President of Tatarstan Rüstem Minnihanov paid a visit to Kocaeli between 14 -15 October 2015, in order to observe various cooperation opportunities in the region. On the first day of the program, at the dinner ceremony in İzmit hosted by Governor of Kocaeli Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu with the participation of Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Işık, President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, Tatarstan Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade İldar Mingaleyev, Tatarstan Deputy Minister of Health İldar Fatihov, Tatarstan President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Şamil Ageev, Istanbul Consul General of Russian Federation Andrey Podelyshev and Secretary General of TDBB Fahri Solak, President Minnihanov stated that this was his third visit to Turkey and added, “Every time we come to Turkey, we try to meet with new people, to learn about new possibilities and benefit from new opportunities.” On the other hand Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Fikri Işık stressed the gladness he felt for the visit of President Minnihanov and pointed out the developing commercial relations and potential investment opportunities between two countries.
On the second day of the program, on October Fiveteenth, President Minnihanov had a business breakfast with Turkish businessmen in Gebze. The breakfast, which was attended by Governor of Kocaeli Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu, Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu, Kocaeli Chamber of Industry Ayhan Zeytinoğlu with many other businessmen, was also participated by Ankara Consul General of Russian Federation Andrey Karlov, Republic of Tatarstan President Advisor of International and Foreign Economical Relations Radik Gimatdinov, Secretary General of TDBB Dr. Fahri Solak, Republic of Tatarstan President of Investment Development Agency Taliya Minullina, Tatarstan Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade İldar Mingaleyev, Tatarstan Deputy Minister of Health İldar Fatihov, official representative of Republic of Tatarstan in Republic of Turkey Aydar Gashigullin and Tatarstan President of Chamber of Commerce and Industry Şamil Ageev.
Making a presentation in the program, Kocaeli Chamber of Industry Ayhan Zeytinoğlu stated the industrial potential in Kocaeli as the greatest in Turkey, and briefed about Kocaeli city and its investment opportunities. Afterwards, President of TDBB and also Mayor of Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality İbrahim Karaosmanoğlu laid emphasis on the importance of the cooperation between local governments and businessmen and said, “In recent Twelve years we made Kocaeli a clean city with our industrialists”, as making a healthy city highlight. Speaking after the Mayor, Governor of Kocaeli Hasan Basri Güzeloğlu said “We share common future goals with sister country Tatarstan” and underlined the fact that the way to develop the relations is the focus on commercial relations. Lastly after the speech of President Minnihanov, the meeting continued with presentations.
Following plaque and gift-giving ceremony, Members of TDBB Gebze Municipality and Republic of Tatarstan Tyulyaçi Municipality signed Sister City Protocol, and Tatarstan Chamber of Industry and Commerce and Kocaeli Chamber of Industry signed a cooperation protocol.
Date : 16.10.2015