G20 Summit kicks off in Turkey

In his opening remarks at the summit, Erdogan has urged countries to investigate whether unemployment, poverty and inequality are causes of terrorism

G20 Summit kicks off in Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched the G20 Summit in Turkey’s southern Antalya province.

In his opening remarks at the summit Sunday, Erdogan urged countries to investigate whether unemployment, poverty and inequality were causes of latest terrorist attacks.

Addressing a joint meeting of the Business 20 and Labor 20 groups under the G20 ahead of his meeting with U.S. President Barack Obama, the Turkish president said that the causes of terrorism need to be debated in order to defeat it.

"I am wondering whether world capital and financial sectors are a little bit jealous. I think we have to think about that. When we look at the latest terrorist attacks, we have to wonder whether one of the causes of this terrorist attack is the jealousy. We have to investigate whether unemployment, poverty and inequality caused these terrorist attacks," he said.

Erdogan said that the business community must act generously to eliminate this jealousy in the world. "This generosity will also lead to resolution of terrorism and poverty problem in the world. It will also eliminate this jealousy and envy. We have to solve this problem together," he said.

"Unemployed young people in the world, if they want to become entrepreneurs, I wonder whether the financial world is supporting them or whether the financial world is supporting unemployed women. In Turkey, we are taking new steps for young people and women who want to make investments, who will be supported by the government. This initiative is very important," he added.

Erdogan also said that sustainable growth and implementation in the world are important as well as inclusiveness.

"Inclusive growth is going to be permanent element of G20 thanks to contributions from B20 and L20," he said.

Erdogan also praised Turkey's achievement about inequality. "The inequality rate is going down as growth increases. We actually achieved that.  Minimum and average wages have increased in Turkey. We also took some important steps for the youth and women employment as well as in e-governance, SMEs, investment, in all of this, we have made significant progress. We believe that these are important elements of social policies," he said.

After his speech, the president also heard recommendations to G20 leaders from business and labor groups.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Kasım 2015, 12:53
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