Turkey values its relations with Kazakhstan – president

Apr. 16. Trend

By Rufiz Hafizoglu

Turkey values its relations with Kazakhstan presidentTurkey values its relations with Kazakhstan, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said during a joint press conference with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in Astana, the Turkish TV channel TRT Haber reported Apr.16.

He said that in the next few years, Turkey and Kazakhstan intend to increase bilateral trade turnover up to $10 billion.

Erdogan also said that Kazakhstan and Turkey intend to implement joint economic projects in a number of other countries.

The president said that Ankara will support the candidacy of Astana at the election to the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, which will be held in 2016.

Erdogan said that a number of political issues was discussed during his meeting with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, among which were the crises in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and the political crisis in Ukraine.

Ankara and Astana come out with a unified position on the settlement of military conflicts, according to the president.

He also said that Kazakhstan is one of the important partners of Turkey.

The state visit of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Kazakhstan began Apr.15. The visit will last until April 17. Erdogan is accompanied by a government delegation.

More than 1,800 Turkish companies operate in Kazakhstan, and this figure exceeds the number of other foreign companies operating in the country. The total cost of projects implemented by Turkish contractors in Kazakhstan is about $17.5 billion.

Over the last three years, the trade turnover between the two countries has doubled – from $2 billion to $4 billion, and this figure is projected to reach $10 billion within the framework of the program New Synergy, adopted by the heads of the two states.

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Kazakhstan, Turkey sign contracts worth over $800M

Apr 16. Trend

By Elena Kosolapova

Kazakhstan and Turkey have signed contracts on 19 projects, worth over $800 million overall, Kazakhstan’s Investment and Development Ministry said Apr.16.

The contracts were signed during Kazakhstan-Turkey business forum held in Astana with participation of the two countries’ presidents.

Around 400 delegates – representatives of business circles, state bodies and national companies – from both sides took part in the business forum.

“The agreements envisage the construction of plants for production of aluminum radiators, window and door accessories, waterproofing and roofing materials, steel pipes, several types of concrete,” said the ministry.

These agreements are also aimed at developing the commercial and military shipbuilding, ship repair and maritime transport, according to the Investment and Development Ministry.

It was earlier reported that Kazakhstan and Turkey develop the cooperation within the New Synergy economic program signed in 2012. This program intensified the joint work of the two countries in trade and investments, industry, agriculture, transport sphere and logistics, tourism, especially, in the sphere of small and medium-sized business.

Such large Turkish companies as Yildirim Group (mining and metallurgical complex, metallurgy, subsoil), Okan Holding (Sultan Marketing), Anadolu Beverage Group (Coca-Cola Icecek) and others entered the Kazakh market.

A number of small and medium-sized enterprises engaged in manufacturing of finished products, began to implement investment projects in the food and light industry, construction industry.

In addition, there is an agreement to transfer the FEZ Ontustik to the management of the Turkish side. The issue of establishment of joint industrial zones is also being considered.

Another important area of cooperation between Kazakhstan and Turkey is the development of transport and transit potential of the two countries.

In particular, the possibility of connecting Zhezkazgan-Beineu railway with a new Akhalkalaki (Georgia) – Kars (Turkey) railway line, which is under construction, with access to the European countries through the port of Baku and Istanbul on the new railway tunnel Marmaray is being discussed.

Over the last three years, the trade turnover between the two countries has doubled – from $2 billion to $4 billion, and this figure is projected to reach $10 billion within the framework of the program New Synergy, adopted by the heads of the two states.

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