In light of boycott, Egyptian products are alternative to Turkish in Saudi market

Egypt is trying to replace Turkish products with Egyptian products in Saudi Arabia, in light of the continuing popular boycott campaign launched by the Saudis against Turkish products in light of tensions between the two countries.

Stores in Saudi Arabia have started displaying Egyptian products instead of Turkish products, according to a report published by Agence France-Presse (AFP) on October 22.

The Head of the Saudi Chambers Council, Ajlan Al-Ajlan, called in early October the Saudis to boycott Turkish products, in response to the enmity between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

According to the American Al-Monitor website, Egyptian businessmen have intensified their procedures and contacts with Saudi companies to replace Turkish products with Egyptian products in the Saudi market.

On October 7, the Export Council for Building Materials, Refractories and Metal Industries organized a video conference for Egyptian and Saudi companies to discuss ways to enhance cooperation between the two countries and replace Turkish products that were boycotted by the Saudis.

 Egyptian businessmen welcomed the boycott of Turkish products in Saudi Arabia, and in the meantime, widespread media campaigns loyal to the Egyptian regime encouraged boycotting the Turkish products in Saudi Arabia.

On October 21, pro-regime journalist Ahmed Musa said in his program on the Sada Al-Balad channel: "Arab citizens should not buy Turkish products because Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to destroy Arab countries."

The media professional, Muhammad Al-Baz, launched in his program on the Egyptian Al-Nahar channel a boycott campaign for Turkish products in Egypt and called on Egyptians to support the Saudis and put pressure on Turkey economically.

Adel Hanafi, the Vice President of the General Federation of Egyptians in the Saudi Arabia Kingdom said: "The Egyptian Commerce Chambers Federation must organize boycott campaigns for Turkish products to prevent Turkey from using the proceeds of these products to fight Egypt and support terrorism in Arab countries."

Trade activity between Egypt and Turkey has witnessed this year a decline of 18.7%, according to the report of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics, and the report stated that "commercial activity decreased to $ 2.7 billion during the first seven months of 2020."

In a press release on October 13, Medhat Yeni Gon, the Head of the Turkish Contractors Federation confirmed that "Turkish contractors in the Middle East suffered losses estimated at $ 3 billion at least in 2020 due to the campaign against Turkey."

In an interview with Al-Monitor, the Head of the Egyptian Engineering Export Council, Sherif Al-Sayyad, said that the Saudis' boycott of Turkish products benefited Egyptian products - especially electrical appliances - as Saudi importers' demand for Egyptian products increased during the past few days due to the popular boycott of Turkish products in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ahmed Jaber, the Head of the Printing and Packaging Chamber of the Egyptian Industries Federation told Al-Monitor: "Egyptian businessmen are moving quickly with Saudi companies to conclude trade agreements and deals, taking advantage of the popular boycott of Turkish products in Saudi Arabia."

Jaber concluded: "The Egyptian Ministry of Trade and Industry is trying to remove obstacles for exporting Egyptian products to Saudi Arabia in support of the Egyptian product against its Turkish competitor."


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