“2053 Körfez Logistics Workshop on Transportation” organized by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure was held at Kocaeli Congress Center. Speaking at the program, Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said, "We will continue to progress towards becoming a logistics superpower and our sanctions against Kocaeli will continue in this progress."
TRANSPORTATION 2053 GULF LOGISTICS WORKSHOP
"The 2053 Gulf Logistics Workshop on Transportation", hosted by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, where important issues such as transportation investments, logistics centers, integration of transportation modes, reducing costs in logistics, green energy and emission reduction are discussed. It was held in Kocaeli Congress Center with a wide participation.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, Governor of Kocaeli Seddar Yavuz, Union of Marmara Municipalities and Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tahir Büyükakın, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Strategy Development Head Dr. Yunus Emre Ayözen, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Secretary General Balamir Gündoğdu, Kocaeli Chamber of Industry President Ayhan Zeytinoğlu, Kocaeli University Rector Prof. Dr. Saadetin Hülagü, Gebze Technical University Rector Prof. Dr. Muhammed Hasan Aslan, district mayors, NGOs and sector representatives attended.
“WE PAY MORE TAX THAN 66 PROVINCES TOTAL”
Kocaeli Chamber of Industry President Ayhan Zeytinoğlu said, “You are in a city where 2021 billion TL tax is collected in 110. We collect more taxes than 66 provinces in Turkey. We ask for your support for the infrastructure we need. We care about the establishment of logistics villages. We want flights from Cengiz Topel Airport in the summer months. This could be the airport of not only Kocaeli, but also Sakarya and Düzce.”
“A WORK THAT WILL AFFECT THE FATE OF OUR REGION”
Stating that important projects in transportation have been realized, Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Tahir Büyükakın said, “It is important for us that a study on logistics and logistics is carried out in Kocaeli and that Marmara is the axis. In the last 20 years, the Ministry of Transport has carried out huge projects for both Kocaeli and Turkey. In the upcoming period, one of the most important vision tasks for both Kocaeli and the Marmara region will be the steps to be taken in logistics. Therefore, the logistics workshop to be held today will perhaps be a very important study that will affect the fate of the region in the coming years, and that will affect the fate of Turkey.”
“KOCAELİ NEEDS LOGISTICS VILLAGE”
President Büyükakın stated that a logistics village should be established in Kocaeli; “Today we will talk about the Gulf and Kocaeli. As Marmara Municipalities Union, we carried out a separate study there. We want a joint decision on how Marmara will be managed as a whole, from the climate issue to the water resources, from the logistics issue to the transportation lines. A logistics village should be created. It should be integrated with the railway lines. This is not an organization that the Metropolitan Municipality can do. The creation of a new logistics village requires an inter-ministerial work. We are talking about a place in a logistics village where there are large warehouses, warehouses and distribution chains. 200 thousand trucks move daily in Kocaeli. We built the North Marmara Highway, but we also need the South Marmara Highway. It is necessary to strengthen production and storage areas, national and international road connections with railways. With this work, the heavy vehicle pressure on our highways will also be reduced. Not every part of the bay will be a port. Increasing cargo transportation should also start from Cengiz Topel Airport and this should be evaluated as a logistics movement opportunity. At least, the launch of cargo transportation at Cengiz Topel Airport will bring other opportunities to the city.”
“A SUITABLE CITY FOR LOGISTICS VILLAGE”
Stating that Kocaeli can be a logistics center, Governor Seddar Yavuz said, “Our Ministry has rendered important services to Kocaeli. I thank them. Industry is sufficient in Kocaeli. The industry brings with it certain problems. One of these problems is transportation. After the construction of the Northern Marmara Highway, there was a great relief in Kocaeli. Under the leadership of our President, a great revolution has taken place in the field of transportation in the last 20 years. That's why we believe that change will continue. There is a logistics village project to be established in Kocaeli. Kocaeli is an important center for this business," he said.
“WE ARE GOING TO BE A LOGISTIC SUPER POWER”
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, "I am happy to address you at the opening of the Transport 2053 "Gulf Logistics Workshop". We came here from the flood-affected areas in the Western Black Sea Region. Our teams continue to work without stopping. They are working shoulder to shoulder with our citizens to erase the effects of the flood as soon as possible. First of all, we say get well soon to all our country, especially our citizens in the region. From here we will go to that area again. Logistics sector; Today, it is the basic building block of the world economy and international trade, which is becoming more and more integrated. The importance of Turkey, which is at the center of a geography where 1,6 billion people live in the globalizing world, has a Gross National Product of 38 trillion dollars and a trade volume of 7 trillion dollars, is increasing day by day. Because our country has a very valuable geostrategic and geopolitical position in the middle of two important sea basins connecting three continents. In the light of these facts, while providing multimodal transportation connections in Turkey with the world, we are establishing uninterrupted and high quality transportation infrastructures between continents by creating international corridors. In this context, we are on our way to becoming a logistics superpower, which is our main goal. Our compass for all our steps is the “2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan”… We all witness the dizzying speed of transformations in the world. Our aim is not to keep up with it, but to be prepared for the future by being in front of the transformation.”
