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05ADANA3 2005-01-03 09:57:00 UNCLASSIFIED Consulate Adana
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SOUTHEAST TURKEY PRESS SUMMARY FOR DECEMBER 28, 2004

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1. BOLGE / TURKIYE / EKSPRES / VAKIT / MILLI GAZETE: As
compared to the figures of the previous year, the exports from
Turkey to the Middle East countries are breaking the records and
the volume of exports has increased by 40.9 percent. Mehmet
Hadra, President of the Turkish-Arab Businessmen Association,
said that it is pleasing that Arab businessmen prefer to import
from Turkey in the first place. Hadra pointed out that the
efforts of the Government (of Turkey) played a substantial role
in establishing the amicable trade relationships with Syria,
especially on the issue of a free trade zone agreement.




2. EKSPRES / BOLGE: Fethi Coskuntuncel, President of the
Adana Chamber of Commerce claimed that expanding the scope of
incentive with the introduction of the new Incentive Law would
negatively affect Adana's economy. Whereas the current incentive
law allowed the granting of subsidy to cities whose per capita
income is less than 1500 USD, the new law also grants subsidy to
cities whose per capita income is 2000 USD. According to
Coskuntuncel, if the new Law takes effect, Adana will fall
behind in the competition with the markets of Hatay,
Kahramanmaras, and Gaziantep, the cities that will also be
eligible for the incentive.



3. HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): The businessmen who accompanied
President Erdogan on his visit to Syria brought back three
beneficial outcomes for the economy of Gaziantep. The first one
is the Free Trade Zone Agreement signed by the both countries.
The second one is that Syria is going to open a Consulate in
Gaziantep in the first quarter of 2005. Lastly, Gaziantep will
be included within the scope of the Incentive Law.


4. HURRIYET (CUKUROVA): Sunay Demircan, General
Coordinator of the EU Program in Turkey for Promoting
Non-Governmental Organizations, held a seminar called "EU
Projects: A General Overview and Basic Principles". The seminar
provided information to managers of NGOs in Adana on how to
benefit from the funds that EU makes available for the projects
of NGOs.










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