Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday that Turkey's national income tripled in the past eight years.
In a televised address to the nation, Premier Erdogan said that the national income of the country increased to 700 billion U.S. dollars.
"We aim to reach 2 trillion U.S. dollars of national income in 2023 (the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Turkey)," he said.
Erdogan said figures showed that Turkey's population would be 82 million 12 years later and national income per capita would be 25,000 U.S. dollars in 2023.
"We also increased the country's exports to 114 billion U.S. dollars in the last eight years. We can rise the figure to 500 billion U.S. dollars within next 12 years," he said.
Turkey would undersign several important projects and projects on the three nuclear energy power plants would have been completed by 2023, he said.
The number of tourists visiting Turkey for their holiday was currently 28.5 million and the figure would reach 50 million within next 12 years, Erdogan said. "Tourism income will also reach 50 billion U.S. dollars in 2023," he said.
Erdogan said that his government made Turkish economy one of the most resilient economies against shocks in the world.
The parliament approved 2011 budget which attached a great importance to people and social policies, he said.
Foreign exchange reserves of the Central Bank reached 82 billion U.S. dollars in the recent period and the figure was 27 billion U.S. dollars at the end of 2002, he stated.
In regard to parliamentary elections that will take place in Turkey in June 2011, Erdogan said that they took required measures for the elections to be held peacefully and safely.
The government kept holding talks with several countries to boost trade and cooperation with them, he said.
Erdogan said they were exerting great efforts for the future of the country.
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