Gül wants more Swiss investment in Turkey

The Turkish president, Abdullah Gül, wants to see more Swiss businesses investing in his country.

This content was published on November 26, 2010 - 15:33 and agencies

Speaking to journalists in Zurich after meeting some 20 businessmen on the second day of his official visit to Switzerland, he said Turkey had a solid infrastructure, with important oil and gas pipelines, and was a hub between Europe and Asia.

Gerold Bührer, president of the Swiss Business Federation, economiesuisse, told the Swiss news agency that the talks with the Turkish representatives had been positive.

Turkey offers particularly attractive investment opportunities for Swiss chemical and pharmaceutical companies, he said.

Gül said more than 450 Swiss enterprises were already active in Turkey, and he hoped that more would come.

“We are doing our best to create the necessary framework for that,” he said.

Swiss President Doris Leuthard noted that Switzerland would like to strengthen economic ties with the country.

The Turkish leader also took part in a forum on cleantech and went on a boat tour of Lake Zurich on Friday.

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