Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, who arrived in Kyrgyzstan on an official visit on 22 October, told President Akaev that the primary objective of his visit is to promote economic cooperation between the two countries. For this reason, Erdogan said, he brought a delegation of 200 Turkish businesspeople with him, and he is confident that in 2004 the volume of trade between Turkey and Kyrgyzstan would rise to $200 million. In 2002, the figure was $40 million. Erdogan added that the Turkish government will encourage Turkish investment in Kyrgyzstan. After the Turkish Prime Minister's meeting with Akaev, the two leaders took part in the opening of faculties of economics and management at the Kyrgyz-Turkish University in Bishkek.
Akipress.org, October 22, 2003