Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu spoke at the opening of the 2nd Turkey Maritime Summit. Minister Karaismailoğlu said in his speech: “As Turkey, with a flight time of 4 hours; We are in the middle of a market where 1,6 billion people live, with a Gross National Product of 38 trillion dollars and a trade volume of 7 trillion dollars. The undeniable importance of our country in international trade, which is the key to the "Middle Corridor", which is the shortest, safe and economical international transportation corridor between the Asian-European continents, is increasing day by day. used the expressions.
a train departing from China to Europe; If he chooses the Middle Corridor and Turkey, he will cover the distance of 7 thousand kilometers in 12 days. If the same train goes on the Russian Northern Trade Road, it can cross the 10 thousand kilometer road in at least 20 days. When he uses the Southern Corridor, he can traverse the 20-kilometer route through the Suez Canal in only 60 days. That is why the Middle Corridor is currently the safest, most stable global logistics corridor between Asia and Europe.” he said.
We Have Invested 20 Billion Dollars in Transportation and Communication Infrastructure in the Last 183 Years
Expressing that this environment is the result of huge investments made in every mode of transportation, Karaismailoğlu said: “As the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, we have followed a transportation policy that has continuously developed and strengthened international transportation corridors since 2003. In the last 20 years, we have invested 183 billion dollars in the transportation and communication infrastructure of our country. We have largely solved Turkey's infrastructure problem that has been going on for years. our country; We have transformed it into an international corridor in every mode of transportation between Asia, Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Northern Black Sea countries.” said.
Karaismailoğlu also said: “We have completed huge transportation projects such as Marmaray, Eurasia Tunnel, Istanbul Airport, Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line, Filyos Port, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Osmangazi Bridge, 1915 Çanakkale Bridge, İzmir-İstanbul, Ankara-Niğde and Northern Marmara Highways. We have successfully completed and put it into service. We increased our divided road length from 6 thousand kilometers to 28 thousand 664 kilometers. We have increased our highway network to 3 thousand 633 kilometers. We built 1432 kilometers of high-speed train line. We increased our total railway network to 13 thousand 22 kilometers. We increased the number of airports to 57. By increasing our international flights to 129 destinations in 338 countries, we became the country that flies to the most destinations in the world by air.” made its assessment.