Turkish Minister of Industry and Trade Zafer Caglayan said Friday "lowering transportation costs, paying high attention to railway transportation and finding solutions to the problems of Turkish businessmen in Kyrgyzstan would increase trade between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan."
The 5th Turkey-Kyrgyzstan Joint Economic Commission meeting took place in Ankara on Friday under the co-chairmanship of Zafer Caglayan and Finance Minister Tacikan Kalimbetova of Kyrgyzstan.
Speaking at the meeting, Caglayan said that "although relations with Kyrgyzstan are increasing in all areas, we do not think they are sufficient."
"We must carry economic, commercial, cultural and social relations to higher levels," Caglayan said.
"In the past 15 years, Turkey's relations with Kyrgyzstan have developed rapidly and concrete steps have been taken. Relations with Kyrgyzstan must be further promoted," Caglayan said.
"The two countries would lose mutually if Turkish businesses can not benefit from Kyrgyz tenders. I believe that Kyrgyzstan would give priority to Turkish contractors in the construction of infrastructure facilities, dams and highways," Caglayan noted.
"The trade volume between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan would reach 250 million USD by the end of 2008. There is no reason why we can not help the trade volume reach one billion USD," Caglayan said.
Caglayan added that the two countries were working to finalize a "preferential trade agreement".
Meanwhile, Tacikan Kalimbetova said that serious measures must be taken to further develop trade between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.
"Such measures must be included in the protocol that we are going to sign today," Kalimbetova said.
"It is important for the businessmen of our two countries to increase contacts. I propose the establishment of a 'Turkey-Kyrgyzstan Business Forum' to develop small and medium scale businesses in Turkey and Kyrgyzstan," Kalimbetova noted.
"We would like to benefit from Turkey's experiences in the establishment of special industrial zones and standardization of products," Kalimbetova said.
Turkish entrepreneurs could explore opportunities in Kyrgyzstan, including the fields of tourism and hunting, the Kyrgyz minister added.
Following verbal statements of the two ministers to the press, the delegations began technical discussions.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Eylül 2008, 16:21