Published On: Mon, Dec 23rd, 2013
Published in Category: Karachi / Lahore

Turk Premier arrives Pakistan today to boost economic ties

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ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Prime Minister of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan is scheduled to reach Pakistan on two-day official visit today (Monday) to strengthen bilateral ties and enhance co-operation in various fields.

The Turkish PM will land in Lahore on Monday accompanied by representatives of 33 top Turkish companies and 48-member official delegation comprises of journalists and other high ranking officials.

The Turkish PM will move to Raiwind after attending a cultural event at Aitchison College.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif will host a luncheon in honour of the visiting dignitary at Raiwind that would follow a Business Forum and signing of MoUs between both the countries in Lahore.

The Turkish Prime Minister is leading a delegation comprising ministers‚ businessmen and entrepreneurs to explore the investment avenues in diverse fields in Pakistan.

Erdogan is also scheduled to visit Mazaar-e-Iqbal and Badshahi Mosque.

The Turkish Prime Minister would move to Islamabad on Tuesday and meet with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The meeting will be followed by delegation level talks.

President Mamnoon Hussain will also host a luncheon for the Turkish Prime Minister.

According to media reports, earlier, Secretary-General Pak-Turk Businessmen Association (PTBA) Taner Kocyigit said that representatives of biggest Turkish companies in the field of energy, textile housing, waste management, agriculture, livestock, automotives, mining, aviation, telecommunication and transport are accompanying the PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Taner said main focus of Turkish investment will be on the fields of energy, housing, transport, agriculture and livestock. He said many Turkish companies are working in Sindh on coal based and wind based energy projects.

He also said Turkish companies have expertise in hydro-power generation and Pakistan can benefit a lot from their experience adding that God has blessed Pakistan with rivers and has a lot of potential in hydro-power generation. He also said Turkish companies that are working in housing sector are the second largest companies in the world after China.

He said Turkish companies have shown their interest in developing multi-storey modern housing projects in the area of Wahdat Colony and Railway Colony on canal road.