Idrissov urges to step up establishment of infrastructure and investment funds with Turkey
The 3rd meeting of Kazakhstan-Turkey Joint Strategic Planning Group chaired by the Minister of Internal Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov and Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu held in Almaty on October 20, 2016, covered the issues of developing Kazakh-Turkish cooperation.
Particular attention was paid to the course of implementing the agreements reached following the visits of President Nursultan Nazarbayev to Turkey in this-year April and August, as well as to preparations to the session of Kazakh-Turkish High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council to be held the next year.
The foreign ministers agreed to actively promote the expansion of trade and economic relations between the two countries, and to facilitate the Kazakh-Turkish Intergovernmental Economic Commissions effective activities.
In the context of continuing difficulties in the global economy, our common task is to find new ways to increase the volume of bilateral trade and mutual investment, E. Idrissov said. In this context, E. Idrissov emphasized the need to intensify the work on establishing joint Kazakh-Turkish investment and infrastructure funds, activities of which will focus on financing and implementing the major projects within New Synergy bilateral program in the fields of agriculture, infrastructure, construction, pharmaceuticals, metallurgy, and other priority sectors of economy.
According to E. Idrissov, Kazakhstan is able to act as a regional hub for the deployment of Turkish enterprises and companies with further access to the markets of EEU, Central Asia, Russia and China. EEU guarantees the free movement of goods, capital, services and workforce, therefore Turkish business community should consider Kazakhstan as a common market with a population of over 180 million people, the Minister added.
M. Cavusoglu, in turn, expressed readiness of the Turkish business for active regular contacts with Kazakhstani partners. He also congratulated Kazakhstan on the 25th anniversary of Independence, noting significant achievements of the country under the leadership of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
The sides also considered the issues of cooperation in the fields of tourism, transport, logistics, freight traffic, military-technical and defense industry, fight against extremism and terrorism, Turkeys participation in EXPO 2017 in Astana, as well as in the field of mutual trips of two countries citizens and their rights protection.
The sides at the negotiations exchanged views on topical international and regional issues, including the situations in Afghanistan, Syria and Ukraine. They expressed mutual interest in strengthening cooperation and coordination of positions within such multilateral formats as the UN, especially in the context of Kazakhstans membership in UN Security Council in 2017-2018, CICMA, OIC, Turkish Council, etc.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan