TUID Chairman Burak Pehlivan discusses the strengthening economic relationship between Turkey and Ukraine and the potentially game-changing impact of a long-awaited free trade agreement breakthrough between the two Black Sea neighbors Anyone engaged in Turkish-Ukrainian business relations will likely have encountered Burak Pehlivan. As Chairman of the Turkish-Ukrainian Business Association TUID, forty-one-year-old Pehlivan is a well-known and high profile member of Ukraine’s international business community who has been tireless in his efforts to help build business bridges across the Black Sea.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a busy agenda during his Nov. 3 visit to Istanbul, where he presided over the 7th meeting of the high-level strategic council between the two nations. This group was founded in 2011 and has shown concrete achievements, including the removal of visas between the two countries that year. Ukrainian-Turkish economic and political relations have developed and deepened at an incredible pace since 2014. Before Poroshenko’s visit, fresh results were achieved in many areas.
Ukraine is changing, evolving rapidly, that the depth and scope of structural reforms achieved in last three and a half years, is more than what has been done in the first 23 years of independent Ukraine. As the result of said reforms, Ukraine’s ranking in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index, has increased from 157th to 80th, by advancing 77 ranks, in the last 7 years. During this term, there is no other country that could make the breakthrough realized by Ukraine.
The text below is summary of the Burak Pehlivan’s interview by Olena Gordiienko Kyiv Post staff writer and includes wide part of the article of Olena Gordiienko and Ilya Timtchenko about Turkey Ukraine economic relations. Turkey and Ukraine are heading in the same directions in some ways: Both want to join or integrate more closely with the European Union. Both are transit routes between East and West. And both still have improvements to make in democracy.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will pay an official visit to Ukraine on March 20, with a broad delegation consisting of, among others, six major ministers from the cabinet and prominent businessmen of the country. This visit is considered as very important, because it shall be the first visit by high-ranking officials from Turkey to Ukraine, which intends to shape its future within the framework of unification with the European Union.
This week is an important one for Ukraine and Turkey. President Victor Yanukovych met with Turkish President Abdullah Gul and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara on Oct. 9. The meeting agenda included a road map to bilateral relations of the two nations in the near future. One of the most important items on the agenda is a free trade agreement that Ukraine and Turkey have been quietly discussing for two years.