Another association that showed high exportation performance is Aegean Leather and Products Exporters’ Association. Aegean leather exporters increased their exportation by 28 percent in October 2017. Jak Galiko, Chairman of Aegean Leather and Products Exporters’ Association stated that they performed well in terms of exportation despite the decline in purchasing power in European markets. “We expect this wind to continue flowing in 2018” Galiko added.
Mr. Galiko, what would you say if we ask your comments on leather and products sector in 2017?
I want to mention with happiness that we increased our exportation by 28 percent in October in leather and products sector as Aegean Leather and Products Exporters’ Association. With this amount, Aegean exporters made our country gain 11,4 million dollars. Throughout the country, our sector’s October exportation rose by 34,45 percent as well as 29,8 percent increase in first 10 months of the year.
There are some essentials that exportation is involved. Production comes first among them. Production directly reflects to GDP growth. As now, Turkey cannot be criticized in terms of growth numbers. However, share of foreign trade in growth is about 50 percent and 40 percent of it comes from exportation. According to this account, Turkey should be expected to have about 180 billion dollars of exportation as a share in 800 billion dollars total GDP. But this is not a realized outlook. Because Turkey along with many other exporter countries is having difficulties in marketing their goods in a proper way due to decline in purchasing power in world markets. Besides all, the exportation numbers I’ve mentioned at the beginning indicates a good performance for Turkey and Aegean exporters.
Would tell a bit about the importance of Turkish Trade Centers?
Turkey’s Economy Minister, Mr. Nihat Zeybekci, is doing his best to improve exportation in our country. I think no one can criticize him about this. Turkish exporters put financial and bureaucratic support besides their high-quality goods, thanks to domestic regulations, Turkish Trade Centers and fair organizations with national attendance. Turkish Trade Centers are providing opportunities for our exporters to present Turkey’s potential, and offerings as a producer and exporter country at the regions they are being founded.
What are your expectations for leather and products sector in year 2018?
I think that the wind we catch this year will continue to flow in 2018. We will continue to work hard to deliver our production to more people around the globe in coming year as we did in 2017. I hope our exportation next year will be higher than 2017 amount.