THERE is “huge potential” for development of business relations between Qatar and Turkey, according to the chairman of the newly established Turkish Businessmen Association, Muammer Arikan.
Arikan was speaking last night at a reception hosted by the Turkish Ambassador, Mithat Rende, to “celebrate the establishment of the Turkish Businessmen Association (TBA) in Qatar”.
“The intention of the TBA is to promote economic, trade and cultural relations between the two countries,” he explained, adding that “in this current age of economic development in Qatar, I feel that Turkey has a lot to offer”.
He said that relations between the two countries have always been good, but that they have been improving significantly in recent years, especially since the visit of the Turkish Prime Minister and President, which has helped Turkish businesses realise the potential in Qatar.
The environment is right for Turkish businesses to come and grow here,” he said, adding “information is the most important thing, and will benefit all parties involved. We as the TBA will be responsible for providing information to Qatari businessmen, Turkish businessmen, and new Turkish businesses coming to Qatar”.
Rende, who is the association’s honorary chairman, said that he was extremely pleased to see the establishment of the TBA, and believes it will be “very beneficial to the Turkish community here”.
He mentioned a number of projects that Turkish companies have been involved with in Qatar, including the New Doha International Airport, the Museum of Islamic Art, and various developments at Ras Laffan, among others.
“There are about 7,000 Turkish people in Qatar now, and the TBA will help them build businesses here,” he claimed, arguing that Turkish companies have an advantage when coming to Qatar, as they work on smaller profit margins and offer top quality workmanship, which “should ensure that they are instrumental in many more projects in Qatar in the future”.
The TBA will be a reference point and source of information in Qatar, and will provide one voice for communication with other organisations, such as the Qatari Businessmen Association,” he added.