Federal Minister Altmaier said: “Turkey and Germany are linked by many years of close cooperation. More than three million people of Turkish origin live in our country. Germany is Turkey’s main trading partner. More than 7,500 German companies are doing business in Turkey. I am to use this visit to further intensify our relations. Germany is interested in stable and dynamic economic relations with Turkey. I am glad that the Joint Economic and Trade Commission will convene for the first time during my visit. During the session, we intend to discuss how to improve the environment for our cooperation and implement specific projects.”
The Joint Economic and Trade Commission (JETCO) is co-chaired by Minister Altmaier and Turkey’s Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, and aims to improve bilateral cooperation particularly in the fields of trade, industrial cooperation, tourism and infrastructure, and to develop specific projects. On Friday, Minister Altmaier is opening the second session of the German-Turkish Energy Forum together with Turkey’s Energy Minister, Fatih Dönmez.
The schedule also includes talks with Finance and Treasury Minister Berat Albayrak, Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan, Energy Minister Fatih Dönmez, Industry Minister Mustafa Varank and Assembly Speaker Binali Yıldırım. Further items on the programme are a wreath-laying ceremony at the Atatürk Mausoleum and a reception for more than 400 invited guests from business and civil society.
Minister Altmaier will also meet with representatives of foundations and organisations of Turkish civil society to discuss current developments in the country.
In 2017, bilateral trade between Germany and Turkey totalled €37.6 billion.