Ambassador M.R. Hassen during his visit to Mediterranean Region to participate at the Adana Orange Blossom Carnival 2022 paid a visit to President of Mersin Chamber of Commerce Mr. Ayhan Kiziltan and to the Mersin International Port.
During the meeting, the President of Mersin Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador exchanged views on enhancing trade ties between Mersin and Sri Lanka business communities. Mr. Kiziltan agreed to share information on the potential sectors of Mersin that the Trade Chamber can link with the Sri Lankan trade chambers and to introduce prominent business personalities to the Sri Lanka business community.
During the visit to Mersin International Port, Mr. Johan Van Deale, General Manager gave detailed briefing on the operation of Mersin International Port and how the Mersin International Port was developed towards Turkey´s largest port which caters 2.6 million TEUs per year. During the meeting also discussed ways and means to establish links with the Sri Lankan stakeholders for strategic partnership. Ambassador also paid a visit to Mersin free zone.
Mersin International Port (MIP) is one of the largest ports in Turkey with a nearly 2.6 million 20-foot equivalent unit (TEU) container handling capacity, MIP is connected via railways and highways with Turkey’s industrialized cities such as Ankara, Gaziantep, Kayseri, Kahramanmaras and Konya, and with bordering countries including Syria and Iraq as well as the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) members including Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Russia. The most of the exports from Sri Lanka reach the Mersin Port. The Mersin International Port was privatized in 2006 which catered 150,000 TEUs rapidly grew by year 2021 to handle 2.6 million TEUs. 51% of share of the Mersin International Port is owned by PSA Group and rest shareholders are Akfen Holding and Australia’s IFM Investors.
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