PM Erdoğan praises economy’s ten years
ŞANLIURFA - Anatolia News Agency
PM Erdoğan addresses citizens in Viranşehir, Şanlıurfa, where he inaugurated several business facilities. AA photoTurkey grew three fold over the last 10 years, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during a public speech in the town of Viranşehir in the southeastern province of Şanlıurfa, adding that this timeframe corresponded with the ruling period of the Justice and Development Party (AKP).
“Hopefully in 10 years, on the 100th anniversary of our Republic, we will become one of the top 10 economies in the world,” he said. “Can we achieve this? Of course we can.”
Turkey’s annual exports increased to $150 billion from $36 billion a decade ago, the prime minister said.
The reserves of the Central Bank rose to $121 billion from $27.5 billion in the same period, he said.
The $23.5 billion worth debt to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) well to $860 million and this will be cleared up as of May next year, he added.
In addition the country is preparing to lend the fund $5 billion, he said.
“We were getting loans in the past. Today we are giving loans,” the prime linister said.
As a part of his two-day visit to the southeastern Turkey, Erdoğan inaugurated some 36 facilities, which sum up to 211 million Turkish Liras in investments. Twenty-five of these facilities are in Şanlıurfa.