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Turkish Daily News Bulletin – 28.01.2021

Turkey-Pakistan Collaboration

In a move to extend Turkey’s support for it’s close ally, Pakistan, the Turkish Co-operation and Co-ordination Agency (TIKA) has established a new medical centre in Karachi.  The medical facility will offer surgery for children born with a cleft lip and palate, a health condition which affects one in every 523 children born in Pakistan.

The operating theatre, which was opened by  TIKA co-ordinator Ibrahim Katırcı, provincial Governor Imran Ismail and founder of the charitable hospital Al Mustafa Medical Centre, Haji Muhammad Hanif Tayyab, will have the capacity to perform around 1000 operations annually.  Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Ismail thanked TIKA and the Turkish government for setting up the state-of-the-art facility for needy children and will give them a chance of a normal life.  He added that the Pakistan-Turkey friendship is exemplary and will keep on flourishing in the days to come.  Tayyab also thanked TIKA and the Turkish government for their contribution to “this noble cause.”

The Turkish agency, active in Pakistan already has several projects underway, including humanitarian aid and access to clean water.  A recently established ultrasound facility at the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center  Karachi, will provide a free service to up to 6,000 patients a month and Pakistan’s first-ever high dependency unit for Thalassemia patients has also been established by the Turkish aid agency in Karachi.

 

Meanwhile, Turkey has invited Pakistan’s private sector to explore opportunities of joint-ventures in trade and investment with its counterparts, while expressing interest to help develop tourism sector and cooperate in the information and technology field.

Consul General of Turkey Tolga Ucak said the business community should immediately start online interactions with their Turkish counterparts and subsequently investigate the possibility of sending a business delegation to Turkey in the post-COVID scenario to explore new avenues of trade and investment co-operation in different sectors of the economy.

“Business communities can collaborate with each other in numerous sectors of the economy particularly the information technology sector as Pakistan’s software houses are doing very well, while the potential to enhance co-operation also exists in tourism, education and automobile sectors,” Ucak said during a meeting with a delegation of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI).

The Turkish envoy stressed the need to encourage joint ventures in different sectors of the economy whereas Turkey can also assist in setting up a tram service system in Karachi, particularly at the coastal line of sea view.  Mr Ucak also expressed his enthusiasm to strengthen trade and investment ties between the business communities of the two countries.  The commercial section of the Turkish consulate in Karachi is ready to fully assist Karachi’s business and industrial community who wish to improve trade and investment ties with their Turkish counterparts. To deal with trade-related conflicts and protect the interest of customers, he suggested a private-to-private sector committee be established between the two countries.

Covid 19 News

Turkey has been congratulated on it’s battle against Coronavirus, and the recent success in vaccinating over 1.4 million citizens in just 2 weeks, by Dr. Batry Berdyklychev, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) representative to Turkey.  Dr Batry told reporters that the country “really uses its national vaccination program and capacity strongly and efficiently.”  He added “Turkey has a balanced and comprehensive approach both in prevention and control of the outbreak. An efficient testing mechanism and modern contact tracing methods exist in Turkey. As WHO, it instilled in us hope to see more than 1 million people vaccinated in a very brief period,” he said.

The official acknowledged that the country’s measures, including a 56-hour partial lockdown during weekends, night-time curfews during weekdays, people adhering to the mandatory mask rule and social distancing helped reduce the number of cases. “Those strong measures and the vaccination campaign are efficient, and they should prevail,” he said. Berdyklychev said Turkey follows a priority program based on the WHO’s recommendations for vaccinations.”

Economy

The World Bank has agreed to fund a project, worth $300 million, which will help Turkey’s 346 Organized Industrial Zones (OIZs) to become more efficient, environmentally sustainable, and competitive

The project, which will be implemented by the country’s Industry and Technology Ministry, will support investments in basic infrastructure — such as roads, water and gas pipelines, and logistics facilities with a smaller part of the loan being dedicated to enhancing the competitiveness OIZs through investment in innovation and training centres, linking OIZs with science and research organizations, and academia,” the bank said.

 

It was announced yesterday that one of Turkey’s major online delivery services, Getir, has opened operations in London.

Getir, which flourished during the Covid-19 pandemic, delivers various products to it’s users, from groceries to ready-to-eat foods, in an average of 10 minutes – day or night!  The Getir algorithm allows users to access a cloud of goods and basic needs and request super-fast deployment from stock warehouses located across key areas.

The fast delivery service app received a total of $38 million in investment from a group of investors led by Silicon Valley’s Michael Moritz, himself leading the investment with an injection of $25 million through Crankstart’s investment fund.

Mr Nazım Salur, the co-founder and CEO of the fast-delivery startup Getir said “Our application solves problems in cities with traffic problems. Therefore, we have identified a number of major metropolises outside Istanbul. If you come at problems with the right solution, it is impossible for people not to respond.  We will endear this two-syllable Turkish word in the UK, too.”   It is reported that Mr Salur is looking to expand his business into other major cities, such as Paris and Sao Paulo, Brazil.

 

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