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IIF Praises Turkey’s economy – May 15th 2012

Institute of International Finance (IIF) President Charles Dallara said yesterday that Turkey had a dynamic and vivid economy, despite destructive effects of the economic crisis in Europe. “Turkey’s exports have a fairly positive performance. Turkish economy has a fairly robust position,” said Dallara, adding that the rise in Turkey’s current account deficit has now a tendency to decrease. Dallara also said that Turkish economy showed a great resistance despite turmoil in the Middle East and economic crisis in the Euro zone. “Turkey has a fairly good performance and is making great progress in many aspects. Turkey also managed to activate its economic dynamics, increase its economic resistance and strengthen its banking system,” Dallara added.

Belgium willing to establish cooperation with Turkey – May 17 th 2012

Ingrid Lieten, Vice-Minister-President of the Flemish Government in Belgium and Flemish Minister for Innovation, Public Investment, Media and Poverty Reduction said yesterday that they have been closely monitoring the work conducted in Turkey with admiration. Lieten, who was received by Bursa Metropolitan Municipality Deputy Mayor Atilla Odunc at the historical city hall yesterday, said that they have visited Turkey to carry out joint projects. “We traveled to Turkey to find out what we can do in cooperation with universities, especially with regard to the innovation sphere. We would like to establish cooperation with Bursa due to its power in textile and automotive,” said Lieten.

Turkey and Colombia waive visas mutually – May 16th 2012

In order to waive visa requirements mutually, Turkey and Colombia signed an agreement on Monday. A statement released by Turkey’s Foreign Ministry said that during the visit paid by Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos to Turkey on November 17-19 upon the invitation of President Abdullah Gül, the two countries agreed to waive visa requirements and signed an agreement. The agreement will go into effect 30 days after the approval. According to agreement, citizens from both counties holding private passports will be exempted from visa requirements.

Turkey’s priorities reflect on NATO summit’s decisions – May 22nd 2012

Turkey’s priorities were reflected on the decisions of the NATO heads of state and government summit which ended in Chicago.

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While some members did not favor, a special paragraph was devoted to Syria in the NATO declaration after Turkey’s insistence.

On Syria, NATO leaders said that they were following the Syrian crisis with growing concern and that they supported the complete implementation of the 6 point Annan Plan as well as the efforts of the United Nations and the Arab League.

Turkey’s stressing the importance of the continuation of an open door policy in NATO was also reflected in the NATO declaration in Chicago.

The NATO declaration said that the alliance would be open to all European democracies which share the values of NATO and that a perspective of enlargement would strengthen stability in Europe.

The NATO declaration stated that, as soon as the name crisis between Macedonia and Greece was solved, Macedonia would be admitted as a member of NATO.

Thanks to Turkey’s efforts, Bosnia-Herzegovina’s progress towards becoming a NATO member received praise at the NATO summit in Chicago.

Leaders at the summit approved a new action plan of NATO in counter-terrorism.

Partners Forum for UN Alliance of Civilizations to kick off – May 30th 2012

The Partners Forum for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, which is the most comprehensive event of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations in the year 2012, will be held at in Istanbul on May 31 and June 1, 2012 under the auspices of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. In 2005, the Alliance of Civilizations has been initiated by Erdoğan and Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who was his Spanish counterpart at that time. The forum to be held tomorrow will also be attended by Spain on the level of deputy prime minister. Reportedly, participation of Spanish Deputy Prime Minister Garcia Margallo was caused by the ongoing economic crisis in the country.

