Turkish Commerce Chamber head keen to boost Georgia ties

Demirtas said that an IZTO delegation of 25 individuals and he would travel to Georgia on Monday on a business trip.

Turkish Commerce Chamber head keen to boost Georgia ties

Chairman of the Izmir Chamber of Commerce (IZTO) Ekrem Demirtas said Sunday "despite deep rooted friendship between Turkey and Georgia, the commercial potential between the two countries can not be realized and there could be more commercial relations and partnerships".

In a written statement, Demirtas said that an IZTO delegation of 25 individuals and he would travel to Georgia on Monday on a business trip.

There are excellent relations between Turkey and Georgia. As a chamber of trade, we have very good relations with Georgia. Mutual trade increased three fold in the last 10 years and exceeded a value of one billion USD, Demirtas underlined.

Turkey's businessmen have investments in Georgia worth billions of USD. Turkey is the second country in Georgia with most investments. Border trade between Turkey and Georgia constitutes a great portion of the economic relations. The visa liberalization plays a great role in commercial relations of Turkey and Georgia, Demirtas stressed.

We can conduct more trade with Georgia and establish partnerships, Demirtas said.

With this trip, we will promote Izmir in Georgia. Out of 150 Georgian companies doing business in Turkey, only seven are in Izmir. We want to increase this number in Izmir, Demirtas said.

There is great cooperation between Turkey and Georgia in the fields of food, construction, energy, transportation, and consumption goods. There are important opportunities for Turkey and Georgia in the agricultural field. We pay high attention in cooperating in the tourism sector. We are seeking for ways to promote tours of passenger ships from Izmir to Georgian ports, Demirtas also said.

The IZTO delegation will spend four days in various cities of Georgia and will meet various high level officials, including Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili.

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