BiH: Košarac requests from Turkish ambassador to raise meat import quota from BiH

BiH: Košarac requests from Turkish ambassador to raise meat import quota from BiH

Today, Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in the BiH Council of Ministers, Staša Košarac, during a meeting with Turkish Ambassador to BiH, Haldun Koç stated that companies from Republika Srpska should also be included in the export of meat to Turkey.

Regarding the export of beef from BiH to Turkey, Košarac briefed Koç on his position that was harmonized with the entities’ competent ministers, namely that equal treatment was needed for companies from Republika Srpska and the Federation of BiH that are certified by relevant inspection bodies in BiH and Turkey.

Košarac stressed that past practices of unilateral positioning of companies from the Federation BiH when it came to the export of meat to Turkey were unacceptable and that companies from Republika Srpska should also be included in the process, given the existing capacities and the needs created by surpluses in the primary production.

He added that companies from the whole of BiH that are certified for the export of meat to Turkey must purchase domestic production, according to a press release issued by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations.

“We are aware of the fact that due to decreased domestic demand for meat, there are surpluses in domestic production. This is why I asked Ambassador Koç to increase the already approved quota of 3,000 tons by another 2,000 tons minimum for the year 2020, by which the quota would be revised to 5,000 tons. We would thus enable a greater trade and the purchase of domestic production”, Košarac stated.

Košarac and Koç spoke in Sarajevo about cooperation in trade, the export of meat from BiH to Turkey and other current issues. They expressed satisfaction over good bilateral relations between the two countries and reiterated their readiness to improve cooperation in trade.

Košarac and Koç agreed that after regular flights between BiH and Turkey resume, the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations in the Council of Ministers shall host a working meeting between representatives of the Turkish Embassy and BiH, the Entities’ competent Ministries and representatives of companies from BiH certified to export meat to Turkey, in order to reach a final agreement and improve the process.

They also discussed organizing a BiH – Turkey bilateral trade committee.

They agreed that a meeting should be held in Turkey in mid-July, stressing that this would be an opportunity to talk about open issues in trade.

Regarding the establishment of a trilateral BiH-Serbia-Turkey committee, they agreed that it would be postponed until after elections take place in Serbia. /ibna