Stating that they are working to make Turkey a global actor in the field of technology and industry, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank said, “To develop critical technologies locally and nationally, to offer competitive products and services in high-tech fields, to increase our share in global value chains with original and innovative production. our most important goals.” used the phrase.
Minister Varank made statements regarding Turkey's place in the technology race and its roadmap in an interview with SETA General Coordinator Burhanettin Duran in the February issue of the Criterion magazine, prepared within the body of the Foundation for Politics, Economy and Society Researches.
Noting that Turkey has increased its competitiveness in global markets with the vision of the National Technology Move, Varank said, “We see the National Technology Move as a national struggle and we are working hard to make our country a global actor in the field of technology and industry. In this context, our most important goals are to develop critical technologies locally and nationally, to offer competitive products and services in high-tech fields, and to increase our share in global value chains with original and innovative production.” gave the information.
Varank pointed out that the path of a great and powerful Turkey passes through economic and technological independence.
Stating that 919 critical products will be produced in Turkey with the Technology-Oriented Industrial Move Program they have implemented, Varank emphasized that the goal with this program is to prevent imports of 50 billion dollars.
Varank stated that Turkey's ability to produce business models, products and services that can be pioneers in the international arena depends on having a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem, and that they have enabled the country to have an entrepreneur-friendly ecosystem with the investments in the last 15 years.
Pointing out that R&D and innovation have a primary share in these investments, Varank mentioned the funds they have implemented to facilitate the access of startups to finance.
Stating that he is deeply excited by every new unicorn that emerges, Varank said, “It makes me incredibly proud that the talents coming out of our country are being talked about around the world. Hopefully, the number of unicorns coming out of our country, which is currently 5, will reach 2023 by the end of 10. We have the ecosystem to achieve that.” made its assessment.
Noting that human capital is the component that plays the most important role in the development of industry and technology, Varank talked about activities such as TEKNOFEST, DENEYAP Technology Workshops, 42 Schools, Observation Festivals.
Varank, referring to the breakthroughs Turkey has made in the last 20 years for the development of infrastructure, said, “The National Technology Move is the future, prosperity and independence of this country. Our country has to work devotedly with all its cadres towards the realization of this move.” used the phrases.
Pointing to the ambitious but critical goals set in the National Space Program, which was shared with the public last year, Varank said:
“We are committed to achieving all 2030 of the 10 goals by 10. The realization of the hard landing phase of the Lunar Research Program Project, with the sending of a Turkish person to space in the first stage, will be a breaking point for our country in the field of space. By using our domestically developed hybrid rocket engine for the lunar mission, we want to give space history to this equipment, thus to have a competitive product in space. Tests continue successfully in the development processes of our hybrid rocket engine. The design and mission planning processes of the vehicle to be used in the lunar mission have also started. This year, the design of the domestic propulsion system to be used in the spacecraft will be completed and the integration process will be started.” said.