Turks urged to focus on Latin America
Turkey’s Vice President on Saturday called on Turkish businesspeople to focus on Latin America for investments. Speaking to the reporters, Fuat Oktay said there is a tremendous potential in Latin American and in Caribbean countries, adding the region is “extremely” important for Turkey’s future goals. Oktay’s remarks came after his meeting with several officials from South America in the Venezuelan capital, Caracas. Latin American and the Caribbean countries take interest in Turkey and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Oktay said, adding: “We are in efforts to turn this interest into economic and commercial cooperation.” One of the many projects that Cuba has proposed for cooperation has been the production of common pharmaceuticals, he said, stressing there are a few areas where Cuba has made significant progress in biotechnology and drug production.
Turkey’s Vice President, Fuat Oktay, and Cuban President Miguel Diaz Canel also agreed to hold a Turkey-Cuba Joint Economic Commission meeting in 2019 during Canel’s visit to Turkey on the invitation of Erdogan. Oktay went to Venezuela to attend Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s oath-taking ceremony on January 10. The 56-year-old leader first took office in 2013 after the death of his predecessor, Hugo Chavez, and will govern Venezuela for another six years.