Turkish-Czech trade volume would reach 1.7 bln Euro

Reminding that the Czech Republic would assume the rotating EU presidency in the first part of 2009, Martin Riman indicated that his country supports Turkey's integration process with the EU.

Turkish-Czech trade volume would reach 1.7 bln Euro

The Turkish delegation was led by Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Nazim Ekren while the Czech delegation was led by the Czech Industry and Trade Minister Martin Riman.

Speaking at the inauguration of the meeting, Ekren said that "Turkey would continue to do what is required of her. We are sure that the Czech Republic would support Turkey's negotiation process and its bilateral relations with the EU once it assumes the EU rotating presidency in 2009."

"Turkey would continue to do what is required of her. We are sure that the Czech Republic would support Turkey's negotiation process and its bilateral relations with the EU once it assumes the EU rotating presidency in 2009," Ekren stressed.

Ekren asked for the Czech Republic's support in bilateral and transit transportation as well as visa regulations.

"Turkey would like to carry its relations with the Czech Republic to higher levels and establish new areas for cooperation," Ekren said.

Touching on commercial relations between Turkey and the Czech Republic, Ekren said that the trade volume of 470 million Euro in 2002 went up to 1.2 billion Euro in 2007.

"Trade volume between our two countries would reach 1.7 billion Euro in 2008," Ekren noted.

"Czech companies' total investments in Turkey are around 1 billion Euro. Cooperation in automotive and defense industries carries high importance. Other areas where cooperation may take place are construction and consultation. Turkish and Czech companies can cooperate and do joint business in third countries," Ekren added.

Czech Industry and Trade Minister Martin Riman said that "Our goal is to help Turkey accelerate its negotiation process with the EU."

"Among sectors where mutual cooperation can take place between Turkish and Czech businessmen are energy and construction. Turkish construction companies can overtake companies in Prague and enter the Czech market," Riman added.

, said Wednesday "Turkey's gross domestic product (GDP) grew by 6.6 percent in the first quarter of 2008 beyond expectations of the government."

"We predict that Turkey would grow by the same percentage as last year," Ekren said.

The Fourth Term Turkey-Czech Republic Joint Economic Commission (JEC) Meeting began in Ankara on Wednesday.

Speaking at the inauguration of the meeting, Ekren said that "Turkey is Europe's sixth biggest economy. All indicators point out to the potential of the Turkish economy to grow further."

"No doubt, the developments in world economy affected Turkey and Turkey's growth rate in 2007 was 4.5 percent after a rate of 7 percent in the past several years. Compared to many European countries, Turkey's growth rate is still very high," Ekren said.

"Turkey's exports increased by 38 percent in 2008, when compared to last year. Turkey would exceed its predicted export volume of 135 billion USD by the end of 2008," Ekren said.

Relatons with EU

"Turkey's relations with the European Union (EU) is a prominent part of the Turkish agenda," Ekren said.

"Despite all difficulties and problems, membership to the EU is one of the priorities of Turkey," Ekren noted.

Reminding that the Czech Republic would assume the rotating EU presidency in the first part of 2009, Martin Riman indicated that his country supports Turkey's integration process with the EU.

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