Singapore wants to improve relations with Turkey – May 31th 2012

The International Enterprise Singapore yesterday opened an overseas trade office in Istanbul in a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam. Speaking at the opening ceremony, Shanmugaratnam underlined that Turkey and Singapore enjoyed mutually friendly relations and Singapore considered Turkey as a “unique center or attraction.” For his part, Babacan said that Singapore’s 36th office in Istanbul would enable Singaporean and Turkish companies to come together and conduct their business more easily and productively. Furthermore, the Turkey-Singapore Business Forum was held yesterday in Istanbul in cooperation with Singapore Business Council, Singapore Business Federation, International Enterprise Singapore, Singapore Economic Development Board and Turkey’s Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) with participation of Babacan and Shanmugaratnam. In his speech at the Forum, Babacan defined Turkey and Singapore as two friendly countries which shared modern values and ideals and agreed with each other in great many regional and international issues. Babacan added that Singapore ranked the second in the list of Turkey’s export partner in the Asia Pacific region. Speaking at the Forum, Shanmugaratnam said Singapore would open an embassy in the Turkish capital of Ankara by the end of 2012.

10th International Turkish Language Olympics begins – May 30th 2012

Turkish language olympics are being attended by 1,500 students from 135 countries worldwide

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The Tenth International Turkish Language Olympics began on Wednesday with a ceremony held at Istanbul’s Four Seasons Hotel.

Organized by the International Turkish Language Association (TURKCEDER) under the slogan “humanity hand in hand for a feast”, the Turkish language olympics are being attended by 1,500 students from 135 countries worldwide.

Istanbul announced as a candidate city for the 2020 Games – May 25th 2012

In line with the final list of contenders announced at the International Olympic Committee’s Committee (IOC) executive meeting in Quebec City, Canada, Istanbul, Madrid and Tokyo will compete to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games. The committee also announced that Baku and Doha were dropped from the running. “We have received good news: Istanbul has been declared a candidate city,” Youth and Sports Minister Suat Kılıç announced on yesterday morning at a press conference in Ankara, describing the IOC’s decision as historic. Turkey had also applied for the 2020 European Football Championship, and the IOC has made it clear that Turkey cannot hold both events. The final decision for the Olympics is to be given in September of next year, while the decision for the European Championship is expected to be made at the beginning of 2014. For Kılıç, Turkey fully deserves to be named the host city for the Games. “Istanbul offers the Olympic Games what no other city can,” he explains. “The Games would be held on two continents.” Furthermore, Uğur Erdener, president of the National Olympic Committee of Turkey, spoke on the IOC’s announcement. “This is a result we expected,” he said. “Istanbul has the highest chance of holding the 2020 Olympic Games.”

Turkey’s first proton accelerator facility opened – May 30th 2012

Speaking at the ceremony, Erdoğan said that the construction of the facility had been completed in 9.5 months, and cost nearly 45 million Turkish lira.

This is one of 20 facilities in such size in the world, he added.

Erdoğan noted that the facility would also serve as a school and a laboratory in research & development, training and science areas.

This is the first research center having accelerator technology in Turkey, said Erdoğan, adding that universities, institutes and researchers would benefit from the facility.

Studies on nuclear physics, electronic and even space researches will be carried out in the facilities, said Erdoğan.

Erdoğan also said that the government was planning to make production in two nuclear power plants by 2023, adding that the power plants would take place in Turkey’s northern Sinop city and southern Mersin city.

There are currently 436 active nuclear power plants in the world, said Erdoğan, adding that France produced 77 percent, Russia 18 percent, the US 19 percent and South Korea 35 percent of its electricity by nuclear power plants.

Every country has the right to use nuclear energy for peaceful means, said Erdoğan.

I am strongly against nuclear energy, especially in Turkey, a country victim of seisms. It is crazy to build nuclear plants.

The first dinosaur park in Turkey is opening – May 16th 2012

The park is not only a candidate for children’s residence, but also for adults. The extincted T-Rex, Irritator, Diplodocus and 28 different dinosaur species will be at a touching distance for children in Antalya. The park is the first in Turkey and the biggest in Europe. Besides having fun and riding on the toys in Dinopark, the children will also try to uncover a secret T-Rex fossil in the area by digging. The purpose is to make children learn by having fun in the paleontological excavation sites, and also inform them by bringing the past to the present.

Those who visit the park can also see the dinosaurs habitat in 3D. Curious tourists, too, take great interest in the dinosaur park.

Yours faithfully,

Cem

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