TOBB President from BALO

TOBB President's invitation to BALO: With the Great Anatolian Logistics Organizations (BALO) project, we paved the way for rail transport to Europe. TO TOBB President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu called for SMEs to benefit more from new projects.
Turkey Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), established under the leadership of the Greater Anatolia Logistics Organizations Inc. (BALO), is expanding its activities. 8 September The BALO, which commenced scheduled flights on September 2013 and went to Germany twice a week at full capacity, will also launch rail transport to Northern European and Scandinavian countries. Evaluating the projects to STAR, TOBB President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu emphasized that they have paved the way for rail transportation to European and Baltic countries and called for SMEs to benefit more from the new projects. Hisarcıklıoğlu "Turkey's export potential of SMEs, which drug the current account deficit to increase further and we started the BALO project to capture new opportunities can not evaluate until buuger the customs union and we modernize customs gates," he said. Hisarcıklıoğlu explained that as TOBB, they provide many services for SMEs and the business world, Hisar Let me give brief information about only two of them. The first is the ball. The second is the modernization of customs gates. With the BALO project, we aim to increase the competitiveness of the industrialists. Transportation costs, in particular, hinder the competitiveness of our industrialists in Anatolia. Although there is a Customs Union agreement with the European Union, only the provinces in the western region can use this advantage. Because transportation costs reduce competitiveness; Anatolia cannot enter the customs union. 8 We have brought a solution to this problem with BALO project, which started in September between Anatolia and Europe. With the new agreement we made the Viking Train're opening a new trade route to the Baltic countries via Turkey. I hope the application will start on August 2014. ”
We can be a logistics center
Olarak As a roofing business, we are in search of turning our strategic position between Asia and Europe into more commercial gains, Hisar Hisarcıklıoğlu said. Entering among the largest 10 economy, 500 pronounce billion dollar export targets. This is no longer far from us. In addition to making Turkey the industrial giant, we're talking about a transit route and logistics center, "he said.
SMEs are the backbone of the economy
TOBB Chairman Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the location of SMEs in Turkey's economy was summed up: "SMEs constitute the backbone of Turkey's economy. As of last year, SMEs realized 63 percent of exports (95 billion dollars) and 39 percent of imports (92 billion dollars). Net foreign trade surplus of SMEs 3 billion dollars. Net foreign trade deficit of non-SMEs 87 billion dollars. SMEs realize 99.9 percent of total firms, 76 percent of employment, 63 percent of total sales, 54 percent of investment, 17 percent of R & D expenditures. ”
Turkey will make the lord of the railway
"Our work represents a significant influence abroad," said Hisarcıklıoğlu, "the British premier business and culture magazine Monocle, the latest issue of Turkey's railway revolution experienced that and rail transport is remarkable start to rise. Despite having the railway 13 thousand kilometers in length, that Turkey's exports transported by sea and road Referring to the magazine, the company that descended to the BALL masters of Turkey's railway review took place, "he said. Pointing out that the modernized customs gates are also shown as a model in the world, Hisarcıklıoğlu said: “The United Nations 'Best Practices on Border Crossings' project is an exemplary application to the world. We have modernized the 7 border crossing. We have established the best technological infrastructure in the world. Time wasted decreased by half and transaction costs decreased. Logistics Index of the World Bank in Turkey xnumx'unc 155 done with these countries moved up to ordinary xnumx'nc of modernization.

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