Syria is making preparations to become Middle East's center of ship manufacturing and repairs.
Speaking to the AA, chairman of Syrian Chamber of Maritime Business and Turkey's Honorary Consul General in Tarsus, Abdulkadir Sabra, said on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar al-Asad had a chance to visit Turkey's Tuzla shipyard during a trip to Turkey in 2007.
Following this visit, al-Asad ordered Syrian authorities to build a shipyard in Syria that resembled the Tuzla shipyard, Sabra said.
We look at the Tuzla shipyard as a role model, Sabra said.
We are in the process of deciding on a location for the shipyard in Syria. Once built, the shipyard will be divided into 5-6 parts. We estimated that each part would require an investment of up to 60 million USD, Sabra said.
The personnel that will work at Syria's shipyard will receive training in Turkey, Sabra noted.
The construction and operation of the shipyard in Syria will be open to foreign investors, Sabra said.
Once this project is realized, Syria will be the center in the Middle East where ships get manufactured and repaired, Sabra also said.
Tuzla shipyard is located within Istanbul province.
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