Ambassador Ahmet Demirok's speech in press conference of Project Qatar 2014 Fair
"Firstly, on behalf of Embassy of the Republic of Turkey, I would like to express our thanks to IFP Qatar for hosting the press conference of the project Qatar & Qatar Stonetech 2014.
Nowadays global community meets a new Turkey, since Turkey is a rising power in many terms. Turkish economy is already the 17th biggest in the world and the 6th biggest in Europe. Turkey has the largest private-sector-led free market economy and it is the biggest manufacturing power in the geography between Italy and China.
Turkey’s export volume has also grown to over 151.8 billion dollars in 2013. Turkey, which is also a G-20 country, achieved approximately % 4 growth ın 2013 and became the growth champion in Europe.
We perceive that, Turkey and the Qatar, as key players in the global markets, share common interests and opportunities. In this context, in the bilateral economic relations perspective, construction sector has been the most important field so far. Turkish contracting companies have undertaken big-scale projects with higher added value such as construction of airport, industrial facilities, highways, offices and residential premises in Qatar.
The total cost of the 119 projects, undertaken by the Turkish contracting companies in Qatar is 15.1 billion US dollars.
On the other hand, bilateral trade volume of two countries reached seven hundred sixty nine million US dollars in 2013. The exports of Turkey to Qatar was 244 million US dollars and imports of Turkey from Qatar was 525 million US dollars. But we believe that the exports of Turkey to Qatar will increase dramatically when the Turkish construction projects in Qatar re-accelerate.
The brotherly relations between Turkey and the State of Qatar motivate the two nations to deepen their business and trade relations as well. In this regard, aiming to enhance economic and commercial relations; to explore the business potential and expand current cooperation areas between Qatar and Turkey, we are participating project Qatar 2014.
I have the pleasure to announce that the total number of Turkish companies participating to project Qatar & Qatar Stonetech is 43 for this year.
33 of them are participating project Qatar. On the other hand, 10 Turkish companies are participating Stone Tech 2014. With two info stand of the national participation organizer Senexpo international fairs Inc., this year totally 1004 m2 area is occupied by Turkey.
Products group of Turkish participant companies are wide enough to represent Turkish building materials sector. Other than the natural stone companies, visitors will be able to find machinery manufacturers, finishing elements, prefabricated products, water treatment systems, mobile concrete batching plants, sanitary ware products in Turkish national pavilion.
I wish all the best for the success of the project Qatar & Qatar Stonetech 2014.
Thank you very much."