A free trade agreement (FTA) between Turkey and Canada should start as soon as possible, Gonca Yilmaz Batur, the deputy trade minister of Turkey, said on Thursday.

An FTA will contribute to two countries’ trade and economic relations and provide a strong basis for raising exports and investments, she told to Turkey-Canada Business Council’s 16th annual meeting, organized by the Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey (DEIK) in Istanbul. 

Inviting Canadian businesspeople to utilize opportunities in Turkey, she noted: “Our bilateral trade volume reached $3.2 billion in 2018, Turkey-Canada economic and trade relations have a big potential, these figures

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