“We sincerely welcome the New R&D Reform Package”

Mehmet Büyükekşi, the Chairman of TIM, emphasized the importance of the R&D Reform Package, which was announced on January 14, 2016 and which will enter into force as of March 1 with the approval of the Parliament, in terms of the realization of the objectives set for 2023 by creating high added values, and he continued as follows:

 “Our R&D expenses increased 18.8% in 2014 when compared to the previous year, and the share of the R&D expenses within the national income increased to more than 1% from 0.95%. This rate was only 0.48% in 2003. In our plans for 2023, we aim to increase the share of R&D expenses within the national income to 3%. As Turkish Exporters' Assembly, we emphasize in each platform that R&D targets have a vital importance for Turkey. We sincerely welcome the R&D Reform Package which was announced by our Prime Minister on January 14, which was approved by the Parliament in the previous days, and which will enter into force on March, 1”.

By means of the R&D Reform Package which will enable 2016 to become the year of transformation and breakthrough, it is aimed to support the design activities, to encourage R&D investments, to pass on to the qualified production structure, to produce the goods with high added-values, to improve the qualifications and the employment of R&D personnel, to commercialize the R&D activities, to establish and support the companies of technology, to develop the cooperation between the universities and the industries, and to ensure the effective coordination of the R&D and the innovation supports. Especially, the establishment of the design centers and the opportunities provided for the establishment of R&D centers will make great contribution to the development of our country on the way for becoming a station of R&D and Design. Our exportation which will enhance the unit kg value will move forward its objectives for 2023 with decisive steps. Our Government working on a second package, namely Production Reform Package, will constitute the second important phase of the qualitative improvement in Turkey in the following days. We would like to thank our Government making great contribution to the formation of R&D reform package, our Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu, and Fikri Işık, the Minister of Science, Technology and Industry on behalf of all exporters.