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Turkey Agrees FTA with Korea

Turkey and Korea have concluded talks on a bilateral free trade agreement, and the pact will now come into effect once it has been ratified by both parliaments. The deal was announced by President Lee Myung-bak and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan when they met at Cheong Wa Dae...

Posted on 28 March 2012

Turkey and Venezuela Close to Oil for Homes Barter System

According to Mithat Cansiz, president of the Turkish Petroleum International Co Ltd (TPIC), Turkey is on the verge of agreeing a bartering arrangement with Venezuela. TPIC is an affiliate of the Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPAO) which is run by the state. This innovative agreement would allow Turkish firms to construct...

Posted on 22 March 2012

Turkish News Roundup February 2011

New Flights February saw the addition of two new Turkish flights. Rusline announced new twice weekly flights between Nalchik and Istanbul Sabiha Gocken. Turkish Airlines continued their expansion with new indirect flights to Mogadishu in Somalia via Khartoum. Business/Investment February saw two major global firms make Turkey their regional hub....

Posted on 02 March 2012

Turkey’s Foreign Trade Deficit Falls by 4.7% in January

Turkey's foreign trade deficit fell by 4.7% year on year in January to $7 billion, according to the Turkish statistics bureau. The figures were welcome news especially as exports increased by 8.6% year on year to reach $10.4 billion, whereas imports rose by a mere 2.8% to reach $17.4 billion,...

Posted on 01 March 2012

BT to Double Turkish Investment Create Global Satellite Hub

British Telecom has announced sweeping plans to make Istanbul not only a regional hub for its business (along with Dubai and Johannesburg, South Africa), but also a "Global Center of Satellite Excellence", according to aid Luis Alvarez, president in charge of Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America. Speaking at...

Posted on 17 February 2012

Current Account Deficit Begins Descent

Last year saw Turkish exports grow at an incredible clip, leading analysts and commentators (including ourselves) to predict that it would eventually start to bring down the current account deficit, which is an important economic indicator and one of the few blemishes left to negatively color the Turkish economy. Well,...

Posted on 13 January 2012

Turkey Starts 2012 One of Strongest Economies in World

We all heard a lot about the Turkish economy in 2011 I know I wrote a lot about it and the reports are still coming in now. As always, it takes time to prepare final figures for the entire year, but if the reports we have seen so far are...

Posted on 11 January 2012

Turkey Continues to Impress for all the Right Reasons

It is no surprise that foreign direct investment is flooding into Turkey, because unlike many countries at the moment, there is no reason to be scared of investing. Turkey is in Europe, but not in the Eurozone and has been growing strongly throughout the European financial crisis. Even now as...

Posted on 09 December 2011

Fitch Affirms Turkey at BB+

Fitch Ratings has affirmed Turkey's rating at BB+ one step away from investment grade, despite revising the country's long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to Stable from Positive. The agency also affirmed Turkey's Short-term foreign currency IDR at 'B' and Country Ceiling at 'BBB-'. "The revision of...

Posted on 23 November 2011

Turkish Banking Shares Surge on Central Bank Announcement

Turkish banking shares saw a three-day losing streak broken into a surge after the central bank cut reserve requirements on lira liabilities, which freed up capital for increased lending. The banking shared index rose 3.3% at the close, almost completely reversing the previous day's 3.5pc fall. The biggest gain was...

Posted on 28 October 2011

Turkish Tourism Looks Set for 30m Target

According to the latest data tourism to Turkey is continuing to grow strongly. The Culture and Tourism Ministry has just released data on the first nine months of this year, showing tourism up 10.67% compared to the same period last year. This is slower than the 12% year on year...

Posted on 27 October 2011

World Bank Plans to Boost Investment in Turkey

According to a top World Bank executive a new proposed Country Partnership Strategy will generate a considerable amount of investment for Turkey. "The Turkish government and World Bank have had talks in participating in CPS," Ulrich Zachau, the World Bank Turkey director, told Reuters in Ankara. The strategy is to...

Posted on 22 October 2011

Turkey Leading Growth in Mergers and Acquisitions

Further proof that Turkey is one of the hottest emerging markets in the world has emerged in new research by Bloomberg on global mergers and acquisitions. According to the research Turkey is now well above the BRIC nations in terms of mergers and acquisitions as more deals are signed in...

Posted on 06 October 2011