Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will take part at the Turkey-Syria Business Forum to be held during his upcoming two-day visit to Syria.

Erdogan will travel to Syria on Tuesday. He is scheduled to meet with Syrian Prime Minister Muhammad Naji al-Utri. During Erdogan's visit to Syria, several agreements are expected to be signed on water, health, transportation, industry, foreign policy and higher education.

Turkish ministry for foreign trade said in a statement on Monday that the business forum would be attended by a crowded group of Turkish exporters from Turkey's construction, automotive spare parts, furniture, food and food equipments, textiles, mineral fuel, cement and packaging industries.

Businessmen will also have chance to hold bilateral talks with Syrian companies during the forum, the statement said.

Turkey and Syria signed a free trade deal in December 2002 but the agreement took effect in 2007. Trade volume between the two countries showed 50 percent increase in a year to reach 1.8 billion USD at the end of 2008.

Turkish exports to Syria rose 40 percent while imports were up 70 percent in 2008.

Officials of the two countries aim to reach a trade volume of 5 billion USD in the next three years.

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