Zim firms in­vited to Turk­ish busi­ness expo

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business Chronicle - Mid­lands Bu­reau

ZIM­BAB­WEAN com­pa­nies are set to par­tic­i­pate in the Turk­ish busi­ness expo next month as part of an ex­change visit fol­low­ing the re­cent sign­ing of a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing between the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Zim­babwe In­dus­tries (CZI) and their Turk­ish coun­ter­parts.

The expo tar­gets com­pa­nies from the food, agri­cul­tural and agro-chem­i­cals sub-sec­tors that are ex­pected to use the trip to ex­plore busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties in the Euro­pean coun­try. The Turk­ish Ex­porters’ As­sem­bly is or­gan­is­ing the event to be held in the first week of Novem­ber.

CZI chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Mr Clifford Si­leya, said lo­cal firms have been in­vited to the expo through the For­eign Eco­nomic Re­la­tions Board of Turkey (DEIK).

“In the light of the MoU signed between CZI and its Turk­ish Coun­ter­part DEIK, to strengthen our ex­ist­ing busi­ness ties, you are in­vited to a spon­sored Turk­ish ex­port week, which is or­gan­ised by the Turk­ish Ex­porters’ As­sem­bly to take place in 1-3 Novem­ber 2017, in Is­tan­bul, Turkey,” said Mr Si­leya.

“The Turk­ish Em­bassy is en­cour­ag­ing CZI mem­bers to at­tend, es­pe­cially those who are op­er­at­ing in the food, agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries, and agro-chem­i­cals. For each com­pany, one rep­re­sen­ta­tive’s ac­com­mo­da­tion, flight ex­penses and trans­fers will be cov­ered by the Turk­ish Ex­porters’ As­sem­bly.”

The in­vi­ta­tion comes at a time when Zim­babwe is bask­ing in the glory of a bumper har­vest of the 2016/17 agri­cul­tural sea­son through the Com­mand Agri­cul­ture and Pres­i­den­tial In­put Sup­port Scheme, which saw the coun­try pro­duc­ing in ex­cess of two mil­lion tonnes of maize.

DEIK is re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing for­eign eco­nomic re­la­tions of Turk­ish sec­tors par­tic­u­larly for­eign trade, in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment and ser­vices, in­ter­na­tional construction ac­tiv­i­ties and lo­gis­tics, ex­plor­ing in­ward and out­ward in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

It is also re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing the for­eign eco­nomic re­la­tions of the Turk­ish pri­vate sec­tor as well as in­creas­ing the ex­port vol­ume of Turk­ish busi­ness and co­or­di­nat­ing sim­i­lar busi­ness de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties.

Zim­bab­wean del­e­gates are ex­pected to meet Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter, among other se­nior of­fi­cers. The busi­ness plat­form is ex­pected to bol­ster the agri­cul­tural sec­tor, which was once the coun­try’s eco­nomic back­bone, by pro­vid­ing busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties for part­ner­ships and pos­si­ble ex­port deals.

Min­is­ter Sithem­biso Ny­oni

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