UNECE 66TH COMMISSION MEETING DRIED FRUIT AND NUTS EXHIBITION

Mehmet Ferden ÇARIKÇI 14.04.2015

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is a distinct pleasure for me to address you today. We believe that the UNECE meeting will be very productive and successful with Mr. Friis Bach in the driving seat and we as member states on the board. We would like to thank the Executive Secretary and his team for their tireless efforts in organizing this exhibition.

Indeed, the Dried Fruit and Nuts Exhibition is yet another symbol of how the UNECE standards play an important role in our lives. They create a common language and facilitate international trade. For instance, when an importer in Switzerland asks for a shipment of extra class dried apricots, the producer in Malatya, Turkey knows immediately what the importer wants thanks to the UNECE quality standards.

This exhibition provides a good opportunity to see samples of dried fruits and nuts from all over the world. Turkey as one of the leading producers and a major exporter of dry and dried fruits as well as nuts is happy and proud to be part of this exhibition. The Turkish products stem from different regions of the country. Hazelnuts, for example, are grown along the northern coasts of Turkey, dried figs and grapes come from the Aegean Region and dried apricots from Malatya, eastern Anatolia.

In Turkey, the first quality controls on agricultural produce at export stage started as early as 1937, with hazelnuts and today, we continue these controls in accordance with the agricultural quality standards of the UNECE. Moreover, Turkey contributes to these standards by providing its expertise and experience as a major producer and we will continue to actively support ECE’s activities across the board. In this regard in late June, in İzmir we will host the 62ndSession of the Specialized Section on Standardization of Dry and Dried Produce, as well as a training activity on the subject matter.

Thank you all and enjoy the exhibition.

Atatürk

Sadık Arslan Ambassador

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