Turkey's prime minister said on Wednesday that he wished his visit to Kyrgyzstan would be the beginning of a new era for relations.
Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan said this new process would pave the way for the private sector and lift obstacles.
"Thus it will launch a different cooperation process," Erdogan said during Turkish-Kyrgyz Business Forum in Bishkek.
Erdogan said Turkey would share its experiences with Kyrgyzstan and continue to support that friend and brother country.
The foreign trade volume between the two countries rose to 160 million USD from 42 million USD between 2002 and 2010, Erdogan said.
Erdogan said almost 300 Turkish companies invested some 450 million USD in Kyrgyzstan so far, and the projects Turkish contractors had undertaken amounted to 350 million USD.
The prime minister said Turkish businessmen could establish partnerships with their Kyrgyz counterparts, and even Turkish and Kyrgyz businessmen could invest in other countries.
"Also, we can take a trilateral step including Russia," Erdogan said.
Erdogan said Turkey was ready to send banking executives, and members of Economic Council to Kyrgyzstan so that Turkish and Kyrgyz executives could share experiences and cooperate.
Turkey and Kyrgyzstan could cooperate in energy, transportation, communication, banking, light industry, mining, tourism, finance, human resources and agriculture, Erdogan said.
Erdogan said Turkey was ready to help Kyrgyzstan establish special industrial zones, and recalled that two countries would lift visa procedures till the end of 2011.
"Let's sign a trade agreement as well as a free trade agreement," Erdogan also said.
Earlier in the day, Erdogan met Kyrgyzstan's Prime Minister Almazbek Atambaev, President Roza Otunbaeva and Parliament Speaker Ahkmatbek Keldibekov in Bishkek and
addressed the Kyrgyz parliament.
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