Erdogan says exports rose, Turkey grows

Turkish PM Erdogan says exports rose last seven years, and there will be no concessions regarding fiscal discipline or money policies

Erdogan says exports rose, Turkey grows

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that exports to 53 Africans nations climbed by 500 percent, exports to the Middle Eastern countries rose by 458 percent and exports to the Turkic Republics increased by 448 percent in the last seven years.

The Turkish prime minister also said that Turkey would continue on its way without making any concessions regarding its fiscal discipline or money policies.

Speaking at the general assembly of the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) in Istanbul, Prime Minister Erdogan said, "despite the global financial crisis, our exports to countries such as Libya, Lebanon, Malaysia and Pakistan did not decrease. On the contrary, our exports rose. We succeeded in increasing our exports to 102 billion USD in 2009."

"Turkish economy has grown by 6 percent as of the last quarter of 2009. Turkish economy narrowed by 4.7 percent in 2009 because of the global financial crisis. In 2009, Japanese economy narrowed by 5.2 percent while German economy narrowed by 5 percent, Romanian economy by 7.1 percent and Mexican economy by 6.3 percent. According to the Organization of the Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Turkey and Korea are the countries growing most rapidly. Turkey's capacity utilization rate for industry is higher than the averages in European countries. Four different rating organizations upgraded Turkey's ratings," he said.

Erdogan added that Turkey's exports increased 34 percent to 9.5 billion USD in March according to the Turkish Exporters's Assembly (TIM) figures.


"Discussions on elections or referendum would not bother investors" Erdogan said, during his speech at the general assembly of the Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) in Istanbul.

Erdogan said that Turkey's growing by 6 percent in the last quarter of 2009 and its economy's shrinking by 4.7 percent despite the global crisis were the results of the support and optimistic approach of Turkish businessmen, entrepreneurs and industrialists.

"We will go on like that. We have set the growth target for 2010 as 3.5 percent in quite a modest way. We hope to achieve such goal," he said.

Erdogan also said that Turkey would continue to take determined steps no matter what obstacles were brought before it.

"We are now establishing a certain understanding in our country. Elections are held on the announced dates. The idea of holding the elections at an earlier date and trying to benefit from such development is unacceptable. This is a mentality seen in under-developed countries," Erdogan said.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Nisan 2010, 16:15

Muhammed Öylek