Speech

Opening remarks at the UK-Turkish CEO Forum

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

The Prime Minister and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted UK and Turkish CEOs at No 10 Downing Street, and invited the group to inaugurate the UK-Turkey CEO Forum.

The Prime Minister and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan hosted UK and Turkish CEOs at No 10 Downing Street, and invited the group to inaugurate the UK-Turkey CEO Forum.

Opening transcript:

Prime Minister

Can I formally welcome everyone in the UK-Turkish CEO Forum to Number 10 Downing Street?  I think this is a very important development for the UK-Turkey relationship.  We had an excellent visit that I made to Ankara and it is very good to welcome Prime Minister Erdogan back to London.

When we were in Ankara, one of the things we discussed was how we wanted to have much stronger and deeper trade links between our two countries.  As someone who had travelled to Turkey as a student in the 1980s, I was blown away by the economic transformation that has taken place in your country.  I want to make sure that British business plays a part in the development of Turkey, and that Turkish business plays a part in the development of the UK.

So it’s great to welcome so many top names from business in both countries to Number 10, and to invite them to talk to us about what they discussed and what they hope to achieve.  I should start perhaps with my Trade Minister, who I extracted from the bank HSBC, who have made big investments in Turkey.  Now, he is trying to make sure there are big investments for the whole of the UK all over the world.  I think there is huge potential here.