PM announces new social and economic protocol
PRIME Minister Tufan Erhürman gave his first briefing yesterday on a new Social and Economic Development Protocol following a fivehour meeting with Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Recep Akdağ in the TRNC.
Preparations for the Republic of Turkey/TRNC protocol required “political willpower and unanimity”, he said, and Mr Akdağ would visit monthly to record agreed subjects as concrete clauses to be realised in stages and on time.
Factors included local government reform, a new and even bigger industrial area and new hospitals, while technical discussion included water and electricity supply.
A three-year period envisaged to supply water for farming, already the subject of a long study and Agriculture Minister Erkut Şahali’s Ankara visit this week, required more discussion, amid hopes to supply the Mesaoria soon.
Feasibility studies for electricity supply from Turkey, an interconnector system, a legal framework and cheaper prices for consumers were needed, said the Premier.
Discussion included air travel and hopes to increase Turkish Airlines flights, the fall in the Turkish lira and the need to restart four road projects following the withdrawal of the contractor.
Youth and sport services were discussed, especially for poorer areas where young people were at risk.
Dr Erhürman also discussed the importance of investment and development in the İskele-Karpaz area, public transport and drug rehabilitation centres.