NUR-SULTAN, May 3, 2019 - The meeting was held in the run-up of the official visit of the Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, to Kazakhstan, planned for the end of this month. The two diplomats compared notes on the bilateral relations between the two countries.
During the meeting the sides discussed the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement between Kazakhstan and Turkey, signed in October 2009. It was noted that trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation is an important component of Kazakh-Turkish relations.
The Minister stressed that Turkey remains an important investment partner of Kazakhstan,having invested more than $3 billion in our country, which contributed to new jobs.Many important facilities of Nur-Sultan were built by Turkish construction companies.
The Foreign Minister invited Turkish businessmen to take part in the implementation of joint projects in the mining, metallurgical, chemical and light industries, electricity sector, agricultural, industrial and infrastructure sectors.
The Turkish diplomat noted the successful development of trans-Caspian multimodal transportation (in 6 months of 2018, the traffic increased by 5% and exceeded 561,000 tons of cargo compared to the same period in 2017), and the need to further increase the speed of processing and transshipment of goods in the port of Aktau.
The sides also noted the need to establish a simplified mechanism for the provision of port services, customs procedures and tariff regulation.The sides were briefed on consultations between the logistics departments and enterprises of the two states. Turkey is among the top ten trade partners of Kazakhstan.
The trade turnover between two countries increased to almost $2 billion in 2018. In accordance with the arrangements reached between the Heads of States, the goal was set to reach $5 billion of trade turnover. Today, there are more than 1,500 enterprises with Turkish capital in Kazakhstan.
Turkey is a member of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS), which unites modern Turkic states, and aims to develop comprehensive cooperation between member states. It was established on the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, in 2009.The next 7th CCTS Summit at the level of Heads of State will be held this autumn in Azerbaijan.
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