The Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) is sharing its experience in the field of small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) with Russian companies, TUSKON President Rızanur Meral said yesterday in a press conference in Moscow.
TUSKON President Rızanur Meral (R) gave assurances that there would be future cooperation with his Russian counterpart Evgeny Primakov.
The talent of Turkish SMEs in finding new and original ways to expand in the global markets has become more apparent during the Africa, Asia Pacific and Eurasia trade bridge summits that TUSKON organized over the past one-and-a-half years, he noted.
Meral was speaking after a meeting with Russia Chamber of Commerce President Evgeny Primakov and gave assurances that there would be future cooperation with his Russian counterpart. He suggested the taking of affirmative steps for Turkish and Russian entrepreneurs who make investments in both countries.
Primakov, who is also Russian President Vladimir Putin's consultant, called on Turkish businessmen to invest more in Russian machinery and technology. The two chairpersons held a meeting during the Turkish-Russian Business Forum, which started on Wednesday in Moscow and ended yesterday. More than 50 businessmen, including Sanko Holding Chairman Abdulkadir Konukoğlu, Boydak Holding Vice President Şükrü Boydak and the largest Turkish contractor in Russia Rönesans İnşaat Chairman Erman Ilıcak, participated in the forum. Meral said during the forum that there were more than 400 Turkish firms and than 10,000 Turkish workers in Russia. "We have to attract Russian investors, especially to the energy, finance, tourism, real estate and petrochemicals, which Russians are mostly involved in," he said, noting his desire to increase trade between Russia and Turkey to $50 billion.
Turco-Russian Business Council Co-President Ahmet Muhammed Palankoyev said Russian businessmen were eager to invest in iron, steel and other metals. Palankoyev said Russian tourists visiting Turkey had decreased this year. "Turkish tourism firms are at fault here -- Russian tourists
experienced some discomforts. Tourism firms have to be more careful, otherwise Russians will go to China or Egypt for vacation," he said.
ABDULHAMİT YILDIZ MOSCOW