President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan addressed the 30th Ordinary General Assembly of Türkiye Exporters Assembly and Export Champions Award Ceremony on June 17, highlighting Türkiye's 12.9 percent increase in goods exports to USD 254.2 billion. Despite the current global economic downturn, President Erdoğan proposed a target of USD 265 billion in exports by the end of this year, USD 285 billion by the end of 2024, and USD 400 billion by 2028.
President Erdoğan recognized the growing number of Turkish exporting companies that has climbed 10 percent to 114,561. He also emphasized the vital role of Turkish exporters in his speech, saying, “Thanks to the tireless efforts of our exporters, products labeled 'Made in Türkiye' are now available in the farthest reaches of the world, a proof of their commitment to quality and excellence."
President Erdoğan reaffirmed Türkiye's commitment to achieving its growth objectives through investment, employment, production, exports, and a positive current account balance, further outlining Türkiye's ambitious goals for healthcare tourism and logistics exports.
“With a goal of becoming a global hub for healthcare services, we aim to attract 2 million healthcare tourists and generate USD 10 billion in revenue from hospitals, thermal facilities, and other healthcare services. Additionally, we have set our sights on reaching USD 40 billion in logistics exports this year, a testament to Türkiye's commitment to expanding its export capacity and securing its position as a major player in the global economy," President Erdoğan added.
Also speaking at the event, Minister of Trade Ömer Bolat said, “Despite pandemics, wars, raw material and energy crises, our exporters have excelled in earning foreign currency for our country in every corner of the world. In total goods and services exports, we created a large export economy of USD 287 billion in 2021 and USD 345 billion in 2022. We will achieve our targets of USD 265 billion in goods exports, USD 120 billion in services exports, and USD 385 billion in overall exports this year."
Türkiye Exporters Assembly (TİM) Chairman Mustafa Gültepe also said, “We can now export in one week what we exported in an entire year in 1983. All this was accomplished with determination, stability, and perseverance. We dreamed of a Türkiye that rises in exports, sells more than it buys, sets trends in international trade, and is among the top 10 exporters in the world. We are now the region's leader, and a country with a voice on international platforms that sets the rules of the game."
During the ceremony, President Erdoğan also honored the top 10 exporters in Türkiye, including Ford Otosan, Tüpraş, SOCAR Türkiye, Toyota Türkiye, Kibar Foreign Trade, Vestel Trade, Arçelik, TGS Foreign Trade, Tofaş, and Oyak-Renault.