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Turkey Pays Off IMF Debt, Becomes Contributor

After paying down debt rapidly for several years, this week saw Turkey enter a debt-free relationship with the IMF after 19 years as a debtor. It made for big news in 2008 when Turkey failed to enter a new standby agreement with the IMF signalling its confidence and desire to...

Posted on 16 May 2013

Istanbul Start-Ups Starting to Hot Up

New data from the Istanbul chamber of commerce shows an impressive 18% growth in the first four months of this year. According to the report some 18,185 newly-established companies registered with the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce (ITO)   during the period. Meanwhile business shut-downs were also down by 13.41 percent over...

Posted on 07 May 2013

Turkish Exports Soar thanks to Visa-Free Spree

Turkey’s exports have accelerated significantly, said Mehmet Büyükekşi, president of the Turkish Exporters’ Agency, attributing the increase to Turkey's agreeing visa exemption deals with more than 21 countries over the past decade. According to Büyükekşi visa free deals with Libya, Albania, Jordan and Kosovo in 2009, raised total foreign trade...

Posted on 30 April 2013

Turkish Tourism Revenues Surge

According to the latest data from Turkish Statistical Institution (TÜIK) tourism revenues in the first quarter hit almost $5 billion, an increase of 38.6% compared to the same period in 2012. According to the report the increase is attributed mainly to the 18.7% increase in visitor numbers, surpassing 5 million...

Posted on 27 April 2013

Renewed Vigour In EU Accession Progress Continues

More progress towards EU accession for Turkey as European Commissioner for Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy Stefan Füle called for the opening of the energy chapter of negotiations. “The [European] Commission thinks that Turkey is ready to negotiate the energy chapter,” Füle said in a written statement to the European...

Posted on 20 April 2013

Turkey Pushing Eurasia as it Splits Between the Two

Countries in Eurasia could play an important role in the new global structure, with Turkey's help according to a new statement from Turkish President Abdullah Gul. In a message to the 16th Eurasia Economic Summit in Istanbul today, where leaders from across the region are gathered to discuss a wide...

Posted on 10 April 2013

Turkish Property 2012 Growth 4th Fastest in World

Turkey continues to blow the world away with its incredible growth and stability. The latest Knight Frank global house price index shows that Turkey was the 4th fastest growing property market in the world last year. The index, which is based on the collation of data from other sources shows...

Posted on 02 April 2013

It’s All Go in Gazipasa Airport

It's all go in Gazipasa. For those who don't know Gazipasa is a small Turkish town and the site of an airport, which was built in 2001 but has only opened and began accepting national and international flights in the last few years. According to a spokesperson for TAV Holdings,...

Posted on 21 March 2013

Turkey To Ease Residence Permit Rules for Foreign Buyers

According to a statement by Turkish deputy PM Ali Babacan, the country is set to make further accessions to attract foreign property buyers, potentially including longer residency visas for foreign buyers. "Turkey should be more tolerant toward foreigners who buy houses and spend substantial amounts of money to spend time...

Posted on 15 March 2013

Turkish Current Account Deficit Falls to 26-Month Low

The Turkish current account deficit fell again in January, according to the latest data from the Central Bank. According to the report the deficit fell 2% compared to January 2012 to the lowest level in 26 months. Turkey has become one of the most vibrant emerging markets in the world...

Posted on 12 March 2013