(MENAFN - Khaleej Times) A high-ranking delegation from turkey led by bursa governor munir karaloglu visited jafza recently to explore opportunities to expand bursa?s reach in the rapidly-growing middle east markets.
the four-member turkish delegation included senior officials of bebka the regional development agency including the chairman of the bebka development council and the secretary-general of the organisation.
the delegation was received by dr mohammed al banna vice-president of sales. in his presentation dr al banna told the delegation of the strategic importance of jafza as a gateway and trade and logistics hub of the greater middle east region comprising of west asia the indian sub-continent africa and the cis.
he also described jafza’s key value propositions and its array of products and services.
dr al banna said: “through the last six years the number of turkish companies at the free zone grew by more than 80 per cent; huge possibilities still await turkish companies in the region that jafza as a hub serves. bursa is one of turkey’s most important industrial cities having strong automotive textile and food sectors. jafza offers huge growth opportunities for the companies in all these sectors in the region which is expanding at a very fast pace.”
“most of the countries in the region are making huge investments in building social and economic infrastructure to diversify their economies from oil to non-oil sectors. this in effect has made a significant impact not only in construction but also all the other sectors of the economy generating demand for all kinds of goods right from food products and consumer goods to fashion. the uae winning the right to host expo 2020 in dubai has further provided to the region’s market economy.”
karaloglu highlighted the importance of the middle east and the free zone for bursa’s export-driven economy.
he sought strong bilateral relations between bursa and jafza to boost trade between the two sides by encouraging businesses from bursa to join jafza in order for them to explore and capitalise on the growing opportunities in the region.