Turkish-US business representatives meet in İzmir

Turkish and U.S. business representatives came together in a meeting on Monday in Turkey's western port city of Izmir in a bid to explore new opportunities to boost trade between the two countries.

Turkish-US business representatives meet in İzmir

Turkish and U.S. business representatives came together in a meeting on Monday in Turkey's western port city of Izmir in a bid to explore new opportunities to boost trade between the two countries.

The meeting brought together senior figures from Izmir Trade Chamber as well as U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) and U.S. Embassy to Turkey.

Speaking at the meeting, Izmir Trade Chamber Chairman Ekrem Demirtas said economic relations between Turkey and United States had taken up a rapid course of development as a supplement to already strong political and military ties.

Demirtas said the trade volume between Turkey and the U.S. stood around 11 billion USD, adding Turkey only had a 0.3 percent share in total imports of the United States.

Also participating in the meeting, U.S. Commercial Attachê to Turkey Thomas Bruns said the U.S. Embassy in Ankara was ready to extend help to Turkish companies to boost their competitive power and find U.S. business partners.

"Do not forget that you have a business partner from the U.S. in Turkey, which is the U.S. Trade and Development Agency," Bruns said.

The U.S. official said the two countries had plans to set up a joint business council and hold the council's first meeting in the first quarter of 2011.

"The governments open the doors, but it is the task of our businesspeople to step in from that door," Bruns said.

USTDA's Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa and Europe Carl B. Kress is also participating in the meeting.


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