During a virtual summit, President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of the Republic of Türkiye, witnessed the signing of a Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the UAE and the Republic of Türkiye.
Abdulla bin Touq Al Marri, UAE Minister of the Economy, and Mehmet Muş, the Turkish Minister of Trade, signed the agreement, heralding a new era of bilateral cooperation between the two countries that contributes to stimulating trade, increasing the flow of investment and creating joint opportunities in priority sectors.
At the beginning of the virtual call, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed warmly welcomed President Erdogan and expressed his pleasure to be meeting with him again. His Highness also welcomed the opportunity provided by the agreement to strengthen and enhance relations between the two countries, stating,
"We are happy to be signing this Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement, which the UAE considers to be a highly important agreement with a valued and friendly country."
His Highness also expressed his gratitude to the Turkish President for his readiness to support the signing of the partnership, despite the current situation in Türkiye following the recent earthquake. His Highness stated,
“I pray to God to protect Türkiye and its people from all harm and to give you help and strength to overcome these circumstances. We are confident in the ability of the Turkish people to prevail and move towards progress and development.”
President Sheikh Mohamed reiterated the UAE's firm position in standing alongside Türkiye and offering support where needed, remarking that the approach of building bridges of cooperation and solidarity was inherited from the late Sheikh Zayed.
His Highness commented that the signing of the CEPA reflects the significant development witnessed in bilateral relations in recent years, as the total non-oil trade between the UAE and Türkiye reached $19 billion in 2022, an increase of 40% compared to 2021 and 112% compared to 2020. This makes Türkiye the fastest-growing among the UAE’s top 10 trading partners.
His Highness stated that this agreement
“demonstrates the common will to launch a new phase of relations between our two nations in various fields. We hope it will contribute to strengthening the bonds of economic cooperation and advancing the development of both countries towards a bright future.”
“Not only does this agreement aim to stimulate trade, investment and economic growth, but it also establishes a genuine development partnership, building common interests and consolidating ever-stronger strategic relations between our two countries,”
His Highness added.
His Highness also said that the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement embodies the UAE's approach towards strengthening development partnerships in the region, with the aim of promoting peace and cooperation, and enabling people to realise their ambitions for progress, stability and prosperity.
The UAE President thanked the officials from both countries who successfully concluded the agreement in less than a year, and expressed his hope for mutual prosperity and growth for both nations.
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said,
“In our relations, today we are writing a new chapter together. Our efforts which are empowered from our shared history, culture, and traditional values are not only contributing to our bilateral economic ties but also significantly contributing to the prosperity, welfare and stability of our region as well as the globe.
“There is no doubt that the CEPA signed today, with the strong tools it contains, such as liberalization of bilateral goods, services and trade, with a special emphasis on SMEs; easing the work of investors; and bringing top notch rules for intellectual property rights, among others, will be a trigger for boosting trade and investments,”
At the conclusion of his statement, President Erdogan said,
“We will see the fruits of this agreement for our countries and for our region in a short period of time which will be a catalyst for more areas of cooperation for our business people.”
The Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Türkiye is the fourth of its kind to be concluded by the UAE as part of its global economic agreements programme, following similar agreements with India, Israel, and Indonesia.
The UAE-Türkiye CEPA aims to achieve mutual benefits for both countries and stimulate long-term, sustainable, and comprehensive economic growth by eliminating or reducing customs duties on 82% of goods and products, representing more than 93% of non-oil trade. Additionally, the agreement improves market access to Türkiye for exporters from the UAE, including major sectors such as construction, metals and their products, polymers, and other manufactured products.
It is expected that the agreement will contribute to increasing non-oil bilateral trade to $40 billion annually within five years, while also creating 25,000 new job opportunities by 2031. In addition, the agreement is expected to increase UAE exports to Türkiye by 21.7%. Non-oil exports to Türkiye amounted to $5.6 billion in 2022, an increase of 109% compared to 2021, while the value of re-export operations from the UAE to the world grew by 87% to reach $2.3 billion in 2022.
The longstanding ties between the two countries are based on the spirit of mutual understanding and respect, and are aimed at enhancing collaboration in various fields including the economic, climate, cultural, and youth-empowerment sectors. UAE-Türkiye relations have been supported by official visits between the leadership of both countries in recent years. His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed visited Türkiye in November 2021 and President Erdogan visited the UAE in February 2022.
During the first visit, the UAE announced the establishment of a $10 billion investment fund in Türkiye, focusing on the logistics, energy, health, and food sectors.
During the second visit, 13 cooperation agreements were signed in several areas of mutual interest. Earlier this year the Turkish President also participated in the 10th edition of the World Government Summit in Dubai, where he delivered a recorded speech reaffirming the depth of the relations between the UAE and Türkiye.
News Source: Emirates News Agency