Minister of Commerce Mehmet Muş stated that exports continued to accelerate in the first month of this year as well, and said, “Exports reached the highest export value in January. In January, our exports increased by 10,4 percent compared to the same month of the previous year and amounted to 19,4 billion dollars. said.
Muş announced the foreign trade figures for January at the press conference held at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Commerce with Mustafa Gültepe, President of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM).
Expressing that the export figures are an indicator of the success achieved in a climate of such uncertainty in the world and in an environment where export expectations for Turkey are falling, Muş said that contrary to expectations, Turkey continues on its way in industrial production and exports with firm steps.
Pointing out that the political stability achieved in Turkey is behind these achievements, Muş used the following expressions:
“This political stability has opened the horizon to our exporters with policies that pave the way for exports and our exporters have delivered Turkish goods to large geographies of the world. At this point, we are making great efforts to increase the range of our exports. In order to find new markets in this direction, we continue our commercial diplomacy activities intensively. Recently, we made a very useful visit to Venezuela with the TIM delegation. Here, I would like to emphasize that the meetings we have with our interlocutors and the bilateral business meetings with business people are extremely beneficial. We will continue these activities that will pave the way for our exports in the coming period. We will try our best to solve whatever problem our exporter has in any country. Contrary to the disaster scenarios drawn by someone, we believe in the power and potential of this country.”
“Gold imports increased by 733 percent”
Stating that he has no doubt that Turkey will achieve success in 2023 as well, Muş said:
“Our exports continued the momentum it gained last year in the first month of this year and reached the highest export value in January. In January, our exports increased by 10,4 percent compared to the same month of the previous year and amounted to 19,4 billion dollars. With the effect of the sharp increase in energy and commodity prices, our imports amounted to 33,7 billion dollars in January, while more than a quarter of this figure is due to energy imports. The effect of the high course of energy prices on our imports is better understood when we look at the energy import data of the past years. As a matter of fact, energy imports in January increased by 2021 percent compared to the same month of 238 and reached the level of 8,8 billion dollars.
Explaining that the recent increase in gold imports was also effective in the increase in imports, Muş said that in January, total gold imports increased by 733 percent compared to the same month of the previous year and reached 5,1 billion dollars.
“The global automotive market is reviving”
Pointing out that the global automotive market started to revive with the easing of the problems related to the supply of semiconductors in various sectors last year, Muş said:
“It is noteworthy that this situation is reflected in our automotive imports as an increase of 47 percent. On the other hand, the negative effects of the parity (euro/dollar) on our foreign trade figures continue. Due to the parity effect, less exports worth approximately 500 million dollars were realized in January. While sharing our foreign trade data, I would like to open a separate parenthesis for our service exports. Our service revenues increased in the January-November 2022 period with the high contribution of travel and transportation revenues and amounted to 83,6 billion dollars.”
Minister of Commerce Mehmet Muş stated that it is important for exporters to turn to alternative markets and said, “We continue our efforts to make Turkey the first choice of Middle East and Gulf countries for the supply of goods and services.” said.
Minister Muş announced the foreign trade figures for January at the press conference he held with the President of the Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) Mustafa Gültepe at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Commerce.
Condemning the despicable act of burning the Quran in Sweden, Muş said, “This despicable act is a clear hate crime. Those who allow this action under the name of 'freedom of expression' are also partners in this hate crime. No one should doubt that we, as Turkey, will follow this event until the end." he said.
Pointing out that records were broken in exports last year, Muş said, “Although the uncertain outlook in the global economy continues in 2023, we are working hard to carry this success forward. ” he used the phrase.
Pointing out that there is a serious uncertainty caused by many factors such as high inflation in the global economy, the slowdown in trade and economy, the Russia-Ukraine War and the geopolitical risks triggered by this, and the opening of the Chinese economy this year, Muş said that the contraction in goods and services trade continues. reported seeing.
Stating that the slowdown and growing uncertainty spreading from developed countries to the global economy also weakened global investments, Muş said, “Global layoffs continue due to decreasing demand and stagnation expectations in many areas from technology to finance and production.” said.
Emphasizing that Turkey's right policies have paid off in this challenging period in which the global economy is going through, Muş said, "At a time when concerns about the sustainability of debt in many countries increased and public debt reached 93 percent of national income in the Euro Area, this rate was only 35 percent in our country. Its realization is an important achievement. As can be seen, Turkey's debt ratio is better than many developed countries. made its assessment.
“The exporter will be supported by 10,1 billion liras this year”
Stating that a difficult period is expected in the global economy in the coming period, Muş said that the weak demand seen especially in the European economies, which is Turkey's largest trading partner, poses a risk on exports.
Stating that it is important for exporters to turn to alternative markets in this context, Muş said, “First of all, we continue our efforts to ensure that Turkey is the first choice for the Middle East and Gulf countries in terms of supply of goods and services, whose incomes and therefore demands are rising due to rising energy prices. We accelerated our commercial diplomacy activities with Middle Eastern countries. As the Ministry, while we strive to make our country a production and supply center for Europe, we continue to stand by them in directing our exporters to different markets, especially the Far Countries Strategy.” said.
Emphasizing that they continue to be behind the exporters with government support this year, as every year, Muş stated that the support from 2022 billion liras in 5,2 has been increased to 10,1 billion liras this year.
Muş stated that Export Development Joint Stock Company (İGE AŞ), which started its operations in March last year and strengthened its capital structure in August, facilitated access to finance for exporters who have collateral problems.
“İGE AŞ, which is a revolutionary application in terms of financing exports, has provided guarantees for over 21 billion liras of loans to date, giving our exporters a breath of fresh air in terms of financing. Although a very short time has passed since its establishment, İGE AŞ has become a very important resource for our exporters with its strengthening structure. I believe that IGE AŞ will be much stronger in the coming years and will have a huge structure that will make a greater contribution to the Turkish economy.”
Stating that the Ministry and exporters continue their efforts to increase the country's exports without slowing down, Muş said, “We hold sector-by-sector consultations within the framework of our vision of a producing Turkey. I would like to emphasize here that these consultations will increasingly continue in the coming period.” said.
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