Honorary consul seeks VCCI help for trade

Mr. Mehmet Atar, Honorary Consul of Vanuatu to Turkey, based in Istanbul

By Jonas Cullwick

Mehmet Atar, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Vanuatu in Istanbul, Turkey has written to Ms. Astrid Boulekone, the General Manager of the Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce and Industries in Port Vila

seeking VCCI’s assistance to improve trade relations between Vanuatu and Turkey.

In his letter dated December 17, 2016, HC Atar said he had been making his very best to promote “lovely Vanuatu” in Turkey for almost four years.

And big steps have been taken in the fields of education and tourism with these efforts. Similarly he has led some donations made in difficult times of Vanuatu in recent years.

“On the other hand I am still searching all the possibilities to establish trade relations between our countries- Vanuatu and Turkey,” he said.

“You know, physical distance makes trade relations difficult with the Turkish company based in Turkey.

“At this stage, I am planning to create a link between Ni-Vanuatu exporter companies and Turkish Businessmen Associations around Vanuatu especially in Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Japan and China.

“In these countries there are many Turkish people living.

“For instance only in Australia roughly 100,000 Turkish people live.”

The Honorary Consul of Vanuatu to Turkey requested the assistance of the VCCI General Manager for information on exporter members of the VCCI whom he could “lead to right Turkish Businessmen in those countries.” Alternatively, he said the VCCI General Manager could share his vision with the ni-Vanuatu exporter companies.

Jonas Cullwick, a former General Manager of VBTC is now a Senior Journalist with the Daily Post. Contact: jonas@dailypost.vu. Cell # 678 5460922

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