Turkey’s economy minister has told NHK that if his country and Japan cooperate in infrastructure investment, they can play a leading role in the global economy.
Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said, “There’s no doubt that Japan and Turkey can work together to counter China’s presence in Africa and other markets.”
The minister says he wants the two countries to jointly invest in infrastructure such as roads and power plants.
He says Turkey’s construction industry has a solid track record in Africa and the Middle East.
The minister also says his government hopes to conclude an Economic Partnership Agreement with Japan by the end of the year.
He says Turkey is willing to abolish tariffs and other trade barriers for industrial and agricultural products as well as in the service sector.