01.03.2018 / Ereğli / Zonguldak
TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, participating in the Ereğli Economy Stars Award Ceremony organized by the Ereğli Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said, “We have our five braves. It is my hope that Turkey will prototype its domestic car by 2019.”
Hisarcıklıoğlu said that the Ereğli Chamber of Commerce and Industry is
a five-star room, providing the same standard as the chambers of cities like
Berlin and London.
Pointing out that Ereğli CCI is partnered with other chambers in
Zonguldak’s Teknopark, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “They are actually investing in
cities. There have been two recent changes. In the past you had to come to the chamber
to get a chamber document, now that’s over. You can log into the system from
your computer at home and get your certificate and ay time.”
Hisarcıklıoğlu reported that company establishment now only takes an hour,
“Establishing a company was a big deal for us. Going to the notary, to the
bank, go to Treasury, to the SSI, get your number, come to the chamber. Now, if
you want to establish a company you can do it in an hour with all the
transactions with a signature and leave the chamber after you pay the bill.
Today, the cost company establishment is 650TRY whereas it used to be 2,250TRY.
A quarter of what it used to be. This was achieved through our austerity
measures. I thank all my chamber and exchange chairpersons in Turkey for
transitioning to this system. My brother Sertan started quickly as soon as we
met. In the same way as Yaşar Tetiker, Sertan speaks to us in regards to all
issues, taking responsibility along with his administration. May Allah be
pleased with them.”
- “We’ve found five braves for
the domestic automobile”
Stating that they’ve found the five braves to produce Turkey's domestic
car and Turkey, coming to the market between 2020 and 2022, Hisarcıklıoğlu said
“The President has been looking for braves for 7 years. Addressing
approximately 3,000 delegates during our general assembly, ‘As Union President,
I give you the task, find me the braves.’ We said, 'If you stand at our back,
we will do it.' We found five braves. It is my hope that Turkey will prototype
its domestic car by 2019. It will be fully electric in 2020 or 2022. We compete
in the same lane as the world. It will also contribute to Turkey's economic and
technological transformation. Today, per capita national income is 10,000USD, our
target is 25,000USD. That is 2.5 times richer than we are today.”
- “We are working to make Turkey more
attractive in the ease of business index”
TOBB President Hisarcıklıoğlu pointed out that the index of ease of
business is important for local and foreign investors; “Turkey is at a position
unbecoming of its potential. We are among the world's 20 largest economies, but
we rank 60th in ease of business index. Why don’t people want to be entrepreneurs?
There are many obstacles to doing business. We met with our government. You
will see, in 2 years Turkey will be among the top 20 countries in ease of
business index. The law which was passed yesterday was revolutionary for us.
There 59 countries with easier company establishment, execution, bankruptcy,
construction permits, title deeds, municipal applications, tax payments than us.
Hopefully this will be the law to bring Turkey into the top 20. We will no
longer have to wait on the government regarding VAT returns. 140 billion TRY will
be paid to us in a certain schedule. We will be able request what we are owed from
the government within 3 months from the day of the announcement the legislation.
If not, the government will pay interest. This is a good deal for us. But first
of all applaud our MPs. We will put our country among the top 10 economies.”
- “We had 30 years of friendship
with Yaşar Tetiker”
Hisarcıklıoğlu, who wished for victory to the TAF in Operation Olive Branch
in Afrin and prayed for the grace of Allah upon those martyred as well as the
late Ereğli CCI Chairman Yaşar Tetiker.
Hisarcıklıoğlu finished his words with: “We had a friendship of 30 years
with Yaşar Tetiker. I was then a delegate, you all know Yaşar Tetiker was quite
forthright. If he was right, he wouldn’t hold back his words, he said what
needed to be said without conflict. We will conduct the opening of the Yaşar
Tetkier Conference Hall.
The driving force of the Black Sea is Ereğli, which has agriculture,
industry and tourism. The iron industry is here, shipbuilding is here, fishing
is here, Ottoman strawberries are here. How did Zonguldak start 2018? Official government
figures show 35% increase from 2017 to 2018, in regards to the number of
companies opened in Turkey. Exports increased by 116% in Zonguldak. This is
2018. It's not the end of the year. Today Ereğlil has one company in 4,000
largest companies of Turkey. 43% of the country's steel needs are met by Ereğli
alone. Ereğli is a shining star. This is the success that befits Ereğli. They
want a new port. When we talked with our Transportation Minister, the work is
now left to the public institutions. We will open them, too, Allah willing. Ereğli's
greatest demand, in fact, Zonguldak's greatest demand, is a new incentive
system. There are differences when compared to Düzce. Actually, we are doing a
study on this. Instead of provincial-based incentives, district-based
incentives should be considered. Our state has in fact accepted it on principle.
However, there is need for some additional data. We are trying to provide all
kinds of contributions and support as TOBB. Ereğli lacks a university. Would
that not suit Ereğli?”
Hisarcıklıoğlu visited the Ereğli Chamber of Commerce and Industry after
the ceremony and conducted the opening of the conference hall dedicated to the
late former President Yaşar Tetiker.