A report prepared by the consul-general of Pakistan in Instanbul, Turkey, has warned that his country status as an inexpensive but quality producer of merchandise may be threatened by Turkey, and that it could lose market share unless it is able to improve on quality, delivery and price, reported The Business Recorder, a nationally distributed Pakistani business daily.
However, the report added that Pakistan should see Turkey as a mean of getting to the international markets. As such, it could take advantage of Turkey's relative proximity to Western Europe and the emerging Central Asian economies, as well as Turkey’s membership of the European customs union, and its candidacy status for acquiring a permanent membership in the European Union.
Turkey, the report continued, could itself develop into a lucrative market. Products that already could market there include air-conditioners, fans, horns, ropes, fishing rods, minerals, marble, gems, onyx, greeting-cards, cement, bones, furniture, cast acrylic plastic sheets, IC boards for computers, rice, dry fruits, food and food preparations, machine-tool, hand tool, abrasive cloth, pharmaceuticals, fish/preparations and industrial protective clothing. – (Albawaba-MEBG)
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