The Turkish state minister for foreign trade will travel to the United States on May 18, his office said on Saturday.
Turkey's State Minister Zafer Caglayan will pay a formal visit to the United States on May 18 and 20.
During his visit, Caglayan will launch the signature process of establishment of Turkish-U.S. Business Council foreseen to be founded within the framework of the strategic partnership of the two countries.
Caglayan will hold talks with U.S. executives regarding strategic partnership.
The minister will also debate ways to draw U.S. investments to Turkey, and raise Turkey's exports to the United States.
On May 19 and 20, Caglayan is expected to meet Ron Kirk, the U.S. trade representative; Dennis Hightower, deputy secretary of commerce; and other economy executives of the United States.
Caglayan will also hold talks with think-tank and non-governmental organizations, and businessmen in Washington D.C.
The Turkish minister will meet not only members of the American Turkish Council (ATC) but also senior representatives of U.S. firms to brief them on investment opportunities in Turkey.
Caglayan will deliver speeches at a conference on Turkish-U.S. economic and commercial relations to be organized by Center for International and Strategic Studies (CSIS), and a meeting to be hosted by U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
The minister will meet Turkish businessmen in New York.
During Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to the United States in 2009, Erdogan and U.S. President Barack Obama debated framework of Turkish-U.S. economic and commercial strategic cooperation and decided to raise economic and commercial relations to the level of model partnership.
Turkey appointed Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and State Minister Zafer Caglayan, and the United States designated Ron Kirk and Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke as coordinators of the framework.
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