During a working visit to the Republic of Turkey on November 30, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal met with Vice President of Turkey Fuat Oktay. The parties discussed joint investment projects, the launch of a free trade zone and the construction of housing for Crimean Tatars.
The Prime Minister noted that Ukraine has determined 30 priority vectors of development that should form the basis of the policy of all authorities, and attracting investment is one of the key priorities.
"Today, the main goal of all economic reforms carried out by the Government of Ukraine is the economic development of the country and the improvement of living standards. Our goal is to unlock the potential of the Ukrainian economy and make the country successful," the Head of Government stressed.
In particular, Denys Shmyhal and Fuat Oktay tackled topical issues of doing business in Ukraine by Turkish companies and mechanisms to improve the business climate, including the development of public-private partnerships to attract new investors.
"The Republic of Turkey has a successful experience in the field of large-scale infrastructure projects based on the formula of public-private partnership. We expect that the Third Meeting of the Ukrainian-Turkish Working Group on Public-Private Partnership will take place in the near future," the Head of Government said.
The Prime Minister stressed that the completion of negotiations on a Free Trade Agreement will significantly increase trade between Ukraine and Turkey and bring bilateral trade relations to a new level.
In addition, the Prime Minister of Ukraine commended the launch of cooperation with Turkey in the field of housing construction for Crimean Tatars, who were forced to flee Crimea as a result of the Russian occupation.
"We are currently working on the issue of agreeing on the locations of housing construction and the number of apartments for each of those to prepare the final version of the relevant Memorandum and Agreement. We expect to harmonize their texts as soon as possible to start implementing this important project," said Denys Shmyhal.
For his part, Fuat Oktay noted that Turkey supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine and does not recognize the annexation of Crimea.