Sara­jevo-Bel­grade High­way to be launched

Dünya Executive - - BUSINESS -

The Sara­jevo-Bel­grade High­way Project will not only con­nect coun­tries in the re­gion but also peo­ple, Ser­bia’s Min­is­ter of Con­struc­tion, Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture said. Zo­rana Mi­ha­jlovic com­mented while brief­ing Anadolu Agency on Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s visit to Ser­bia on Oct. 7-8.

Mi­ha­jlovic em­pha­sized that the project, in which Er­do­gan will take part in the ground­break­ing cer­e­mony, is of great im­por­tance. “This project is not an or­di­nary high­way project. This project is a ring that con­nects the en­tire re­gion. We started the prepa­ra­tion of the ring. This project will con­nect not only the coun­tries of the re­gion but also the peo­ple. The project will of­fi­cially launch dur­ing Er­do­gan’s visit,” she said.

Mi­ha­jlovic said the first part of the high­way’s con­struc­tion will last two-and-a-half years. The project is be­ing car­ried out by Turk­ish com­pany Tasyapi along with Ser­bian com­pa­nies. Mi­ha­jlovic pointed out that the roads mean se­cu­rity, po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic sta­bil­ity and de­vel­op­ment. “When the high­way project is com­pleted, the travel time will be re­duced to two hours from five and six. I re­ally ex­pect a lot of ben­e­fits. This project is not only about time, it is also a path of stronger ties be­tween peo­ple,” she said.

Mi­ha­jlovic said her Turk­ish coun­ter­part, Mehmet Cahit Turhan, will be among the guests dur­ing Er­do­gan’s visit to Ser­bia and they will dis­cuss new in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“There are many Turk­ish com­pa­nies in Ser­bia and [their num­bers] have risen con­sid­er­ably in the last few years. This is quite sig­nif­i­cant and im­por­tant for us. Turkey is an im­por­tant in­vestor and gets along well with our peo­ple.

“There’s also im­por­tant co­op­er­a­tion in the area of in­fra­struc­ture be­tween Turkey and Ser­bia,” said Mi­ha­jlovic.

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