Turkish PM Erdogan said that they planned to increase Turkey’s trade volume with Bangladesh to 3 billion USD by the year 2015.
Turkish Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday said that they planned to increase Turkey’s trade volume with Bangladesh to 3 billion USD by the year 2015.
Speaking at a joint press conference with his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina Wajed in Ankara, Erdogan said that Turkey and Bangladesh could take joint steps in the defense industry.
Turkey has a special place in the defense industry. Turkish contractors can assist Bangladesh in infrastructure and superstructure projects. There could be joint steps we can take with Bangladesh in the energy field as well, Erdogan said. While we may be geographically far from each other, we are friendly and brotherly countries with Bangladesh. They have shown how close they are to Turkey by sending 1 million USD as aid to victims of the recent earthquake in Van province. I thank them for their assistance on behalf of my nation and myself. We have also not forgotten the support Bangladesh extended during our War of Liberation, Erdogan stated.
The total population of our countries is 225 million. The current trade volume of 1 billion USD does not represent the actual potential. We aim to have a mutual trade volume of 3 billion USD by the year 2015, Erdogan underlined.
We are currently working on the issue of visas and hope to conclude a visa liberalization with Bangladesh soon, Erdogan stressed.
Our meetings today were fruitful. We discussed various issues including the developments in the Middle East, Erdogan noted.
Meanwhile, Turkey and Bangladesh signed cooperation agreements in seven different fields prior to the prime ministers’ press conference.
“Pleasing to see Turkey-Bangladesh trade volume reach 3 billion”
Bangladeshi Premier Sheikh Hasina on Thursday said that it would be pleasing to see Turkey-Bangladesh trade volume reach 3 billion USD by 2015.
Speaking at a joint press conference with Erdogan, Hasina said that her trip to Turkey was very fruitful and beneficial. Bangladesh attaches high importance to its relations with Turkey, Hasina said.
We evaluated cooperation in the cultural, agricultural and educational fields. We will continue to work with Turkey in diverse projects, Hasina stressed.
Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Premier Erdogan’s trips to Bangladesh in 2010 strengthened relations. I call on Turkish businesspeople to come and invest in Bangladesh, Hasina noted.
“We are happy by the fact that our trade volume with Turkey would reach 3 billion USD by 2015. Bangladesh is pleased to welcome Turkish businesspeople and investors. We especially expect investments in the energy sector. We are pleased to receive investments in transportation, food, carpets and other fields,” Hasina noted.
It was a source of great happiness to see that the Turkish government increased the amount of scholarships offered to Bangladeshi students. Bangladeshi students receiving education in Turkey will have a serious role in bilateral relations in the future, Hasina stressed.
Turkish Airlines’ direct flights between Istanbul and Dacca will bring our peoples closer to each other. Direct flights will also help develop commercial relations, Hasina indicated.
Visa liberalization with Turkey will increase opportunities for cooperation. Lifting visa requirements will pave the way for cultural and social relations, Hasina also said.