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Turkish businessman calls for solution to visa problem, so that Latvia can become more attractive for investors

Nina Kolyako, BC, Riga, 09.07.2012.Print version
The priority in Latvian-Turkish relations is the development of economic relations, which requires political willingness and effort to develop effective processes making Latvia more attractive to investors, Melih Yaman, the representative of Turkish Airlines in the Baltic States, admitted to the business information portal

Yaman mentions solving the visa issue as one of the main tasks in attracting Turkish investments; that is often an unpleasant obstacle to successful business. Also, the long and complicated bureaucratic procedures in order to establish new companies in the EU countries also discourages investors, writes LETA.


Even though the expected visit by Turkish President Abdullah Gul and a Turkish business delegation to Latvia was cancelled due to the President’s health condition, Yaman encourages addressing issues and holding discussions as planned during the anticipated week dedicated to Latvian-Turkish relations.


He added that the goal of the visit of the Turkish delegates was to develop the economic cooperation between the two countries as well as to stimulate mutual trust since Turkey is an essential export and NATO partner to Latvia.


Yaman states that Turkish Airlines sees the relationship with Latvia and the Baltic States as perspective through managing airline business and furthering the integral economic relationship and trust, because Turkey is a potentially significant partner to the economy of this comparatively small country as well as a partner of Latvia in NATO.


Yaman told that he is especially proud of that fact that not only successful business has been developed in Latvia, but also amicable and mutually beneficial partnerships have been established through support to culture and sport. A significant achievement is the cooperation with the Latvian National Opera, where Turkish Airlines has become the patron of the Riga Opera Festival 2012. The air company has also supported Latvian artists at the Eurovision Song Contest as well as backed the golf tournament “Arclinea Latvia Match Play” for the second year in a row.


Turkish Airlines currently connects Riga with the Turkish cities of Istanbul and Antalya.

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