Who gets what in the new budget
Negotiations over the 2019 budget at the Parliamentary Budget Plan Committee have come to an end. The series of Committee meetings, in which a different ministry’s budget was handled every day, was an opportunity to evaluate ministries based on projects and targets they presented as a roadmap for 2019. The results, representing the first budget of the Presidential System, are as follows:
Ex mbank w ll prov de $48.4 b ll on support
In the licensed warehousing system of the Ministry of Commerce, the number of enterprises receiving permits has reached 144 while the number in operation has reached 62, with the total licensed capacity reaching nearly 3.1 million tonnes. The Turkey Specialized Products Exchange, in which shares of agricultural products are traded electronically, will be operational by the 2019 harvest period. The Halal Accreditation Agency will start its activities in 2019. Eximbank will provide a $48.4 billion in cash loans and export credit insurance support to exporters in 2019, a 10 percent increase which will provide financing support to 27 percent of total exports. Renewal of the Hamzabeyli Customs Gate will be completed in 2019 and the Ipsala Customs Gate in 2020.
Prototype for Turkey’s f rst domest c car
Turkey’s Automobile Inıtiative Group, under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry and Technology, aims to produce a prototype vehicle at the end of 2019. Over the course of the year, the number of R&D centers will be increased to 1,700. The infrastructure of Ergene, Ercis, Sabanozu, Arsin and Alapli industral zones will be completed next year. Digital Transformation Centers will be established in Ankara, Bursa, Kayseri, Izmir, Gaziantep and Mersin where industrialists can see firsthand applied digital transformation initiatives in a real production environment and can receive consultation services. The Entrepreneur Support Program of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Organization (KOSGEB) will be updated to meet the technological needs of enterprises and provide up to TRY 360,000 in support. The Industrial Property Company, which was established under the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office in order to accelerate the transformation of the industrial property portfolio to commercial value, will be operational in 2019.
Promot ng work safety
The Ministry of Labor and Social Services has taken steps to improve the conditions of workers and employers in 2019. Under the Development of Occupational Health and Safety Culture program, the unemployment premium paid by the employer per employee at a workplace classified as “very dangerous” that has more than 10 employees and where accidents resulting in fatalities or permanent incapacity have not occurred for three years will be reduced from two percent to one percent. This will be applied as of January 1, 2019. In order to provide the employer with information on how much the insured will benefit from the premium, based on prime income, and how much premium they will pay, an application titled, “How much I will benefit from the incentive”, will be launched. Vocational training courses, on-thejob and entrepreneurship training programs will be increased to combat unemployment.