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Erdogan: Turkmenistan Gas Exports to Turkey “Only a Matter of Time”

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that it is "only a matter of time" before gas from Turkmenistan is exported to Turkey and Europe through the expanded Trans-Anatolian Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project. “Our long-standing cooperation, crowned with infrastructure investments such as Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan, Baku-Tbilisi-Erzurum pipelines, and TANAP, has not only benefited Turkey and Azerbaijan but has also made significant contributions to the energy security of the region and Europe,” Erdogan said at the International Caspian Oil and Gas Exhibition in Azerbaijan's capital of Baku. Two gas routes from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan are being reported. The Turkish Daily Sabah reports that this plan involves transporting gas by sea on gas carrying ships. Upstream, citing experts, reports that SOCAR will start negotiations with Turkmenistan on the resumption of gas supply through Iran under the exchange scheme. On June 4th, Turkey’s Botas Petroleum Pipeline and Azerbaijan’s SOCAR also signed agreements to promote an intergovernmental deal calling for cooperation on natural gas issues reached in May. In one of the five signed contracts, Botash and SOCAR must jointly organize the natural gas supply from Turkmenistan to Azerbaijan and then through Turkey to other countries.

Kazakhstan Welcomes Turkish Investors

On 25 April, Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov visited Ankara where he met President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan, discussed investment cooperation with leading Turkish companies, and attended a Kazakh-Turkish business forum. Turkey is one of Kazakhstan’s five largest trading partners and one of the top 20 investors in the Kazakh economy. The two countries’ governments are currently engaged in maintaining bilateral trade worth $10 billion. Looking ahead, Kazakhstan plans to increase its export of 34 products, primarily from metallurgical, petrochemical, food, and engineering industries, valued at over $630 million. Over the past year, the volume of freight transported by rail and road increased by 40%. Kazakhstan and Turkey have now set a target for a further threefold increase by developing the potential of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR). At the business forum, over 500 representatives of the Turkish business community were informed of Kazakhstan’s investment climate and government support for investors. It was stated that Kazakhstan and Turkey are currently implementing some 100 joint investment projects costing about $3.8 billion. Addressing Turkish businesses, Bektenov emphasized Kazakhstan’s enormous investment potential and interest in furthering mutually beneficial cooperation with Turkey,  stating, “Kazakhstan’s key aims are transferring advanced technologies, localizing production and creating advanced processing clusters to produce high-quality products with high added value. Investors who are ready to cooperate in this direction will be provided with the necessary resources, infrastructure, and support.” At the close of the business forum, 10 commercial contracts were signed and totalling over $180 million, included a memorandum on the export of finished products, as well as the construction of a logistics hub and factories producing soda ash, sprinkler equipment, nonwoven materials, and  assembly of irrigation equipment.    

Turkey Cancels Visa-Free Regime for Citizens of Tajikistan

From 20 April, citizens of Tajikistan will have to obtain a visa to travel to the Republic of Turkey. That's according to a decree signed by Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The reasons for this decision remain unclear, but it's noted that the visa regime is a temporary measure. Entry documents will be issued in Dushanbe and at other Turkish diplomatic missions. Those traveling through Turkey in transit will not require a visa. Tajik Foreign Ministry spokesman, Shohin Samadi, said as of April 6, Dushanbe had not received an official notification from Turkey regarding the introduction of a visa regime. Nevertheless, he said, the issue of retaliatory measures for Turkish citizens is being worked out.  Up until this juncture, residents of the two countries could stay on the territory of the other for up to 30 days without a visa. Some Russian media rushed to link these innovations with the March 2024 terrorist attack at the Crocus City Hall, which killed 144 people and injured 551. Among the 11 people arrested on suspicion of the terrorist attack, the majority are citizens of Tajikistan. According to various sources, the cell of Islamic State (ISIS) in Afghanistan - also known as "Wilayat Khorasan" - which claimed responsibility for the incident, was training terrorists inside of Turkey. To that point, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet wrote that two supporters of ISIS who were planning to carry out a attack were detained in Istanbul. Among them was a 37-year-old citizen of Tajikistan. On March 26, Turkish Interior Minister, Ali Yerlikaya, said that 147 people were detained on suspicion of links with the terrorist organization. Following the attack on the Crocus City Hall near Moscow, Tajiks in Russia faced a wave of aggression and hatred. Tajikistan's Government is urging its citizens to avoid traveling to Russia unless necessary, and in light of possible Russian rule changes targeting migrant workers from Central Asia, many Tajiks and others may be ready to leave Russia.

