Year of Establishment:1997
Chairman representing Turkey:Fatih Kemal Ebiçlioğlu
Company: Koç Holding / Head of the Durable Consumer Goods Division
Counterpart Organisations: Black Business Council / Johannesburg Chamber of Commerce and Industry (JCCI)
Counterpart Chairmans: Kganki Matabane / Mark Nowitz
DEİK/Turkey-South Africa Business Council was established in 1997 in order to improve bilateral business relations between two countries. Turkey’s most important business partner in sub-Saharan Africa is the Republic of South Africa. Free Trade Agreement negotiations are still work-in-progress. FTA is expected to boost bilateral trade thus, Business Council is using every possible platform to lobby for the treaty.
The Republic of South Africa has a highly-developed infrastructure that extends to its neighbouring countries creating an advantageous starting point for market entry into other sub-Saharan countries. The Business Council is, therefore, not only interested in deepening bilateral relations but also serves as a platform for joint Turkish-South African ventures in third countries.