Recently, Hatay hosted the 1st International Logistics Summit held at Mustafa Kemal University (MKU). At the summit that attracted great attention, Eastern Mediterranean Development Agency (DOĞAKA) Deputy Secretary General Onur Yıldız, İskenderun Mayor Yusuf H. Civelek, Rector of MKU. Dr. Hüsnü Salih Güder and Hatay Governor Celalettin Lekesiz explained their views and contributions to the region about the Antakya and Osmaniye Logistics Support Centers Master Plan as well as İskenderun Logistics Village.
Iskenderun's logistics base, working together with Antakya and Osmaniye to create a logistic infrastructure that will create synergy, increase the market share of İskenderun in national and international transportation, to improve the competitiveness of the region and to be an important hub port in the Eastern Mediterranean. When we evaluate the reflections of this situation to the region, the following results are revealed:
Especially the developments in information and communication technologies change the perception of distance all over the world. The capital flow accelerates and shapes the consumer demands. With increasing global trade volume, products sent from one end to the other end of the world reach consumers with low costs. Considering all these and intense industrial investments and the privatization of the Port of Iskenderun, the fact that the region is one of the global logistics centers and located at the crossing point of international transportation corridors in the north-south and east-west direction further strengthens the existing potential.
The Regional Logistics Strategy Plan, which is formed by the contribution of logistics to the regional economy and the geographical and competitive advantage of the city in this sector, will also contribute to the city's economy, employment and the improvement of living conditions with the increasing logistics activities. port will gain its feature. National and international logistics giants will be drawn to the region, new business lines will be created with the needs of the sector and employment will be provided. As the first port after Mersin, which has a railway connection in the south, the region will be the transfer center for products that will come to or leave Anatolia from Europe and the Mediterranean Region. Ports in İskenderun will be turned into an entrance and exit gate in the Eastern and Southeastern Anatolia Region, in meeting the inputs of industrial products for agricultural purposes that will be formed by the GAP project and marketing the products to be produced there. with the introduction of an efficient logistics center in the region Turkey's share of international trade will also be more obvious.
Reducing environmental problems such as traffic, noise and air pollution for the people of the region, gathering the logistic network to a center, relieving urban transportation by regulating the vehicle traffic, making infrastructures suitable for the criteria determined by taking into account the needs of the logistics operators.
Source : I www.dunya.co