Ömer Bolat, who was appointed as the Minister of Commerce by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, gave important messages regarding the agenda of the Ministry in the new period while taking over the task.

Stating that he will work in cooperation with business organizations, Bolat pointed out that they will increase production and trade and increase welfare.

Price stability will be given priority

According to Bolat’s messages, the increase in exports of goods and services will improve the current account deficit and increase foreign exchange reserves. The negative effects of the COVID-19 outbreak on the trade market will be removed and excessive price increases will be prevented. In order to protect the purchasing power of the people, the decline in inflation will be accelerated and price stability will be given priority.

According to the Performance Program of the Ministry of Commerce and the AK Party’s election manifesto titled “The Right Steps for the Century of Turkey”, other issues that will be on the Ministry’s agenda in the new period are as follows:

Exports will be increased to at least 400 billion dollars in 2028

“Policies that focus on highly competitive, high value-added and branded exports will be accelerated. Exports, which were 254.2 billion dollars by the end of 2022, will be increased to at least 400 billion dollars in 2028. It will increase the share of high-tech and environmentally friendly products in exports, product and market diversification will be supported by reducing regional dependency.

Firms and entrepreneurs will gain competitive power

The creation of new exporters and the promotion of the development of existing export markets will continue.

With the new export supports, companies and entrepreneurs will gain competitive power on a global scale.

Practices aimed at improving customs practices and border crossing processes in exports will continue.

Leap areas will be encouraged in service exports, and the potential contributions of new generation services will be benefited from alongside traditional services.

Renewal of customs gates will continue

Within the scope of the Far Countries Strategy, which has a high potential for the export of goods and services, exports of goods and services will be increased through activities in many fields such as finance, standardization, logistics, promotion and diplomacy for 18 countries.

Customs and trade transactions will be made faster and easier with the focus of digitalization and green transformation. The modernization and renewal of customs gates and customs will continue.

With the Use of Blockchain in Export Project, all customs and logistics processes in export transactions will be carried out and monitored electronically from a single screen by all stakeholders with the blockchain infrastructure. Customs procedures will be made faster, easier and more effective and monitored through new technologies.

The 1.5 percent share of e-exports in general exports will approach 10 percent in 2030.

With the new investments to be made in the free zones, the development of the production capacity of goods and services, increasing its contribution to exports and creating new employment will be supported. Free zone legislation and practices will be updated in order to promote green energy in free zones.

The Western Anatolia Free Zone will be put into operation, and a new free zone will be established for yacht and boat manufacturing.

100 IT companies will be included in the e-Turquality support program

Until 2028, 100 IT companies will be included in the e-Turquality support program for the creation of regional and global “unicorns”.

It will continue to support compliance and integration with international agreements, rules and legal regulations in export markets to which the country is a party or interlocutor.

Emission Trading System

Continuing the effective implementation of the Green Reconciliation Action Plan is also on the agenda of the Ministry.

It will implement policies that will take into account the competitiveness of the sectors related to the implementation of the Emissions Trading System (ETS), in line with the EU.

ETS will be created.

With the ETS to be established, funds such as carbon pricing mechanisms will be transferred to green transformation projects of the relevant sectors. In the financing of exports, mechanisms will be established to provide loans with favorable conditions on the axis of green taxonomy.

It will continue to facilitate the access of products with competitive advantage to target markets, which will increase the country’s global commercial integration.

Customs Union Agreement will be updated

The Customs Union Agreement with the EU will be updated in line with the emerging needs.

Studies for new generation free trade agreements will continue and the network of free trade agreements will be expanded.

Logistics centers will be opened abroad

By opening foreign logistics centers, exporters’ access to potential markets and distribution channels will be accelerated. Support for the establishment of Overseas Logistics Distribution Networks (YLDA) in target markets will continue. In this way, export products will be delivered to their final buyers within 24-72 hours. It will be ensured that export cargoes are consolidated and transported and transportation costs are reduced by approximately 20 percent.

In line with the goal of increasing the country’s foreign trade capacity and becoming a trade base, the electronic integration of goods arriving by sea or air will be expanded in customs clearance processes.

The number of documents processed in the Single Window System will be increased

Customs Gates Analysis Program will be implemented. The completion times of the customs procedures of vehicles entering and leaving the land border gates will be monitored, instant and average number of vehicles and processing times will be monitored. Thus, possible waiting and delays will be prevented.

