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Mauritius and Turkey expand their business and economic partnership

Mauritius and Turkey expand their business and economic partnership

The President leading the Turkish delegation also representing the Foreign Economic Board believes that connection between Mauritius and Turkey will be beneficial for the private sectors. He indicates that manufacturing and the agriculture are the main engines of the Turkish economy and the both countries can establish partnerships in these sectors. (Image: greatatmosphere)

A Turkish delegation led by the Mauritian Joint business Council President, Ömer Hakan Baki is currently in Mauritius in order to develop business connections and perspective between Mauritius and Turkey.

The President leading the Turkish delegation also representing the Foreign Economic Board believes that connection between Mauritius and Turkey will be beneficial for the private sectors.

He indicates that manufacturing and agriculture are the main engines of the Turkish economy and that both countries can establish partnerships in these sectors.

“We are in Mauritius to see what are the opportunities that exist to make business and to increase the business connections between our countries,” asserts chairman of Turkish-Mauritian Joint Business Council, Ömer Hakan Baki.

This visit also furthers to a draft agreement signed between the Mauritius Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey, in 2014.

The delegation had a meeting with the various concerned actors, on Monday, February 16th, 2015 in order to discuss the potentials of both economy to act as a footbridge for both countries.

The Vice-President of the Mauritius of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Hélène Echevin, has for her part highlighted that the relations between both countries took a new dimension following the signature of the Free Trade Agreement in 2011, as the agreement opens the way to more collaboration between the two countries.

Nevertheless, the main brake in the development in business connections between both countries is, according to Ömer Hakan Baki, the absence of the direct communication.

The Turkish head of delegation believes that we should encourage both government to facilitate business cooperation between Turkish Airlines and Mauritian air connection.

“Mauritius is a regional pole. It can be used as springboard towards the region; we have a direct line. Both private sectors have to urge the authorities to move in this direction. Besides, there is a perception in Turkey that Mauritius is only a tourist destination. We are going to promote the island with regard to business perspectives,” Ömer Hakan Baki said.

Assad Bhuglah, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, underlines for its part that the authorities of both countries ratified an agreement of free trade and that it returns now to the private sectors to make it becomes a reality and to take advantage of it.

“We are going to consider the air connectivity, but also digital. Turkey produces products in the European standards, but deal in Asian price rate. There are opportunities of partnerships in the textile Industry,” Assad Bhuglah said.

“Mauritius is small, but as a Member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), the country can serve as platform towards the African markets. On the other side, the Mauritian companies can use Turkey as platform to integrate Europe,” he concluded.

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