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Thu 2 Jun 2005 04:00 AM

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Turkish ready to wear exports to region up 25%

Clothes makers to feature prominently at ‘Made in Turkey’ exhbition, which starts at Dubai World Trade Centre on Saturday.

Exports of Turkish ready to wear garments to the Middle East increased by 25% in 2004, according to a new report from the Turkish Government. In an effort to capitalise on this demand, 83 Turkish garment companies will participate in the ‘Made in Turkey’ exhibition on June 4-6 at Dubai World Trade Centre.

“High oil prices and the reopening of Iraqi markets are the main reasons for the considerable increase in demand for Tukey’s high quality, good value clothing,” said Harun Kocak, the country’s commercial attaché to the UAE.

The expo, which will feature 259 companies in total, will host a broad range of Turkish producers.

“The response has been staggering with participant figures almost double what was originally expected,” said Bülent Erten, managing director of Expotim International Fair Organisations Inc., the show organiser. “Hundreds of visitors from India, Kuwait, Saudi, Bahrain and Oman have all confirmed their attendance.”

Turkey is currently negotiating a free trade agreement with GCC countries.

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