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09 March 2010 [19:30] - Today.Az
Turkish State Minister Cevdet Yilmaz departed for Algeria on Tuesday.
Yilmaz will attend the Turkey-Algeria Joint Economic Committe meeting.
Yilmaz will co-chair the meeting of delegations together with Algerian Energy and Mining Chakib Khelil.
He will also meet with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, Commerce Minister El Hachemi Djaaboub, Water Resources Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, Transportation Minister Amar Tou, Minister of Relations with the Parliament Mahmoud Khedri, Public Works Minister Amar Ghoul, Minister of Industry and Promotion of Investments Abdelhamid Semmar, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Rachid Benaissa.
Trade volume between the two countries increased to $5 billion in 2008 from $1.6 billion in 2003. However, in 2009, it dropped to $3.8 billion after a fall in Turkey's natural gas and iron products imports.
Turkey's exports to Algeria was up 10 percent in 2009 to reach $1.7 billion.