Iranians are waiting for the Trabzon-Erzincan railway line: Turkey Chambers and Stock Exchanges Union (TOBB) President Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, the Trabzon-Erzincan line, stating that connect the north over the harbor south, "Iranians are waiting to use it. When there is also a Trabzon-Batumi railway, Europe-Asia will be crossed by a single train. As TOBB, we support these projects ”.
Hisarcıklıoğlu told Anadolu Agency (AA) that the chambers and exchanges in Trabzon work in a way that suits the city and said, “Trabzon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TSO) is accredited to Trabzon Commodity Exchange and Of TSO TOBB. These chambers and stock exchange offer 5-star service to their members and carry out major projects. So far, the grant source (EU funds and local funds) they brought to the city from the projects has exceeded 65 million lira. They continue the projects. The only trouble with members win, win Trabzon, Turkey win. These are the works of unity and solidarity. When there is unity, the city wins ”.
Stating that projects such as Arsin Investment Island, Trabzon Airport second runway, South Ring Road, Trabzon-Erzincan Railway, Akyazı City Hospital, second state university and Zigana Tunnel are the common agenda of Trabzon, Hisarcıklıoğlu said that as TOBB, they will build a Biotechnology and Innovation Center for the city. stressed that flour deserves more.
Hisarcıklıoğlu stated that despite the crisis in Europe and the war in northern and southern countries, exports have increased by 5 percent in Trabzon, the number of workplaces and employment by 44 percent in the last 21 years.
Drawing attention to the fact that Trabzon is the province that has received the most incentive investments among its neighbors in the last 5 years, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “Moreover, 46% of these investments are in the energy sector. The number of workplaces, employment and investment increase where there is hope for the future. That is why Trabzon has a bright future ”.
Hisarcıklıoğlu reminded that Trabzon was a city of trade in every period of history and continued as follows:
“Trade between Asia and Europe, between Russia and southern countries was done from here. Iran reached the Black Sea from here. That's why he was always rich. Now the same opportunity has been reborn. Now, the period when the railroad came to the fore in the trade between these geographies. The Trabzon-Erzincan line will connect the south to the north through the port. Iranians are ready to use it. When there is also a Trabzon-Batumi railway, Europe-Asia will be crossed by a single train. As TOBB, we support these projects. "
- Agriculture, industry and tourism activities
Agriculture, stressed that the sine qua non of Trabzon, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, "is making 75 percent of world hazelnut production and export of Turkey alone. We sell hazelnuts to 120 countries. 35 percent of Turkey's hazelnut exports performing well Trabzon. Efficiency should not be ignored. Our trees have a low yield. It produces 80-100 kilos of hazelnuts per tree. It is possible to get up to 350 kilos, so we work hard and earn less. Gardens should be improved. Old trees need to be removed and new ones planted. Our Trabzon Commodity Exchange has started a project on this subject. We have to finish this job quickly ”.
Hisarcıklıoğlu pointed out that the industrial potential is much higher than today, “There are 4 organized industrial zones in Trabzon. Exports are now over $ 1 billion. First of all, we have to make agricultural products as industrial products because this is the condition of earning 1 to 10. We give the gain to someone else in hazelnuts. They become world brands with our hazelnuts and make money. Likewise, we need to brand the tea ”.
Stating that tourism is almost like the chicken laying golden eggs, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “Invest once, earn for a lifetime. Trabzon travels very fast in tourism. 5 years ago 350 thousand tourists were welcomed, now this number has increased to 3 million a year. In 5 years, it has increased 9 times. It is not possible to compete with the sea and sand of Antalya, Muğla if we are stuck with summer tourism. Here, there is an advantage to spread tourism over 12 years. For example, why not Uzungöl not a ski resort? We need to have Uzungöl included in the UNESCO world cultural heritage list, ”he said.
Stating that the Eastern Black Sea is a heavenly geography, Hisarcıklıoğlu said, “Trabzon is the leader of the Eastern Black Sea Region. Now it should lead the way in tourism. As a region, work should be done together in tourism. Then many more tourists can be attracted and the whole region wins. Congress and cruise tourism is also very important. Trabzon TSO is working for both. Trabzon's future is bright. Trabzon has both potential and entrepreneurial spirit. These should be evaluated well with all parties, ”he said.