South African and Turkish Businessmen met on the business forum organized by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Elif Ulgen, Ambassador of the Republic of Turkey, who made a speech in the forum where approximately 80 South African business people have participated and 200 bilateral business meetings were held, emphasized the importance of transportation in trade and investment and said "THY connecting South Africa and Turkey and flying to three places in this country. This shows how close the two countries are to each other.”

Ülgen added, "There are Turkish businessmen in many countries of the continent, from South Africa to Senegal, from Guinea to Botswana. There are some important investments in South Africa from Turkish side, but this is not enough, it needs to be increased further.

Baloyi, the president of Black Business Council (BBC), stated that "Recep Tayyip Erdogan expressed the understanding of business and investment should be all of us. With the win-win policy, we have to increase our understanding of investment and trade as two countries." “The two countries need to share their experience while developing their economies. The investors and businessmen from Turkey should enter the South African market, the relations and communication should be improved so that South African companies can enter the Turkish market.

The Board Member of Turkish Exporters Assembly Ahmet Güleç said that they represented 67 thousand exporters and foreign trade investors as TİM and they worked as a bridge between the exporters and the government. Güleç stated that:

"Our President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has been implementing the policy of opening to the African continent since 2006. As part of this process, we want to strengthen our relations with South Africa in every area. South Africa is one of Africa's leading economic power centers. The trade volume between the two countries last year reached 1.5 billion dollars. We have to increase diversity and enrich the baskets mutually.”

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