The Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) has emphasised its plans to strengthen economic relations with Turkey to boost trade and investment in the country.
President of the Chamber, Dr Al-Mujtaba Abubakar Gumi disclosed this during a meeting at the Turkish Embassy on Tuesday in Abuja.
Dr Al-Mujtaba who noted that Turkey had become a destination for business to many Nigerians explained that the Chamber seeks to increase its bilateral relationship with Turkey.
He explained that the reason for the visit to the embassy was to reactivate and reignite the relationship between the Chamber and the embassy.
He also stated that because Nigerians are interested in doing business in Turkey; the Chamber is interested in improving its relationship with the Turkish through the embassy.
Also speaking, the Director-General of the Chamber, Mrs Victoria Akai stated that in the past the country enjoyed good bilateral relationship with Turkey but regretted that in recent times, the chamber members have received reduction in Visa issuance from Turkey.
She also informed the Embassy that the Chamber hosts amongst many Fairs, the Halal Fair adding that the 2021 edition will be a physical fair in September.
She hoped that more Turkish businesses would explore this year’s edition.
While responding, the Commercial Counsellor, Onur Akgul who congratulated the President on his election as President of the Chamber, expressed readiness to reignite the relationship with the ACCI.
He stated that Turkey has many Fairs and Expos of which the Abuja Chamber of Commerce and Industry, NACCIMA, and other CHAMBERS are invited to participate in and are interested in Nigeria’s market.
He explained that, because of COVID-19 pandemic, Turkey reduced the number of Visa’s it approves but gave the assurance that when the pandemic subsides, the policy will be reversed.
Also speaking, the Vice President Commerce, ACCI, Dr Johnson Anene said ACCI will match make Turkish businessmen with their Nigerian counterpart assuring the gathering that any match the Chamber makes will be a reputable one.