Invest News DetailAA - Mehmet Buyukeksi, Chairman of the Turkish Exporters' Assembly (TIM), announced on Saturday that Turkey's exports reached the highest level of 2009 in July. During a press conference held in the western Turkish province of Denizli, Mehmet Buyukeksi said that while Turkey's 2009 exports were not at last year’s level, the significant rise in July figures showed the clear upwards trend. "These export figures are the highest of 2009. We have achieved this level for the first time this year", he said. Pointing to the seven percent increase in quantity index in export figures of July, Buyukeksi said, "This is an indicator showing that there is an improvement". When asked about the search for alternative markets, Buyukeksi stated that Turkey's exports to countries such as Iraq, Syria, Egypt, Algeria, Libya and Yemen have increased, adding that exports to the countries in Africa and the Middle East will continue to increase in the upcoming period. On the other hand, issuing a written statement on the export figures of July 2009, the Turkish State Minister Zafer Caglayan said exports rose 9.6 percent in July, compared to the figures of June. "We have started to leave behind the worst days of the global crisis. Exports increased by 9.6 percent in July 2009, compared to June. Such developments show that we will be able to reach our 2009 export target of USD 104 billion", Caglayan stressed.