"Positioning Turkey on the Belt and Road Initiative" report jointly prepared by DEIK Logistics and Turkey-China Business Councils were presented to DEIK community on November 19, 2019 at Istanbul, River Plaza.
In his opening speech, Turkey-China Business Council Chairman Murat Kolbaşı stated that he sees the Belt Road Initiative not only as an infrastructure project within the scope of interconnected airlines, railways and port constructions, but also as a strategy document that will contribute to the development and economic growth of the countries in the region. Turkey's Marmaray Rail Tube Tunnel of Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, North Marmara Motorway, Eurasia Tunnel, Osmangazi Bridge, high-speed train lines, Gebze Orhangazi-Izmir Motorway, 1915 Bridge, generation of mega transport projects such as the new Istanbul airport foster the ties with BRI's middle the corridor and increased the importance Turkey.
Logistics Business Council Chairman Turgut Erkeskin stated that they have been following this project closely from the beginning as the logistics sector. This project is not just an infrastructure and logistics projects, indicating that many sectors and cover a wide geography. As business community a cautious approach would be helpful for the integration progress of Turkey to BRI. We will have also disadvantageous sectors too. But the whole picture is too large to ignore. We need to adapt ourselves for this new era.
The meeting ended after the question and answer session with the project presentation.