For Immediate Release - March 27, 2013

Governor Patrick Meets with Turkish Ambassador to U.S., Turkish Consul General in Boston

BOSTON – Wednesday, March 27, 2013 – Governor Deval Patrick today met with the Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Namik Tan and the newly appointed Consul General of Turkey Burak Kararti, in the State House as part of an ongoing effort to strengthen the relationship between Massachusetts and Turkey.

Turkish Ambassador Namik Tan

Governor Patrick meets with the Ambassador of Turkey to the United States Namik Tan
and the Turkish Consul General in Boston Burak Kararti. (Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office)
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In April 2012, the Governor met with Ali Babacan, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey and then met with Nihat Ergün, Minster of Science, Industry and Technology for Turkey, at the BIO International Convention in June 2012. 

Last year, Turkey was Massachusetts’ 23rd largest export partner and 43rd largest import partner. The 2010 U.S. Census estimates there are 4,700 Turkish-born residents in the Commonwealth. Between 2002 and 2008, Turkey’s annual GDP growth rate was 6.8 percent, making it one of the fasting growing markets in the world.

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