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Saturday 23 July 2011

Two Turkish-built hospitals launched in Turkmenistan


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(Anadolu Agency) – Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on Thursday recently inaugurated two Turkish-built medical facilities in a single day.

The opening of a $56 million international ophthalmologic therapy complex in the capital Ashgabat concluded two years of construction work by Turkish conglomerate Calik Holding, the Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency (AA) reported on Friday. The company’s chairman, Ahmet Calik, jointly participated with the Turkmen president in the inauguration ceremony of the complex designed to provide eye care for more than 40,000 patients.

Later the same day Berdimuhamedov opened a $47 million traumatology hospital built by Turkish firm EFOR Construction, the news agency reported.

Turkmenistan has given the lion’s share of construction business to Turkish companies. Turkish Foreign Trade Minister Zafer Caglayan told a business meeting in the Turkish capital Ankara last summer that “90% of all construction works in Turkmenistan” are contracted to Turkish firms, according to a Central Asia Newswire (CAN) report.

In a cabinet session last month, the Turkmen president acknowledged that nearly 600 Turkish companies are operating in the country with a total business volume of $24 billion, according to a separate CAN report.

Relations have soured in recent weeks after a number of Turkish construction firms launched international legal action against the Turkmen government for running up debts on work done. However, in June, the Turkmen president insisted that his country has always paid Turkish building companies on time.

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