The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce and Konya Chamber of Commerce recently entered into a Memoranda of Understanding in order to further strengthen bilateral relations to promote trade, investment and tourism between Sri Lanka and Turkey. The signing was carried out on the request and introduction made by His Excellency Rizvi Hassen, Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Turkey. The occasion took place on 2nd February and was virtually witnessed by His Excellency Rizvi Hassen, Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Turkey and Her Excellency Demet Şekercioğlu, Ambassador of Turkey in Sri Lanka.
The respective signatories were Mr. Selçuk Öztürk, President of Konya Chamber of Commerce and Mr. Manjula de Silva, CEO/ Secretary General of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce.The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce commenced its interaction with the Konya Chamber of Commerce through a Virtual Meeting held with the President of the Konya Chamber of Commerce Turkey on 28th July, 2020, facilitated by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Turkey and a subsequent Virtual B2B Meeting with Konya Chamber of Commerce Turkey on 13th October 2020.
Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr. Manjula de Silva, CEO of The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce invited the Konya Chamber of Commerce to actively participate at the forthcoming “Sri Lanka Investment Forum 2021 – Virtual” from 6th to 8th April 2021.
The Konya Chamber of Commerce founded in 1882, is one of the leading Chambers of Commerce in Turkey. Konya, which is one of the oldest settlements of the history of humanity by having served as the Capital of the Anatolian Seljuk was once known as the most trading and accommodation center of the historical Silk Road. Konya is geographically the largest city and six largest city of Turkey in terms of population. It is famously known for its agriculture as well as the wealth of archeology. However, recent developments show that Konya’s image is changing from that of an agricultural region to an industrialized one. This is driven by new investments as well as the impetus coming from the traditional agriculture.
Among the developed sectors in Konya, automotive sub-industry and machinery industry are on the lead. Agricultural tools and industries such as machinery manufacturing, casting, plastic paint and chemical, construction materials, paper and packing, food and shoes are the other advanced sectors.
The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce have signed 138 MOUs with various leading Trade Chambers and Trade Promotion Organisations overseas to promote trade, investment and tourism between the two respective countries.