Bosnian top official: Turkish PM’s visit indicates good relations 

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim and The chairman of the Council of Ministers in Bosnia and Herzegovina Denis Zvizdic | Youtube snapshot

The chairman of the Council of Ministers in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denis Zvizdic, welcomed Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's visit to his country scheduled for March 29-30, reported Anadolu Agency.

Zvizdic assessed the importance of Yildirim's visit. He said the visit indicates good relations between the two countries, noting “The economy will be the main focus of the visit. We will present the opportunities we have in our country to future investors from Turkey.”

According to Zvizdic, the current trade volume between the two countries is around $650 million, while the goal is to reach $1 billion level at the end of 2019.

“The coal production, in particular, can be exciting for the investors. Tourism sector is also important because a lot of tourists come to our country from Turkey," said Zvizdic. He believed that the new projects have played a major role to achieve peace and stability in the region.

Turkey and Bosnia also have good relations in various sectors -- including culture, education, science, research and experience sharing. Zvizdic said Turkey has always been attentive and helpful towards Bosnia and Herzegovina with respect to its territorial integrity.

He said that Bosnia has great investment opportunities in the energy field and the relevant institutions have prepared presentations in this regard.

Turkey is active in Bosnia and Herzegovina through different organizations. For instance, one of the most important is the Turkish International Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA), which has carried out about 850 projects in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1995. TIKA carries out projects such as in health, education, infrastructure, etc. in Bosnia and Herzegovina where people from different ethnic and religious backgrounds live together. In particular, TIKA provides employment opportunities for people with economic projects.