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Turkish Press Review, 01-01-02

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From: Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs <http://www.mfa.gov.tr>

02.01.01

Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning


CONTENTS

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [02] CARGO SHIP SINKS OFF ANTALYA: 6 DEAD, 45 MISSING
  • [03] NEARLY 15 THOUSAND REFUGEES CAPTURED IN 2000
  • [04] 520 KG. HEROIN SEIZED
  • [05] TAI TO TAKE PART IN A400M PROJECT
  • [06] TURKEY'S PRIVATIZATION TARGET: $7.1 BILLION DOLLARS
  • [07] HALF OF THE BANKING SECTOR TO BE PRIVATIZED
  • [08] TURKS ALL AROUND THE WORLD
  • [09] IZMIRLIOGLU: "EU'S FISCAL SUPPORT FOR TURKEY IS ESSENTIAL"
  • [10] CITAK'S STATEMENT
  • [11] UNEMPLOYMENT FUND BUILDS UP QUICKLY
  • [12] FIRST BIDDING IN 2001
  • [13] SIS ANNOUNCES NUMBER OF TOURISTS VISITING TURKEY
  • [14] SPACE TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE
  • [15] RUSSIAN PAINTERS IN TURKEY
  • [16] GALATARAY'S SUCCESS
  • [17] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS
  • [18] STARTING ALL OVER BY KENAN AKIN (TURKIYE)

  • [01] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [02] CARGO SHIP SINKS OFF ANTALYA: 6 DEAD, 45 MISSING

    A Georgian-flagged cargo ship sank off Kemer in Antalya after slamming into rocks because of the storm yesterday. The ship was carrying 10 crew and 73 passengers believed to be illegal immigrants trying to enter Greece. 32 were saved from the ship while 45 are still missing. Six bodies were recovered from the sea. It was stated that the ship had sailed although it had technical problems. /Cumhuriyet/

    [03] NEARLY 15 THOUSAND REFUGEES CAPTURED IN 2000

    14,853 refugees who wanted to enter Greece via Turkey were captured in 2000. Recently, 134 refugees from nine different countries have been seized by gendarmerie in Edirne. The refugees will be deported. /Turkiye/

    [04] 520 KG. HEROIN SEIZED

    As a result of the joint operation by the Turkish and Greek Police Forces 520 kilos of heroin were seized and four people were arrested in Athens. Narcotics were found in two buses destined to Italy and Spain. /Milliyet/

    [05] TAI TO TAKE PART IN A400M PROJECT

    The Turkish Aerospace Industry (TAI) will take part in the international A400M project which foresees the production of 288 cargo planes. TAI authorities said Belgium, France, Germany, Italia, Spain, Britain and Turkey came together to produce military cargo planes and formed an Airbus Military Company. TAI holds nine percent of the Company. /Turkiye/

    [06] TURKEY'S PRIVATIZATION TARGET: $7.1 BILLION DOLLARS

    Privatization will be one of the most important economic topics of the year 2001 in Turkey. As a result of privatization, Turkey has obtained $7.3 billion in 15 years. Turkey's privatization target is $7.1 billion in 2001. Turk Telecom, Turkish Airlines, Petkim, Erdemir and TUPRAS are expected to be privatized this year. /Hurriyet/

    [07] HALF OF THE BANKING SECTOR TO BE PRIVATIZED

    Four state-owned banks and the banks currently under control of the Deposit Insurance Fund (MSF) will be privatized this year. Those banks comprise 41.8 % of the banking sector in Turkey. Vakifbank, Ziraat Bank, Halkbank and Emlakbank include 34% of assets of the whole banking system. Those banks control 38% of the TL and foreign exchange deposit accounts and give 26% of total credits. Eleven banks under the MSF control comprise 7.8 % of the banking sector. In total, these fifteen banks give 33.9 % of all credits and have a 53.6% share of all deposit accounts. /Milliyet/

    [08] TURKS ALL AROUND THE WORLD

    According to the Ministry of Labour and Social Security's data, 3,457,158 Turks live in 38 countries including, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Britain, Norway, Australia, the US, Southern Africa, Japan and Canada. Among the Turkish citizens all around the world 1,190,120 work in those countries and 282,877 are unemployed. Turks live overwhelmingly in Western Europe. Germany is the country having the highest number of Turks within its borders. (2,107,426) /Cumhuriyet/

    [09] IZMIRLIOGLU: "EU'S FISCAL SUPPORT FOR TURKEY IS ESSENTIAL"

