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Full Extent of Turkey’s Shale Gas Reserves Unknown

It is certainly good news that Turkey has considerable deposits of shale gas, as foreign energy imports account for a major part of the current account deficit. Extracting the shale gas could mean Turkey will finally enjoy the competitive energy prices. In 2011 the US government released its analysis of...

Posted on 25 January 2013

Abu Dhabi Owned Company Invests in Turkish Coal Mines

Taqa, an Abu Dhabi owned company has recently signed a coal plant deal with Turkey that could be worth $12 billion. The agreement was signed at the beginning of the month and allows Taqa to develop Turkish coal mines. The company will work in conjunction with the Turkish government owned...

Posted on 17 January 2013

Turkey Keen to Boost Trade Volume with Africa

Turkey is keen to boost its trade volume with Africa, and has set a target figure of $50 billion by 2015. The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, accompanied by a delegation of 250 businessmen, recently toured Niger, Gabon and Senegal. The trip is all part of the Turkish government’s...

Posted on 11 January 2013

More Travel Agents Choosing to Focus Their Attention on Turkey

Travel agencies are always seeking new destinations, and the economic downturn in Europe has meant the popularity of traditional holiday countries such as Italy, Greece and Spain has declined, and Turkey is increasing in popularity. Rising unemployment figures and economic cutbacks have meant many people have less money to spend...

Posted on 05 January 2013

Turkish Foreign Trade Deficit Declined in November

According to figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute, Turkey's foreign trade deficit fell by 5.5% in November, declining from $7.57 billion to $7.16 billion compared to November 2011. In spite of the decline appearing to be quite significant, it didn't impress investors as it was below market expectations. Turkish exports...

Posted on 04 January 2013

Turkey Hopeful of Receiving Better Ratings

Turkey is hopeful of receiving better ratings from international credit evaluators, as its foreign trade deficit fell 31% in October compared to October 2011. Figures from the Turkish Statistical Institute show exports grew by 11.6% in October year on year, while imports declined by 5.6% during the same period. It's...

Posted on 07 December 2012

Turkey Talking Energy with Russia

The Russian president recently visited Turkey as the two countries are looking to increase bilateral trade from its current level of $32 billion to around $100 billion. This is an ambitious target, and is largely dependent on the Turkish energy imports. During the first 10 months of this year Russia...

Posted on 06 December 2012

Turkish Economy Set For Happy Christmas and New Year

While the Turkish economy has gone from the sick man of Europe to one of the continent's strongest and most stable economies over the last 10 years, it still has its problems. The biggest one has always been unemployment, but during the last 2 years this really started to fall....

Posted on 01 December 2012

Turkey Shows Off Growing Prowess with High Speed Trains

It's expected that Turkey's growing network of high-speed trains could save the country $800 million a year. By 2023 Turkey is expected to have 10,000 km of high-speed train lines out of a total of 25,000 km, and it's anticipated this will have a considerable effect on cultural, social and...

Posted on 29 November 2012

Turkey Takes Steps to Develop Business and Trade Ties with Egypt

Turkey is taking extensive steps to develop and strengthen trade and business ties with Egypt. A recent business mission visited Cairo for the Turkey-Egypt Business Forum, and was headed by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The mission included nine Cabinet ministers and three hundred and fifty business people. The...

Posted on 24 November 2012