Istanbul to host Turkish-Arab Economy Forum

Today’s Zaman - The Fourth Turkish-Arab Economy Forum (TAF'09) will be held in Istanbul on June 11-12. The forum will be organized by Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal Group (AIWA) in cooperation with Türkiye's Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) and the Arab League, DEIK said in a written statement on Saturday. Turkish State Minister Egemen Bagis; Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek; Agriculture and Rural Affairs Minister Mehmet Mehdi Eker; Rifat Hisarciklioglu, chairman of both DEIK and the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB); and Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa are expected to participate in the forum, said the DEIK statement. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also expected to deliver a speech at the opening of TAF'09. More than 800 senior officials from a large number of companies, institutions and associations from Türkiye and the Arab world will attend this year's forum.