Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications, Rasim Ljajic has said that “without any doubt, Serbia and Turkey have never had better economic and political relations than now,” which is the result of “intensive diplomatic and political activities, as well as the determination to preserve stability and increase all aspects of the economic cooperation between the two countries.”
This is further enhanced by the frequent meetings of (Serbian President Aleksandar) Vucic and (Turkish President Recep Tayyip) Erdogan,” Ljajic told Radio Television Serbia.
He also said that Serbia was determined to further improve the relations with Turkey, adding that, Turkish companies in Serbia employ about 10,000 people with the tendency of further increase.
He pointed out that Turkish companies were usually investing in the least developed municipalities in Serbia.
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“Serbia will further intensify the economic cooperation with Turkey in the following period,” said Ljajic, adding that yesterday’s signing of a contract for the reconstruction of the Novi Pazar-Tutin road with the Turkish company Taşyapı opens a new perspective in relations between the two countries.
To remind, Serbian government and Turkish construction company Taşyapı on Monday signed a $27 million contract for reconstruction of the road connecting two southern cities in the Balkan state.
The contract to reconstruct Novi Pazar-Tutin road was signed by Taşyapı Board Chairman Emrullah Turanlı and Serbian Minister of Construction, Transportation and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic.
The road to Tutin is about 22.5 kilometres (14 miles) long and serves to more than 150,000 people.
Tutin is also the first municipality in Serbia that has renewable wind power.
Speaking at a ceremony, Mihajlovic said 80 per cent of the project is financed from a Turkish loan and the remaining 20 per cent from the budget of Serbia.
The Serbian Trade Minister is scheduled to have will have a meeting with representatives of a Turkish factory engaged in the production of aluminium joinery.
Speaking about the possibilities of cooperation with Qatar, following recent media reports, Ljajic said that since 2013, Serbia has been trying to generate concrete results in relation to that country and that Qatari investments are more than welcome here.
(Novi Magazin, 30.10.2018)
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