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Turkish Chamber Begins Southeast Outreach

The Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast U.S. has seen Georgia’s exports to Turkey climb more than 45 percent last year to $574.6 million and imports from Georgia rise 35 percent to $228.5 million in comparison to 2009.

But Mevlut Tascan, the chamber’s executive director, isn’t satisfied. Nor is he particularly impressed that last year’s bilateral trade between the U.S. and Turkey amounted to $15 billion.

“It’s almost a joke,” he told GlobalAtlanta during a video interview. He explained that in view of the close military relations between the two countries, trade should be greater.

Since the chamber was established in Atlanta in 2007, Dr. Tascan said that it has focused primarily on developing ties with Georgia.
Source: GlobalAtlanta
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