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Turkish Press Review, 06-01-20

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From: Turkish Directorate General of Press and Information <http://www.byegm.gov.tr>

<LINK href="http://www.byegm.gov.tr_yayinlarimiz_chr_pics_css/tpr.css" rel=STYLESHEET type=text/css> e-mail : newspot@byegm.gov.tr <caption> <_caption> Summary of the political and economic news in the Turkish press this morning

20.01.2006

FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

CONTENTS

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “NO ONE SHOULD EXPECT EARLY ELECTIONS”
  • [02] TAJIK PRESIDENT VISITS TURKEY
  • [03] PARLIAMENT SPEAKER ARINC: “INJUSTICE OF THE LAW SHOULD BE CORRECTED”
  • [04] ERDOGAN TO MEET WITH EU AMBASSADORS TO TURKEY
  • [05] GUL TRAVELS TO BRAZIL
  • [06] ULUSOY BECOMES NEW TFF PRESIDENT
  • [07] STATE MINISTER TUZMEN WARNS IRAQ ABOUT PAYMENTS
  • [08] BABACAN: “WE CAN’T RETURN BACK TO POPULIST POLICIES OF THE PAST”
  • [09] MISCHENKO CALLS FOR INVESTMENTS IN UKRAINE
  • [10] 45 MILLION USD THERMAL INVESTMENT IN DENIZLI
  • [11] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…
  • [12] PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW IS CHANGING BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

  • [01] ERDOGAN: “NO ONE SHOULD EXPECT EARLY ELECTIONS”

    Speaking at an award ceremony at the Ankara Chamber of Industry (ASO) yesterday, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that no one should expect early elections, adding that he wouldn’t allow such a betrayal. Erdogan stated that there were circles who were jealous of the atmosphere of stability in the country. “I’m underlying that no one should expect early elections,” he said. “Elections will be held as scheduled. We can’t betray to the nation’s trust since it brought us to power for five years and we’ll carry out our mission properly.” The premier said that the nation had seen 59 governments in 59 years. “Unfortunately, Turkey is not ready for a coalition culture,” he added. Also addressing the gathering, ASO Chairman Zafer Caglayan said that early election issue shouldn’t be on the agenda of Turkey. For his part, Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodities Exchanges (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu said that the economic program needed a fine-tuning without harming the fiscal discipline. /Sabah/

    [02] TAJIK PRESIDENT VISITS TURKEY

    Tajikistan President Emomali Rakhmonov currently visiting Turkey, yesterday met with his Turkish counterpart Ahmet Necdet Sezer and Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc as well as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. During a joint press conference, Sezer and Rakhmonov said that they shared common goals on the strengthening of regional harmonization and cooperation between the two countries. In the evening, Sezer hosted a dinner in the honor of the Tajik president. /Turkiye/

    [03] PARLIAMENT SPEAKER ARINC: “INJUSTICE OF THE LAW SHOULD BE CORRECTED”

    Parliament Speaker Bulent Arinc yesterday said, “We can say that there is an injustice and inequality. Political parties and deputies should submit a bill to correct this injustice,” about the situation of the former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who was sentenced on charges of embezzlement of Treasury funds. “While making amendments on both the Turkish Penal Code (TCK) and the Penal Execution Code last year, convicts who completed 75 to complete their sentences at home were bind to two conditions; first one is to be in a poor state of health, second is to compensate the public damage, ” said Arinc speaking in Parliament. He added, “When Article 110 of the Penal Execution Code is examined, you can see that medical certificate and compensation aren’t required from convicts who completed 65. On the contrary, both medical certificate and compensation are required from convicts completing 75. When we look at with naked eye, we can that there’s a inequality and injustice.” /Cumhuriyet/

    [04] ERDOGAN TO MEET WITH EU AMBASSADORS TO TURKEY

    Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is due today to meet with European Union ambassadors to Turkey. During the meeting, a number of issues, including the Additional Protocol, bird flue, author Orhan Pamuk case and the Turkish Penal Code are expected to be discussed. The diplomatic sources stated that Turkey’s democratic reforms and its European Union membership bid would also be discussed at the meeting. /Milliyet/

    [05] GUL TRAVELS TO BRAZIL

    Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul arrived in Brasilia yesterday to pay an official visit at the invitation of his Brazilian counterpart Celso Amorim. Speaking to reporters on the board, Gul said that his Justice and Development Party (AKP) would not waste its time dealing with ideological disputes. Stressing that the government focused on to further develop Turkey, Gul said they would continue to follow their own way. Meanwhile, on the first day of his stay, Gul met with Brazil Parliament Speaker Aldo Rebelo and then he held talks with Development and Foreign Trade Minister Louis Fernanda Furlan. /Turkiye-Aksam/

    [06] ULUSOY BECOMES NEW TFF PRESIDENT

    Haluk Ulusoy was elected as the new Turkish Football Federation (TFF) president with the backing of 109 of the 223 delegates at an extraordinary TFF convention yesterday in Ankara. His rival candidate Ayhan Bermek received 102 votes. Ulusoy was the president of the TFF between 1997 and 2004. During his term in office, Galatasaray won the UEFA Cup and the Turkish national team came third in the World Cup. /Aksam/

