According to the statement made by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, the 1st Logistics Coordination Board Meeting was held.
The Board took new decisions in line with the purpose of realizing the Logistics Master Plan (U2053) and prioritizing the projects for strengthening the logistics infrastructure within the plan and following the construction processes.
In this context, it was decided to establish new logistics centers in Gaziantep and Kocaeli. At the meeting, where the importance of an integrated transportation system with a competitive advantage was pointed out, the issues of “disaster logistics” and “transport and logistics principles in disaster risk management”, the importance of which was understood once again after the earthquakes on 6 February, were also discussed by all stakeholders.
“Gaziantep and Kocaeli economy will be stronger”
Minister Karaismailoğlu, in his assessment on the subject, stated that the logistics centers to be established in the said provinces will make significant contributions to Turkey’s exports and imports, and said, “Gaziantep and Kocaeli economy will be stronger.” used the phrase.
Karaismailoğlu pointed out that the COVID-19 epidemic and the Russia-Ukraine War caused international trade to enter a new era, and noted that Turkey’s strategic importance once again emerged after these developments.
Emphasizing that their work will continue without slowing down with the aim of “being among the top 10 economies of the world”, Karaismailoğlu said, “We are continuing our projects both in the earthquake zone and in other provinces in order to move our country forward in this difficult period.” made its assessment.
The new logistics center will be established on an area of 800 hectares in Kocaeli
The new logistics centers to be established in Kocaeli and Gaziantep, which are located at the critical points of Turkey’s transportation network and where the load flow is high, will make significant contributions to Turkey’s exports and imports.
The center, which will be located in Kocaeli, which has the largest share in the production of value-added groups such as petroleum, mining, food, beverage and automotive industry products, is planned to be built on an area of 800 hectares. In the modeling made in the light of the Logistics Master Plan, it is expected to make significant contributions to Istanbul, especially the Kocaeli Bay.
A logistics center will be established in the Şehitkamil region in Gaziantep, which is one of the important centers of industry in Turkey and especially in the Southeastern Anatolia Region and where transit passes in heavy vehicle traffic are very high. This will be an important step for the conformity of Turkey’s transportation policy with the main objectives, as well as for the region to stand up again and stronger than before.