12/5/2011

US Vice President: Turkey to be among top 10 economies in the world by 2023

Zaman - Turkey’s much touted entrepreneurial spirit, combined with the benefits of a high performing economy, is set to place the country among the world’s top economies by 2023. “The next Steve Jobs may well be a Turk,” according to US Vice President Joe Biden.

On a visit to Turkey, the US Vice President addressed a group of businesspeople at the second Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Istanbul, praising Turkey’s economic achievements in the last decade, such as tripling the size of the economy, record breaking exports, and increasing per capita income.

Biden referred to Apple’s founder Steve Jobs, giving a striking example of Turkey’s innovation potential: “I was not surprised to hear our Ambassador to Ankara saying that the next Steve Jobs may be from Turkey. He might even be among us here. Turkey has a serious potential in talent and entrepreneurship,” Biden told the audience at the forum’s opening speech. Turkey is one of the key economies of the world, and is in the position to realize its potential, Biden added, speaking of Turkey’s goal to enter the top 10 economies of the world by 2023, the centennial of the Republic.

The US Vice President stressed the importance of supporting innovative ideas in order to flourish, noting the success of companies like Apple and Google.
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