Aegean Exporters’ Associations, awarded the 56 members contributing $ 5.5 billion to Turkey’s export values. Sabri Ünlütürk, the Coordinator of the Aegean Exporters’ Associations, noted that they were able to export close to 12 billion dollars in 2017 and that they were working very intensively in 2017 to achieve this success. Ünlütürk said, “This year our exporters have traveled a lot more than they did in the past years to achieve this success. We can call each one the “Evliya Çelebi” of exportation. I want to call our members export heroes of exports, instead of the stars of exporting,” he said.
In 2017 the Aegean Region, according to the data of Turkey Exporters Assembly, 18 billion 177 million US dollars was exported. Unluturk stated that they have managed to increase the 16 billion 603 million dollars in exports in 2016 by 9.4 percent.
Economy Minister Zeybekci, in his speech at the ceremony said, “This year, Aegean Region received the sub-investment incentive certificates in production. Until now, Aegeans always complained about how they did not benefit from the incentives. This changed in 2017. There is a revival in the Aegean “zeybek”, “Peace, blessing and energy comes with unity.” Zeybekci continued: “We expect 2018 to go much better than 2017. In the first week of 2018, we exported an annual record of 158 billion dollars and was record-breaking.
The President of Turkey Exporters Assembly Mehmet Büyükşekşi; “The Aegean Region has more than 8 percent of our total exports and has a very successful export structure especially in industrial products in addition to agriculture and mining products. In the top 10 exporting provinces, there are 3 from the Aegean region. The region contributes to the development of our country, “he said.
Also, Turkish Eximbank General Manager Adnan Yildirim was awarded the “Bureaucrat of the year” by the Aegean Exporters’ Associations.