Opportunities in Turkey for Irish businesses

Former head of Enterprise Ireland office in Istanbul sees export potential for agri trade

Turkey is seeking to have its customs union arrangement with the EU strengthened, which could benefit Irish exporters. Photograph: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Turkey is seeking to have its customs union arrangement with the EU strengthened, which could benefit Irish exporters. Photograph: Reuters/Osman Orsal

Terrorist attacks and political turmoil have upended Turkey’s economy over the past few years but in the eyes of Jonathan Ryan, Enterprise Ireland’s former Turkey director, opportunities remain for Irish businesses in the specific sectors that continue to function well.

The Dalkey native returned home this year having established EI’s Istanbul presence in 2014. “One of the frustrations that I encountered was that Turks’ knowledge of Ireland’s economic situation is quite limited, and likewise the perception from Irish people of Turkey’s economic development is also misunderstood,” he says. “One of EI’s tasks is to try to bridge that gap.”

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