TİM CHAIRMAN GÜLLE: WE ARE ALSO BUILDING A HEART-TO-HEART CONNECTION, NOT JUST COMMERCIAL
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM) continues its Virtual Trade Delegation programs with Qatar and Oman between February 1st and 4th to reducing the effects of Covid-19 on exports. TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle stated that they have established not only commercial but also a heart-to-heart connection in different geographies, “Regardless of the future of the pandemic, we will continue our virtual delegations. We are starting our physical delegations again in the middle of the year, hopefully. Our country's exports to Oman were 30 million dollars in 2001, while today it has reached 525 million dollars, exceeding 20 times. Our exports to Qatar reached 1 billion 36 million dollars today from just over 8 million dollars in 2001. This year, with the effect of our delegation and normalization in foreign trade, we will set new records in our exports to both countries.” he said.
The Turkish exporter is achieving historical achievements despite the contraction in the global trade due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Turkish exporter exported 169 billion 514 million dollars last year, exceeding the export target of 165.9 billion dollars under the "New Economy Program 2020 Export Target". Turkish exporter, which rapidly adapts to unusual conditions and performs V-type recovery in exports, made to wave the Turkish flag in 226 countries and regions where it delivered its products last year.
Turkish Exporters Assembly (TİM), the only umbrella organization of 100 thousand exporters with 61 exporter associations and 27 sectors, continues its efforts in full swing to reach the export target of 184 billion dollars set for 2021 and to strengthen the 'Made in Türkiye' brand in all over the world. TİM, which organized 35 Virtual Trade Delegations in 43 countries under the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce last year, continues its new generation trade activities with many countries from different geographies.
Virtual Trade Delegation from TİM to Qatar and Oman
TİM is also carrying out the last of its Virtual Trade Delegation programs to Qatar and Oman between February 1st and 4th. The opening of the Virtual Trade Delegation program organized to the two countries with TİM organization under the coordination of the Ministry of Commerce was held by Deputy Minister of Trade Gonca Yılmaz Batur, Turkish Ambassador to Muskat Ayşe Sözen Usluer, Turkish Ambassador to Doha Mehmet Mustafa Göksu and TİM Chairman İsmail Gülle.
“Hopefully, we will start our physical delegations again in the middle of the year.”
İsmail Gülle, who delivered the opening speech of the program, stated that the export family continues to have a great interest in virtual trade delegations as in 2020, “With our delegations, we can bring our companies together with buyers from all over the world with one click. In these geographies, we are not only building commercial ties, but also a heart-to-heart connection. Regardless of the future of the pandemic, we will continue our virtual delegations. Besides, we are starting our physical delegations again in the middle of the year. As the workers of the export family in the field, whether in digital, physical, on every platform, for “Türkiye Rising with Exports”, we will continue to work. We all know that our country has important cooperation with Qatar and Oman in many economic, political, and commercial areas. There are developed relations with the region and centuries of a heart-to-heart connection between us.
“The foundation of our relationships is solid”
Gülle said that through the Mechanism of the High Strategic Committee, the institutional structure of high-level dialogue and cooperation between Qatar and Türkiye has been established since 2014. Stating that the negotiations on trade and economic partnership agreements, including the Free Trade Agreement with Qatar, have ended in 2018, Gülle said, “We believe that after the recent internal approval processes, all agreements will come into force quickly. The fact that our country was among the first countries to recognize independence of Oman, it reveals how solid the basis of our relations with this country is."
“Our foreign trade with Qatar and Oman has reached high volumes”
Noting that our foreign trade with Qatar and Oman has reached much higher volumes today compared to the early 2000s, Gülle said, “Our country's exports to Oman reached 525 million dollars in 2001, exceeding 20 times. Our exports to Qatar exceeded 1 billion dollars in 2001 from just over 8 million dollars in 2001 to 1 billion 36 million dollars today. Of course, in the increase of our exports to these countries, besides our ever-advancing, deep-rooted relations, the high growth rate of these economies certainly had an impact. In the early 2000s, Qatar's Gross Domestic Product stood at 20 billion dollars, while it was 175 billion dollars in 2019. Likewise, Oman's Gross Domestic Product in 2001 was 19 billion dollars, while it was over 76 billion dollars in 2019. As of 2020, our bilateral trade volume was 1 billion 312 million dollars with Qatar and 854 million dollars with Oman. In 2020, we gave to Qatar a foreign trade surplus of 760 million dollars and to Oman 295 million dollars. Our total trade volume with the two countries is over 2 billion dollars.
“In our exports to both countries, we will set new records”
In the sense of moving this volume much higher; Gülle stated that there is a great job in the steel, iron and non-iron metals, construction materials, furniture, machinery and components, chemicals, and air conditioning industry sectors. In 2020, our textile exports to Qatar increased by 51 percent to 9.7 million dollars, our ready-to-wear exports increased by 31 percent to 76.1 million dollars, and our air conditioning industry exports increased by 24 percent to 35.6 million dollars. In 2020, our ship and yacht exports to Oman increased by 16 times to 29.7 million dollars. Our fresh fruit exports increased by 80 percent to 5.3 million dollars, our steel exports increased by 72 percent to 44.9 million dollars, and our aquaculture and animal products sector exports increased by 64 percent to 34 million dollars. In our exports to these markets, it is very important to achieve these achievements despite the pandemic. I believe that this year, with the effect of our delegation and normalization in foreign trade, we will set new records in our exports to both countries.” he said.
“New collaborations will be established after bilateral talks”
Gülle said that even in 2020, which has been challenging in every sense, the exporter, who broke the all-time monthly export record for two months, has the strength and energy to show a much more successful performance in the coming months, adding, “We believe that after bilateral meetings within the scope of the delegation, many new collaborations will be established, and our virtual trade delegation will further make potential job opportunities clearer.”