Turkish Doctors to Help Create a Centre for Organ Transplants in Kyrgyzstan

The Kyrgyz Ministry of Health has reported on a visit to Bishkek by doctors from Turkey's Inonu University to assess the potential of Kyrgyz clinics to perform high-tech operations. The delegation from Turkey's leading centre for organ transplantation was greeted by the President of Kyrgyzstan. Accompanied by the Minister of Health, they then visited the National Surgical Centre where plans are in place to perform kidney transplants, and afterwards, the Centre for Maternal and Child Health, which plans to perform bone marrow transplants. After receiving the experts' recommendations on the readiness of operating rooms and intensive care units to receive patients, Kyrgyz Health Minister Alymkadyr Beishenaliyev reported, "To establish a successful liver transplant operative, $2 million will be allocated for the purchase the necessary equipment. Twenty million Kyrgyz som ($220,000) will also be allocated to repair the operating and resuscitation departments of the National Surgical Centre." He added that apart from those issues, the Kyrgyz hospitals meet all the requirements necessary for organ transplants. Head of the Turkish delegation, Inonu University Rector Ahmet Kizilay, drew attention to the fact that to date, 65 Kyrgyz doctors had received training at their medical centre, considered one of the world's leading clinics for organ transplantation, and a further 33 Kyrgyz specialists were currently on site to improve their qualifications. At the beginning of the year, Kyrgyz President Sadyr Zhaparov signed a law allowing state and private clinics in Kyrgyzstan to perform organ transplants, with the provision that donors were related to the patients. The presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Turkey subsequently came to an agreement whereby Turkish doctors would help Kyrgyz doctors gain relevant experience and skills through the latter performing kidney transplants in Turkey. In the interim, doctors from Kazakhstan have also pitched in by performing a free operation for a Kyrgyz girl together with Kyrgyz doctors. Though poised to create a centre for liver transplantation, the Kyrgyz Ministry of Health has emphasized the need for continued research on related problems and best practices of other countries.

Turkey to Step up Investment in Uzbekistan’s Production of Footwear

Turkish footwear manufacturers are ready to invest $1 million in the manufacture of leather, footwear and fur goods in Tashkent's Ahangaran district. Discussions between the head of Layki, a leader in the Turkish footwear and textile market, and Fakhriddin Boboevoy, chairman of the Uzcharmsanoat Association, focused on the company's bid for land, the schedule and format of subsequent conferences, technological issues and the exchange of best practices. Previous plans announced by the Uzcharmsanoat Association included the establishment of a leather and footwear production complex in the small industrial zone of Ahangaran comprising 26 projects with a total value of $30 million. The Turkish company Warboots, which has already committed $50 million to an enterprise to produce military footwear, has declared an interest in production at Ahangaran. Through an initial investment of $15 million, the enterprise will create 4,000 jobs for local residents. Other Turkish companies are likewise, keen to set up operations in the Ahangaran zone. The Gratto brand is conducting a feasibilty study for a tannery which will export products to Italy and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) countries, and the Uzbek company Magna Sport is in talks with Turkey's Bursa Eldiven Sanayi to produce industrial gloves. The Turkish brand Myfit is liaising with Uzbek enterprises for the production of its licensed goods under an outsourcing system and preliminary agreements have been reached on the creation of product samples and the supply of raw materials. Uzbek industrialists, together with the Turkish company El Taban are due to begin production of next-generation shoe soles, with the initial cost of the project set at $2.1 million. Given the country's wide availability of raw materials, inexpensive labour and easy access to global markets, players in South Korea, Italy, Russia, China and Germany are also actively interested in embarking on joint projects with Uzbekistan's leather industry.

Turkmenistan and Turkey to Collaborate on Export of Natural Gas to Europe

Turkmenistan and Turkey are to collaborate on a project that will pave the way for transportation of Turkmen natural gas through Turkey to European markets. A declaration of intent on cooperation in the field of hydrocarbon resources, alongside a memorandum on natural-gas partnership between the Turkmen State Concern Türkmengaz and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey, were signed by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Turkmenistan's Chairman of the People's Council, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at a meeting on the margins of the Antalya Diplomatic Forum on March 1st. The export of Turkmen gas to Europe will necessitate the construction of a gas pipeline across the Caspian Sea to Azerbaijan; a project revisited since the 1990s but not yet implemented. Diversification of natural-gas export routes remains a pressing issue for gas-rich Turkmenistan. Today, China is the largest importer of Turkmen gas, transported by pipeline via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Smaller volumes of Turkmen gas are exported to Russia. Turkmenistan continues to work on the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project to transport natural gas to South Asia. After years of delays in the construction of the Afghan section due to funding and security issues, Turkmen and Afghan authorities are now close to advancing the project.

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