Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey

Maritime trade is indispensable for us

05.05.2017 / İzmir

TOBB President M. Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu visited the İzmir Branch of the IMEAK Chamber of Maritime Trade.​

Hisarcıklıoğlu emphasized the importance of historical trade routes and said, “It is for our future, in terms of wealth and political stability. Whoever lives on historic trade routes will not want instability. We have missed an opportunity to this end but we still have alternatives going forward. We have the opportunity.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu explained that maritime trade is indispensable, “The cheapest way of transportation is the sea. Without trade, people cannot prosper. The way for the people to be rich is through trade.”

Whoever advanced their maritime trade ruled the world. Maritime trade is indispensable for us. The geography we find ourselves in makes maritime affairs important for us. Our gateways to the world are actually our seas. This is a great opportunity. Maritime is also very important for tourism. Tourists who leave the most money are maritime tourists. We need to pay attention to this.”

Hisarcıklıoğlu reminded that the lease period of 49 years has begun in shipyards and that the rent amount was reduced to 0.1% of turnover, “The government fulfilled our requests. We also worked together to get the incentives for flying Turkish flags. What matters is that a public bank finances the maritime industry in shipbuilding. The most important point is financing Turkish-made ships with Turkish flags. There will be an economy-oriented period in our country. Certainly, you must make a decision in this direction.”

İMEAK Izmir Chamber of Maritime Trade Izmir Branch President Yusuf Öztürk provided information about the activities and activities of the chamber and conveyed the problems they experienced in maritime trade and shipbuilding.

Hisarcıklıoğlu and accompanying figures later visited the new building of the IMEAK Chamber of Maritime Trade.

In addition to Hisarcıklıoğlu, Eskisehir Parliamentary Rep. Harun Karacan, former Minister Kudbettin Arzu, Vice TOBB President Ender Yorgancılar, TOBB Board Member Hakan Ülken and TOBB ETU Hospital Chairman Şadan Eren were also present during the visit.

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