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Türk Elektro Teknoloji Heyetinin Sidney'i Ziyareti, 25.07.2013

Good evening Ladies and Gentlemen,

I have the great pleasure of hosting this dinner in honor of our trade delegation of Turkish Electro Technology Exporters’ Association, headed by Chairman of the Association Mr Fatih Kemal Ebiclioglu visiting Australia. I wish to warmly welcome & thank each and every one of you for attending.

This evening we have the pleasure of the company of many distiguished representatives of the public and private sector of NSW.

Allow me to acknowledge Mr. Chris Hanger, Acting Executive Director of NSW Trade and Investment, representing The Hon. Andrew Stoner, Deputy Premier of NSW and Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. David Lawson, State Director of Austrade, Mrs. Carla Zampatti member of the Board of European Australian Business Council and icon of the Australian fashion and Mrs. Dianne Tipping, Chairwoman of Export Council of Australia.

The Turkish economy has made major strides in the last few decades, and especially since the beginning of the millennium.

Turkey’s economy is defined as an emerging market economy by the IMF. It is largely developed, making it one of the world's newly industrialized countries. We are among the world's leading producers of agricultural products, textiles, motor vehicles, ships and other transportation equipment, construction materials, consumer electronics and home appliances. Turkey has a rapidly growing private sector.
It is the 16th largest economy in the world and 6th in Europe.

Our economy has been growing %.5.2 . per annum. In 2012 the GDP was 1.3 trillion dollars. Our export stand s at 163 billion & imports are at 229 billion.

Turkish electro technology sector whose representatives we are delightedly hosting today has been making the biggest contribution to this success story. Electrical-Electronics, Machinery and ICT industry which has high value added consumer products shows a general trend of continuous increase in production and exports. Turkey has shown a considerable rate of growth in this sector for the last 30 years. Today, our electro technology firms are amongst the leading suppliers for Europe.

Although our countries enjoy a very special bond born from the battlefields of Gallipoli . This has not translated into commerce. Our bilateral trade volume stands at a modest 1 Billion, significantly below its true potential.

I do not believe distance constitutes an obstacle in trade between our countries as we both have strong trade relations with countries far and away.

As such, we consider Australia not only as a good friend but also a potential trade and investment partner in a in a word where globalisation means that distance is no longer a barrier to trade.

This visit of the Turkish Electro Technology Association to Australia is a true reflection of our eagerness and readiness to intensify our trade relations with Australia. All members of the delegation are leading players of Turkey’s electrical-electronics, machinery and ICT industry market. Now it is high time to bring our experience and high quality products to Australia, the 15th biggest economy in the world.

I know today they had very intense meetings.

So I hope this mission’s visit will bear fruit.

Before I conclude, please allow me to thank the NSW Business Chamber and especially Paula Martin, who was unable to join us this evening and her team for their tireless efforts to make this visit of this mission a success.

Again, thank you for joining us this evening and enjoy your meal.