Baydemir criticizes Turkish government policy
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.