Turkey: Japan’s gateway to the world
President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe | © Website of the Prime Minister’s Office of Japan
The number of Japanese companies in Turkey has increased drastically from sixty-five in 2012 to over two hundred in 2019.
Japan has also played a key role in the modernization and development of Turkey’s infrastructure by introducing new technologies and engineering know-how.
“JICA has played a key role in a number of large-scale projects completed in Turkey such as the second Bosphorus Bridge Project and the recently completed Bosphorus Rail Tube Crossing project.” said Mr. Takehiro Yasui, Chief Representative of JICA Turkey.
Over the past few years, the two countries have comprehensively been negotiating an Economic Partnership Agreement.
“With the completion of the Japan-Turkey Economic Partnership Agreement, we believe direct investments from Japan to Turkey will increase and the bilateral partnership will be much more active in both Turkey and surrounding countries.” said Mr. Şerif Tosyalı, Chairman of DEIK Turkey – Japan Business Council
Japan realizes Turkey as a vital ally and invaluable partner when it comes to entering the hugely unrealized African market. This was illustrated in the 2019 Tokyo International Conference on African Development, where Turkey was the only ‘third country’ invited to the three-day event held in August this year.
“The future between our two nations is very bright. Turkey’s central location will act as the perfect hub for entrance into the vast African markets which offer opportunities for business collaborations between our Japanese partnerships.” said Prof.Cafer Tayyar Sadıklar, founder and chairman of Turkish- Japanese Foundation.