Turkey, Turkmenistan agree on trading in local currencies
ASHKGABAT - Anatolia News Agency
Çağlayan and Berdimuhamedov are seen during a meeting in Ashkgabat. AA photoTurkey’s Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan announced yesterday that Turkey and Turkmenistan had agreed to conduct trade in the Turkish Lira and Turkmen Manat, at the fourth Turkish-Turkmen Economic Commission meeting (HEK) in Ashkgabat, Turkmenistan.
Çağlayan said the use of national currencies would begin once central banks of the two countries made necessary arrangements.
He said last year Turkish construction firms had been awarded $3.2 million in construction contracts in Turkmenistan and Turkmenistan commissioned 90 percent of its contracts to Turkish firms.
The minister said Turkey was pleased with the Turkmen government’s attitude toward Turkish construction companies.
“The volume of investments in Turkmenistan’s construction business will reach $750 million in five years including 2012. Turkish companies will be granted priorities in these projects,” he said.
“We came here with a large team of Turkish businessmen and our aim is to increase investment in the agriculture and animal husbandry sectors, as well as construction,” added Çağlayan.
He also said that Turkey was an important conduit for the transfer of Turkmenistan’s rich energy resources to Europe.
Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov will make his first international visit to Turkey on Feb. 29, following the Feb. 12 Turkmen elections.