Part of the meeting of the Turkish-Russian Joint Economic Committee in Ankara (Anatolia)

Turkey and Russia confirmed their efforts to raise trade exchange to the level of $ 100 billion, during a meeting between Turkish Vice President Cevdet Yilmaz and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak in Ankara on Saturday.

During the meeting of the joint economic committee between the two countries, the two sides discussed the fields of energy, investment and tourism, and stressed the importance of diversifying mutual investments, especially in the field of strengthening port infrastructure, accelerating export stages, and diversifying exported commercial goods.

The meeting also witnessed discussions on regional and international files, foremost of which is the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, which Yilmaz and Novak stressed the need to resolve through lasting peaceful solutions.

The two officials also stressed the readiness of Turkey and Russia to exert the necessary efforts in order to deliver humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip.

Last September, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in Russia during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that the volume of trade exchange between the two countries amounted to $ 62 billion, and that there is an effort to raise it to the level of $ 100 billion.

Erdogan: Turkish exports set a new record last month (Anatolia)

Record exports

Yesterday, Erdogan said that his country's exports in the last 12 months to October amounted to $ 254.8 billion, noting that exports set a new record last month, increasing by 7.4% compared to the same month of the previous year and amounted to $ 22.9 billion. This came in a speech at the awards ceremony "Heroes of Inovalig" (a program for the development of innovation in Turkey), at the Gulf Convention Center in Istanbul.

Erdogan pointed out that Turkey's annual exports were only $36.1 billion in 2002 when the AKP came to power.

He pointed out that despite all the difficulties and problems at the global level, Turkey's exports continue their upward trend.

In the export sector, Turkey relies on a strong infrastructure that helps it grow its exports to be the locomotive of the Turkish economy and to reach the 10 strongest economies in the world, as announced by the Turkish president in his election campaign.

Turkey's export development plan relies on its strategic location and proximity to 56 countries, where the flight between Turkey and these countries does not take more than 4 hours, in addition to its investments in infrastructure and increasing the number of airports and ports, in addition to highways and railway lines, and the availability of industrial zones.

Source : Al Jazeera + Anadolu Agency