Turkey keen to boost bilateral trade with Bangladesh

Published : 08 May 2024 09:40 PM

Turkey is interested to increase the bilateral trade with Bangladesh to two billion dollars. 

Turkish Ambassador said this during a courtesy call on Chattogram City Corporation Mayor Bir Muktijoddha Md. Rezaul Karim Chowdhury at Tigerpass CCC office on Wednesday afternoon.

CCC Mayor Rezaul said that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has made huge investment to exploit the commercial potential of Chattogram.

Chattogram City Corporation is implementing a project worth two and a half thousand crores to improve the communication infrastructure of the city.

Apart from this, several projects have been taken to solve the water logging problem of the city. As a result, Chattogram has become an ideal place for foreign investment. Turkey can capitalize on this golden opportunity with massive investment.

Ambassador Ramis Sen said, 50 years of bilateral relations between Turkey and Bangladesh are going to be completed. In the last half century, Turkey was always by Bangladesh's side. However, the depth of Bangladesh's relationship with Turkey is not properly reflected in bilateral trade. Therefore, Turkey aims to take the bilateral trade between Bangladesh and Turkey to two billion dollars in a short period of time. Bangladesh is ahead of Turkey in terms of import and export.

He said, "At present, Bangladesh's trade with Turkey is mainly focused on the textile sector. Turkey exports various machines and chemicals of the textile sector to Bangladesh. On the other hand, Turkey imports manufactured garments from Bangladesh. Turkey wants to diversify the bilateral trade without limiting it to the textile sector."

Highlighting the success of Turkey's health sector, the ambassador said that Turkey is currently one of the top five medical tourism destinations in the world. 

Tourists from various European countries visit Turkey for medical treatment during the summer because the Turkish health sector is capable of treating various complex and rare diseases.  The number of tourists in Turkey decreased slightly during the Covid period, but last year the number increased again and crossed 50 million.

He also mentioned that Turkey flew its own 5th generation stealth fighter Kaan, which is an indication of Turkey's deep military power in February. 

Turkey has impressed the world by developing drones and various military technologies.  

Turkey is sharing its acquired knowledge with Bangladesh and will continue to do so in the 


Turkey's Rear Admiral Mustafa Kaya, Colonel Erdal Shahin, CCC Chief Executive Officer Sheikh Muhammad Touhidul Islam, Turkey Honorary Consul 

General in Bangladesh Salahuddin Kashem Khan were present in the meeting.