On 26 November 2018, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a business forum organised between Latvia and Alanya, Turkey, in association with the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia. At the invitation of the Honorary Consul of Latvia, Nurkan Şaşmaz, more than 60 business people representing construction and tourism as well as various trade sectors in the city of Alanya and the surrounding region, had arrived in Latvia.
At the opening of the forum, the Latvian Ambassador to Turkey, Pēteris Kārlis Elferts, highlighted the increasing intensity of business contacts. The Ambassador of Turkey to Latvia, Gülsun Erkul, underlined the good political relations between Latvia and Turkey, which present an excellent platform for expanding the economic dialogue. Presentations were delivered by Director of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Andris Ozols, and President of the Alanya Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mehmet Şahin.
The participants were afforded an insight into Latvia’s business environment, tourism in particular, as well as the offer of Latvian businesses for the Turkish market. Representatives from the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia, Valters Jēkabsons and Mārtiņš Eņģelis, Executive Director of the Latvian Association of Hotels and Restaurants, Santa Graikste, Marketing& Sales representative of Turkish Airlines, Vēsma Landsmane, and project manager of Bureau Veritas Latvia, Ģirts Tobijs. The Latvian-Turkish Businessmen Association (LETIAD), established in the spring of 2018 and bringing together Latvian and Turkish businesses operating in Latvia, presented its future plans.
The Chairman of the Valka Municipality Council, Vents Armands Krauklis, informed those present about investment opportunities in the region of cross-border towns Valka and Valga, Estonia.
The Alanya business delegation has arrived in Riga for a two-day visit. Turkish businessmen also intend to meet with representatives of the Investment and Development Agency of Latvia for a discussion on cooperation between organisations representing businesses.
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