Süleyman Karaman: Let's Weave Turkey with Iron Nets!

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The economy was at the forefront of the government's landing in China. Saying that they are calling China to invest, Minister Binali Yıldırım said, 'We are planning a single high-speed train line from Edirne to Kars. In the project, there will be lines that will cut it perpendicularly. We took the offer to build together to China, 'he said.

I asked Transport Minister Binali Yıldırım about the 'balance sheet' on the last day of his trip to China. Prime Minister Erdogan took mainly investor ministers with him. Minister of Economy Zafer Çağlayan, Minister of Transport, Communications and Maritime Yıldırım, Minister of Energy Taner Yıldız.

The Chinese have huge cash reserves. Turkey also will make 70-80 billion dollars of investment over the next decade. Yıldırım and his team, especially TCDD General Manager Süleyman Karaman, entered into tough negotiations. The desired point has not been reached yet. However, when Binali said, 'The process has just begun,' he explained which projects the Chinese are interested in:

'Our priority is the high-speed train. We are planning a single high-speed train line from Edirne to Kars. High-speed train line. We are negotiating to partner with the Chinese. Let's spread the high-speed train lines that cut this line vertically to points such as Trabzon, Adana and Erzincan. Let's build the Chinese all together.

You provide the financing.'

According to the information given by the Minister, this is a 35 billion dollar project. If successful, the country will be woven with iron nets with the joint production of Sino-Turkish. Also for high speed train services ...

Isn't that exciting?

And what do the Chinese think?

Although TCDD General Manager kept his optimism, he had not yet achieved what he hoped. He was in a state of emotion when he said 'We have to work hard, a lot'.
Minister Yıldırım's response to the same question was as follows:

'The Chinese expect detail projects to be clarified first. However, they suggest building high-speed train lines piece by piece, rather than as a whole. We will put more effort on it. '

The Chinese are hard-to-bargainers. They are very successful in trade. All businessmen in the delegation agree. Minister Yıldırım stated that they had talks about the third bridge, Kanal Istanbul (the crazy project of the Prime Minister) and some port investments during his visit to China and said, 'China is interested in these projects. There will be many mutual visits, "he said.

Economy Minister Zafer Çağlayan shared the results of the meeting held with the CEOs of 27 leading companies in China in his statement yesterday. With a turnover of $ 465 billion of these companies is that they want to take advantage of the incentive system and aspire to great investments in Turkey, he said.


You know, Prime Minister Erdogan has 2023 goals. The Hundredth Anniversary of the Republic of Turkey was focused on being one of the ten largest economies. Not easy. At least 6-7 percent growth is essential every year. Energy is also needed for him. Another investor who was trying to attract money like Binali Bey in China was Minister Taner Yıldız. Three nuclear power plants are planned. The Russians will do one. Others focus on China and South Korea. After the Fukushima disaster, their appetite decreased, but the Japanese may also enter the basket. Even a Western energy giant could be put into action at the last minute.
We talked for a long time with Minister Yıldız about the new financing model. Reminding that US and European companies only look at profitability and feasibility, Yıldız said, “However, some investments are strategic. Russians look like this. In the new period, public-private partnerships will spread around the world. We are trying to catch that trend beforehand, 'he said.

We talked with the Minister in more detail about the nuclear power plant on the way back from China. Yildiz, 'If you compare the situation in rotation with the points we set out from Turkey reveals how a table' I turned the question. 'I am much more optimistic, we will definitely work with the Chinese. We signed $ 4 billion on this trip. Our aim is to make nuclear, also to establish partnerships for thermal power plants.
I wrote most of this article on my way back from China. In 11 hours flight time. It is a pleasure to hear his pretentious words, good-sounding goals and dreams on behalf of one's country. China has reached its current dazzling growth trend in the last decade. So it can be done.

We are in a period of global crisis. Maybe it's coming to an end. Turkey survived the minimum damage. Political stability contributes greatly to this. The government's ambitious medium-term projects and targets are now on the agenda. They are planning to bring investments to the whole country, starting from Istanbul. Money is needed, the mixed model that will be carried out with state-private partnerships and inter-state agreements is in the foreground.

Even though two Asian trips in two weeks were also on the agenda with political and diplomatic departments, the long-term planning behind the scenes focused on the economy.

How much of your dreams will come true ...


Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ in Beijing and THY General Manager Temel Kotil sohbet while I went to them. To Kotil, 'THY is really successful, it has been our pride. But what about that delay problem? ' I asked. The summer season, that is the tourism season, is approaching. The day does not pass so that the planes in the direction of Istanbul departure or arrival do not delay 2-3 hours. Kotil looked at Minister Bozdağ and replied, "If our government builds the third airport, we will be saved." Soon after, he made the assessment with the following striking information:

'According to the latest news, it will have an annual capacity of 120 million passengers. That would be great. When it happens, Istanbul really goes to the top class. Our competitor in Europe, Frankfurt, has a capacity of 90 million. We'll be past that. Beijing, Atlanta and Istanbul are ranked as the top three. In this case, we become an alternative transit point for the Middle East, Central Asia, Europe and all other international destinations. '

The government wants to assess the rapidly evolving international face of Istanbul in Turkey. While positioning it as a financial center, it plans to support it with infrastructure projects. Kanal Istanbul, if the third bridge, Marmaray and the new airport are completed, fictionalizes the strategies of transforming it into a real world metropolis. Of course, resources are needed, China is at the top of the alternatives in this respect. But it will have to be negotiated longer.

Source: Evening

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