If you want to have a voice in the world, you should be partners with the world and do export. Turkey, which had only about 1,000 registered exporters in 1980, has internalized this statement over the years and made it its main mission.
The country's export figure was below 3 billion dollars at that time. 90% of its exports consisted of agricultural products such as hazelnuts, tobacco, cotton and figs.
Turkey has over 71,000 exporters today. For the country, these are the heroes who carry the flag to the four corners of the world and reach to even the most dangerous places fearlessly.
Today, more than 90% of the exports that approach to $ 170 billion are constituted of industrial products. Production for export increases the competitiveness of industry. But Turkey's goal is much larger. The goal is to achieve a 500-billion export target in the near future.
At this point, the locomotive sectors are getting ready for new targets. Garment, iron and steel, chemical and electrical-electronics industries have each set a target of export of 50 billion dollars or more. Machinery sector is the leader with an export target of 100 billion dollars.
Turkey increased its exports, which was 28 billion dollars in 2000, to 113 billion dollars in 2010 with an average annual increase of 15%. And it has increased its share in the world trade by 50%. The new target is to increase Turkey's share in world trade to 1.5% level by repeating the performance in the 2000-2010 period.
When it comes to exports, Turkey's record performance in the last 18 years is the guarantee of what it will achieve in the future.