“THE FACE OF OUR COUNTRY KOCAELİ”
Stating that Kocaeli is an important city for Turkey, Minister İsmailoğlu said; “In our plans, we attach great importance to the contribution of our Kocaeli, the key to our Gulf, the value of our country. Kocaeli continues to show its difference with its growing and developing trade network day by day. In May of this year, Kocaeli Port is where the highest amount of cargo handled in our country is carried out. I would like to congratulate everyone who contributed to the 2022 percent increase in the amount of containers handled in the January-May 3,5 period compared to the same period of the previous year. Kocaeli, where railways and highways meet and maritime trade is active with its ports, is the center where the pulse of transportation and trade beats with Osmangazi Bridge, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Northern Marmara Highway and Istanbul-İzmir Highway. This important Workshop we organized in Kocaeli, one of the leading provinces of our country in terms of manufacturing industry, will provide valuable data with valuable results and will guide our plans.”
“TURKEY CONTINUES TO GROW DESPITE THE PANDEMIC”
Pointing out that Turkey has grown despite the pandemic and the crisis, Minister İsmailoğlu said, “While some people just keep talking as usual, we continue to produce services and build the future Turkey arm in arm with our nation. With many more services and infrastructure works in line with the spirit of the age, we will bring our country to the position it deserves among the developed countries of the world. What we have done in the last 20 years is the biggest proof that we are getting closer to our goal every day and what we will do in the future. In order for Turkey to achieve its export target of 2053 trillion dollars in 1, its logistics infrastructure must be completed and it must become a logistics base in its own region in global trade. While we build land, air, rail and sea routes, which are the lifeblood of trade, we are establishing a multi-model system in all transportation modes. We opened 13,6 different logistics centers with a total capacity of 13 million tons to make Turkey the logistics base of its region. During the pandemic period, the logistics sector gave an important test in our country as well as in the world. In 2020-2021, we were faced with high freight prices, raw material supply problem, and container, hygiene and protection measures. In this troubled period, we have never stopped our investments in our country. Despite the crisis, we continued production, employment and investment with the measures we took. While the economies of the world's leading countries shrank in the pandemic, Turkey was among the few countries in the world in terms of growth. As you know, in this process, our country, like all the countries of the world, gave an important test in the logistics sector. How happy are we; We passed this exam with a clear conscience,'' he said.
“WE WILL CONTRIBUTE TO KOCAELİ'S DEVELOPMENT”
Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu, who stated that Kocaeli will become the logistics capital next to the industry, concluded his speech with the following words; “The Northern Marmara Highway has become a golden necklace from the north of the Marmara Region to Marmara, where intense industrial, industrial and socio-cultural activities such as Istanbul, Kocaeli and Sakarya are carried out. The Northern Marmara Highway, with a total length of 443 kilometers, also has connections with the existing highway and state road network, such as the Istanbul-Edirne Highway, the Istanbul-Ankara Highway, the Gebze-Orhangazi-İzmir Highway and the D-100 Highway. With the Northern Marmara Highway and the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, international transit transports can be made faster without entering the city. Also, our Northern Marmara Highway connects to Organized Industrial Zones, which are important centers. In Kocaeli, which is an 'Industry Capital' within the framework of our Transportation 2053 Targets, we will ensure that the ports in the Gulf of Izmit are planned in parallel with the need for constantly growing industrial investments, and that the ports in the Gulf of Izmit are planned in parallel with the increase in the load created by the developing and growing industry and that they are developed according to these plans. In parallel with the increase in imports, exports and transit loads that will be created by the commercial and industrial growth of the region in the future, we will provide the infrastructure to respond to the increase in the size of container ships in accordance with these developments and in a timely manner at the ports in the Izmit Bay, and we will make our logistics center plans that support this. . We will address the needs of the bay, the city and the region within the framework of the Transport and Logistics Master Plan, with a sustainable, environmentalist and digitalization focus. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to everyone who has already contributed scientifically to our Workshop and conveyed their real sector experiences. I sincerely believe that the Transportation 2053 Körfez Logistics Workshop will make significant contributions to the sector and the region.”