Trade Minister Ruhsar Pekcan said, “We are following the Brexit process minute by minute in order to put into effect our free trade agreement with the UK. Our aim is to sign the agreement as soon as possible. " used the expressions.
The 19th Advisory Board Meeting was held under the chairmanship of Minister Pekcan by video conference method. The meeting, Turkey Chambers and Stock Exchanges Union (TOBB) President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, Turkey Tradesmen and Artisans Confederation (TESK) Chairman Bendevi Palandöken, Turkey Exporters Assembly (TIM) President Ismail Shot, Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEIK) President Nail Olpak, Independent Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association (MUSIAD) President Abdurrahman Kaan, International Investors Association (YASED) President Ayşem Sargın, Turkey Contractors Association (TMB) President Mithat joined Yenigün.
In his speech at the meeting, Pekcan stated that they held the last meeting of the Advisory Board in 2020 and expressed that they would like to hold these meetings with the same frequency and with much better results in the next period.
Expressing his gratitude to the participating NGO presidents for their contribution, Pekcan continued as follows: “I see that our Advisory Board contributes to the coordination between your organizations and our Ministry as well as encouraging synergy and cooperation between your organizations and I am pleased with this. This synergy is extremely important in terms of our country's unity and achievement of its goals. As the ministry, we listen to you and benefit from your contributions and even share your suggestions and requests with our other line ministries. Therefore, in the upcoming period, I will be very pleased to receive your suggestions, if any, regarding the functioning of our Advisory Board and the agenda. "
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Pekcan reminded that the decision on support for tradesmen and craftsmen announced by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan was published on December 23, and the communiqué setting out the implementation procedures and principles regarding the decision was published in the Official Gazette on December 24, noted that the week will be taken.
Pekcan emphasized that as the Ministry, they will continue to provide all kinds of information and support that tradesmen and craftsmen may need to ensure that all processes run smoothly.
"We are following the Brexit process breathlessly"
Pointing out that they also follow the Brexit process closely, Pekcan said, "With the completion of the negotiations between the EU and the UK, we are following this process almost breathlessly, minute by minute, hour by hour so that we can put our free trade agreement into effect." used the expression.
Stating that they made many high-level contacts and held technical meetings on the subject, Pekcan said:
“Our own draft agreement is ready for signature. It was announced that a compromise was reached in principle between the UK and the EU. Of course, we could not sign a free trade agreement with the UK before the agreement (EU-UK) due to our obligations with the EU. We're now watching the developments but with our EU for the entry of the UK into force of the free trade agreement with Turkey at the same time we continue to work our way sync with both sides. Our aim is to sign this agreement as soon as possible. Our draft agreement is ready. Only the EU needs to seek the views of its own European Union Parliament and 27 countries. How can we accelerate that process, we are negotiating with both the EU and the UK and continue our work on it. Actually, we are ready. "
Pekcan, completed the expedition's first export trend toward China, then said they anticipate making a regular basis this time, the need to develop bilateral trade with the Far East, Belt Road to increasing the effectiveness of the initiative and Turkey's competition to increase the power, in terms of raising the transport by alternative modes of transport He stated that the work on logistics infrastructure and the steps to be taken are important.
Referring to the work of the Ministry's Foreign Logistics Centers, Pekcan stated that these studies should be evaluated together with the e-commerce vision.
In this context, Pekcan pointed out that they would be pleased to receive opinions and project proposals regarding logistics and e-commerce infrastructure from NGOs throughout 2021, and even stated that they expect such studies and projects from the private sector.
"Our priority is to expand the exporter base and reduce the differences between provinces"
Pekcan emphasized that their other priority is to expand the export base and reduce the export differences between regions and provinces.
Explaining that they are continuing and will continue to expand exports to both SMEs, small businesses and cooperatives throughout the country, Pekcan reminded that they started the “First Step to Export in 81 Provinces” Program.
Pekcan stated that he thinks that the program will get very successful and impressive results in bringing new members to the export family, “Because we will provide one-on-one mentoring service to these potential companies for 6 months. In order to expand our exporter and entrepreneur base, our training and technical support activities for our businesses, entrepreneur and entrepreneur candidates, tradesmen-craftsmen, cooperatives and citizens will continue with the same activity. found the assessment.
Pekcan noted that as the Ministry, they will continue to work to increase efficiency in foreign trade, domestic trade and customs processes.