TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: EXPORT IS THE KEY TO TÜRKİYE'S ECONOMIC STRENGTH
Annually TİM Delegates Meeting organized by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of more than 100 thousand exporters that power Türkiye's economy, was held in Antalya. More than 600 exporters, including delegates representing TİM member exporters and TİM board members, attended the meeting, which was hosted by TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle. At the meeting, experts in their fields discussed the economy, 300 billion dollars export target, technology, global trade, developments in the world, health, and life for two days.
Emphasizing that the unity of the Turkish Exporters Assembly family, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, "The export family has managed to set a monthly export record in 11 of the last 13 months. In September, for the first time in our history, we exceeded 20 billion dollars in export on a monthly basis. A fifth of these historical export figures was carried out by TİM's 439 delegates. With our suitcases in our hands, we ran all around the world all the time. In essence, the important thing is to give the right of this uniform. Despite all the difficulties, the export family has surrendered the right to this uniform. As a result of our successes, we are now in a new league in global trade. While three billion dollars were exported annually in the 80s, when many of us were just meeting export, today we can realize this figure in two days. Export is the key to Türkiye's economic rise."
The Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), is the only umbrella organization of 100 thousand exporters with 61 exporters' unions and 27 sectors, working for the growth of the economy and to be among the world's giants, held TİM Delegates Meeting, which is traditionalized, in Belek in Antalya on October 1-3. More than 600 exporters, including delegates representing TİM member exporters and TİM board members, gathered hosted by TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle, in the meeting where interviews and panels were organized attended by expert names in their fields.
At the meeting, experts in their fields discussed the economy, 300 billion dollars export target, technology, global trade, developments in the world, health, and life for two days. Gülle presented to the delegates regarding TİM's activities. In his speech after the family photo was taken, İsmail Gülle emphasized the importance of the unity of the TİM family and noted the important contribution of the delegates to export and the success achieved in export.
"The 2000s have been years of resurgence for us"
Gülle stated that export is the key to Türkiye's economic rise. On the day we wore this sacred uniform and exported for the first time, we started to run not only for ourselves but for our industry, for our country, for our team. We faced challenges; we shared our achievements with awards. We have targeted other countries by changing tactics. With our suitcases in our hands, we ran all around the world. The most important thing is to give the uniform its due. The export family, despite all the difficulties, has surrendered the right to this uniform. As a result of our successes, we are now in a new league in global trade. This family, this faith, this effort would have been worthy of a championship anyway. While three billion dollars were exported annually in the 80s, when many of us were just meeting export, today we can realize this figure in two days. While we were a country that exported 15 billion dollars annually in the 90s, today we are a country that can easily do this figure in a month. We can say that the 2000s have been the years of revival for us. In 2020, global trade came to a standstill. Despite this, we managed to exceed our year-end target by exporting $169.6 billion. Türkiye did not lose employment and disrupt production and exports with the superior efforts of its exporters during this difficult period; stood out as a reliable supplier.
"One-fifth of the export is from TİM delegates"
Recalling that one-fifth of the historical export figures were realized by TİM's 439 delegates, Gülle said, "As of July, for the first time in our history, we exceeded 200 billion dollars in export in the 12-month period. In September, we exported $212.2 billion in the last 12 months, exceeding our annual export target of $211 billion. The export family has set a monthly export record in 11 of the last 13 months. In September, for the first time in our history, we exceeded 20 billion dollars in exports on a monthly basis. We are the architects of this victory. We are proud of our contribution to growth, development, and employment. We have shown with these figures that; support for export and exporters does not go unanswered. Türkiye grew by 21.7 percent in the second quarter of 2021, making it the fastest-growing country among OECD countries. Export contributed 10.8 points to this growth."
"We will contribute to the initiatives for the exhibition center"
TİM Chairman Gülle also said the following about good news that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan gave to the export family at the Ordinary General Assembly in TİM 28th meeting on September 18th, "Our president gave us two important good news in his address that will respond to the new needs brought by the increase in our export. The first is the export development fund. In order to sustain the increase in export, the increase in production capacity, the increase in new technology, and R&D investments, especially the financing of export have increased the importance. This fund will be a valuable contribution to the financing of export. Again, increasing the number of rediscount loans to $30 billion and extending the financial restructuring period for another two years will play an important role in solving the financing problems of our exporters. Another good news is that the new exhibition center will be opened... As TİM, we will make all the contributions to the initiatives to be made for an exhibition center worthy of the new league through which our exports pass. During the pandemic period, all 122 problems we communicated to our government were resolved quickly. This support was very important for the export family, which was going through a difficult period.
"We prepare our export for the future"
Noting that as TİM and exporters' associations, they continue to seek solutions to today's problems of export, and on the other hand, they prepare export for the future, Gülle said, "During the pandemic period, there were serious breakdowns in global supply. We have faced problems such as the container crisis, increased freight costs. We have completed the works of the Türkiye Logistics Portal, which will act as a bridge between our exporters and logistics companies by enabling more efficient use of logistics opportunities. In line with the 'Stronger Export, Stronger Türkiye' goal of our Parliament, we are continuing our preparations for the Turkish Export Council, which we plan to shape and organize regularly under the auspices of our President. We will consider our export not only in numbers but also from philosophical and strategic perspectives."
"We have implemented TİM sustainability action plan"
İsmail Gülle, who also mentioned climate change, concluded: “In the aspect that concerns us professionally, especially the European Green Agreement has a content that will transform trade. Similar practices are on the way in the U.S. and other countries. For this reason, it is imperative that we reform our production and export structure. Based on this need, TİM is ready to do whatever it takes. In this context, we have implemented the TİM Sustainability Action Plan with the motto "To produce for the world without consuming the world". We have established our Science Committee, the first target in our Action Plan. We will make all necessary contributions to the "Green Reconciliation Action Plan" implemented with the support of our President, the coordination of our Ministry of Commerce, and the contributions of the relevant institutions. We will closely follow the whole process in stages with a sustainable export strategy, sectoral action plan, and public consultation mechanism. I believe that we will carry out this transformation process in the best way in the interests of our country with consultation, common sense, cooperation, science, perseverance, and belief.”
"Made in Türkiye brand will be raise by exporters"
As TİM, we have carried out many activities to increase the added value of export. For this purpose, we have implemented TİM Brand Council. Because we believe that it is only exporters who will raise the "Made in Türkiye" brand. We are working to establish the TİM e-Export Council in order to bring e-export issues to the agenda of TİM and related institutions under the roof of our Parliament and to expand the e-export ecosystem at the national and international level.
We also attach special importance to increasing export participation in Türkiye. Since taking over, we have made it our duty to spread exports to the bottom. In this context, we continued "TİM SME Export Mobilization Training Programs" continuously. We see the results of our mobilization clearly in our exporting company numbers. An average of 1,500 new companies started exporting every month of 2020. In 2021, this average has risen further to 1,700 per month. We will not stop until we reach "Türkiye, which has a foreign trade surplus".