Cablegate: Bfif 2004 End of Year Report

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.




E.O. 12958: N/A

REF: STATE 238763, STATE 248715

1. Adana greatly appreciates the support from EB for two
projects during 2004. Thanks to BFIF funding post was also able
to send the American Corner/Gaziantep Director to Ankara for
consulations with FCS staff from May 26-29, 2004. (Note: The
American Corner is housed in the Gaziantep Chamber of Industry
and is a partner in promoting understanding and cooperation
between the U.S. and Turkey. End note.) The trip resulted in
an improvement in the commercial information provided to the
business community in the area covered by Consulate Adana. The
American Corner director met with several FCS staff members
regarding all FCS activities; in addition she was trained on
internet sector and firm research, briefed on "doing business in
Iraq" themes, provided with numerous books and website resources
for the Gaziantep center, and provided information about FAS/ag
finance. In the months after her training she fielded numerous
inquiries including, to name just a few, requests for commercial
and trade links to U.S. companies searching for lists of carpet
and fabric producers, paint and chemical companies and
industrial kitchen equipment providers.

2. BFIF funding also allowed teh Deputy Principal Officer to
accompany a group of Turkish businessmen on a business mission
to Washington in April 2004 in conjunction with the American
Turkish Council's (ATC) 23rd annual meeting, which is regularly
attended by all of the major U.S. companies doing business in
Turkey, the small and medium U.S. firms doing business or
looking to expand here, and their Turkish counterparts. BFIF
support to this non-FSC post allowed us to continue to showcase
SE Turkey as a potential new market for American goods and
services and to reach out in ways that would not be possible
without this funding. Financial accounting for the projects is
being provided septel.


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