Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz on Wednesday met with Croatian Economy Minister Duro Popijac at Istanbul's Ciragan Palace.
Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Yildiz said Turkish energy contractors was ready to take advantage of a number of energy investments in Croatia, adding that the two countries may cooperate in the construction of hydroelectrical power plants, renewable energy resources as well as natural gas and oil pipeline projects.
Yildiz said he invited a technical team from Croatia to explore cooperation opportunities, adding that the team was expected to visit Turkey early next year.
The Croatian minister, on his part, said that he had held "very productive" meetings in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday, adding that the two countries had a great potential in developing business relations.
"Croatia has big plans for future in energy. We are inviting Turkish companies to invest in our country. And we think that Turkey offers great many opportunities for Croatian companies as well. The technical team will arrive in Turkey in the shortest time possible," Popijac said.
Trade volume between Turkey and Croatia reached 620 million USD in the first ten months of 2010. Turkey's exports to Croatia totaled 536 million USD, whereas it imported goods from Croatia worth 84 million USD.
Turkey-Croatia trade volume was ten-folds more in the mentioned period than the year 2000.
Turkey, Croatia plan energy cooperation
Yildiz said he invited a technical team from Croatia to explore cooperation opportunities.