Added Value, Democracy and “July 15th”'
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The aim of the heinous coup attempt was to drop Turkey among world countries with the power to change Eurasia’s destiny, from the first league to fourth, even fifth league.

Contributor: Prof. Dr. Kerem Alkin

It has been a month and a half since the “July 15th” FETO coup attempt, the heinous and brutal terrorist attack. As the details concerning the organisation unravel, as the conversations and correspondence during and prior to that night surface, we feel the need to say “Please God, keep my sanity”. Thank God the coup attempt failed. If such a coup attempt achieve to drag Turkey into a major political and economic chaos, to uncertainty and fall, the next 50-100 years would be wasted. The goal was to position Turkey as an African or Asian country that struggles with serious political and economic uncertainties, currently a member state of G20 Forum on the same platform with distinguished countries in global economy and politics and former term president of G20 meetings in 2015 for one year.

The valour and foresight of Turkish people to claim democracy saved us from a disaster of epic proportions. A primary trivet of Turkish people’s valour was the reforms in economy and democracy throughout 14 years of AK Party rule and the self-confidence Turkish people gained as Turkey became a rising value in Eurasia and the most outstanding economy in the region.


Economic and democratic reforms that gained speed with one-party rule, made Turkey an official “candidate state” for European Union in December 2004, and as Turkey began negotiations after January 1st 2005, the growth rate of Turkish economy rose from 5,3 percent in 2003 to 9,4 in 2004 and to 8,4 percent in 2005. We completed 2006 with 6,9 percent and 2007 with 4,7 percent. With the economical crisis that broke out in 2008, Turkish economy went through five troubled quarters as of mid-2008 but thanks to successful decisions made and measures taken, Turkey became one of the few countries which restored positive growth as of the last quarter of 2009. As an outcome of this success, with a growth rate of 9,2 percent in 2010 and 8,8 percent in 2011, Turkey ranked among the top 3-4 countries that achieved the highest growth rate alongside China and India in face of a major global crisis.

The success in the economy improved the confidence of Turkish business world. Turkish people looked to the future more confidently. The achievements of Turkish economy made Turkey a country that attracted direct foreign capital investment of 12 and 15 billion dollars annually between 2005 and 2013 despite the global financial crisis. In a period when numerous developed and developing countries experienced trouble growing and struggled with budget deficits and public debt burden, Turkey  came to fore as a country with an economy with good growth performance, public financial discipline and perfect capital adequacy rates and its rating was increased to the tier of “investable countries” by international rating organisation Fitch in November 2012 and by Moody’s on May 16th 2013. Turkey became an attraction centre with the “investable country” rating and with achievements in global economy, and just two weeks after Moody’s increased the rating, first “Gezi Park” operation and later 17-25 December “judiciary operation” erupted. The heinous coup attempt on “July 15th” emerged as the most brutal and third feet of the heinous operation with global legs, carried out by way of FETO.


However traitors and their global “masterminds” failed to reckon that Turkish people has reached an average life standard of 10 thousand dollars within the last 14 years that was multiplied by 2,5; that they are citizens of world’s fifth largest tourism country with a global export value exceeding 160 billion dollars; that they have fully restored self-confidence, extraordinary foresight and a high awareness to “claim democracy”. These millions took the streets to parry the heinous coup attempt. The life standards improved with economical and democratic reforms and as of 1950s, in periods when Turkey could not create sufficient added value, Turkish people became fully aware of local and foreign heinous attempts to divide the country through artificial segregations as secular-religious, Sunni- Shiite, left-right, Turkish-Kurdish. This treason that aimed to “reset” Turkey’s achievements in Eurasia was defeated by the people who claimed democracy with a high awareness and stood in front of tanks. This major achievement fairly “steeled” Turkish people’s increased self-confidence. With this everybody knows that those who attempt to divide Turkey are destined to be crushed in face of self-confidence and foresight of Turkish people.


Yavuz Sultan Selim (YSS) Bridge is a mega project that connects three continents just like Marmaray and Eurasia Tunnel to open soon. G20 countries have mega projects in their agendas to maintain global economical system and achieve sustainable growth and Turkey is one of the few countries that carry out projects of this magnitude without compromise. Despite the turmoil in global economical system and financial uncertainties, and as numerous prominent global economies lost the concentration and motivation to carry out such mega projects, Turkey completes projects closely followed by the world one by one in the face of issues as terror, fire in the Middle East and immigrants  at its door.

It would be wrong to assume that these projects Turkey completes one by one are significant solely for Turkey. These projects are vital also for Azerbaijan and Georgia. And even for China. These mega projects in which Turkey connects continents, will also lead to Caucasus, Azerbaijan and Georgia’s integration with the world. Therefore YSS  is not only a bridge for trade but also a bridge for diplomacy. Although Turkey is burdened with all these overwhelming issues, this is a project bundle that reminds us why we inspire all those countries in Eurasia region that look for a way out and why they should not lose confidence. With Osman Gazi Bridge and “1915 Çanakkale” Bridge to be designed soon, we are talking about integrated mega projects which will make Turkey Eurasia’s number one transportation and logistic crossroads.


World economy will speak of a new transportation corridor based on land and rail road on a route stretching from Pacific coasts to Atlantic coasts that can be termed as the new Silk Road. Turkey building mega bridges with rail systems in the middle alongside Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, makes Turkey “irreplaceable” with regard to integration of global transportation network. This will also make Marmara and Northern Aegean and Western Black Sea a global crossroads in land, railway, seaway and airway with the 3rd Airport project with five terminals to be completed in Istanbul and a global logistics centre. We talk about hundreds of billions of dollars of investment thrust and businesses with added value to bring trillions of dollars to Turkey. This will also make Turkey an attraction centre in terms of globally qualified work force and will lead to a process which will be a vital point in “Istanbul regional finance and trade centre” project.


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