Turkey Trade Center opens in Chicago as part of U.S. business drive

The Turkey Trade Center will open its doors in Chicago on Friday in a government-backed initiative to help Turkish businessmen expand in the United States, Dünya newspaper reported.

The building will be opened by the Union of Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB), the country’s largest business group. The project is backed by the Turkish Trade Ministry, Dünya said.

Turkey is seeking to broaden and deepen commercial ties with the United States to help boost exports and Turkish business activities in the world’s biggest economy. Political relations between the two countries have soured in recent years, undermining economic cooperation, as their governments clashed over policies in the Middle East and ties with Russia.

The centre will provide services to Turkish businessmen including office space, storage, logistics, company formation, market entry, and sales and marketing assistance, the newspaper said.

Turkish Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan will attend the opening ceremony via video conference, Dünya said.