    [07] STATE MINISTER TUZMEN WARNS IRAQ ABOUT PAYMENTS

    State Minister Kursat Tuzmen yesterday said that the works were being conducted on collecting Turkish firms’ receivables from Iraq. Tuzmen said, “If no improvement is made concerning the issue of payments until January 21, we‘ll stop the fuel oil shipments to Iraq.” Tuzmen answered reporters’ questions before the Ankara Chamber of Commerce’s tax and export record holders award ceremony and said that Iraq was indebted to Turkish firms worth $1 billion and that they had taken such a measure to collect these receivables. Tuzmen added that the work on the issue was underway. /Star/

    [08] BABACAN: “WE CAN’T RETURN BACK TO POPULIST POLICIES OF THE PAST”

    Speaking at an international meeting titled “Inflation Targeting” yesterday, State Minister for the Economy Ali Babacan said that Turkey adopted inflation targeting at the beginning of 2006 after living with high inflation for about 30 years. “If we return back to populist policies, this will be betrayal to our country,” said Babacan. He stated that the public and the private sector began to get used to the new term, adding that Turkey would never go back to the populist policies of the past. “We can’t allow this,” he said. Babacan added that the economic program carried out determinedly in accordance with the European Union membership process provided Turkey to enter into a different atmosphere. Addressing the gathering, Central Bank Governor Sureyya Serdengecti said that actual independence of central banks was more important than legal independence, adding that the independence of the Central Bank eased the implementation of monetary and fiscal policies. /Milliyet/

    [09] MISCHENKO CALLS FOR INVESTMENTS IN UKRAINE

    General Secretary of Istanbul Chamber of Industry (ISO) Mehmet Kabasakal said: “We aim to improve our commercial relations with Ukraine”. At the meeting organized by the ISO yesterday, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey, Olexandr Mischenko, said: “I’m calling all Turkish businessmen to cooperate with the Ukrainian businessmen. Our market is open for partnerships”. /Star/

    [10] 45 MILLION USD THERMAL INVESTMENT IN DENIZLI

    Turkey and France will carry out a joint investment in Denizli. The investment which is expected to be completed within seven years will cost nearly 45 million USD. The promotion of Pamukkale Thermal Cure Center was made yesterday in Sapanca Richmond Nua Wellness SPA Hotel with the participation of Tourism Minister Atilla Koc and many investors. Chairman of Pamukkale Thermal Hotels’ Union (PATERO), Mustafa Aksoy, in his speech at the meeting, said that the project is funded by 3 million USD investment from the Ministry of Tourism, 2 million USD from Denizli Governorship and 3 million USD from PATERO and the project survey was conducted by the French Government. Underlining that Turkey has a share of 2.5 percent in the world tourism market, Atilla Koc said: “With 1,300 thermal resources, Turkey has the 7th largest thermal resource in the world but its revenues from thermal tourism only constitute 1 percent of its total revenue.” The center will serve for 1,500 people in one day and the visitors are expected from the European countries. /Star/

    [11] FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS… FROM THE COLUMNS…

    [12] PUBLIC PROCUREMENT LAW IS CHANGING BY ISMAIL KUCUKKAYA (AKSAM)

    Columnist Ismail Kucukkaya comments on the Public Procurement Law. A summary of his column is as follows:

    “We lack the culture of being successful by establishing healthy relations. Most of the people don’t know how to communicate and we see the negative reflections of this defect during the daily life and public order. Politicians run after non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the West and make efforts to benefit from them and most of the ministers spend some time with NGOs at least once in a week. However, our public culture doesn’t understand the importance of civilian society. The government wants to change the Public Procurement Law. I learned this from a minister this week. I learned that Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan had a report prepared concerning the changes and wanted that report to be brought during the Council of Ministers meeting of that day. The report includes certain changes requested by the European Union. The EU wants to end the advantages of Turkish firms in international tenders and requests Turkish and European firms to compete under equal conditions. It sounds good, but there are certain risks for the Turkish contracting sector. I discussed this issue with the Association of Contractors Chairman Erdal Eren on the SKYTURK channel. I met with the Public Procurement Council (KÝK) officials during and after the program. Neither the KÝK, nor the Association of Contractors knew something about the issue. I think this is the most important issue to consider. Certain issues which are open to abuse, the situation of tenders with great discounts and changes concerning some conditions of time are points at issue. However, such an arrangement to be made without a consensus would hardly be beneficial. I think this issue will be discussed greatly soon.

    I attended the Ankara Chamber of Commerce’s (ASO) award ceremony yesterday. Half of the cabinet, including Erdogan, was there and I could seize the opportunity of speaking with ministers. Justice Minister Cemil Cicek was complaining and he was right to complain. He’s considered the person who is responsible for Mehmet Ali Agca’s release. They know neither the system, nor the real face of incidents. Interior Minister Abdulkadir Aksu and Finance Minister Kemal Unakitan were fine, but ASO members weren’t cheerful. They complained about exchange rates and said that the government should take necessary measures. Meanwhile, the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey (TOBB) Chairman Rifat Hisarciklioglu said to Unakitan that he would be happy if he can see Unakitan with a smiling face. I wonder who will be able to smile following the amendments to be made in the Public Procurement Law.”

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