with Greece to 5 billion USD in the possible shortest time, and the two countries should first of all take steps to raise border and coastal trade.

Around 500 Greek companies have over 6 billion USD investments in Turkey, however Turkish investments in Greece are only around 30 million USD.

"Reciprocal investments should be increased, particularly Turkish investments in Greece should be raised," he said.

Ergun said Greece should lift visa obstacles before Turkish businessmen.

Also referring to Turkey's targets for 2023, Ergun said Turkey aimed to become one of the top ten economies in the world by 2023.

Turkey's Industry & Trade Minister Nihat Ergun; Greek Deputy Minister of Economy, Competitiveness and Shipping Markos Bolaris; undersecretaries; governors; and chairmen of chambers; and businessmen of the two countries are participating in the first regional Turkish-Greek business forum taking place in Edirne on June 17-19.

The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and Chamber of Trade and Industry of Edirne are organizing the forum.

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a formal visit to Greece on May 14-15. Two countries signed 22 agreement during this visit.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Haziran 2010, 15:41