World Bulletin/News Desk
Speaking at a meeting on Istanbul and turning this Turkish city into an important financial center, the Director General of J.P. Morgan, Michael Marrese, said that London and New York were the world's most important financial centers.
"However, as J.P. Morgan, we believe that Istanbul is also an important financial center. We think that every step towards making Istanbul a major financial center is crucial," Marrese noted.
Among the world's leading financial centers are London, New York, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Dubai, and Doha. Istanbul ranks 61st among the world's financial centers, Marrese stated.
Istanbul needs to compete with international financial centers as Doha and Dubai in order to become a prominent financial center, Marrese said.
In order to become a financial center, it is crucial for Istanbul to become the center of international commercial projects, Marrese also said.
On the other hand, World Bank Turkey Director Martin Raiser said that Turkey's geographical position carries high importance to make the country a financial center.
Turkey's current account deficit is rapidly decreasing and this is good news. Direct foreign investments in Turkey would play an important role in making Istanbul a financial center, Raiser added.
Meanwhile, also speaking at the meeting, the Middle East Manager of Mckinsey & Company, Hans Martin Stockmeier, said that he lived in Istanbul and Dubai for eight years.
Dubai became a financial center by taking advantage of the war atmosphere in Lebanon. I believe that Istanbul has a good chance of becoming a global financial center soon, Stockmeier stressed.
In the 1990s, Turkish exporters did not even look at the Middle East and they were mainly focused on Europe. I do believe that Turkey's opening to the Gulf countries and the Middle East would make Istanbul a financial center, Stockmeier also said.
Located on two continents (Europe and Asia), Istanbul is the largest province in Turkey. It is the economic, cultural and historical heart of modern day Turkey with a population of over 14 million.
The Managing Director of the Institute of International Finance (IIF) Charles Dallara on Wednesday also said that the project to make Istanbul a financial center was a serious one that could be realized in the next 5-10 years.
Speaking at a press conference with the CEO of Turkey's Akbank, Suzan Sabanci Dincer, following a meeting on Istanbul and turning this Turkish city into an important financial center, Dallara said that it was not possible for a city to be a major financial center without a strong banking system.
Among the developing countries, Turkey has the most trustable banking system, Dallara stressed.
Dincer, in her part, said that Turkey had no problems in funding the current account deficit.
Turkey is among the shining stars of the world. Turkey has no problems in attracting foreign capital. With its economic structure, strong real sector and well managed government Turkey is a shining star in the world, Dincer underlined. Located on two continents (Europe and Asia), Istanbul is the largest province in Turkey. It is the economic, cultural and historical heart of modern day Turkey with a population of over 14 million.
Easing tax burden
Turkey's Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek said Wednesday that they were making serious efforts to ease the tax burden of the financial sector in Turkey.
Speaking at a meeting on Istanbul and turning this Turkish city into an important financial center, Simsek said that he thought Istanbul had a great chance of becoming a world financial center.
In order to attract asset management to Istanbul, we have excluded global funds from taxation, Simsek stressed. Istanbul's becoming a financial center would have a positive impact on employment, Simsek noted.
We have done what we could in terms of taxes and incentives in order to attract asset management to Istanbul, Simsek said.
There are still many things we have to do in order to make Istanbul a regional and global financial center. As of June, we would have taken many steps to make Istanbul a financial center. I am very hopeful about seeing Istanbul as a major financial center, Simsek also said.Güncelleme Tarihi: 10 Mayıs 2012, 09:15