French center for Turkish businessmen opened in Paris

France opened a Turkish Business Center in Paris to offer help to Turkish businessmen planning to make investments.

French center for Turkish businessmen opened in Paris

France opened a Turkish Business Center in Paris to offer help to Turkish businessmen planning to make investments.

The center at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris, aims to provide convenience to Turkish businessmen to get residence permit and rent out offices.

A press conference was held Tuesday at the French Consulate General in Istanbul on the occasion of the inauguration of the Center. French Ambassador Bernard Emie said the move to open the Turkish Business Center was a clear message sent to Turkish businessmen who were hesitant to make investments in France.

Emie said Turkey and France had strong economic and commercial ties. He said there were 400 French companies operating in Turkey which ranked second in the list of countries receiving direct investments from France.

He said the two countries decided to raise their bilateral trade volume, which stood at 10 billion Euro in 2009, up to 15 billion Euro by 2015, and were making decisive progress towards this goal. He said the annual trade volume in 2010 was expected to reach 11.5 billion Euro by the end of the year.

Emie said however that direct investments between countries were not balanced. He said there were only 35 Turkish companies in France with 1,000 employees in exchange for 400 French companies in Turkey employing 100,000 people.

He said France was a very attractive country for investments, and it ranked the 3rd in the list of countries attracting FDI. He said lack of interest to invest in France in part of Turkish businessmen was "strange", while companies from all over the world made investments in France.

My message is pretty clear: Turkish businessmen and companies! Come to France. I ensure you France will welcome you with "hospitality", said Emie.

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