Rize Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (RİSİAD) President Mustafa Külünkoğlu emphasized that the city needs important projects to attract investment. Külünkoğlu said that Rize, whose transportation infrastructure is getting stronger, will develop faster in this way.
In his statement, Külünkoğlu said, “The way to develop our province, region and country is primarily through the widespread and modern transportation network. Our region, whose transportation infrastructure is getting stronger, will develop faster.” said. Külünkoğlu said that Rize's 100-year-old dream and the Ovit Tunnel, which is described as a dream project by some, has come true, adding, “The groundbreaking ceremony will be held with the participation of our Prime Minister. Hopefully it will be finished on the scheduled date. Because in case of realization of this project, people from Rize, Erzurum, Mardin kazanwill ache. Truckers, auto spare parts, auto tire shops, restaurateurs, hoteliers, in short, tradesmen. kazanwill ache. With the arrival of GAP products at the ports, the Southeast kazanwill ache. Citizens from Rize and Erzurum who provide comfortable transportation kazanwill ache. But the opening of the Ovit Tunnel alone is not enough for Rize's economy and future investments in Rize. While the transportation projects, prepared within the framework of the 2023 targets, are being implemented one by one, a railway network should also be established besides the divided highways that bring the Black Sea and the Mediterranean together, covering the north-south lines. This should start as soon as possible before blocking the Ovit Tunnel, which was started as a divided road, and other projects in the region, so that fast and modern transportation can begin.” he said.
Pointing out that the products produced within the scope of the Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP) will be delivered to the Black Sea ports more economically and quickly with the realization of the Ovit Tunnel, Külünkoğlu said, “This way, the importance of seaway and railway will be better understood. In this case, it is necessary to connect the Erzincan-Trabzon high-speed train project to Rize, and from there to the Sarp border gate, that is, to the Caucasus and other Asian countries. It should also be connected to Samsun from Sarp within the scope of the coastal route. In addition, the Organized Industrial Zone must now be established. Our ability to attract foreign investment to our city will only be possible with the establishment of the OIZ. There may be initiatives in this regard, but the problems preventing the establishment of the OIZ should be resolved as soon as possible. With the establishment of OIZ in our city, which is one of the two provinces in Turkey that does not have an Organized Industrial Zone, companies that want to expand their business but cannot find a suitable place kazanwill ache. With the arrival of new investments in our province, employment will be provided and unemployed youth kazanit will hurt.” said.