Vietnamese Ambassador to Turkey Tran Quang Tuyen met more than 10 member enterprises of the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK)’s Turkey-Vietnam Business Council as part of his recent working tour to Istanbul.
The enterprises have invested or plan to invest in Vietnam in energy, construction, trade, exhibition, telecommunications, real estate, interior decoration and medical equipment.
At the meeting, the ambassador thanked the DEIK and its members for their support in promoting economic-trade ties between the two sides, especially in the success of the Vietnam-Turkey Business and Investment Forum in Istanbul during the visit of National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan in October this year.
Ambassador Tuyen said that over the past 10 years, trade between the two countries has grown 13 times to nearly 3 billion USD in 2017.
He said cooperation potential between the two sides is high, stressing that the Vietnamese Government always works with foreign investors, including those from Turkey, to facilitate their projects.
He expressed his hope that Turkish firms will visit Vietnam to explore the market, while calling for the businesses’ engagement in areas of Vietnam’s priorities, including infrastructure, agriculture, green energy, public heath, tourism and high technology.
The diplomat pledged that the Vietnamese Embassy in Turkey is always willing to connect Turkish firms with Vietnamese partners and support them in seeking opportunities in Vietnam.
The Turkish firms described Vietnam as a broad and promising market, and a gateway for them to reach Southeast Asian markets.
They expressed their hope to receive more support in applying for visas to Vietnam.
During his stay in Istanbul, Ambassador Tuyen also met with Travelshop, Rep Kaucuk and Turkish Airlines to explore their plans to invest in Vietnam.
Bilal Eksi, Deputy Chairman and CEO of Turkish Airlines said due to rising demand, the firm plans to double the number of flights from Istanbul to Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi to 14 flights per week after September 2019, and to 28 flights per week in the future.
He showed his desire to sign more cooperation agreements will Vietnamese carrier Vietnam Airlines – a firm with a rising number of routes to European region.