In spite of fast-moving current events both globally and in Turkey, we once again enter the period of the Feast of the Sacrifice, Kurban Bayram in Turkish, with hope. I sincerely wish all our readers a happyBayram. It has particular significance for me that my inaugural article for our newspaper will appear on the first day of Bayram. I am submitting my article on a Thursday for the first time despite the fact that I write about current issues.
Turkey, China and Japan hail from imperial traditions. Due to this we carry in our DNA all the traditions of empire.
Because of this we never bowed our heads in 1,000 years of war. Like the phoenix we were reborn from our ashes. Despite all the difficulties faced, we have always been in the top 20 list of global economies due to the generosity of this land.
More than 60 percent of global production was inAsia from 1000 – 1800 A.D. In the 1800s when colonialism reached its peak Asia’s share in globalmanufacturing dropped below 20 percent. By 2030 it will, however, raise its share to 45 percent. Taking into consideration that the oldest textile product found in Turkish lands dates back 8,500 years, we should not be surprised at Turkey’s production capability.
For thousands of years, Mesopotamia and Anatolia, which has remained within the borders of the Republic of Turkey, have been centers of agricultural, manufacturing and construction industries. That is to say that these three vital sectors have been present in these lands for thousands of years.
Considering that Turkey ranks second after China when it comes to construction subcontracting firmsand that Turkish companies carry out vital construction projects both domestically and internationally, it is not possible for anyone to strip this ability from Turkey’s “DNA.”
Just like no one can strip our ability in the fields of textiles and ready-to-wear garments and the agricultural and manufacturing industries.
The economy of the United Kingdom has yet to completely recover from that crisis.
At the same time if the share of Turkish industry has regressed to less than 25 % of GDP and the agricultural sector is lower than 10 % of GDP it will be vital to focus on those issues as well.