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"The changes that Turkey went through following 2000, including the economic decisions that were made, are an important step. The reforms made in 2000 allowed Turkey to make great strides, despite the fact that it came at the top of the list of countries with high inflation and high interest rates. Powerfull businessmen from Turkey share their experiences and plans."

BMW Targets Brazil, Russia, Turkey, S. Korea for Two Factories

Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, the world's largest maker of luxury vehicles, is considering adding two auto factories in emerging markets as it seeks to extend its lead over Volkswagen AG's Audi.

BMW is evaluating sites for a plant in Brazil as well as another factory in Russia, India, South Korea or Turkey, Chief Executive Officer Norbert Reithofer said today at the company's annual shareholders' meeting in Munich.

"The people in these countries want more individual mobility," Reithofer said in a speech. "We want to further our lead in the premium sector."

The maker of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce cars is expanding in emerging markets as it looks to guard its independence and fend off Audi, which aims to overtake BMW as the luxury-car leader by 2015. BMW's joint venture plant in Shenyang, China, is boosting investment to 1 billion euros ($1.42 billion) from 560 million euros.

US Ambassador Says Turkish-American Economic Ties to Benefit from Defense Industry

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US Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone addressed to companies who participated in this year's IDEF fair.
US Ambassador to Turkey Francis J. Ricciardone has said in a meeting in İstanbul that as Turkey's military industry complex grows, it will become one of the major areas of cooperation in Turkish-American economic relations.
 

The ambassador was speaking at a reception he hosted on Wednesday for companies participating at the International Defense Industry Fair (IDEF) and said this fair would help both Turkish and American firms find new opportunities and partners.

Noting that he was proud of the American contribution to Turkey's success in the defense industry, the ambassador said soldiers, diplomats and civilians of both countries worked together to establish peace and security in the world, citing examples from Somalia and Libya.

Turkey to Build 2 'New Cities' for Istanbul

Image ISTANBUL (AP) — Turkey on Wednesday announced plans to build two earthquake-resistant developments in the Istanbul area to lure residents away from dangerous neighborhoods.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the first of two "new cities" would be built on abandoned quarries and coal pits at the edge of Istanbul's European side. The second would be located on unused land on the Asian side, he said, without providing further details.

The two new urban centers would have a population of about 1 million each.

Erdogan said studies for the project would begin soon after Turkey's June 12 elections, while construction would start next year. The main aim of the project is encourage people living in Istanbul's earthquake-prone areas to move, he said.

Turkish Trade Deficit Almost Doubles to Record $9.8 Billion

Turkey’s trade deficit jumped 91 percent from a year earlier in March, as central bank policies failed to slow growing domestic demand that draws in imports of goods and raw materials. The deficit was $9.8 billion in the month, compared with $5.1 billion a year earlier, the statistics office in Ankara said on its website today. The figure exceeded a median estimate for a $7.8 billion deficit in data compiled by Bloomberg.

Turkish Contractors in Turkmenistan Facing Payment Crisis

Image Turkish construction companies in Turkmenistan are on the edge of big losses as the government rejects to pay an alleged $1 billion for completed or ongoing projects, businessmen say. The Turkmen government is either seizing equipment or offering new and attractive contracts to overcome upcoming legal problems, they say Turkish construction companies in Turkmenistan are hardly financing their ongoing projects in the country as the government is not doing any payments, according to some businessmen.

Turkish construction firms doing business in Turkmenistan are facing financial problems as the government is rejecting to pay the cost of completed projects worth $1 billion, according to contractors speaking to the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review on Sunday.

“More than 40 Turkish construction firms have been subjected to mistreatment,” said Tarık Bozbey, head of the Mediterranean Exporters Union and head of Bozbey Construction. “Turkish firms there are in a serious financial struggle.”

Bozbey said that because the Turkmen government was not making its obligatory payments the construction of some projects could not be completed. The government seized construction vehicles and equipment from some Turkish firms “illegally,” according to Bozbey. “This means billions of dollars in losses for the firms,” he said, adding that the Turkmen state had violated international laws by mistreating the Turkish firms.

Turkish Defense Industry Targets Latin American Countries

Image Turkish defense industry companies' new target has become Latin American countries. Turkish defense industry companies continue to make promotions and marketing in all corners of the world. Following a recent protocol signed in Indonesia that was worth 400 million USD, the Turkish Undersecretariat of Defense Industry (SSM) is helping Turkish defense industry companies to market their goods in Latin American countries.

Dogan Agrees to Sell Two Turkish Newspapers for $74 Million

ImageTurkish businessman Aydin Dogan agreed to sell the Milliyet and Vatan newspapers to DK Gazetecilik & Yayincilik AS, owned by the Demiroren and Karacan groups, for $74 million. Dogan will sell Milliyet for $48 million and Vatan for $26 million, unit Dogan Gazetecilik AS (DGZTE), which controls the newspapers, said in a filing with the Istanbul Stock Exchange today.

Businessman Invites Swedes for Cheap Labor, Regional Access

ImageTurkey offers Swedish investors vast opportunities for cheap employment and regional access, according to İshak Alaton, chairman of Turkish-Swedish Business Council at Foreign Economic Relations Board of Turkey, or DEİK.

It is beneficial for foreign firms to consider Turkey for future investment plans, said Alaton during his meeting with Swedish Trade Minister Dr. Ewa Björling and an accompanying delegation in Istanbul on Wednesday.

“While you would pay a minimum 2,000 euros for an employee’s monthly salary in Sweden, you could employ a quality employee for as little as 400 euros in Turkey,” she said.

Turkey could cooperate more with Swedish firms in biotechnology, information technology and energy, she added.

Ziraat Bankasi Opens Branch in Jeddah

Image JEDDAH: With the opening of the branch of a leading Turkish bank in Jeddah, trade and commerce between Turkey and Saudi Arabia will reach new heights, said Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan here on Saturday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of Ziraat Bankasi's first branch in Rowadah district, Erdogan said, “It will further enhance cooperation between Turkey and the Kingdom in the fields of development, agriculture and construction. It has added a new chapter in our ties with Saudi Arabia. It will also immensely help thousands of Turkish pilgrims who come to the Kingdom for Haj and Umrah,” he added.

A large number of Saudi businessmen, officials and Turkish community members witnessed the glittering opening ceremony and lauded Erdogan for his efforts to boost Saudi-Turkish ties.

THY Airlines Orders More IAE V2500 Engines

Image EAST HARTFORD, CT--(Marketwire - March 13, 2011) - Turkish Airlines (THY), the national carrier of Turkey, has again selected the International Aero Engines AG V2500 SelectOne™ engine to power its A320 family aircraft. IAE will deliver 10 firm engines in 2013.

This follow-on order is valued at up to $200 million and will power A321 aircraft.

"We have been very pleased with the exceptional relationship we share with International Aero Engines, as well as the performance of its V2500 engine," said Mr. Hamdi Topçu, Chairman of Turkish Airlines. "It has helped us to maintain our reputation that reinforces our image as a leader in one of the most demanding aviation markets."

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