Turkish food exporters, who could not go to Japan, one of the world’s largest food importers, for four years due to the pandemic, attended Japan’s largest food fair Foodex Japan on March 7-10 and returned to Türkiye with new export connections.
Birol Celep, Member of the Board of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM), who is in the Foodex Japan 2023- 48th International Food and Beverage Fair delegation, stated that as the Turkish delegation, they called on their Japanese counterparts to establish a Japanese-Turkish Village for earthquake victims.
“Japanese exporters will discuss the issue with the Japanese Government. We encountered a very positive approach for the establishment of a Japanese-Turkish Village in the earthquake area with the 8 million dollar project. On October 7, 2023, we will have a meeting between Japan and Türkiye covering cooperation in social and cultural fields. It is a great chance for Japan-Türkiye relations to have this meeting in Izmir,” Celep said.
“We will meet more often with the Japanese”
Explaining that the TURQUALITY Project, which aims to include Aegean flavours more on Far East tables, they continued very successfully before the pandemic, Celep concluded his words as follows; “In the past years, we have held memorable launch and reception events within the scope of our TURQUALITY Projects in Japan, China, South Korea and the United States. After the pandemic, we plan to act more effectively by re-activating our TURQUALITY Project in Japan. There is a saturation and stagnation in the European Union market. Japan is the world’s third largest economy and meets its food needs through imports. We can boost the trade volume between the two countries with TURQUALITY, URGE, Fair, Trade Committees and Buying Committees. We should bring together Turkish exporters and Japanese importers at least 3-4 times a year. Japanese business people are more willing than we are for the implementation of the Free Trade Agreement, which will create the appropriate ground for increasing the trade volume between the two countries. We will express our demands more clearly on this issue to the business world of the two sides and to two governments. We have to convince the governments of both countries.”