Turkey aims to increase trade volume with Bangladesh to $3bn by 2015, said Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on 12 April during a joint press conference with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed in Ankara, reports World Bulletin.
Turkey could have joint ventures with Bangladesh in several sectors such as the energy sector and defense industry, said Erdogan.
Hasina urged Erdogan to form a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the two countries.
The countries wish to deepen ties in trade and commerce as well as agriculture. The countries also decided to work together at different international forums for the mutual benefits.
Erdogan praised Bangladesh government's accomplishments in promoting education, rule of law, and democracy. Bangladesh is hopefully a middle-income country by 2015, he added.
Bangladesh and Turkey signed three agreements, two memorandums of understanding, a letter of intent and a protocol to further bolster cooperation in economic, cultural, agricultural, and other fields.
"We are happy by the fact that our trade volume with Turkey would reach 3 billion USD by 2015. Bangladesh is pleased to welcome Turkish businesspeople and investors. We especially expect investments in the energy sector. We are pleased to receive investments in transportation, food, carpets and other fields," Premier Sheikh Hasina said at the Thursday press conference.