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Leading global technology giants line up for 8 billion USD contract in Turkey

Istanbul, 31 May 2012 - The Fatih project, Turkey’s nationwide education initiative to provide tablet PCs to every primary school students, has attracted attention of the global tech industry’s leading names for the 8 billion USD project. According toNihat Ergun,Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology Minister, at least 30...

Posted on 22 June 2012

Turkish bus maker in deal with Indian company

Istanbul, 23 May 2012 - India's Hinduja Group commercial vehicle maker subsidiary Ashok Leyland has enter an agreement with the Turkish Utikar bus making company to manufacturer the upper chassis parts for a new intra and inter city bus for the MENA and European markets. Source: Invest inTurkey  

Posted on 22 June 2012

Turkish Unemployment Rate Falls into Single Figures

The unemployment rate in Turkey fell by 0.9% in March year-on-year, to reach 9.9%. In February the unemployment rate was 10.4%, according to figures released by the Turkish Statistical Institute. Unemployment in urban areas reached 11.6%, while unemployment in rural areas was just 6.4% during this period. The number of...

Posted on 22 June 2012

Turkey Gets an Upgrade from Moodys

Many analysts have been predicting that Turkey was on the verge of receiving another upgrade from the ratings agencies, and that day has finally come. Moody's have upgraded Turkey by one level from Ba2 to Ba1 putting them now just one level below investment grade by Moody's scoring. Turkey is...

Posted on 21 June 2012

GE to Invest $900 Million in Turkey in Next 3 Years

General Electric Company is due to invest $900 million in Turkey over the next three years. The money will go to sectors such as energy, health, aviation, and transportation and infrastructure,, according to an announcement by Economy Minister Zafer Caglayan. According to him the new investment is a mark of...

Posted on 15 June 2012

Turkey Gains Another US Supporter

Turkey's economic performance and the way it is holding itself of late (becoming a regional power) continues to make it more and more friends in very high places. Economic problems aside, the US is still the world's one true superpower, and Turkey continues to bring attention and praise from the...

Posted on 14 June 2012

Erdogan Set to Make Good on New City Promise

The Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised as part of his Parliamentary campaign last year, to create a new city. The city is being planned for the northern coast of Istanbul, and is expected to help boost Istanbul's economy. Apparently the government has already begun work on the plan...

Posted on 09 June 2012

Turkey Accepted As SCO Dialogue Partner

Turkey has been accepted as a dialogue partner in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. You may not have heard of it, but it is becoming one of the most influential political/military groupings in the world -- consider it the rising NATO of Asia, with 6 members China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan...

Posted on 08 June 2012

Turkey’s Burgeoning Health Tourism Industry Reaches New Heights

Around 130,000 people visit Turkey every year to receive healthcare, and Turkey is well on its way to becoming an important health tourism destination. Another 250,000 visit the country for thermal tourism, as well as rehabilitation services and services for the elderly. Burgeoning tourism sectors include retirement homes and communities,...

Posted on 01 June 2012

EBRD to Open Ankara Office as it Increases Investment in Turkey

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has paid another tribute to the investment potential of Turkey. The bank announced yesterday that it will open a new office in the Turkish capital Ankara. The EBRD has invested some 1.8 billion Euros into Turkish projects over the last three years since...

Posted on 31 May 2012

USA’s General Electric attracted by new incentives in Turkey

Istanbul, 16 May 2012 - USA's giant conglomerate General Electric is seeking to take advantage of Turkey’s new business incentive packages with a range of different investments within its portfolio. At a recent meeting between Turkey’s Minister of Science, Nihat Ergun and Kursat Ozkan, GE’s Turkish and Middle East &...

Posted on 28 May 2012

Toyota to start new car production in Turkey

Istanbul, 15 May 2012 - Toyota is planning to start manufacture of its new C segment saloon car in 2013 which is intended to replace its popular Corolla model currently being made at its Adapazari factory in north west Turkey. Speaking recently, Ali Haydar Bozkurt, Toyota Turkey CEO, said “We...

Posted on 28 May 2012

Istanbul Named Candidate City for 2020 Olympics

The IOC's decision to make Istanbul a candidate city to host the Olympic Games 2020, has been hailed as a historic one for Turkey by representatives of its campaign. The IOC decided on Wednesday to eliminate Doha and Baku leaving Istanbul in the race along with Tokyo and Madrid. Istanbul...

Posted on 25 May 2012

Turkey’s industrial production up 2.4 percent

Istanbul, 14th May 2012 - Recently released data from the Turkish Statistical Institute shows industrial production increased by 2.4 percent in March 2012 compared with March 2011. The increase beat the forecasts by 0.2 percent. Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply index increased by 7.9 percent, the mining sector...

Posted on 24 May 2012

Turkey Again Named as Top Investment Choice in Europe

Marketwatch has just ran a story profiling Turkey and Poland as Europe's two investment beacons for the next few years; suggesting that investors get in now if they want to get in early. Of course, this is not a new position for Turkey, as the country has been named one...

Posted on 24 May 2012

US Caterpillar equipment maker looking at investment opportunities in Turkey

Istanbul, 24 May 2012 - According to Nihat Ergun,Turkey’s Minister of Science, Industry and Technology, US heavy equipment maker Caterpillar has indentified Turkey for its investment strategy. Caterpillar has been impressed withTurkey’s new investment incentive scheme and were briefed about the new schemes during Turkey’s President Abdullah Gul’s recent visit...

Posted on 24 May 2012

Tourism Ministry Reports Strong Growth in Arab Visitor Numbers

The Arab invasion has begun. Kidding of course, but according to a new report from the Turkish ministry for culture and tourism the number of Arab tourists has grown rapidly this year. The ministry reports that visitors from qatar in the first four months of the year doubled compared to...

Posted on 18 May 2012

Turkey and EU Announce New Recipe to Put Accession Talks Back on the Menu

In the hopes of freeing up the blockage on Turkey's EU Accession campaign, Turkish EU Affairs Minister Egemen Bagis and EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fule have put their collective weight behind a new "positive agenda" to put the negotiations back on track. "This is a special day in our relations,"...

Posted on 17 May 2012

The Australians land in Turkey

Istanbul, 8 May 2012 - Toll Group, the Australian integrated logistics company, is looking to expand its business in Turkey. The Melbourne based company recently started business in Turkey through its Toll Global Forwarding division and has entered negotiations to acquire a local Turkish company. The Toll Group is one...

Posted on 17 May 2012

New law to help foreign property buyers

Istanbul, 4 May 2012 - The long awaiting property bill has finally passed through the Turkish Parliament lifting the restrictions of reciprocity for foreign property buyers in Turkey. The removal of the reciprocity law means citizens of the Middle East and Central Asia may now purchase property in Turkey freely....

Posted on 11 May 2012