In the visit made by TIM Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi and members of the management board, “Export Support Package Recommendations” covering the expectations of the exporters were submitted to Prime Minister Yıldırım.
Turkish Exporters Assembly Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi and members of the management board made a visit to Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım. In the meeting, the “Export Support Package Recommendations”, which was shared previously with the President at TIM General Assembly, covering the expectations of the exporters were submitted to Prime Minister Yıldırım. TIM Chairman Büyükekşi pointed out that they work in coordination with the government in line with 2023 targets and said that they believe the expectations of the exporters will be met, they will focus on production with high added value and increase their contribution to the Turkish economy.
In addition to the Prime Minister, TIM visited Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli and the Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Faruk Özlü. In the meetings, discussions were held on the topic of what can be done to increase the positive contribution of exports to growth.
Goal is to increase the exports continuously and permanently
Büyükekşi underlined that they prepared an “Economy Road Map Recommendations” as TIM covering such basic economic data as growth, export, current deficit, inflation, exchange rate and employment and said “We had presented our expectations in the new period to the President at our General Assembly. We had indicated that our exports must be on the move again. Today, we presented to the Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım the Export Support Package Recommendations. We attach great importance to these support package recommendations in order to increase our exports permanently and continuously; we had presented this package to our 64th cabinet in the YOIKK meeting held 4 months ago. We hope that the works started in the term of the 64th cabinet will be concluded soon”.
Büyükekşi continued with the following about their visit to Ankara:
“We were quite glad to see that some of our recommendations are included in the structural reform package announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli a few days ago that will pave the way for investment and production in Turkey. When the Deputy Prime Minister received us today we had the opportunity to make a more comprehensive presentation about our recommendations that will increase our exports. Our requests were received positively. We will come one step closer to our 2023 targets when these requests are implemented by the government in a short while”.
“Export must be the agenda of the country”
TIM Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi said that they appreciate the fact that the 65th cabinet prioritize the topics of increasing of efficient investments, prevention of wastage in public, reduction of costs and continued to say “Leaping forward in economy, economic transformation, real economy and export must be the main agenda of our country again. Contribution of the net export to growth must always be positive in a continuous manner. We must focus on products with high added value in order to bring our exports to levels that will give positive contribution to growth and to achieve the 2023 targets”.
"Trade with Israel will gain speed"
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) Chairman Mehmet Büyükekşi commented on the consensus reached with Israel:
"As the exporters community, we find it favorable that the political relations will be normalized within the framework of the consensus reached with Israel."
"Our commercial relations with Israel continued in a stable manner despite the problematic periods we had since 2010 up to today and the total trade volume had an increase of 27% in the last 6 years.”
"The two countries are important partners for each other from commercial point of view. Israel was the 16th country that we exported most with 2.7 billion dollars in 2015. In the same period Turkey was the 5th country in the imports of Israel with a market share of 4.8% after USA, China, Germany and Italy.”
"We predict that with the consensus, the trade volume between the countries will go up even higher and the share of Israel in our exports will increase.”
Büyükekşi pointed that normalization of the relations is important not only for Israel but also for Palestine and continued to say:
“For the peace and welfare of the region, we see the ending of conflict process between Israel and Palestine very important. In this process of conflict, the greatest distress was caused on the people of Gaza. With the relaxation of blockade as set forth in the text of the consensus, the people of Gaza will be able to access basic and humanitarian needs. We hope the economic activities of Gaza will start again. As Turkey, we see the trade with Palestine not only as a foreign exchange earning activity, but also as a humanitarian responsibility. In this context, we wish this consensus will be for the good of all countries and make contribution to the establishment of peace in Middle East”.