Turkey and the Netherlands on Monday signed a goodwill statement in Istanbul.
Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan and Dutch Minister of Foreign Trade signed the goodwill statement which aims to boost relations between Turkey and the Netherlands on investment and trade.
Speaking at the signing ceremony Caglayan said commercial initiatives and partnerships of the Turkish and Dutch businessmen in third countries would be extremely important.
Caglayan referred to rooted political and trade relations between Turkey and the Netherlands, and noted that "there are around 400,000 Turkish citizens living in the Netherlands. Those people assume an extremely important mission to strengthen friendly relations between the two countries."
Caglayan said trade volume between Turkey and the Netherlands was 6.2 billion USD last year, indicating that, "there is 35 percent drop this year because of global crisis."
"The Netherlands ranks the first among the countries investing in Turkey. Turkish companies are also interested in investing in the Netherlands. 139 Turkish companies invested in this country," Caglayan said.
Caglayan said, "I will travel to the Netherlands together with a businessmen delegation in December. Technical delegations will meet there."
Dutch Minister Heemskerk said Turkey was an important country being a candidate to the EU, "We are in Turkey together with a businessmen delegation representing 50 companies. The Dutch businessmen have investments in Turkey. We want to invite Turkish entrepreneurs to the Netherlands."
Dutch Foreign Investment Agency Turkey Office was also opened during the ceremony.
Caglayan said mutual investments would rise after the opening of the office.
The office aims to assist companies that are eager to invest in the Netherlands for their international operations.
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