President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan delivered a speech at the Turkey Innovation Week and InovaLIG Award Ceremony in Istanbul.
“Our foreign trade deficit dropped by 57.8 percent to $2 billion 831 million”
“Our exports reached $15 billion 273 million last month, up 5.4 percent year-on-year, while our imports fell by 14.6 percent to $18 billion 1 million. Therefore, our foreign trade deficit dropped by 57.8 percent to $2 billion 831 million. The export-to-import ratio has risen from 68.3 percent in April 2018 to 84.4 percent,” President Erdoğan said.
“Now, exporting goods and services is not enough. In order to reach our goals for 2023, we have to boost the added value of our exports. I believe we will achieve that hand in hand with our real sector, financial sector, our economic administration and last but not the least our people, the source of our power,” President Erdoğan underlined.
“The way to remain in the economic ecosystem of the future is through innovation”
Highlighting that the way to remain in the economic ecosystem of the future is through innovation, President Erdoğan said: “No stop, no rest until we achieve Turkey’s goals for 2023. The more we open up to the world, the closer we get to our goals. Although some force us to turn in on ourselves, we will not fall for this trap.”
Noting that the EU have not kept its promises to Turkey with regard to the refugees, President Erdoğan said: “If the European countries still live in peace today, they owe it to Turkey’s housing 4 million refugees on its lands.”
"Those who turned Syria into a quagmire are trying to surround our country’s borders with a terror corridor”
Warning those who try to provoke the social fault lines in Turkey to first look at the unstable ground they are sitting on, President Erdoğan said: “Those who turned Syria into a quagmire are trying to surround our country’s borders with a terror corridor.”
“We will not allow any threat to Turkey from Syria. We will continue our endeavors until we hand the Syrian lands, including Manbij and east of the Euphrates, back to their true owners. We say this to those, who do not respect our country’s defense needs and think they can corner us through sanction threats: Turkey is neither the Middle East nor the Balkans or the South America. With its thousands of years old state experience, its magnificent civilizational history and its a-thousand-year-long dominance in its region, Turkey is too great to be swallowed up,” President Erdoğan underscored.
“Any economic or political attempt against Turkey’s sovereignty is doomed to fail,” President Erdoğan said.