Commerce and Industry Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of provinces and districts on the Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon Railway route came together with a video conference and a message of unity was given.
TTSO President M. Suat Hacısalihoğlu, Trabzon Commodity Exchange President Eyyüp Ergan, Gümüşhane Chamber of Commerce and Industry President İsmail Akçay, Kelkit Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mustafa Servet Daltaban, Erzincan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Secretary General Şule Arslan, Secretary General Murat Zırıh, Erzincan - Gümüşhane - Trabzon Railway Platform spokespersons Şaban Bülbül and Mustafa Yaylalı attended on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In his speech at the opening of the meeting, Trabzon TSO President M. Suat Hacısalihoğlu said, “The project for the Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon railway, for which the infrastructure project tender was held in 2018, was delivered to the relevant institution. We expect this project to be included in the investment program and to continue. The main purpose of our request for the Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon railway is; The operation of the mineral deposits in Gümüşhane, which is the economic region, to contribute to the economy, to create added value, to increase exports by developing employment and to contribute to the socio-economic development of the region. It is clear and clear that the route that will emerge as the project extends from Erzincan to Trabzon via Gümüşhane and from the coast to the industrial zone and logistics zone will be more economically profitable. The subject we are focusing on is in this direction. "We must do our part to include the project in the investment program."
Eyyüp Ergan, Chairman of Trabzon Commodity Exchange, stated that Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon railway has an extremely important role in the economic development of the region and emphasized that they are ready to take all necessary steps.
Gümüşhane TSO President İsmail Akçay reminded that the implementation project, which cost 20 million TL, was delivered to the State Railways and said:
“It is a 100-year-old project planned on the historical silk road. Trabzon, which is one of the most important transportation and logistics points of our region and our country, has a completely different location and the right decision was made while preparing the project. The most profitable point where all the states on the Black Sea can be contacted with the Middle East, Far East and especially China is Gümüşhane-Erzincan via Trabzon. Crowning the historical Silk Road with rail is a goal we all expect. This project is not today's project. It is a target set 100 years ago. We, as Gümüşhane Chamber of Commerce and Industry, regretted the start of working on another alternative while waiting for the project of such an important route to be included in the full investment program. We claim that we are on the most economical and profitable route on the historical Silk Road. Even if a project will be made to eliminate the development difference between provinces and regions, this is the route again. While all these are ignored and waiting for our project to be included in the investment program, I do not find it right to come up with different routes. Resources should be used in the most profitable way. "
Akçay emphasized that in the studies carried out so far, it was revealed that the beneficial and profitable route was Erzincan-Gümüşhane -Trabzon, and continued his words as follows:
“In public, 'What is your population there? There is a perception that "who will get on the train". This train will carry both cargo and passengers. Today, in order for the mines in my region to open to the international market, our miners need to have low costs and the infrastructure must be prepared to compete with the international market. We have millions of tons of metal mineral reserves within the borders of Gümüşhane. We are talking about metal mines, we are not talking about stone and rock. How will we transfer them to the international market when you process them? Now we all know that the trade with road transport with trucks is not profitable and not competitive. We need to prepare an environment for our businessmen on equal terms so that they can compete with the world. The private sector that produces and provides employment is the main force of our country. For this, we need to pave the way for the private sector and prepare its infrastructure. Considering all these, I think Erzincan - Gümüşhane - Trabzon route is a priority and important route. "
Kelkit TSO President Mustafa Servet Daltaban said, “Our key point and port city is Trabzon, ultimately the main route to which the railway will be connected is Trabzon. "In order for Erzincan and Gümüşhane to progress economically, the route must descend to Trabzon from this line."
Speaking on behalf of Erzincan TSO, Secretary General Şule Arslan said, “Our heart is for such a project to pass through Erzincan, which is a very important city on the Historical Silk Road. We expect the project to continue, ”he said.
Of Commerce and Industry Chamber Secretary General Murat Zırıh said, "This project is not only related to the population, but also to the historical and economic development of the region."
Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon Railway Platform SözcüStating that a work that has been going on since 2009 has actually reached its final stage, Mustafa Yaylalı said, “The project work has been completed and while we were waiting for the implementation tender, new developments occurred. In terms of world trade, Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon Railway will be a very important project for the development of the region. We should take steps together, ”he said.
Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon Railway Platform SözcüSü Şaban Bülbül stated that the Erzincan - Gümüşhane -Trabzon railway was a process that started in the 1880s and said:
“We were hoped when the railway was awarded the project tender. This happened and the project was delivered to the public. We are now upset that such a process was initiated while we were waiting for the tender. As the people of Erzincan, Kelkit, Gümüşhane, Torul, Maçka and Trabzon, we were waiting for the date of the tender. While we wait for the construction tender, we think it will take us 100 years back if this work is suspended again or alternatives are discussed. The good news of the tender date should be given. Mr. President gave many good news for our country. He gave the latest natural gas good news. As the people of the region, we see that the good news of the region is the date of the railway construction tender and the stage of its bidding. The purpose here is to carry passengers and cargo. It is to add value to the country's economy by operating the mines in the Gümüşhane basin and underground resources. Scientific studies carried out to date have also highlighted the Erzincan-Gümüşhane-Trabzon line. We need to talk about how the ports, investment island and shipyard in Sürmene will be connected to this railway. It is unfair to consider railways only for port transport. “