Ergün: Syrian, Turkish industrialists should further develop cooperation

April 09, 2010, Friday/ 16:52:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN
Industry and Trade Minister Nihat Ergün has said that Turkish and Syrian companies should cooperate and establish partnerships both in Turkey and Syria along with third countries.

Ergün, who was on an official visit to Syria, toured an organized industrial zone in the capital of Damascus with Syrian Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs Abdullah al-Dardari. Speaking during his visit, Ergün pointed out the importance of establishing cooperation between Turkish and Syrian industrialists. “We want Turkish and Syrian companies to make investments in each other’s countries and even to cooperate in third countries. From now on, we will carry out activities to strengthen the relevant infrastructures and to provide partnership between them,” said the minister, also commenting on the improvement in Turkish industry.

“Turkey used to export agricultural products in the past, but now 90 percent of its exports comprise industrial products that are mainly sent to EU countries,” he said, stressing the importance of establishing cooperation between the industrial sector and universities.

Al-Dardari also stated that scientific research and dialogue between industrialists were essential elements in Turkey and Syria’s cooperation in the industrial sector.

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