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Istanbul Construction Boom Shows Growing Prowess of the City

The city of Istanbul is booming, as construction sites are springing up all over the place. One such project is the Zorlu Centre, a $2.5 billion site that includes luxury boutiques and a Raffles Hotel. Almost half of the 1.5 million Dollar-a-piece apartments have already been snapped up by wealthy...

Posted on 02 November 2012

Turkish Trade Deficit Sees Big Decrease, Other News

The foreign trade deficit is known to be one of Turkey's few remaining economic problems. However, according to the latest data the foreign trade deficit shrank by almost 35% on the year in September. The figures, from Turkstat show that a 21% increase to $13 billion in exports, combined with...

Posted on 01 November 2012

Turkey Set To Expand Its Pharmaceutical Business

The Turkish pharmaceutical industry is expected to expand substantially during the next few years, and sales of drugs could reach $23.3 billion by 2023, up from just $5 billion in 2011. These figures come from a report by Pricewaterhouse Coopers which was commissioned by the pharmaceutical industry, but are based...

Posted on 26 October 2012

Turkey’s Eastern Provinces Gain $6 Billion in Investment

The eastern provinces in Turkey have managed to secure $6 billion in investment during the past four months, thanks to the government’s industrial incentives program, according to a report from the Science, Industry and Technology Ministry. The government plan has divided the country into six regions, giving the least developed...

Posted on 19 October 2012

Turkish Exports Continue to Grow Strongly in September

At 11.4 billion USD Turkish exports increased by 7.4% year on year in September. The year-to-date performance is even more impressive, with 111.4 billion USD taking us up 12.1% compared to the same period in 2011. Par for the current course automotive exports remained at the top of the tree...

Posted on 18 October 2012

Turkey to Clear IMF Debt by April 2013

Turkey is to clear its remaining debt to the IMF by April 2013 according to Prime Minister Erdogan in a statement made last week. “At the present we owe a total of $1.3 billion to the IMF and we will cut it to zero by next April,” Prime Minister Recep...

Posted on 04 October 2012

Turkey Continues Global Outreach with New Gambia Agreement

One of the things I love most about the Turkish government's economic management is the fact that it never rests on its laurels. When Turkey reached visa-free deals with several Arab states just before the Arab spring eradicated much of its competition for Arab tourism it seemed as though Erdogan...

Posted on 28 September 2012

Natural Gas Reserves Found on Turkey’s Black Sea Coast

It was recently announced that natural gas deposits have been found on Turkey's Black Sea coast. This is an extremely important development as it is one of Turkey's first natural gas reserves. The Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) was in charge of the drilling operation that discovered the key natural gas...

Posted on 21 September 2012

New Incentives Bring New Wave of FDI to Turkey

The latest round of investment incentives has paid off in Turkey, as according to reports another wave of major investment is headed for the strategically important emerging market. İlker Aycı, President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT) told a press conference that a big North American...

Posted on 20 September 2012

Turkey Discusses the Trans-Caspian Pipeline

Senior officials from Azerbaijan, the European Union, Turkey and Turkmenistan recently met to discuss the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline that will deliver gas to Europe through Azerbaijan and Turkey. The main aim of the project is to reduce Europe's dependence on Russian gas, and Turkmenistan is also trying to diminish its...

Posted on 14 September 2012