Turkish PM determined to enhance Turkish-Kyrgyz cooperation

Erdogan held official talks in Bishkek where cooperation agreement signed between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan

Erdogan held official talks in Bishkek where cooperation agreement signed between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday said, "Our heart has beat with Kyrgyzstan during the 22-year process where it gained its independence. It is our duty to stand by Kyrgyzstan at their difficult times."

Erdogan held a meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Jantoro Satybaldiev in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Reminding that he was in Bishkek to attend the High Level Strategic Cooperation Council meeting, Erdogan said, "We are two friendly states with Kyrgyzstan. Our heart has beat with Kyrgyzstan during the 22-year process where it gained its independence. It is our duty to stand by Kyrgyzstan at their difficult times."

Erdogan stated that the establishment of the Kyrgyz democracy in a very short time in September 2012 indicated the success of Kyrgyzstan.

Erdogan mentioned that the trade volume between two countries have increased 90 million dollars in 2012 to 302 million dollars, and added, "We must to reach the 1 billion dollar trade volume very soon. We can do this, as long as we have the political will."

Erdogan touched on the contribution of the increased number of Istanbul-Bishkek flights by Turkish Airlines and the beginning of Istanbul-Osh flights on bilateral relations and trade.

Erdogan also stated that Kyrgyzstan was rich in terms of its water sources and said, "Prices are reasonable in consuming energy produced from hydroelectricity. It is not appropriate to watch the water go down the drain. We have made good use of Turkey`s water sources. We have reduced our dependency to natural gas 8 points. Kyrgyzstan`s water sources should also be used effectively. We can start joint projects for installing hydro-electric power plants in Kyrgyzstan."

Following the talks between delegations, a cooperation agreement on air transport, tourism and forestry was signed between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan.

Erdogan then held tete-a-tete meeting with Kyrgyz Parliament Speaker Asilbek Jeenbekov.

Turkish deputy prime ministers Bulent Arinc and Bekir Bozdag, Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Minister of Finance Mehmet Simsek, Minister of Economy Zafer Caglayan, Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik, Deputy Chairman of the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party Mevlut Cavusoglu, AK Party group deputy chairman Nurettin Canikli and several MPs accompany Erdogan.

We must look at Turkish model in the development of our national economy

Kyrgyz Prime Minister Jantoro Satybaldiev on Wednesday said that Turkey set a model for his country for the development of Kyrgyzstan`s national economy.

Speaking at the Kyrgyz-Turkish Business Forum also attended by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Biskek, the Kyrgyz capital, Satybaldiev indicated that Turkey was developing rapidly.

"The positive developments in Turkey must affect us. We need to make use of Turkey`s experiences and listen to their advises," Satybaldiev said.

"Kyrgyzstan is open to Turkish investors. Our expectations from the Business Forum are high. We are ready to cooperate with Turkey. We are ready to correct our mistakes in order to attract investments. This is crucial for us," Satybaldiev said.

"Kyrgyz-Turkish Business Forum is highly important for both sides. As the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, I will do whatever is necessary to boost cooperation with Turkey," he said.

Praising Turkey`s progress, Satybaldiev thanked Erdogan for the importance he attached to relations with Kyrgyzstan.

Also speaking at the forum, Kyrgyz Minister of Economy and Anti-monopoly Policies Temir Sariev said that he supported Prime Minister Erdogan`s target of raising Turkish-Kyrgyz trade volume to $1 billion by 2017.

We will work hard to reach this target, Sariev noted.

Inviting Turkish investors to Kyrgyzstan, Sariev underlined that they would need the support of Turkish businesspeople in order to modernize and expand the Manas International Airport, Bishkek`s main international airport.

-Turkey among world countries where investments are on rise

Erdogan said that Turkey was among world countries where investments were on rapid rise.

"I believe in two secret words. One of them is confidence and the other is stability. If you can not facilitate confidence and stability, a country will not receive investors," Erdogan underlined.

"Two years ago, we made mutual visits with Kyrgyz officials and, during such visits, we established the High Level Cooperation Council. The first meeting of this Council took place in Turkey," Erdogan noted.

"I am pleased to see that the second meeting of the High Level Cooperation Council is taking place in Kyrgyzstan. We will evaluate the current situation between our two countries and discuss what could be made," Erdogan stated.

"I am pleased to note that Kyrgyzstan is making progress in all fields with stability," Erdogan underlined.

"The problems of our brethren are our problems and the joy of our brethren are our joy. We would feel great happiness when Kyrgyzstan makes progress in stability, tranquility and development," Erdogan said.

"With its status and rich sources, Kyrgyzstan deserves to be the shining star of the region and Kyrgyzstan walks on this path with determination," Erdogan expressed.

"As a neighbor of China, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan is one of the two richest countries of the region with its water sources. Kyrgyzstan must evaluate its potential in the best way possible," Erdogan stated.

-Trade volume of one billion USD could be reached-

We discussed what could be done in the political and economic spheres with Kyrgyzstan, Erdogan said.

Our two countries share the same will to raise bilateral trade volume to one billion USD, Erdogan stated.

"We have come to Kyrgyzstan with a group of more than 100 Turkish businesspeople. We could reach a trade volume of one billion USD if our businesspeople work together," Erdogan said.

Reminding that the Turkish contractors` sector was the world`s second biggest one after China, Erdogan said that Turkish contractors assumed 7,051 projects in all corners of the world worth a total of 246 billion USD.

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