The Turkish Airlines, has expressed his desire to establish a service to Mauritius and even considering to operate an air link between the two countries from this year. This proposal was discussed at a meeting Wednesday in Istanbul between the direction of the Board of Investment and Dr. Temel Kotil, President and Chief Executive Officer of Turkish Airlines. BoI delegation is part of the mission led by Arvin Boolell Turkey.
The President of the BoI Maurice Lam and the Director of Planning and Policy Division of the investment promotion agency Jeetah Nirmala had a working session with Dr. Temel Kotil, N ° 1 Turkish Airlines. The discussions focused on the possibility of establishing an air link between the two countries. The reaction Dr. Temel Kotil has been positive, according to reports from Istanbul. The direction of the Turkish Airlines would operate initially three or four flights per week before considering daily flights. It has been reported that the air link could start in September. Turkish Airlines, which currently flies to 34 destinations in Africa, promote the account of Mauritius to the Turkish travelers but also those of neighboring countries of Central Asia.
"Dr. Temel Kotil Believes That Mauritius will offer a very attractive tourist destination to the people of Central Asia", it is argued in the media of the Mauritian delegation to Istanbul.
Maurice Lam and Nirmala Jeetah also met Oral Bozkurt, sales director for Africa of the company Arçelik, KOÇ group's main subsidiary, considered the first Turkish conglomerate with a top Global Fortune Top 200 Companies. Arçelik is involved in various economic sectors, specializing in the manufacture and sale of electrical products well known in Europe.
Oral Bozkurt suggested that the Turkish company is interested in using the platform Mauritian doing business in Africa. Arçelik could take advantage of the facilities offered by the Mauritius Freeport but with a long-term strategy to be able to manufacture products intended for Maurice African market. Arçelik employs approximately 21,000 people out of a total of more than 80,000 account KOÇ group.
Mission Boolell had a working lunch on Wednesday with the President and members of TUSKON, the confederation of businessmen and industrialists of Turkey includes seven regional organizations, 162 associations of businessmen with more than 32 000 members. The meeting attended by about 35 entrepreneurs wanting to do business in Africa, was the opportunity to explore business opportunities and investment offered by or through Mauritius Mauritius penetration on the African continent. TUSKON President Meral Rizanur welcomed the holding of this work session, allowing to understand that the business community in Turkey wants to develop ties with Mauritius, including partnerships with the private sector to do business in Mauritius in Africa.
The Mauritian Foreign Minister emphasized the key role that plays Maurice and will play in the future for business development in Africa. The President of the BoI then made a presentation of the orientation of Mauritius as an economy driven by innovation, environment and business opportunities and investment incentives offered in a wide range of sectors.
Side of Turkish businessmen present at the working lunch, an interest in health services (construction and operation of private hospitals) and the seafood industry has been posted. TUSKON President expressed the hope that a Turkish university to be operational in Mauritius. He also informed the Minister that Boolell TUSKON organize the movement of a prospecting mission of Turkish businessmen in Mauritius in the near future.
In Mauritian and Turkish backgrounds, we believe that the entry into effective operation in the course of this year's free-trade agreement between the two countries - the ratification of the agreement is already completed - will give a boost to bilateral trade. "Turkish investors are looking forward to Increase business exchanges with Mauritius" Mauritius stress environments.
At a dinner hosted in honor of the Mauritian delegation from the Federation of exporters in Turkey, business opportunities in Mauritius and Africa were discussed. Amédée Darga, Chairman of Enterprise Mauritius, could elaborate on the development of trade between the two countries and Turkish investments. In 2011, Turkey has invested more than $ 5 billion in Africa, sub-Saharan Africa countries targeted in recent years has been South Africa, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Uganda and Sudan. Turkish investments have been directed towards the infrastructure, construction, energy, textiles, machinery and appliances, as well as the mining sector.