News Centre – TDO – Germany’s Ambassador to Turkey Martin Erdmann and his spouse Marion Erdmann have hosted a reception at the embassy in Ankara to mark the Day of German Unity.

The reception was attended by Minister for Trade Ruhsar Pekcan, Deputy Foreign Minister Faruk Kaymakcı and many other guests.

Speaking at the reception, Minister for Trade Ruhsar Pekcan expressed her pleasure at being present.

Stating that Germany is Turkey’s most important trade partner, Pekcan said that the volume of trade between the two countries, which currently stands at USD 36 billion, is expected to reach USD 38 billion by the end of the year.

Pekcan said that approximately 3.5 million Turkish citizens were resident in Germany and that 7,400 German firms had investments totalling USD 9.3 billion in Turkey.

Pekcan underlined that their duty was to continue economic and trade relations and to strengthen them and added:

“We would like to see more German investors in Turkey. According to 2017 figures, Germany’s direct foreign investments were worth USD 82 billion, but its investment in Turkey was only USD 295 million. I could only examine the last few years. I saw that for all of them Turkey’s share was around 0.5 per cent. This is a figure out of keeping with our friendship, familial ties and our cherished relations. Therefore, our ministry expects to see more German investors producing higher value added, producing more hi-tech products, information technology, computing and software in specialised free zones.”

Pekcan said that she had been a minister for less than three months, but had met many German officials and that the meetings were successful.

Pekcan said they wanted to increase economic and trade ties between the two countries and added “We would like to see more German investors in Turkey”.

Ambassador Martin Erdmann greeted his guests in Turkish, while his spouse Marion Erdmann said “Long live Turkish-German friendship”.

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