President Erdogan gave good news to exporters: Fair Center and Financial Support

Exporters supported the good news that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave to exporters at the 28th Ordinary General Assembly of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) and the Champions of Exports award ceremony. Tahsin Oztiryaki, President of Istanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association (IDDMIB), stated that the decisions in Erdogan’s statements are the steps Turkey needs.

Tahsin Oztiryaki, President of Istanbul Ferrous and Non-Ferrous Metals Exporters’ Association (IDDMIB), said, “Our financial needs will be met in our growing exports. In addition, the diversification and growth of exhibition centers will ensure that all buyers from the world come to our country. We continued our relations with distant countries online even during the pandemic period. After this process, we will start these relations alive. Our exports continue to increase by 50% until now. We will close this year with these increase rates. Our goal is to close the year with an export of $11.5 billion.”


Adnan Aslan, President of the Steel Exporters’ Association (CIB), said:

“I would like to thank our President for the decisions taken on behalf of export. We will continue to contribute to our country’s economy with these decisions that will positively affect us as exporters. Turkey needs new fair centers. As the sector, we are always with you for all the steps to be taken in this direction. At the same time, we will do our part as an industry at the point of export to distant countries.

The export figure we reached in value in the first 8 months of this year has exceeded the total figure of last year. While we realized $12.6 billion worth of exports in 2020, we reached $13.2 billion in the first 8 months of this year. On the basis of quantity, our exports reached 15.3 million tons at the end of August 2021, despite our export of 20.3 million tons in 2020.”


Talha Ozger, President of the Housewares and Kitchenwares Manufacturers and Exporters Association (EVSID), stated that they knew how much President Erdogan cares about exports from the targets he set for them, and that this support continues to increase in the new period.

Ozger stated that as EVSID, they constantly take the pulse of the sector and take the opinions of the companies on increasing exports and made the following evaluations:

“In this respect, the Export Development Fund, which is planned to be established, and the increase in the capital of Eximbank will relieve our exporting companies in terms of financing. Thanks to the establishment of a new exhibition center in Istanbul, the geography we are in can be a center of attraction and we can have the opportunity to open all our manufacturers for export. The strategy of distant countries is very important for our access to the American, Canadian, Latin American and Asian markets, especially in a conjuncture where an alternative to China is sought. We have held many events especially in these geographies for the last 5 years and we had the opportunity to see how untouched and potential the market has. In general, all these steps will support the point-and-shoot needs of exporting companies.”


Rustem Cetinkaya, Head of Mining Sector of Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) Sectors Council, “The fact that Eximbank and the Export Development Fund will be established makes us very happy to see clearly that the most important shortcoming has been identified by our government in this period when exports have exceeded $200 billion, and to know that a solution has been found for this.”

Emphasizing that access to finance is one of the most important problems in the development of exports, Cetinkaya said:

“It has been said that some relaxing formulas will be developed in terms of guarantees related to this subject. We can expect the acceleration in the rate of increase in exports to increase with these developments. We can reach our target of $300 billion faster. The decision of the fair center is also very important. We have said that there is always a need for a more tidy and integrated fairground. An exhibition center to be planned from scratch and to meet all kinds of needs was already among the demands of many exporters.

The issue of the strategy of distant countries is something that I have already mentioned several times. I have repeatedly stated that distant countries are not actually ‘far away’, that when the word ‘Far East’ is used, it is actually a pattern imposed on us. While many of our industrialists think that China is only a country to be imported, I insisted that we should export to China.”

Source: Sabah / Translated by Irem Yildiz

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