The 12th Transport and Communication Forum, organized by the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, convened at İstanbul Ataturk Airport on October 6-8.
Speaking at the closing session of the event, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced Turkey will begin manufacturing its first indigenous electric train locomotive next year. "We are about to come to where we will produce metro, suburban, and tramway. We built and placed into service high-speed train lines for the first time in our country's history. The construction of our new 3,500km railway lines is underway," President Erdoğan noted.
Investment Office President Ahmet Burak Dağlıoğlu also spoke at “Reshaping the Global Trade: New Logistics Routes and Turkey's Strategic Importance" session of the forum.
“Total Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into Turkey has exceeded USD 230 billion from 2003 up to now. The total FDI into the transportation and storage sector is USD 8 billion, accounting for about 5 percent of total FDI," Dağıoğlu said in his speech.
Organized under the “Logistics - Mobility – Digitalization" theme, the forum aimed to address current situation and dynamics, plans, foresights, targets and policies of transport and communications sectors in the world and Turkey.