September 25, 2015

Chamber opens business with Turkey

Turkey and Sri Lanka flags
Industry and Commerce Minister Rishad Bathiudeen welcomed the newly inaugurated Turkiye - Ceylon Business Chamber (TCBC) and said it will help to increase trade services between the two countries to a greater extent in the coming years.

The Minister said President Maithripla Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe have also taken viable steps to improve the country's trade between other countries.

Minister Bathiudeen made these remarks at the inauguration of the Turkiye-Ceylon Business Chamber at Cinnamon Grand Hotel, Colombo. Local and international business delegates from countries including Turkey, France, Australia, Germany and Belgium were present.

Speaking further the Minister said " Although diplomat relations between Sri Lanka and Turkey commenced in 1948, trade relations between these countries started even before that,"

Recalling the past, Minister Bathiudeen said he also led a 45-member strong Lankan trade delegation to the Turkey's 'Izmir International Trade Fair' series in 2013.

TCBC is a Sri Lanka based business chamber which comprises local and Turkish directors and the objective of establishing the Chamber is to promote business between the two countries as well as with many other countries in the world.Turkey is also the 8th largest steel manufacturer in the world and the four th largest cement producer.

The Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists in Turkey (TUSKON) is a non-governmental and non- profit umbrella organization representing seven business federations and 211 business associations.

TUSKON has four foreign offices in Brussels, Washington, Moscow and Beijing and partner organizations in 140 countries. They have created the strongest domestic and international business network of Turkey.

The inauguration of Turkiye- Ceylon Business Chamber will strengthen trade between the countries and the TCBC invites the Sri Lankan business community to join hands to take their business to global markets.

Published on Sri Lanka Daily News, 25 September 2015, Friday