TİM organized South Africa Virtual Trade Delegation

Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), to reduce Covid-19 effects on exports, continues with South Africa its Virtual Trade Delegation programs. TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, “In the first 10 months of 2020, when world trade contracted significantly due to the pandemic, our steel exports to South Africa were 134 percent; our chemicals exports are 73 percent; our cereal sector exports increased by 29 percent. In the short term, our goal is to increase Türkiye's share with advanced marine logistics in both countries.

With 61 exporter associations, 27 sectors, and 95,000 exporters, the only umbrella organization in Türkiye, Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), continues its Virtual Trade Delegation Programs. The opening of the Virtual Trade Delegation program, which will be held in South Africa between November 30th and December 4th with the organization of TİM and the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce, was made by Pretoria Ambassador Elif Çomoglu Ülgen, Pretoria Trade Advisor Demet Işıl Karakurt and TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle.

The goal, to make sustainable the trade

Emphasizing that the Republic of South Africa is Türkiye's most important trading partner in the region, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, in the opening speech of the program, “In 2019, from Türkiye to South African Republic; exports of goods amounted to 570 million dollar and service exports amounted to 118 million dollars. Our country's imports from South Africa totaled $754 million in 2019. Last year, sectors such as Automotive with 131 million dollars, Chemicals and Products with 87 million dollars, and Machinery Parts with 62 million dollars came to the front in our country's exports to South Africa. In the first 10 months of 2020, our total exports to South Africa were 453 million dollars under the pandemic effects. To South Africa in the first 10 months of this year; Our steel exports increased by 134 percent to 42 million dollars, our chemicals exports increased by 73 percent to 124 million dollars, and our cereal sector exports increased by 29 percent to 39 million dollars. One of the main purposes of our meeting today is to create new job opportunities to increase the numbers that do not reflect the friendly relations between the two countries. At this point, we aim to bring our bilateral trade to a sustainable and stable basis. In the short term, our goal is to increase Türkiye's share with advanced marine logistics in both countries. We hope that the Third Türkiye-Africa Partnership Summit, which is planned to be held in our country in 2021, hosted by our President, will open new sails to our relations with the Africa Continent.” he said.

1,800 job interviews on 5 continents

Stating that they work to improve and advance their business with high efficiency in the digital platforms with the motto of 'Digitalization in All Areas', İsmail Gülle, "As TİM, we held virtual trade delegation meetings with 14 different countries from 5 continents together with the Republic of South Africa during the Pandemic process. Our virtual trade delegations were met with great interest by our exporters. Together with our virtual trade delegation of the Republic of South Africa, 255 exporter companies and nearly 800 buyer companies will come together thanks to our virtual delegations. Nearly 1,800 bilateral job interviews were held in our completed delegations. We gained a great experience at the point of virtual organizations. From Mexico to Indonesia, from Chile to the Philippines, even if we are thousands of kilometers away, we will continue to organize our virtual trade delegations in which we can build bridges of heart in line with the same goals and our 'Next Generation Trade Diplomacy' activities with the participation of our valuable companies in different countries and regions in the coming period.” he said.

Türkiye continues its humanitarian aids and development assistance in the continent

TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle continued, “The Initiative Policy to Africa has made rapid progress in many areas such as trade, investment, cultural projects, security, military cooperation, and development projects, especially political relations with countries in the region. The fact that Türkiye became an observer member of the African Union in 2005 and was declared a strategic partner by the African Union in 2008 has achieved this initiative policy to success. The completed Initiative Policy to Africa has been replaced by the African Partnership Policy based on equal partnership and mutual benefit as of 2013. With this vision, Türkiye has increased the number of diplomatic representations on the continent and strengthened its institutional relations in many areas such as education, culture, transportation, and media. Türkiye, which is the most aiding country in the world compared to its national income, continues its humanitarian aid and development assistance activities on the continent with sincerity.”

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