Turkish entrepreneurs to build juice factory in Nigeria

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IZMIR – A Turkish business group, Esidef, is collaborating some Nigerian entrepreneurs to establish a juice producing factory in the country by 2015, its Secretary-General, Mr Murat Sakartepe, has said.

Sakartepe told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) at the weekend in Izmir, , that on the project had reached advanced stages.

He said that the juice plant one of the ventures the Turkish entrepreneurs planned to establish in Nigeria before the quarter of 2016.

He described Nigeria as a new investment destination for Turkish investors, adding that and other were leveraging on Nigeria’s latest rating and leadership in Africa to invest in the country.

“No good business can be done in Africa now without Nigeria,’’ he said.

Aside from trading ventures, he said that members of the group were also interested in Nigeria’s mining and manufacturing sectors.

Sakartepe said Esidef had offered Nigerian in Turkish internship opportunities in its member- as part of to build a healthy business Nigeria.

He stated that the internship programme had begun, adding that 18 were already “enjoying the opportunity”.

“We want to do business in Nigeria and because of the interest of our members in investing there, between 2013 and now, we undertook 230 business trips to the country and others for assessment.

“And, regularly we organise seminars and workshops on leadership, management and capacity-building, import and trades, and other aspects of business,” he said.

Esidef is a federation of 42 business associations in , and has 12,300 members spread across 12 states. (NAN)