Sabah chief minister welcomes Turkey’s interest to establish direct trade relations
21 Feb 2022
The Sabah government welcomes interest shown by Turkey to establish direct trade relations with the state, according to Chief Minister Datuk Seri Hajiji Noor.
“We welcome the idea and the Sabah government will do its best to facilitate investments from Turkey,” he said in a statement issued after meeting Turkish Ambassador to Malaysia Dr Merve Safa Kavakci at Menara Kinabalu here on Monday (Feb 21).
In the meeting earlier, Kavakci told Hajiji that Turkey regards Sabah as a gateway to the ASEAN region and not merely as one of the states of Malaysia.
She said a Turkish business delegation will be visiting Kuala Lumpur in March, and some of the businessmen would be coming to Sabah to seek investment ventures.
Kavakci said besides trade and education initiatives, she aims to promote Sabah’s tourism attractions not only in Turkey but also among neighbouring countries with ties with Turkey.
The ambassador’s entourage included her trade counsellor Elif Haliloglu Gungunes, tourism and information affairs counsellor Begum Sahin, Sabah state secretary Datuk Safar Untung, Invest Sabah chief executive officer Datuk Madiyem Layapan and Sabah Economic Planning Unit director Jasmine Teo.