On May 21-24, 2012 upon the invitation of the representatives of the province of Samsun, a delegation of the Odessa region, headed by the First Deputy Chairman of Odessa Regional Council Mykola Tindyuk, paid a visit to the Turkish city of Samsun to hold bilateral negotiations on establishing inter-regional cooperation between both regions.
During the visit the Odessa delegation met the Mayor of Samsun Yusuf Ziya Yılmaz, the Governor of Samsun province Hüseyin Aksoy, the Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Samsun province Salih Zeki Murzioğlu and the Head of Trading Exchange of Samsun Sinan Çakır.
The representatives of Ukrainian delegation also took part in a round table organized by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Samsun with participation of representatives of the local and regional business circles.
As a result of bilateral meetings between the municipality of Samsun and Odessa Regional Council there was signed a Protocol of Cooperation which envisages the development of relations in cultural, humanitarian, economic, and transportation areas.
The parties agreed on exchange of several bilateral high level visits in the nearest future which will be conducted by the interested representatives of companies to discus the projects for joint implementation.