Zuhal MansfMd, Head of the Turkey-Egypt Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) "Ro-Ro services are a great advantage for the logistics sector and relations with Egypt" . Recordıng that Egypt was one of the countries engaging the highest volume of trade wıth the African terntory, Zuhal Mansfıeld, Head of the Turkey-Egypt Business Council of the Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK), saıd that they vvished to increase the foreign trade volume betvveen the two countries, vvhich has already reached the level of 5 billion Dollars, to 6-7 billion Dollars this year and 10 billion Dollars r>ext year. Mansfıeld told that numerous decisions had been made regarding cooperation between the two countries at the 14th Egypt Business Partnership Counal meetıng, and said that Egypt was going to cooperate with Turkey vvithin the scope of a series of projects vvorth 100 billion Dollars to be implemented on both sıdesof Suez Canal. Zuhal MansfiekJ noted that the Ro-Ro services launched as an alternative to the novv dosed Syrian gatevvay vvas a great advantage for commercial relations vvith Egypt, and reassured that the logistics sector novv conducted its transport operations through Ro-Ro lines and issues vvith transports had been eliminated. Mansfield stressed that the Road, Marrtıme and Railway Transport Agreements for Turkey and Egypt that were concluded among Bınali Yıldırım. Minister of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communication, and Hatim Abdullatıf, Egyptian Minister of Transport, were of great signıficance for the logistics sector: "Thus, Turkish trucks are novv abie to transport to the Balkans, Eurasıa, Middle East and MENA Region. This leads to new employment opportunities. Thanks to these agreements and Ro-Ro services, vvhich I belıeve wıll be successful, the path before the transport sector vvill be deared " What kind of path do you follow for mutual cooperation of the two countries as the DEIK Turkey*Egypt Business Council? I belıeve the DEIK Turkey-Egypt Business Council does more than vvhat it is charged wıth. Our efforts can gain purpose only if vve establish direct relations. We are collaborating vvith a country that we are dose to in both historical and cultural sense. Therefore, it is safe to say that our relation vvith Egypt is sound. Naturally, this has its reflections on our commercial relations as vvell. Up untıl novv, vve have been the determınıng side ın ali instances of cooperation and agreements with Egypt. Regardless of hovv hard vve try to condude those agreements, it vvill ali be in vatn unless bureaucrats back them up İn this sense, this is a teamvvork. We, as the business vvorld, have set our goals and the bureaucrats of the two countries did what is necessary. Politicians also met up and signed agreements. The 4th phase of the Free Trade Agreement betvveen Egypt and Turkey vvill enter into force in 2020. What kind of goals did the two countries set during the 14th Egypt Business Partnership Council Meeting? During the 14th Egypt Business Partnership Council Meetıng, we determıned objectives for the next period. The meeting was attended by 55 bureaucrats, 60 journalists and 2 minısters, induding Hisham Kandil, Prime Minister of Egypt; Yahya Hamed, Egyptian Minister of Investment; and Ahmed Mohamed Amro, Egyptian Minister of Plannıng. We made some future projections at the meeting. Egypt is planning to ımpJement a series of projects vvorth 100 billion Dollars on both sides of Suez Canal. Hisham Kandil, Pnme Minister of Egypt, saıd dunng the meeting that 80% of these investments vvould be made together vvith Turkey. Kandil also said that Egypt and Suez Canal were geographıcally signrficant, Egypt vvas open to Turks and they vvould contınue to realize great projects together. I vvould like the business vvorld and the constructıon sector to benefit from these projects. The projects vvill be ready by the second vveek of July and bids vvill be run for them. Additional projects to complement these projects vvill indude bridge repairs, train station constructıon and bridges to be built on the Nile, vvhere bndges vvill be not only built but also restored as necessary. İn connection, there wıll be investments made in new roads. Do you think that our commercial relations with Egypt are adequate? Consıdenng the srtuatıon in the Afncan terntory, Egypt used to be the fifth bıggest country exported to, but novv it ranks first in this regard. İn 2012, our total foreign trade volume vvtth Egypt increased to 5.2 billion Dollars. I estimate that the figüre vvill go up this year and increase to the level of 6-7 billion Dollars. Our goal is to make ıt ali the way to 10 billion Dollars in the upcoming years. Addıtionally, vve are workıng on expanding our investments to Egypt. vvhich amount to 2 billion Dollars at the moment, to 5 billion Dollars. Business vvorlds of Turkey and Egypt shovv efforts for this purpose. Whenever Egypt is in need of just anythıng, Turkey is the first country it contacts. On our part. vve do vvhatever is necessary to reassure t hat. Most importantty, Turkey has now proven its presence in the regon with its supenority ın manufactunng. Currently, Turkey strategically takes up a very signifıcant position in the MENA region, which covers the Middle E ast, North Africa and the Medrterranean. I belıeve that the Turkish business vvorld fulfill their responsıbilities when it comes to partnering and cooperating with Egypt Could you evaluate the importance of the launch of Ro-Ro services for the transport sector? Launched as an altematıve to the now dosed Syrian gateway, the Ro-Ro services tumed out to be a great advantage for the African territory and naturally for Egypt too. Some transport issues are ıntended to be eliminated vvtth the Ro-Ro services. And actually, the transport sector sustains their operatons thanks to them, with more than 60 thousand trucks having crossed the dıstance to the other side so far. Hovvever, Egypt has been a transit pathvvay up until novv. Therefore, now vve can transit to Saudi Arabia. Additıonalty, the Road, Maritıme and Raılvvay Cooperation Agreements for Turkey and Egypt that were concluded among Binalı Yıldırım, Minister of Transport, Mantime Affairs and Communication, and Hatim Abdüllatif, Egyptian Minister of Transport, have come as good news. These agreements are of truly great stgnificar>ce for the logstics sector. Thus. Turkish trucks are novv abie to transport to the Balkans. Eurasıa, Middle East and MENA Region. This leads to new employment opportunities. Thanks to these agreements and Ro-Ro services, which l beieve will be successful, the path before the transport sector will be cleared.