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Minsk, Gaziantep plan to develop twinning relations

Economy 31.10.2017 | 13:30

MINSK, 31 October (BelTA) – A letter of intent between Minsk and the Gaziantep Municipality was signed in the Minsk City Hall during a visit of a Turkish delegation to Minsk, BelTA has learned.

“Gaziantep is one of the most rapidly developing cities in Turkey, the culinary capital of the country. We are ready for fruitful mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. We hope that our relationship will be backed up by projects,” Minsk Mayor Andrei Shorets said.

Executive Secretary of the Gaziantep Municipality Deniz Koken thanked for the hospitality and emphasized that he attaches great importance to the development of relations between the two cities. “Minsk and Gaziantep have a lot in common. Both Minskers and residents of Gaziantep will benefit from our cooperation,” Deniz Koken said.

During the meeting, suggestions were made to launch the cooperation between the chambers of commerce and free economic zones with a view to presenting investment and economic opportunities of Minsk to business. The possible areas of interaction may include the purchase of building materials and equipment, construction projects in Minsk, joint projects in high technologies, light industry, culture, tourism, R&D.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Turkey to Belarus Kezban Nilvana Darama stressed that the Belarusian-Turkish relations are based on trust and mutual respect. This applies not only to the cooperation between the two countries. Good contacts have been established between peoples of the two coutnries, the heads of state. “Establishing twining relations opens up new prospects for cooperation in culture, economy and politics,” the Ambassador noted.

The foreign guests were interested in the urban infrastructure development, construction of the metro network, transport. The parties intend to share best practices in various fields, to provide assistance with the organization of fairs and trade shows, promotion of contacts between businessmen, tourism events and cooperation between educational institutions.

The foreign visitors are set to visit the call center of the housing and utilities service of Minsk, Belkommunmash company, Minsk city technopark and to take a tour around the Upper Town.

Gaziantep is a city in southern Turkey, the administrative center of the province of Gaziantep. It is the sixth-largest locality in the country (population of more than 1.56 million). It is home to about 1,000 industrial enterprises. The region is famous for its cuisine, beautiful scenery and natural resources. The province holds leading positions in the textile, food and chemical industries in Turkey.

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