President Erdoğan’s message to the 12th Bosphorus Summit

President Erdoğan’s message to the 12th Bosphorus Summit

In the message he sent to the 12th Bosphorus Summit held by the International Cooperation Platform, President Erdoğan expressed his gratitude to the participants who would contribute to the summit held under the theme “Working for a Better World”.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said, “The international community, particularly the developed countries, failed during the pandemic, one of the world's worst health crises. The pandemic sparked severe humanitarian crises, especially in the periphery countries of the global system. The need for establishing a fairer world in social, personal and economic life, as well as the international security architecture, has emerged.”

Stating that the coronavirus pandemic revealed the global system's inequalities once more, President Erdoğan said:

“The international community, particularly the developed countries, failed during the pandemic, one of the world's worst health crises. The pandemic sparked severe humanitarian crises, especially in the periphery countries of the global system. The need for establishing a fairer world in social, personal and economic life, as well as the international security architecture, has emerged. We have witnessed in this age that if even one member of the big human family is not safe, none of us can feel secure. We cannot avoid problems by withdrawing, fencing our borders, and turning our backs on what is happening outside our borders. This harsh reality imposes itself in a variety of areas ranging from economy to security, education to health, and especially irregular migration and counterterrorism.”

With this awareness, Türkiye has long drawn attention to the need for justice and reform in the global system for a long time. We underline that humanity’s fate should not be left entirely in the hands of only five countries. With the belief that 'A fairer world is possible,' we not only criticise but actively provide solutions to problems. We see our recent struggle in the economy as a complementary part of this effort. We believe that a new economic model focused on investment, employment, production, and exports, rather than an interest-centred approach, will allow us to better implement development, welfare, income equality, and sustainable growth. Both the massive investments we have made in infrastructure over the last 19 years, as well as the opportunities offered for our country by the pandemic encourage us to reach these goals more than ever. I believe that the 12th Bosphorus Summit, taking place during a period of significant global changes, will provide us with new perspectives. Once again, I would like to thank all of the experts, politicians, academics, and representatives of the business world who have contributed to the summit with their valuable ideas. I wish the summit to be auspicious and once again greet you with respect.”