The construction of the Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway should start next year – said the Minister of Construction, Traffic and Infrastructure Zorana Mihajlovic, who is a member of the Serbian delegation that is currently in Turkey, accompanying President Vucic.
Mihajlovic signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Turkish construction company Tasyap yesterday at the Turkish-Serbian business forum in Istanbul, and based on this memorandum, the Turkish company should draft technical and financial proposals for several infrastructure projects in Serbia.
“We agreed that next year we need to have a completed documentation, a completed financing model and begin with the construction. All of this should take one year the most”, says Mihajlovic.
In order to expedite the works on the rehabilitation of the Novi Pazar-Tutin and Aljinovici-Sjenica-Novi Pazar regional roads, as well as the construction of the section of the Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway, the Turkish construction company will come to Serbia next week to meet with the Serbian officials.
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“This memorandum is signed with one of the best Turkish companies in the field of infrastructure, and its implementation will start next week”, Mihajlovic adds.
“Together we will work on the construction of the Belgrade-Sarajevo motorway because this is an important regional issue, as it defines our relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina”, the minister pointed out.
The Minister added pointed out that Serbia was ready to build any of the envisaged routes of the motorway – one that runs through Sremska Mitrovica, or one through Pozega, Uzice and Kotroman on the border with Bosnia. Turkey will consult its partners in Bosnia in regards to their route.
Minister of Energy and Mining, Aleksandar Antic talked in Ankara the importance of developing strong relations with Turkey in the field of energy. Antic, who is also a member of the delegation that came to Turkey together with the President of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, said that Turkey was becoming one of the key hubs for the gas supply of primarily South-Eastern Europe.
“Considering that the TANAP pipeline, which connects the Caspian Basin with Southeastern Europe, will be put into operation in the next few weeks, as well as that the Turkish Stream project is developing, Turkey is becoming the key transit country for gas. Large-scale projects are being implemented in Turkey that will affect the gas supply of this part of Europe, especially the Western Balkans”, Antic said, adding that it was extremely important for Serbia to strengthen overall political, economic and energy relations with Turkey.
The Minister announced that he would be signing a memorandum in Ankara today in order to boost the cooperation in the field of gas and renewable energy with Turkey.
“The key project is the gas supply of both countries, cooperation with neighbouring countries on the development of these projects, and the formation of bodies in the Ministry that will coordinate the cooperation”, the minister added.
The Serbian Agriculture Minister, Branislav Nedimovic is also a member of the Serbian delegation that came to Turkey. Nedimovic expects Serbian farmers to fully utilize the quota for duty-free exports of beef to Turkey in mid-2019. Once the said quota is exhausted, there could be talks about increasing it. The current quota stands at 5,000 tons of beef.
Nedimovic pointed out the export of the Serbian beef to Turkey has started, and that Serbia has exported about 300 tons of beef to Turkey so far.
“Someone might argue that this is too little. But what they have to consider that out meat processing facility have to be specialized for this kind of export and work under special conditions. Also, the beef should not get in touch with any other type of meat in the processing facility”, the minister said and added that, currently, there were only four facilities in Serbia that had a required license, two of which are in the Raska district, one in central Serbia, and one in Valjevo.
He also said that Serbia had an opportunity to export sunflower oil to Turkey.
“We have been granted a duty free export quota of 45,000 tons of sunflower oil by Turkey. Thanks to these agreements, this year we have now 20% more sunflower compared to two and a half decades ago”, said the Minister of Agriculture.
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