Central Istanbul district overtakes 69 Turkish provinces in textile exports
ISTANBULThe Osmanbey district in Istanbul was the origin of more textile exports than 69 provinces across Turkey in the first five months of 2015, the head of the district’s Textile Manufacturers and Businesspeople Association (OTİAD) has stated.
“Our members made exports worth around $615 million in the first five months of the year. Thus, Osmanbey made more textile exports than 69 of the 81 provinces across Turkey. If Istanbul aims to be a fashion capital in the future, Osmanbey, which makes exports to 154 countries across the world, will be at the center of this,” OTİAD head İlker Karataş said late on June 22.
Karataş said Turkey has been directly or indirectly affected by negative developments in its neighborhood, which resulted in a general decrease in its exports.
“But Turkey has been experiencing a positive post-election period. We support any coalition government that would make structural reforms and maintain permanent peace by leaving party political interests behind,” he added.
Osmanbey neighbors the Beyoğlu district, which includes İstiklal Street and other tourist attractions.