Turkey and Nigeria have maintained good relations since the mutual visits from about a decade ago and the latter Turkey MoU trade agreement signing in 2016. Turkish Airlines started direct flights to major cities in Nigeria like Lagos and Abuja in 2006. Since 1992, Turkey has granted 228 scholarships to Nigeria within the Turkish Government Scholarship Programme (Turkey Scholarships). 43 Nigerian students were reportedly granted with Turkey Scholarships In the academic year of 2017-18. Nigerian has recorded a notable increase in bilateral trade volume since 2004 and reached 1.144,9 million USD high in 2015, this was including the majority of Turkey’s import of oil and LNG from Nigeria. Commercial and economic relations between the two countries have been improving steadily and both countries are members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Developing Eight (D-8) which has enabled maintaining close cooperation in international organizations.
Turkey Ministry of Trade and Turkria International Limited, is in conjunction with one of the largest industrialized cities in Turkey, Konya, through its Konya Chamber of Commerce to organize a 5-Day bilateral trade meeting with Automobile, Agricultural machines, motor/aircraft spare parts and various machine dealers in Nigeria. The meeting is scheduled to hold on 3rd – 8th August in Konya City, Turkey. This will stimulate further trade relationships between Turkey and Nigeria.
Turkria.com an initiative of Turkria International Limited is a business development company driven by the vision to aid international business relationships between Nigeria and Turkey through an e-market platform established between Nigeria and Turkey. Drawn from Mr. Ridwan Bello’s (the Chief Executive Officer of turkria.com) remarks in a speech he gave in Lagos, the 5-day business meeting has free entry for attendance but is mainly for companies and individuals in the aerospace industry, automotive and railways sector, agricultural machines sector and other machine importers in Nigeria. This is with the aim to further boost trade relationships that already exist between the two countries. He said,
“This meeting is an opportunity for key players in the Automobile sector, to engage with policymakers and manufacturers of machines in Turkey. This sector remains vital to the Nigerian economy with the need to be explored to ensure viability.
“Some of the benefits for participants include free VISA Processing to Turkey, 50% discount on the return flight ticket, free 5-Star Hotel accommodation for the 5 days and free tourist package for 2 days. Interested companies and individuals can visit Turkria for more information”
The bell ringing of this forthcoming meeting is yet another step forward in a mutually beneficial partnership.
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