TURKISH AND JORDANIAN BUSINESS PEOPLE CONVENED AT BUSINESS COUNCIL JOINT MEETING
Turkey-Jordan Business Council Joint Meeting, hosted by Jordan Turkey Business Council,was held on July 25, 2017 in Istanbul with the participation of DEİK President Ömer Cihad Vardan, DEİK/Turkey-Jordan Business Council President Ruhsar Pekcan, President of Jordan Business People Association and Turkey-Jordan Co-President Hamdi Tabba. Around 80 Turkish and Jordanian business world representatives seized the opportunity to evaluate the investment opportunities in the meeting.
DEİK President Ömer Cihad Vardan underlining the counterpart relation between DEİK and Jordan Business People Association on-going for 23 years, said that DEİK is a major organization with 142 Business Councils and 3 large-scale meetings were organized just with Jordan Business People Association within the last year. President Vardan, stating that the process shall proceed with a major meeting scheduled on the Joint Calendar to be held in September 2017, further noted that business people from both countries would come together in this meeting. DEİK President Vardan stated that contracting services could be rendered by Turkish enterprises in Jordan and cooperation could be done in the third countries.
DEİK/Turkey-Jordan Business Council President Ruhsar Pekcansaid that they wish for the development of the economic relations with Jordan. Pekcan, information was gathered on investment opportunities in Jordan in the visits performed to Jordan in 2016, further noted, "Jordan has a strategic location as a port of entry for Gulf Countries. Membership of the country to Great Arab Free Trade Area and Partnership Agreement with the EU as well as Free Trade Agreements with USA, Canada and Singapore make Jordan ideal for foreign investments."
Jordan Business People Association President Tabba emphasized the requirement for boosting the trade potential between the two countries. He further stated that they do respect Turkey's moves regarding the developments occurred in July on the Gulf Region and noted that they place a particular emphasize on relations with Turkey. Tabba, mentioning that they hold up projects in Istanbul within transportation area as an example and would like to actualize similar projects, underline that Jordan would benefit from such experience. Tabba, pointing out the opportunities for Turkish investors in Jordan, further said, "there are certain works performed on Aqaba Free Trade Zone. Ro-Ro excursions will be started between Jordan and Turkey. Jordan shall become more and more attractive for Turkish investors. You can safely invest in Jordan. Numerous Turkish enterprises in Jordan were interested in investments. We are required to take firm steps in spite of the unrest in the region" Tabba also emphasized that Red Sea-Dead Sea pipeline project and Iraq-Jordan Oil and Natural Gas Pipeline projects offer attractive opportunities as mega projects and invited Turkish enterprises to invest in Jordan.