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Foreign investment up as Turkish economy outshines much of Europe

Foreigners invested $2billion in Turkish property in the first half of 2014, a period that saw a 28 per cent hike in overall foreign direct investment (FDI) in Turkey compared to 2013. FDI in Turkey between January and June was worth $6.8billion, according to data released by the Central Bank...

Posted on 29 August 2014

Turkish economy continues on growth path in 2014-15, according to OECD

Turkey’s economy will grow stronger in the coming years, according to a statement released by the OECD in July, news that should encourage more foreign investors to the country. The OECD, which conducted a survey about the Turkish economy, said that Turkey’s short-term economic outlook has improved, and that buoyed...

Posted on 11 July 2014

Foreign appetite for a slice of Turkey increasing during 2014

Interest in Turkish property is showing no signs of easing off in 2014, after data from the Turkey’s Ministry of Economy showed a record 42 per cent year-on-year increase in real estate purchases by foreign nationals during the first four months of the year. Foreigners purchased real estate worth $1.26billion...

Posted on 03 July 2014

Istanbul’s case for becoming a global financial hub under the spotlight

Istanbul’s campaign to become a leading financial hub in the world was reiterated this month when the Turkey’s finance minister, Mehmet Simsek confirmed that the country aimed to be among the top-three performing economies in Europe within a decade and one of the top 10 in the world within the...

Posted on 17 June 2014

Turkey re-elects Erdogan and sees positive economic signs

The Turkish nation has re-elected Recep Tayyip Erdogan as its prime minister, after his AKP party scored a resounding victory in the country’s local elections on Sunday. Erdogan’s return to power is deemed by many as a positive step towards continuing the country’s strong economic development, thanks to his ambitious...

Posted on 01 April 2014

Foreign investment in Turkey remains strong, with Europe its most important trading partner

Turkey’s attraction to foreign investors and businesses remains strong, after figures from the Turkish Ministry of Finance revealed that foreign direct investment (FDI) into the country in 2013 totalled $12.686 billion. Capital inflow accounted for $10.1 billion while real estate purchases by foreigners exceeded $3 billion. The European Union remained...

Posted on 04 March 2014

Istanbul’s largest ever office lease signals healthy 2014 for commercial sector

A New Year’s boost for Istanbul’s commercial real estate sector is the announcement that Colliers International has pre-leased what it claims is the largest-ever office lease recorded in Turkey, namely over 60,000 square metres of the Torun Tower, on behalf of Torunlar REIT. The space has been leased to Denizbank,...

Posted on 11 February 2014

Turkey’s interest rate hike stalls Lira’s fall, fuelling domestic rental market

Developers in Istanbul are reporting a hike in sale to foreign investors during December 2013, fuelled by investors taking advantage of a slump in the value of the Turkish Lira against other major currencies. The recent drop in the value of the Lira against the US Dollar and Sterling has...

Posted on 07 February 2014

Turkey’s quality medical sector attracting increasing numbers of health tourists

A new report ranks Turkey among the top 10 healthcare destinations globally, thanks to the country making high quality treatment and facilities available to foreigners at reasonable prices. The 2014 Global Life Sciences Outlook published by international tax firm Deloitte says Turkey now attracts hundreds of thousands of healthcare seekers...

Posted on 04 February 2014

“Turkey’s spectacular growth shows no signs of slowing,” leading economist tells the BBC

Goldman Sachs chief economist Jim O’Neill highlighted the spectacular growth that Turkey has undergone in recent years during a Radio 4 documentary this week, adding that there are no signs of the country’s economy taking its foot off the gas. O’Neill was visiting Turkey as part of his tour of...

Posted on 10 January 2014

Why Turkey’s MINTy taste makes it an emerging economic powerhouse

Turkey has been named one of four emerging economic giants in the world by a leading economist at investment bank Goldman Sachs, boosting its appeal to foreign property investors during 2014. Economist Jim O’Neill, who created the BRIC acronym which in 2001 identified Brazil, Russia, India and China as the world’s...

Posted on 06 January 2014

Turkey to be world’s 12th largest economy by 2028, says leading economic analyst

Turkey is currently the 17th largest economy in the world but will climb steadily over coming years to reach 12th position by 2028, according to the latest World Economic League Table (WELT) by the Center for Economics and Business Research (CEBR), a leading economic analyst. The CEBR report also predicts...

Posted on 01 January 2014

Turkish economy remains bullish as Turkey and the UK strengthen trade ties

Turkey’s economy beat expectations in the third quarter of 2013, recording 4.4 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth and continuing on its growth track for the 16th consecutive quarter, according to official data. This latest statistic means Turkey is one of the top 10 fastest growing economies in the world. The country’s...

Posted on 13 December 2013

EU-Turkey relations reach new level with visa liberalisation on the cards

The European Union took steps this week towards removing visa requirements for Turkish citizens, in a move that signals a snowballing unification between Ankara and the 28-member bloc. Turkey and Brussels will sign an agreement allowing EU governments to send back illegal immigrants crossing into Europe from Turkey. In return,...

Posted on 04 December 2013

Turkey’s currency “undervalued” and could strengthen in 2014, says international bank

Turkey’s currency is undervalued and in line to strengthen in 2014 when the country’s economy will continue to outperform the rest of Europe, said a leading international finance house in Istanbul in November. Societe Generale (SocGen) told Bloomberg this month that investors should buy the lira against the euro as...

Posted on 29 November 2013

World Bank President labels Turkey an “inspiration” and opens Islamic finance hub in Istanbul

Turkey has taken a step closer to becoming an important player on the global economic stage, following the opening of the Global Center for Islamic Finance in Istanbul on 30th October by World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim. Jim Yong Kim was accompanied by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Ali...

Posted on 22 November 2013

Turkey talks shop – demand for shopping space there now one of Europe’s highest

Highlighting Turkey’s growing middle class and its appetite for a consumer lifestyle, the country completed the second largest amount of new shopping space anywhere in Europe during the first half of 2013. The number one spot was taken by Russia. A report by international property consultancy Cushman Wakefield also showed that...

Posted on 19 November 2013

Economic growth in Turkey predicted to be double that of other OECD nations

Turkey will see average annual growth of 5.2 per cent between 2012 and 2017, while other OECD members are forecast to grow at 2.4 per cent for the same period, President of the Investment Support and Promotion Agency of Turkey (ISPAT), Ilker Ayci, stated recently. Ayci added that Turkey is the...

Posted on 04 November 2013

New railway tunnel promises to make Istanbul an East-West trading hub

A new railway tunnel linking the European and Asian sides of Istanbul opened on 29th October, with hopes it will make Istanbul a convenient trading route between Western Europe and South-east Asia, including China, in essence a modern-day Silk Road. The 1.4-kilometre tunnel, which runs under the Bosphorus Strait and...

Posted on 29 October 2013

Istanbul gears up for arrival of first Rolls Royce dealership

A sign of the growing prosperity of Turkish people and their appetite for leading worldwide brands, Rolls-Royce has announced plans for an authorised dealer to be based in Istanbul. The new dealership is to be officially named Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Istanbul and the new showroom is officially due to open...

Posted on 24 October 2013