The number of documents processed in the Single Window System will be increased, and the BİLGE Customs Platform will be implemented. It will be ensured that declarations regarding customs procedures are made quickly, easily and securely through a single electronic access point.

e-KIP will be implemented

Electronic Easy Export Platform (e-KIP) will be implemented. The information needs of countries about e-commerce markets, important overseas marketplaces, multiple channels and consumer behavior will be met from a single platform. With an advanced technology infrastructure including artificial intelligence applications, online digital consultancy for e-export will be provided at the point of target market determination.

All processes including payments in trade registry transactions will be carried out electronically.

With the MERSIS mobile application, it will be possible to carry out trade registry transactions via mobile devices and make these transactions even easier.

Incentives and supports for the licensed warehousing system will be continued and the system will be expanded.

Arbitration committees will be restructured

Consumer disputes will be resolved in a faster, simpler and easier way with the focus of digital transformation.

Consumer arbitration committees will be restructured to be in 81 provincial centers, and application and review processes will be facilitated by improving human and digital capacity.

An infrastructure will be created that will enable consumer complaints to be forwarded directly to the relevant companies, and dispute resolutions will be realized as soon as possible.

The rate of distrust in consumer products will be reduced to zero

Inspections carried out to protect the health and safety of consumers and guidance activities carried out to inform companies will be increased and the rate of insecurity in consumer products will be reduced to zero.

Legislation on commercial advertising and unfair commercial practices will be harmonized with all areas where the advertising industry expands, especially digital media. Special precautions will be taken for sensitive consumer groups, especially children and the elderly.

Efficiency will be increased in detecting competition violations and conducting investigation processes in all markets, especially in digital and technology-based markets.

Active cooperation, reconciliation and commitment mechanisms will be used in competition investigations carried out in all sectors. It will be ensured that necessary regulations and inspections are carried out in order to take an active role with legislative studies, control of mergers and acquisitions, sector reviews and investigations in digital and technology-based markets, and to encourage competition both between and within platforms in digital markets.

Necessary steps will be taken to establish competition in the markets examined within the scope of the conducted Online Advertising Sector and Mobile Ecosystems Sector reviews.

The scope of renewed products will be expanded

In order to improve the current account balance, the scope of renewed products will be expanded, and used electronic products will be brought back into the economy.

Within the scope of combating smuggling, the use of domestic and national technologies in customs administrations will be expanded. Domestic and national vehicle and container scanning systems, which started mass production with the MİLTAR Project, will be expanded to other institutions, especially customs administrations, and their export potential will be developed.

By establishing the New Generation Risk Based Control System in Foreign Trade (TAREKS), product safety audits will be carried out more effectively in foreign trade.

Market surveillance and product safety legislation will be updated in the triangle of green transformation, circular economy and artificial intelligence. Measures will be implemented to ensure that the authorized institutions in the field of market surveillance and control function in an effective coordination.

Tradesmen will be supported to do business with large companies

Within the scope of the Support of Cooperatives Program, the projects of cooperatives for production and employment will continue to be supported.

Support for steps that will facilitate the clustering and cooperation of tradesmen and craftsmen will continue.

Initiatives that will enable tradesmen and craftsmen to do business with large companies in the same or similar business lines together or in a complementary manner will be supported. The processes of providing and raising qualified workforce of tradesmen and craftsmen will be discussed with a new perspective.

The existing institutional structure will be reviewed in a way that will be able to address the problems of the tradesmen more quickly at the macro level. In this context, the institutional and financial structures of professional organizations will be strengthened and they will be provided with more effective services to tradesmen.

Additional interest support will be provided to artisans and craftsmen who turn to the manufacturing sector, export, branding and e-commerce in the loans extended with the support of the Treasury.

Investment incentive models will be developed for tradesmen and craftsmen to provide consumption from renewable energy. Trainings on the subject will be organized in 81 provinces in order to provide training, consultancy and information support to tradesmen and craftsmen on export processes, entrepreneurship, R&D and innovation, and state aids.

Programs that will facilitate access of tradesmen to e-commerce and e-export markets will be implemented. By actively using the Ahi-Order Fund, tradesmen and craftsmen will be enabled to operate more safely while doing business in the market.

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