President and AK Party Chairman Recep Tayyip Erdoğan attended and delivered a speech at the event titled “Overcoming Disabilities-2017” organized by the Directorate of Social Policies.
President Erdoğan recalled that he, during his address yesterday in Muş, said that he had heard some news that some businessmen were trying to move their assets abroad, and that they would not look favorably upon those persons. Indicating that there were various interpretations on his statement, President Erdoğan clarified that Turkey is a country with free market economy and said, “Since 1989, everyone has had the right to transfer money abroad and surely this right is still in place. We are a country which not only attracts foreign investors but also makes foreign investments.”
“ANY BUSINESSMAN WHO DOES NOT BELIEVE IN HIS COUNTRY IS NEITHER LOCAL NOR NATIONAL”
Drawing attention to the fact that Turkey has attracted foreign investments amounting to $180 billion and the foreign investments made by Turkish businessmen exceeded $40 billion in the last 15 years, President Erdoğan stated that in the first 9 months of 2017, the foreign investments attracted and made amount to $7.5 and 2 billion respectively.
Underlining that he takes pride in seeing investments made by Turkish businessmen in the foreign countries he visits, President Erdoğan said, “Therefore, all local and foreign companies in our country do and will continue to operate in integrity with the global financial system. We would be the first to oppose any step taken in the opposite direction.”
President Erdoğan made the following remarks: “I have not made any demands or given instructions to restrict capital movements. What I state is that those who flee abroad with their money and resources for having been associated with terrorist organizations such as FETO or PKK are traitors. I do not see any point in wasting my breath on them either. What I am saying is this; in this period during which there are efforts to subdue our country through economic and other kinds of attacks, our businessmen must take a local and national stance. When would businessmen protect Turkish economy if not during this period? I would like to extend my gratitude to our business world for increasing the annual export volume to $155.5 billion as of November. In a period in which our export volume breaks one record after another, our Central Bank reserves amount to $119 billion and the growth rate is about to reach double-digits in the third quarter, with all due respect, any businessman who does not believe in his country is neither local nor national.
“WE HAVE NOTHING TO SAY AGAINST ANYONE WHO TRANSFERS RESOURCES ABROAD FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES”
Clarifying that he reproached certain businessmen not for investing abroad but for trying to move a part of their assets abroad with a lack of faith in their country, President Erdoğan added, “Otherwise, we have nothing to say against anyone who transfers resources abroad for investment purposes, or who is seeking export opportunities, or engaged in trade activities.”
Referring to the distance covered in transforming Turkey into a social state, the President indicated that their primary source of motivation is their beliefs. “Being disabled or not is not the main issue, what actually matters is being human.” said President Erdoğan and made the following concluding remarks: “Those who seek goodness in vanity, justice on the roads and love on social media of course cannot comprehend this profound secret of our civilization. In 15 years, we have built a social state step by step by prioritizing humans and by believing in the virtue of competing one another for more goodness and well-being. Under our administration, the resources allocated to the services of people in need including persons with disabilities, children, women, elderly people, less fortunate people, families of martyrs and veterans amount to TL235 billion. As we protect our history and culture and as we strive to elevate our nation beyond the level of contemporary civilizations, we have also tried to revive our spiritual civilization.”