Countdown to the Seychelles Investment Forum in Istanbul, Turkey on September 28, 2012-7 days


• Turkey is in the heart of a strategic region and at the centre of a market that represents roughly 1.5 billion people.

• It is the centre for transportation between Europe and Asia.

• The country has become an engine of regional growth and a natural bridge between both East-West and North-South axes, thus creating an efficient and cost effective outlet to major markets.

• It is all part of Turkey's plan to rise up the global economic ladder, partly by taking advantage of its location as a natural bridge from east to west. One can, after all, cross from Europe to Asia in Istanbul.

• Turkey's potential lies in its ability to exploit its proximity to markets in the region such as the Middle East, Central Asia, the Balkans, Russia as well as taking advantage of the energy market in the region.

• It is looking toward its nearer neighbours for economic opportunities.