Business world from Turkey and Uzbekistan came together at the business forum held in Tashkent
25.12.2017 / Tashkent / Uzbekistan- TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu attended Turkey – Uzbekistan Business Forum held in Tashkent. At the Forum development of co-operation possibilities have been discussed.
Following farewell ceremony held in Ankara Esenboğa Airport by Uzbekistan Ambassador to Ankara Alisher Agzamkhodjaev, arriving to Tashkent Hisarcıklıoğlu and accompanying delegation fisrt paid a visit to Turkey’s Ambassador to Tashkent A. Başar Şen. Ambassador Şen, informed the delegation about Turkey-Uzbekistan liaisons.
Thereafter meeting with President of Uzbekistan Chamber of Industry and Commerce (ÖSSP) Atham İkramov, Hisarcıklıoğlu then together with accompanying delegation attended Uzbek-Turkish Business Forum held in capital Tashkent.
Giving a speech at the forum, Hisarcıklıoğlu expressed his appreciation for being in Uzbekistan and also said that there are very strong bond with Uzbekistan above and beyond brotherhood.
Expressing that Uzbekistan being the heart of Turkish nation and Asia region, Hisarcıklıoğlu said "Uzbekistan with its almost 35 million young and dynamic population forms the half of Central Asia. Being amongst world’s major producers of natural gas, uranium and cotton, Uzbekistan promises a great future. Uzbekistan with the initiated development move is in the star country which is expected to achieve fastest growth and enrichment during the next 10 years in Central Asia."
Hisarcıklıoğlu said that they have been following works which reinforce business and investment environment carried out by Uzbekistan President Şavkat Mirziyoyev who paid an official visit to Turkey in October.
Reminding that within the scope of Mirziyoyev's visit back in October they met up and discussed the joint projects which shall be carried out, Hisarcıklıoğlu said "Our goal is to increase our bilateral trade to 5 billion dollars. Furthermore, we would like to make more investments to Uzbekistan. Strong connection and consensus between Presidents of Turkey and Uzbekistan also encourages us."
-Hisarcıklıoğlu told about Turkish economy
Hisarcıklıoğlu, stating that the transformation and development process of Uzbekistan is best comprehended by Turkish businessmen, also said experiencing such process in the beginning of 80's, Turkey now achieves 160 billion dollars of exportation, in tourism become one the first 6th destinations in the world and ranking second in construction sector in the world.
Stating that currently the volume of the total work that Turkish constructors get globally is worth approximately 25 billion dollar, Hisarcıklıoğlu said followings;
"Mirziyoyev's declaring 2018 as the year of entrepreneurism shows how visionary leader he is. As a businessman myself I am very glad about that. We provide service to 1.5 million tradesmen and industrialist, bridging the gap between them and the government. Within this framework, we are ready to share our own knowledge, experience and practices to our Uzbek brothers as we did to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. As TOBB, we are ready to our best for Uzbekistan Chamber of Industry and Commerce. We need to put establishment of associated chamber on our agenda. The stronger Uzbekistan Chamber of Industry and Commerce gets the more powerful Uzbek traders and industrialist shall become."
- "We particularly value for the development of multi-perspective co-operation with Turkey"
Speaking at the Business Forum ÖSSP President Atham İkramov said that Uzbek-Turk Business Forum would be an important drive for development of co-operation between two countries regarding commercial, economic and investment areas.
Underling that this year new phase in liaisons between Uzbekistan and Turkey had started in the direction of joint will of presidents of two countries, İkramov also stated that within the scope of Mirziyoyev's visit to Turkey very important commercial, economic and investment agreement had been signed.
İkramov, pointing out that during the 9 months of this year the foreign trade volume between two countries had increased by 30 percent, also said "Uzbekistan particularly values for the development of multi-perspective co-operation with Turkey. In this context works for formation of Uzbekistan Trade Centre as well as Uzbek-Turkish Associated Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Istanbul is in progress. This forum shall be greatly contributing to actualisation of new joint projects between parties."
Ambassador to Tashkent Ahmet Başar Şen pointing out the importance of the visit paid by TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu and accompanying delegation to Uzbekistan, also said as of November 2016 consequent to the decree displayed by presidents of two countries during their meeting in Samarkand, a new period in bilateral relations.
Defining Uzbekistan as an up-and-coming country, Şen also reminded that the country achieved many reform works lately and in September by taking a historic step after 21 years the decision for going back to free exchange rate system was carried into effect.
Şen told "The new Uzbek government’s determined steps based on development of business and investment environment, broad vision, supporting approach to domestic and foreign entrepreneurs, investors makes Uzbekistan attractive country than ever. I would like to confirm that we, as Turkish government, entrepreneurs and fellow Turkish citizens will give our best support possible for swiftly achieving the targets set by Uzbekistan Presidents Mirziyoyev'. Because for us powerful Uzbekistan means powerful Turkey."
Thereafter in Tashkent, Hisarcıklıoğlu separately met with Uzbekistan Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov and Uzbekistan Deputy Prime Minister Cemşid Kuçkarov.
Within the Uzbekistan programme Hisarcıklıoğlu and accompanying delegation met with Reginal Governor in Semerkant Turabcan Djuravet and then paid a visit to the burial place of Uzbekistan’s First President İslam Kerimov and mausoleum of İmam Maturidi.