Successful visit by Western Thrace Turkish business people to Germany

Western Thrace
Wed, 26 Apr 2023 11:30 GMT
Western Thrace Turkish business people and cooperative representatives and Turkish supermarket chains in Germany met in Berlin.
Successful visit by Western Thrace Turkish business people to Germany

Federation of Western Thrace Turks in Europe (ABTTF), with the aim of investigating opportunities for the economic development of Western Thrace and job creation, Turkish business people and cooperative representatives operating in the field of agriculture and food in Western Thrace, and Turkish supermarket chains in Berlin met its officials in Berlin.

Erol Ahmet, owner of MAX Dairy Products Company from Western Thrace, Ersin Mehmet, owner of NEDİM Patisserie, Okan Haliloğlu, owner of OKAL Food Company and Erdi Şerif,

President of Thrace Agricultural Cooperative attended the program held on 23-25 April 2023.

At the meeting hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Türkiye in Berlin on Monday, April 24, 2023, the Turkish delegation from Western Thrace met with the officials of AC Eurogida GmbH and Bolu Lebensmittelhandels GmbH, the Turkish chain markets in Berlin.

In his opening speech at the meeting in Berlin, Turkish Ambassador to Berlin Ahmet Başar Şen greeted all the participants and said, “The economic activities of the Turkish society in Germany have the potential to contribute to the welfare of our compatriots in Western Thrace and the region they live in. We must work together to achieve this goal," he said.

Within the scope of the program, ABTTF made a presentation on agricultural products grown in Western Thrace

After the presentations representatives of Western Thrace Turkish food companies and agricultural cooperatives in the delegation and representatives of Turkish supermarket chains in Berlin introduced their companies and activities.

After the meeting at the embassy, the Western Thrace Turkish delegation visited Bolu Lebensmittelhandels GmbH in Berlin and met with the owner of the company, Mehmet Şükrü Kazancıoğlu where they got information about the activities of the super market.

On Monday, April 24, the Turkish delegation from Western Thrace attended the Eid al-Fitr ceremony at the Turkish Embassy in Berlin and the celebration of the 23 April National Sovereignty and Children's Day, which coincided with the same date. 

The Western Thrace delegation also held a private meeting with Yasin Ekrem Serim, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Türkiye, in Berlin.

ABTTF President Halit Habip Oglu released the following statement regarding Berlin contacts:

“Eastern Macedonia-Thrace Province, which includes Western Thrace, is the least economically developed region of Greece. Unemployment rate is also one of the highest in the region.

Western Thrace Turkish society is a society based on agriculture. Due to the structural problems in our region, outward migration has increased considerably, especially after the financial and economic crisis. For this reason, we think that employment in our region should be increased by increasing production.

In order to explore the possibilities in this regard, we visited South Tyrol in 2016 with the participation of Turkish mayors from the Western Thrace Turkish community and examined the regional and rural development model of that region.

Now we have taken an initiative to sell the food and agricultural products grown in Western Thrace in Turkish supermarket chains in Germany. 

In this way, we want to contribute to the development of our region and our society and to slow down and stop the outward migration due to the lack of job opportunities in the region in the long run.”

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