Turkey keen to take part in PM Modi's Make-in-India project

Turkey is keen to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make-in-India project and would look for the NDA government conducting some roadshows there to increase awareness about SmartCity project, a top Turkish diplomat said here on Friday.

PTI| Updated: Jan 30, 2015, 22:10 PM IST

New Delhi: Turkey is keen to participate in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make-in-India project and would look for the NDA government conducting some roadshows there to increase awareness about SmartCity project, a top Turkish diplomat said here on Friday.

Turkey also favours enhancing air connectivity between the two countries and was open to contributing to the growth of the India's aviation sector, its Ambassdor Burak Akcapar said here at a business event.

"We want to be a part of Make-In-India... We want to be a part of India's civil aviation sector's growth," Akcapar said while addressing PHD-GMR Aviation Summit 2015 here.

Akacapar said that Turkey was ready to offer expertise his country has in both the manufacturing and aviation sectors adding, whatever Turkey is producing, it can so do here with its Indian counterparts as well.

"We can become a part of it (growth) by contributing, of course, in Make In India (project)," he said.

Pitching for enhancing air connectivity between the two countries, the Turkish diplomat said that there should be more direct flights by the airlines.

"We are open to contributing to hubs and want to increase destinations here. We can fly to those destinations where other (airlines) don't fly.

"There should be more direct flights between India and Turkey. We want to increase destinations in India; Our offer is very much on the table," he said.

He also said that Turkey, being one of the leading global players in the construction segment, was also interested in developing some smart cities in India.