Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

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İftar Yemeği, 21.08.2011

21 AUGUST 2011

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,
Mr. Erhan Bozkurt, President of Sydney Businessmen Association,
The Honourable Glen Brookes, MP for East Hills, representing Minister Victor Dominello,
Mr. İzzet Anmak Councillor of Auburn,
Representatives of NSW Business Chambers, ( Mr. Ian Bennett, Mr. Andrew Prutton, Mr. Owen Coughlan)
Presidents of Turkish Associations who are present this evening,
Members of SIAD,

I would like to begin my speech by emphasizing how delighted I am to attend an iftar dinner hosted by a businessman association established by Turkish Australians here in Sydney, thousands of kilometres away from Turkey. I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the President Mr. Bozkurt, and to all the members of SIAD for their kind invitation.
I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Erhan Bozkurt on his election as the new president of SIAD.
I am confident that under his able leadership SIAD will continue to do the good work it has been doing.
As the Consul General of the Republic of Turkey in Sydney, I am very proud of the successes of the Turkish Australian businessmen. They have been making great contributions to the Australian economy. SIAD, which was formed in 2006 to support the welfare of the Australian business environment, as well as Australian Turkish business community, is one of the leading businessmen associations established by Australians of Turkish origin. Since its inception, SIAD has been making contributions to Australian economy by providing consultancy, networking, know-how and market research to market participants. It has been also exploring the possibilities of increasing bilateral trade between Australia and Turkey.
Although the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries is promising it is still far below its potential. The volume of bilateral trade in 2010, compared with 2009, increased 22.3 per cent and reached 944 million AUD. These figures make Australia an important trade partner for Turkey in the Far East.
Supporting mutual investments is another vital issue on which we should focus more. Despite 713 million AUD mutual investments in total, mutual investment between the two countries is an area which must be explored by far sighted investors. Both countries are the rising stars of their region. According to purchasing power parity figures of 2010, Turkey is the 16th and Australia is the 17th biggest economy of the world. Turkey has already proved itself that it provides the most secure and profitable investment environment in its region. In the coming years, we hope to see more Australian investors in Turkey.
We hope to increase bilateral trade and mutual investments in the near future which would crown the very special political relations between the two countries in the centenary of the Gallipoli War.
I believe that the partnership agreement to be signed this evening between SIAD and the NSW Business Chamber will contribute to attaining this objective.
Before concluding my speech, I would like to say few words regarding political relations between our countries.
We, in Turkey regard Australia among our true friends and a valued and valiant ally. As nations we perhaps first encountered each other in combat, but it was a heroic combat in which we both discovered part of our national identity and, what is equally valuable, respect for humanity as a whole.
Then came the arrival of the first Turkish immigrants more than 40 years ago. There is a Turkish strand in the Australian people now, further strengthening the bonds between our two countries.
Today, Turkey and Australia, as the democratic members of the international community, are cooperating in many fields ranging from global warming to fight against international terrorism to meet today’s global strategic, economic and political challenges.
I am confident that the friendly relations between Turkey and Australia will be consolidated by stronger economic and commercial ties thanks to the endeavours of associations like SIAD.
Ramadan Mubarek.