Kyrgyz PM calls on Turkish businessmen to invest in gold production

Kyrgyz PM calls on Turkish businessmen to invest in gold production

Omurbek Babanov

March 19, 2012, Monday/ 14:58:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN WITH WIRES

kyrgyz prime minister Omurbek Babanov has called on Turkish businessmen to invest in his country, especially in the gold industry, which produces 20 tons of gold annually.

Speaking to Bursa Governor Şehabettin Harput, Justice and Development party (AK Party) deputies İsmet Su and Mustafa Kemal Şerbetçioğlu, Republican People's Party (CHP) deputy Kemal Ekinci and 150 Turkish businessmen at a Kyrgyz-Turkish Investment Forum organized by the Kyrgyz-Turkish Businessmen's Association (KİTIAD) on Monday, Babanov noted the increasing cooperation between both countries and expressed his hopes that Turkish businessmen will invest in his country's rich gold resources.

Babanov emphasized the continuously improving relations between the countries with the support of Turkish President Abdullah Gül and Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and said the visa agreement is expected to contribute to economic relationships between the countries. He pointed out that the Kyrgyz Parliament facilitates all kinds of activities for investors and that businesses that pay a 20 percent tax are not inspected by any public or private institution. Expressing his gratitude to the Turkish Confederation of Businessmen and Industrialists (TUSKON) for bringing investors to his country, he also explained Kyrgyzstan has great potential for tourism, agriculture, animal husbandry and the energy sector and hopes more Turkish businessmen invest in these fields.

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