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Namibia, Turkey sign trade agreement

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Namibia and Turkey have signed a trade and economic co-operation agreement, which includes a provision for visa exemptions for citizens traveling between the two countries.

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Minister of Trade and Industry, Calle Schlettwein and Turkish Ambassador to Namibia, Deniz Cakar signed the agreement.

Addressing the media after the signing ceremony, Schlettwein said the agreement also provides for co-operation to improve trade relations and to strengthen investment opportunities between the two countries.

"We are happy to see improvements in our good working relationship with Turkey since they established an embassy office here to facilitate the co-operation between our two governments," he said.

Mr. Schlettwein said the agreement will improve Namibia's capacity to export finished goods to Turkey. He said Namibia is also looking to sign another agreement with Turkey, which will see the introduction of direct flights between the two countries.

"Negotiations are underway between Air Namibia and Turkish Airline in order to place Namibia as a logistics hub," he said.

The Turkish Ambassador said the agreement creates an opportunity to increase the networking circle among businesspeople from Turkey and Namibia so that there can be greater co-operation for the economic development of the two countries, especially though tourism.

Ms. Cakar said five co-operation agreements have already been signed between Namibia and Turkey since the establishment of the Turkish Embassy in Namibia, and many more such agreements will be signed soon especially in the area of defence and security.

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