Türkiye Cumhuriyeti

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Dünya Ticaret Merkezi Yatırımcı Bilgilendirme Toplantısı-Hengelo, 28.11.2014

DISTINGUISHED PARTICIPANTS
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

I WOULD LIKE TO START BY EXPRESSING HOW PLEASED I AM TO BE HERE TODAY AT THIS EVENT ORGANIZED BY THE WORLD TRADE CENTER TWENTE AND OFFICE OF OUR COMMERCIAL ATTACHE.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK MR. FREERK FABER AND HIS STAFF FOR THEIR WARM WELCOME AND PARTICULARLY FOR THEIR COOPERATION AND SUPPORT IN THE REALIZATION OF THIS SEMINAR. I ALSO WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND MY GRATITUDE TO OUR DELEGATION FROM TURKEY FOR THEIR VALUABLE CONTRIBUTION.

I HOPE THIS MEETING WILL PROVIDE DUTCH INVESTORS AND BUSINESS CIRCLES WITH DETAILED AND FIRST-HAND INFORMATION ON THE CURRENT BUSINESS AND INVESTMENT ENVIRONMENT IN TURKEY AND THE NEW INVESTMENT INCENTIVE REGIME FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS.

I HAVE VERY RECENTLY ARRIVED IN THE NETHERLANDS. IT HAS BEEN EXACTLY THREE MONTHS TO BE PRECISE. IN THIS SHORT PERIOD OF TIME, I AM VERY HAPPY TO NOTE THE KEEN INTEREST AND POSITIVE PERCEPTION OF THE DUTCH BUSINESS PEOPLE TOWARDS TURKEY. NEVERTHELESS, IT SEEMS AS IF THE TURKISH MARKET IS ONE OF THE LEAST KNOWN IN THE NETHERLANDS. SO, PLEASE ALLOW ME TO MENTION A FEW FACTS ABOUT THE TURKISH ECONOMY.

AT A TIME OF RECESSION AND UNCERTAINTIES IN EUROPEAN ECONOMIES, TURKEY HAS BEEN ABLE TO SHOW A RESILIENT GROWTH AND ENGINEERED THE “SOFT LANDING” OF THE ECONOMY.

THE TURKISH ECONOMY, WHICH STILL PERFORMS THE FASTEST ECONOMIC GROWTH IN EUROPE, CONTINUED TO GROW AT A RATE OF 4.1 % IN 2013. ACCORDING TO IMF ESTIMATES, TURKEY IS EXPECTED TO GROW ABOUT 3 % IN 2014.

TURKEY IS THE 17TH LARGEST ECONOMY IN THE WORLD AND THE 6TH IN EUROPE WITH ITS 822 BILLION USD OF GDP.

DISTINGUISHED PARTICIPANTS,

I OBSERVE THAT OUR BUSINESS PEOPLE ALSO HAVE MANY SIMILARITIES. BOTH ARE DYNAMIC, OPEN TO NEW OPPORTUNITIES AND STRONG IN NEIGHBORING REGIONS.

THE NETHERLANDS AND TURKEY CAN BE STRATEGIC AND GLOBAL BUSINESS PARTNERS IN THIRD COUNTRIES. TURKEY IS A GATEWAY TO CENTRAL ASIA, THE CAUCASUS, THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA. THE BUSINESSMEN OF OUR TWO COUNTRIES COULD BENEFIT FROM EACH OTHER’S EXPERTISE IN THESE REGIONS, BOTH IN TERMS OF TRADE, CONSTRUCTION AND INVESTMENTS. OUR BUSINESS PEOPLE ARE PARTICULARLY INTERESTED TO COOPERATE IN CONSTRUCTION AND RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS IN THESE REGIONS.

WE ARE PLEASED TO OBSERVE THAT TRADE BETWEEN TURKEY AND THE NETHERLANDS CONTINUES TO GROW RAPIDLY DESPITE THE CURRENT NEGATIVE ECONOMIC ENVIRONMENT.

INDEED, OUR BILATERAL TRADE VOLUME INCREASED THREE FOLDS IN THE PAST 10 YEARS. TURKEY AND THE NETHERLANDS HAD A TRADE VOLUME OF ONLY 2.6 BILLION USD IN 2002; WHEREAS TODAY IT HAS EXCEEDED 7 BILLION USD.

THE DUTCH INVESTMENTS MADE IN THE LAST DECADE IN TURKEY ARE WORTH MORE THAN 19 BILLION DOLLARS. THE TURKISH BUSINESSMEN CARRY OUT INVESTMENTS IN A NUMBER OF AREAS, PARTICULARLY IN BANKING, IN THE NETHERLANDS.

THESE FIGURES DO NOT REFLECT THE TRUE POTENTIAL OF OUR RESPECTIVE COUNTRIES. OUR GOAL SHOULD BE TO BECOME MAJOR TRADING PARTNERS AND TO AT LEAST DOUBLE OUR PRESENT TRADE VOLUME.

IN MY OPINION, THERE STILL REMAIN UNEXPLOITED OPPORTUNITIES IN VARIOUS FIELDS BETWEEN OUR TWO COUNTRIES, PARTICULARLY IN AREAS SUCH AS; CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS IN THIRD COUNTRIES, RENEWABLE ENERGY PROJECTS, TOURISM AND REAL ESTATE INVESTMENTS, TRANSPORT AND LOGISTICS, AS WELL AS MACHINERY AND THE AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY.

LAST YEAR, THE TURKISH GOVERNMENT HAS PUT INTO FORCE A NEW EXTENSIVE INVESTMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM, THE DETAILS OF WHICH WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU BY OUR EXPERTS SHORTLY.

THEREFORE, WE EXPECT TO SEE MORE DUTCH ENTREPRENEURS LOOK FOR INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES IN TURKEY AND CONSIDER TURKEY AS A GLOBAL BUSINESS PARTNER.

TURKEY, WITH ITS GROWING ECONOMY, DYNAMIC INTERNAL MARKET, MACROECONOMIC STABILITY, STRATEGIC LOCATION, YOUNG AND EDUCATED POPULATION AS WELL AS WORKFORCE, IS AN ATTRACTIVE BASE FOR INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS.

IT IS A GREAT PLEASURE FOR ME HAVING MET YOU TODAY. I MYSELF AND MY COLLEAGUES WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY TO MEET YOU, TO HELP YOU, TO LISTEN TO YOUR IDEAS AND TO GET INSPIRATIONS FROM YOU.

I EXPECT THAT OUR COOPERATION AND FRIENDSHIP WILL BE FURTHER ENHANCED IN THE YEARS TO COME.

THANK YOU.