An Extensive Surveying Commission Visit to Gulf Countries by Turkish Citrus Promotion Group

A surveying commission visit to Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar and Bahrain held successfully between 23rd – 28th April, under the coordination of Turkish Ministry of Economy and under the organisation of Turkish Citrus Promotion Group, which is aiming to increase the domestic and international demand for Turkish Citrus, strengthen the status of Turkish Citrus in the existing markets by highlighting the “Product of Turkey” image, to find alternative markets.

Turkish Citrus Promotion Group in United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates
is a long-term important partner for Turkey and Turkish Citrus and meetings in this country started in Dubai. According the schedule first wholesale fruit and vegetable market hall has visited, detailed meetings held with the leading regional sector representatives. Additional meeting has organised with the important retail companies and chain stores in order to discuss about citrus trade and regional parameters of the industry.
The second destination in UAE was Abu Dhabi, commission also visited the wholesale fruit and vegetable market hall in Abu Dhabi too, following with the meetings with the regional and national leading companies located in Abu Dhabi.

High-level contacts and increasing interest for Turkish Citrus in Qatar.
After the visit in UAE, commission arrived the next destination: Doha, Qatar. After the visits to the major companies related with citrus industry, commission participated to a meeting in Qatar Chamber of Commerce. Main topics were fresh fruits and vegetables trade between Turkey and Qatar, also the opportunities for improvement of citrus trade. The following destination of the commission was Ambassador of Rep. of Turkey in Doha, Mr. Ahmet Demirok, detailed discussions about the industry and trade in the related market was made.

Bahrain: Potential Trade Base for Turkey in Gulf Region.
Visits in Manama, Bahrain started meetings with Commercial Attaché Mr. Turgay Demir and Ambassador of Rep. of Turkey in Manama, Mrs. Hatun Demirer. During the meetings the major topic was the potential of Bahrain as a trade base in Gulf Region for Turkish citrus and other products, considering the geopolitical advantages and the commercial relations with other Gulf countries. The head of the commission Mr. Ali Kavak and other member of the commission have highlighted that significant developments in logistics should be planned, especially air transport services are vital for the remarkable progress.
The schedule of visits continued with the meeting with  Undersecretary of Industry, Trade and Tourism Ministry of Bahrain, Nader Al-Moayyed. Especially it’s been discussed about the new trade Centre and the benefits of it. Following visit was held in Bahrain Chamber of Commerce with the participation of leading companies in related industries. As the last destinations, the biggest chain stores of Bahrain visited in their own HQs.

Turkish Citrus is Essential for Gulf Countries
According the feedbacks during commissions visits with the private and governmental organisations, it’s quite clear that there is a remarkable positive image on Turkish citrus and Turkish fresh fruits and vegetables, related markets are satisfied with the quality of Turkish products and this vision is also shared among the end consumers. All those reflections are showing that there is a highly suitable ground for the trade of Turkish citrus and others products in Gulf countries. With the necessary improvements on logistics and planning a trade base / outpost in a country like Bahrain, it’s quite clear that rapid improvements will be shown.

Further Surveying Commissions Will Be Organising by Turkish Citrus Promotion Group
Surveying commission visits have significant roles, considering the importance of preserving the competitive advantages in international are considering the importance of finding new markets, modernisation in agriculture, innovative achievements and research & development activities in order to increase our export with preserving our place in the existing markets. Therefore Turkish Citrus Promotion Group will be having more surveying commission visits to important markets in the world as well as the rising markets.