TİM CHAIRMAN İSMAİL GÜLLE: MALATYA MEETS 70% OF THE GLOBAL DRIED APRICOT SUPPLIES
While the Turkish exporters, the field workers of Türkiye's economy and trade diplomacy, raised their bar every month and set new records, Malatya has succeeded in exporting to 134 countries this year.
Noting Malatya's strong performance in export, TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle said, "In the first eight months of 2021, our city's export amounted to $235.5 million, an increase of 32 percent compared to the same period last year. While our city exported to 134 countries this year, it performed very successfully, especially to the Middle East, Europe, and the USA. As expected, among the most exported products by Malatya, the capital of apricot, unprocessed dried apricot became first with $90 million. Our city, a global brand in apricot production and export, alone meets 70 percent of the global dried apricot supplies. Malatya is the 13th province that exports the furthest with an average export distance of 4 thousand 84 kilometers. This significant distance is up 15 percent from last year."
"SME Export Mobilization Training Programs" organized by the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 100 thousand exporters with 61 exporter associations and 27 sectors, continue. Within the scope of the program, Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are encouraged to export. The last of the training was carried out online for Malatya. Participants were informed about many issues, from how to become an exporter through the program, how to benefit from export-related supports and financing of export. Malatya Deputy Governor Mustafa Şahin and TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle attended the opening of the program, which was organized in cooperation with Fırat Development Agency and attracted great interest. In his speech at the opening of the program, Gülle stressed that Malatya has succeeded in exporting to 134 countries this year.
"We spread export to the base, more than 37 thousand companies in 2 years..."
Stating that they can reach new targets in export only by spreading export to the base, Gülle said, “For this purpose, we carry out many studies. TİM SME Export Mobilization Malatya Training Program is a product of these efforts. Today, nearly two years have passed since our first training program. More than 37 thousand companies joined the export family during this period. With TİM SME Export Mobilization training, we aim to reach every company with export potential in all corners of Anatolia. Including Malatya, we have organized 17 SME Export Mobilization Trainings in the last two years, 16 of them in our country and one in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus. We designed our programs for three audience types. The first of these is the representatives of companies that already have their businesses and want to carry out export activities; Secondly, companies that want to achieve continuous export growth; The third is young entrepreneurs. In the training we held, our experts, who are competent in their fields, shared their knowledge and experience with our companies and entrepreneurs on many subjects such as Export Marketing Strategies, Export Support Programs, Project Preparation, Export Financing, Export Credits. All the export questions have been answered in our training program. Our expectation from our exporter candidates is that they must look at the sector from a different perspective, regardless of the product. We must make a difference. We have the potential, the infrastructure, and the belief. I hope that with today's training program, you will take your first steps into export and further develop your existing export."
“Export of 235.5 million dollars from Malatya with an increase of 32 percent in eight months”Noting that Malatya has been among the cities that have attracted attention with its strong performance in export in recent years, Gülle said, “In 2020, when world trade experienced a serious contraction due to the pandemic, our city's export increased by 4 percent to 289 million dollars. In the first eight months of this year, it was $235.5 million, an increase of 32 percent from the same period the previous year. We see that our city, which sells products to 134 countries, has performed successfully exporting to the
Iraq, $25 million to the USA, and $17 million to Germany. During this period, our Malatya businesspeople increased their exports by $9.1 million to the United States, $5.9 million to Indonesia, $4.5 million to Germany, and $4.3 million to Iraq and Mexico. Our city became the 36th city with its export.”
Gülle continued, “Malatya is the 13th province that exports the furthest with an average export distance of 4 thousand 84 kilometers. This significant distance is up 15 percent from last year. I believe that as long as our producers and exporters continue to work with the same diligence, there will not be a single country where our Malatya exporters do not set foot.”
Apricot export is the first
Providing information about the five products that Malatya exports the most, Gülle said, "In the first eight months of 2021, as expected, among the most exported products by Malatya, where is the capital of apricot, unprocessed dried apricot became the first place with $90 million. Chicken meat, roasted iron pyrites, knitted textile products, and cereal machines are the most exported products. Our most exporting sectors became Dried Fruit Products, which increased its export by 41 percent compared to the first eight months of last year and exceeded $107 million, Aquaculture, which increased by 43 percent, and Textile Sector, which increased by nearly 100 percent to close to $20 million. The share of these three sectors in our city's export was 65%. Our city, a global brand in apricot production and export, alone meets 70 percent of the global dried apricot supplies. Malatya apricot is one of the most beautiful examples of branding on a product basis that we want in all our provinces. So much so that Malatya apricots also have the 'European Union Geographical Sign Registration'. We must take care of all the blessings that Anatolia, this great land, offers us and present them to the world with the brand values those deserve. Only in this way can we provide added value in our export."