LAHORE - Pakistan-Turkey relations would continue to grow from strength to strength to serve as a powerful factor for stability and prosperity in the region and beyond, said Atilla D Yerlikaya, chairman of Turkey Pakistan Business Council, while visiting Lahore for a Pakistan Turkey Business Forum. The two sides exchanged views in order to further deepen the ties, especially for the development of bilateral trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey.

Turkish delegation, led by Atilla D Yerlikaya, included around 16 senior Turkish business representatives from Zorlu Holdings, Anadolu Group,Arcelik, Havelson and Albayrak along with representation from health, services and construction sectors.

Punjab Board of Investment and Trade (PBIT) organised this Pakistan Turkey Business Forum in honor of high level Turkish delegation. Speaking on the occasion, Atilla DemirYerlikaya stated that notable progress has been made on cooperation in diverse fields including infrastructure development, health, communications, media and culture, and bilateral investments. He expressed the confidence that the bilateral relations are expanding gradually and are expected to grow manifolds.

Advisor to Chief Minister Khawaja Ahmad Hassan welcomed the Turkish delegation at business forum. The business forum included addresses by CEO PBIT Jahanzeb Burana and Khawaja Hassan focusing on intensifying and further expanding trade and economic cooperation between Pakistan and Turkey.CEO PBIT highlighted that Punjab Board of Investment and Trade has been on the forefront attracting foreign investments and facilitating trade partnerships. It has proven itself as one of the most effective organizations currently operating in Punjab.

Punjab Board of Investment &Trade represents Punjab in foreign business seminars and has been successful in bringing home major investments from all around the globe, he said. He invited Turkish investors to explore multiple business opportunities in Pakistan, especially in Punjab, and promised that provincial government in Punjab would facilitate them in every way.

The excellent bilateral relations are already being transformed into a vibrant economic partnership as both countries want to build strong and mutually advantageous relations. To help realize the vision of a robust Pakistan-Turkey economic partnership, the forum featured a short documentary on business opportunities in Punjab. Turkish companies operating in Pakistan such as Albayrak, Arcelik, and Coca Cola Icecek shared their investment plans with key stakeholders in the Punjab government.