    The State Planning Organization (DPT) is preparing the National Program in accordance with the Accession Partnership Document presented by the European Union. DPT Undersecretary Akin Izmirlioglu said the EU should support Turkey's efforts. The basic criteria defining the EU's indiscriminative attitude will be to implement fiscal support programs similar to the programs applied to other candidate countries. Mr. Izmirlioglu said, "Turkey is implementing the Customs Union without sufficient fiscal support from the EU. However, Turkey expects the EU to establish a fiscal program similar to the ones applied to other candidates which meets the requirements of the full EU membership." /Milliyet/

    [10] CITAK'S STATEMENT

    The Istanbul Gold Exchange (IAB) Chairman, Serdar Citak, stated that using various means of financial investment would be criteria for solving the financial crises easily. Citak added, "If the IAB was more active, the financial crisis that started on 22 November would be solved easily. The important thing is to create a financial supermarket. The more your basket is full of different goods, the more your liquidity increases. /Hurriyet/

    [11] UNEMPLOYMENT FUND BUILDS UP QUICKLY

    An unemployment insurance fund set up on June 1, 2000 has collected TL 269.3 trillion so far, the Anatolia news agency reported yesterday. Employee and employer contributions account for TL 181.9 trillion, state contribution for TL 72.8 trillion and interest gains for TL 14.6 trillion of the total amount. "Two percent of an employee's monthly gross salary is paid by the employee and the state and 3 percent by the employer, as contribution. The savings are invested in repo and deposits", Turkish Labor Agency General Director, Necdet Kenar, said. /Turkish Daily News/

    [12] FIRST BIDDING IN 2001

    The Treasury will hold the first bidding of 2001 on January 5. The bidding will be held for 6-month and 14-month state bonds. /Cumhuriyet/

    [13] SIS ANNOUNCES NUMBER OF TOURISTS VISITING TURKEY

    According to the State Institute of Statistics (SIS) data, Germany was the country from where the highest number of tourists came to Turkey. Britain and the Russan Federation followed Germany. /Cumhuriyet/

    [14] SPACE TECHNOLOGY IN AGRICULTURE

    Chairman of Izmir Trade Exchange, Hasan Ozmen, stated that the space technology used in the agricultural sector for Aegean cotton began to yield positive results. He said, "We will work for this technology to be used for other products apart from cotton. We have determined sowing areas with the help of photos taken by satellite and this increased the productivity of the cotton sector." Mr. Ozmen, also said that an electronic trade portal, which would include all the information concerning cotton, would be established. He added, "We are also trying to establish an international cooperation network. We will give information about the cotton harvest, rain, flood, cotton bids and prices on this portal." /Aksam/

    [15] RUSSIAN PAINTERS IN TURKEY

    Russian painters, Temuri Papiashvili and Amiran Danibegashvili will exhibit their 40 paintings in "College" Art Galeria in Istanbul. The exhibition will be open until Jan. 30th. /Turkiye/

    [16] GALATARAY'S SUCCESS

    Galatasaray was elected the 'Best Football Team of 2000' by a survey on CNN's web site. A total of 8,534 people participated in this survey all around the world. 54% of the participants voted for Galatasaray. /Aksam/

    [17] FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS...FROM THE COLUMNS

    [18] STARTING ALL OVER BY KENAN AKIN (TURKIYE)

    Columnist Kenan Akin writes on the developments and expectations in the new year. A summary of his column is as follows:

    "Turkey should not have entered the new year in pessimism and instability. However, these are the facts. Unfortunately the country has entered the new year under inconvenient circumstances. Turkey does not deserve such a fate and it is not the time to search for who is to blame in bringing the country to such a dismal state. Coming altogether, we have to find ways out from this situation.

    Despite all unfavorable circumstances, those wishing 2001 to bring stability to Turkey should meet, at least they should unite on common denominators. First of all, we have to find ways to base our economy on sound grounds. When there is stability, it will be seen that there are many ways out. We have to start everything anew in a sound manner on the first day of 2001. Certainly, the unfortunate legacy of the past will hamper new developments. However, we have to be able to erase the failures of the past. We have to launch courageous initatives in political, economic and social areas as of today.

    Radical resolutions to be made and courageous will to be shown on the first working day of the new century can be regarded as the first steps of good intention. We have to start without waiting for tomorrow, and every institution and establishment should fulfil their obligations. It should never be forgotten that we have the manpower and sources to be able to succeed in this aim."


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