10. Akdeniz Lojistik ve Ulaştırma Forumu

Haldun Koç 05.06.2012
Distinguished Presidents,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Dear Guests,

First of all, let me express my thanks and appreciation to the organizers of the Mediterranean Logistics and Transport Forum for inviting me as a moderator of a session on Turkey, within the framework of SIL 2012 Barcelona. Under the headline of “Future Growth and new Opportunities”, the distinguished key-note-speakers from Turkey will elaborate the subject with their interventions in details. Before introducing them, with your permission, I would like to touch upon open some facts with an overview of the Turkish economy and then give some information about the recent developments in transportation sector.

With an annual average rate of 5 percent of GDP growth, Turkey has become an important regional and global economic power in the past decade.
Today, Turkey is the 17th largest economy in the world, and the 7th largest compared to the 27 EU countries.

With ambitious targets set by the Turkish government for the centennial foundation of the Republic, Turkey is expected to be a more prosperous and added-value generating member of the international community from now on until 2023.

Indeed according to the OECD projections, Turkey will be the fastest growing economy among the OECD members during 2011-2017, with an average annual growth rate of 6.7 percent.
Transportation and logistics have a major role in the growth of Turkish economy. Contribution of the transportation and communication sectors to GDP has reached to 14.9 percent in 2011.

To put across the development in the sector, I would like to share some remarkable figures with you;
Between 2003 and 2011
- 60 billion Euro investment has been realized,
- Almost 216 thousand jobs have been created,
- Around 18 billion Euro revenue has been generated by the highways, this amount constitutes 13 % of the government budget,
- Allowance granted for the railways has been increased almost 50 times, from 36 million to 2 billion Euro,
- Share of the aviation in economy has reached to 15 million Euro, number of passengers carried via the domestic and international flights have raised from 36 million to 118 million.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Distinguished Guests,

Turkey is situated as a natural bridge between Europe, Central Asia and Middle East. Moreover, due to its geographical position in the crossroads of three continents, it is located at the heart of a transportation network extending to Atlantic Ocean with Gibraltar Strait, to Arabian Peninsula and Indian Ocean with the Sues Canal, to Eurasia and Far East with Mediterranean-Black Sea links through Turkish Straits.

That situation reflects the importance and the huge potential of our country in terms of international and transit transport.

Although detailed information will be presented soon by the sector representatives, I would like to make few remarks with regards to the Turkish maritime, aviation, railways and highways which compose the main pillars of transportation.

Turkey is surrounded by seas on its three fronts and therefore maritime sector is critically important for the country. In the past years, many steps have been taken to ensure the deserved position of the sector, such as improving cruise transport and yatch tourism, increasing the number of yatch ports, developing Turkish ship making yards and carrying out research and development activities.

The aviation sector which has been progressing rapidly is playing a great role in the international and intercontinental integration and unification. The Turkish civil aviation sector has entered into a rapid growth period in 2002 when the measures have been taken to liberalize the aviation sector and the scheduled flights have been commenced by the private sector. Since that period aviation sector has registered a 30% record breaking annual growth rate, which is almost 6 times more than the world average (5 %).

Today, Turkish airlines operates scheduled services to 146 international and 41 domestic cities, serving a total of 187 airports, in Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Americas, as the national flag carrier airline of Turkey. In 2010 Turkish Airlines carried 29 million passengers with total revenue of 5.6 billion USD.

Actually we are very proud of the success of the Turkish Airlines to become an internationally well-known trade mark with its top quality services and high level standards provided. Furthermore, the attempts to promote the company with initiatives of sponsorship in the fields of sports and also through cultural and social events evidently raised the visibility of the company at a global scale.

As you all aware, the most improved transport mode is road transport all over the world. Actually highways are an important service sector that is related to all other sectors and transportation modes, furthermore it has a supplementary role to railway, maritime and air transport. Due to rapid developments of road transport in our country as it is in the world and developments in economic, commercial and social life make the sector need to have stronger legal infrastructure. Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications of the Republic of Turkey is therefore realizing comprehensive studies to improve the existing legal structure.

Last but not least is the railway sector, which was defined as the prioritized area by the Ministry of Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications. In order to realize railway mobilization three main targets were defined, that can be counted as to make Turkish public meet with high speed trains by construction of new railway lines, increase the speeds of the trains to the their normal level by rehabilitation of existing railways and streamline the Turkish National Railways by restructuring.

With this opportunity I would like to mention specifically that the Spanish railway industry companies have recently played a bigger role in the Turkish market with projects such as the country’s first high-speed train, which links Ankara and Istanbul, and the Antalya and İstanbul metro systems.

Before concluding, I would like to thank one more time to the organizers and wish for a successful forum and fair.


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