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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

Turkish Tourism Going from Strength to Strength… to Strength

Turkey's tourism industry is still performing strongly in spite of the continuing global economic downturn as the country is now ranked in the top 10 most visited countries by the UN World Tourism Organization. It is the sixth most visited country in the world, and is especially popular with visitors...

Posted on 15 November 2012

Istanbul’s New Banking Centre Project May Be Worth $2.6 Billion

If it goes ahead then Istanbul's new finance centre could one day become a hub capable of rivaling any other Middle Eastern banking hub. The project is predicted to cost $2.6 billion, making it the largest non-transportation project ever undertaken in the country. It's just one of a number of...

Posted on 09 November 2012

Turkey Gets Its Investment Grade Status

Turkey is has finally got the investment grade rating it has strove for for so long, as Fitch upgraded the country to the investment grade rating of BBB-. Analysts are split as to what the effects of the upgrade will be. Some suggest, as has long been the consolation, that...

Posted on 07 November 2012

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