Representatives of various Turkish Cypriot organisations have paid a working visit to the city of Evora, in Portugal. The trips has been financed by the European Union and organised by the TAPS project [Technical Assistance to Build the Capacity of Local Stakeholders (Including BSOs) and Enhance the Competitiveness of the Private Sector] with the aim of developing cooperative businesses and clusters.
Representatives of the Craftsmen and Producers Marketing Cooperative [of which the Chamber of Turkish Cypriot Tradesmen and Craftsmen (KTEZO) is also a member], the Development Bank, the Ministry of Tourism, the EU Coordination Centre, the Chamber of Industry and KOBI-GEM (SME’s) participated in the visit.
According to a statement issued by KTEZO, during the four-day visit, they had the opportunity to examine the Regional Development and Coordination Centre, which is approved and supported by the EU and to exchange views on the development programme. The Turkish Cypriot delegation also visited Evora University, where they discussed the role of research in the regional development.
Hurrem Tulga, coordinator of KTEZO, said that they have been working for six years with the producers on the issue of cooperatives and clusters and therefore their visit to Portugal is very important from the point of view of sharing experiences.