Some news regarding Turkey XIV

Here’s a 14th adventure of the Turkish ship:

Erdoğan’s Somalia visit, new beginning

Somali prime minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said on monday that a new period began in Somalia after Turkish prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s visit.

A delegation comprised of 179 people including experts of several Turkish institutions and ministries are visiting famine-stricken Somalia with initiatives of Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA). The Turkish team had talks with Somali officials. Somali prime minister Ali also attended a part of meetings.

Ali recalled that Erdogan paid a visit to Somalia last month and his visit made everyone happy. Ali said that his visit started a new period in Somalia. “The world started to look at Somalia from a different point of view after Erdoğan’s visit. Premier Erdoğan’s visit gave hope to everyone in our country”, he said.

After Erdoğan’s visit, officials from several European countries also paid visits to Somalia, Ali said.

Turkish Airlines (THY) director general Temel Kotil said that Mogadishu was a beautiful city. Although Mogadishu Airport’s runway was in good condition, the airport had some problems, he said. “If problems are solved, we will start flights to Mogadishu”, Kotil said.

Turkish Exporters’ Assembly to join Erdoğan in Egypt with two planes load of businesspeople

Chairman of the Turkish Exporters’s Assembly (TIM), Mehmet Buyukeksi, said Sunday that they will join Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in his visit to Egypt on Monday.

Buyukeksi said that they will take two planes load of Turkish businesspeople to Egypt.

“We wish to witness the new term in Egypt and aim to strengthen the economic relations between our two countries,” Buyukeksi said.

Turkish-Egyptian trade volume was 3.1 billion USD in 2010.

Turkey: the fastest growing economy after China

Turkish economy grew 8.8% in the second quarter of 2011.

The growth rate realized above the market anticipations. The anticipated growth rate was 6.5%, but the Turkish Statistics Institution said the Turkish economy grew 8.8% in the second quarter of 2011.

Given the ruling prices, the gross domestic product reached 318 billion 910 million TL with a 19.2% rise in the second quarter of the year in comparison to the previous year.

In deflating prices base, the Turkish economy reached 27 billion 910 million TL in same period.

Turkey broke a world record in the first quarter with an 11% growth rate. Turkey showed that it is one of the fastest growing economies in the world with 8.8% growth rate.

Surprise meeting at the prime minister’s office

An unscheduled meeting has reportedly taken place at the Prime Minister’s office in Ankara.

While the Council of Ministers’ meeting is underway, the Chief of the General Staff General Necdet Özel has arrived at the office, joining the Commander of the Ground Forces and the Commander of the Gendarmerie, who were already there.

I’m currently listening to Mr Erdoğan (20:50), who is about to go to Egypt. He said that Turkey will speak the language that the PKK knows.

Cambodia seeks to improve business ties with Turkey

Cambodia expects to improve its current trade relations with Turkey and boost bilateral investments, the country’s trade minister, Cham Prasidh, told the Cihan news agency in Istanbul Saturday.

Prasidh was in Turkey to participate in the 80th Izmir International Fair (IEF).

The minister met with members of the Association for Social and Economic Solidarity with Pacific Countries (PASIAD) in Istanbul on Saturday.

The minister said his government is committed to offering the best conditions possible for new Turkish investments in the country. Currently the largest Turkish-owned investment in Cambodia is the Turkish Zaman University in Phnom Penh, the first Turkish university in the Far East. The university was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arınç in February.

Prasidh said Cambodia especially needs investment in its technological infrastructure and that Turkey could help in this regard. “We have the necessary raw materials and we need technical support to use them.”

A wind power plant inaugurated in Akhisar

AKRES will generate 165 million kilowatt/hours of electricity annually.

Turkey’s wind power reached 1,600 megawatts. There are 72 wind power plants across Turkey. So far, 1.6 billion euro has been invested in these power plants.

It’s very positive but far from being enough.

Istanbul hosts 22nd world mining congress

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız said that Turkey has joined the top 10 countries with newly found mineral reserves and its mineral diversity.

The 22nd World Mining Congress is being held in Istanbul.

40 countries are participating in the congress held after an interval of 32 years in which environment friendly projects, latest techniques in mineral search and experiences are being shared.

Energy and Natural Resources Minister Taner Yıldız said that following the mineral search works mineral diversity has increased in Turkey.

Touching upon the issue of occupational health and safety of the workers Taner Yıldız underscored that human health was the first priority.

Yıldız had a special meeting with Indian Mining and Coal Minister Sri Parkash Jaiswal to discuss new investment opportunities in clean coal sector.

Istanbul to host boron conference

The 17th International Boron Symposium will take place in Istanbul on Sept. 12-17.

The event will take place at the Polat Renaissance Hotel under the auspices of the Turkish Energy and Natural Resources Ministry.

More than 400 experts and dignitaries from over 30 countries are expected to attend the event. The symposium is organized every three years. The last host was Japan.

The major industrial-scale uses of boron compounds include sodium perborate bleaches, as well as the borax component of fiberglass insulation. Boron polymers and ceramics play specialized roles as high-strength lightweight structural and refractory materials.

Turkey is one of the leading boron-rich countries in the world.

Boron is a very important source of energy of the future. For instance the spaceships of the future will need it.

All tyres for Formula 1 races produced in Turkey, says Pirelli President Provera

President of Pirelli Company, Marco Tronchetti Provera, said Saturday that Pirelli was the only official supplier of tyres for Formula 1 races between 2011 and 2013.

Speaking to the AA, Provera said that all tyres for Formula 1 races were being produced in Turkey.

Turkey’s presence in the Formula 1 calendar would have been beneficial for us, Provera said.

Turkey didn’t want to pay the new huge amount of money imposed by the corrupt and horrible Mr Ecclestone, that’s why the 2012 Turkish Grand Prix was removed. But perhaps that there is a chance that Istanbul Park will host Formula 1 next year. Perhaps that an agreement will be found.

Turkey is a crucial company for our strategy. Turkey is progressing in the right direction to be more competitive. I believe that we do need to make progress in a parallel direction, Provera said.

The whole Europe needs to make more reforms in order to be more competitive. Turkey has made impressive progress in recent years, Provera also said.

Yours sincerely,


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