Bay­demir crit­i­cizes Turk­ish govern­ment pol­icy

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Turkey adopted a new re­gion- and in­dus­try-based state in­cen­tive sys­tem on June 20, 2012, and the Turk­ish Min­istry of the Econ­omy chose to an­nounce the first an­nual eco­nomic re­sults of the new sys­tem in Di­yarbakır. The new sys­tem ranks prov­inces in terms of so­cial and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment to pro­duce six groups; the prov­inces in the sixth group, most of which are poorer eastern and south­east­ern prov­inces, re­ceive the most in­vest­ment sup­port.

The Turk­ish Min­is­ter for the Econ­omy, Zafer Çağlayan, said 4, 840 projects worth 76 bil­lion Turk­ish Li­ras (TL) had ben­e­fited from in­cen­tives within the frame­work of the new sys­tem since last year. “The first re­gion, in which Istanbul is lo­cated, took the lion’s share, with sub­si­dized in­vest­ments worth 32.8 bil­lion TL, while the sixth re­gion re­ceived sub­si­dized in­vest­ments amount­ing to 8.2 bil­lion TL,” he said. Across Turkey, there was a 20% in­crease in the num­ber of in­vest­ment cer­tifi­cates, a 60% rise in in­vest­ment vol­ume, and a 59% in­crease in em­ploy­ment.

Çağlayan said the Min­istry aimed to create 27, 465 jobs with 575 new projects in the sixth re­gion. “Twenty projects are al­ready on­go­ing in the re­gion, and 11 projects have al­ready been com­pleted in the other five re­gions. Tex­tiles, tourism and the pro­duc­tion of con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als are the prom­i­nent sec­tors in the sixth re­gion,” he noted.

Os­man Bay­demir, the mayor of the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Di­yarbakır, said that mis­guided poli­cies pur­sued by the Turk­ish Govern­ment have led to cap­i­tal mov­ing west­wards away from Kur­dish cities in the East of Turkey. He also said that the Kurds are not beg­gars to ask for alms from oth­ers.

He said the only thing the Kur­dish peo­ple want is the re­moval of the dif­fer­ences that now ex­ist be­tween Turkey’s eastern and western cities.

“If the Turk­ish govern­ment wants to en­cour­age the cap­i­tal­ists to in­vest in Kur­dish cities, it needs first to re­turn the cap­i­tal to our Kur­dish cities be­fore send­ing in the cap­i­tal­ists and in­vestors,” said Bay­demir.

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