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Minister Karaismailoğlu: We are on the way to become a ‘super power’ in logistics

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Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu stated that they will continue to progress towards becoming a magnificent power in logistics and announced that investments in Kocaeli will continue in this progress.

KOCAELİ (IGFA) – The “2053 Körfez Logistics Workshop on Transportation” organized by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure was held at Kocaeli Congress Center.

“2053 Gulf Logistics Workshop on Transportation”, hosted by Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality, with the support of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, where valuable issues such as transportation investments, logistics centers, integration of transportation modes, reducing costs in logistics, green power and emission reduction are discussed. It was held in Kocaeli Congress Center with a large participation.


Kocaeli Chamber of Industry Leader Ayhan Zeytinoğlu said, “You are in a city where 110 billion TL tax is collected in 2021. We collect more taxes than 66 provinces in Turkey. We’re asking you for reinforcements for the infrastructure we need. We care about the establishment of logistics villages. We want flights from Cengiz Topel Airport in the summer months. This could be the airport of not only Kocaeli, but also Sakarya and Düzce.”


Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality Leader Tahir Büyükakın, who stated that valuable projects in transportation have been realized, noted that one of the most valuable vision works for both Kocaeli and the Marmara region in the upcoming period will be the steps to be taken in logistics.

Leader Büyükakın said, “A logistics village should be created” and said, “It should be integrated with the railway borders. This is not an arrangement that the Metropolitan Municipality can make. The creation of a new logistics village requires an inter-ministerial work . In the logistics village, there are large warehouses, warehouses and distribution chains. We are talking about 200 thousand trucks moving daily in Kocaeli. We have built the Northern Marmara Highway, but we also need the South Marmara Highway. It is necessary to strengthen the production and storage areas, national and international road contacts with railways. With this work, the heavy vehicle pressure on our highways will also be reduced. “Not every part of the bay will be a port. The increase in cargo transportation should start from Cengiz Topel Airport, one to one, and this should be evaluated as a logistics movement. At least, starting cargo transportation at Cengiz Topel Airport will bring other opportunities to the city.” k,” he said.


Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu pointed out that Turkey has a costly geostrategic and geopolitical position in the middle of two precious sea basins that connect three continents.

Karaismailoğlu mentioned that while providing multi-modal transportation contacts with the world, establishing international corridors and establishing uninterrupted and high quality transportation infrastructures in the middle of the continents, Karaismailoğlu noted that they are on the way to become a great power in logistics, which is their main goal. “Our compass for all our steps is the 2053 Transport and Logistics Master Plan,” said Karaismailoğlu, “We all witness the dizzying face of the transformations in the world. Our aim is not to keep up with it, but to be prepared for the future by being in front of the transformation.”


Pointing out that Turkey has grown despite the pandemic and crisis, Minister İsmailoğlu explained that they have opened 13 different logistics centers with a total capacity of 13.6 million tons to make Turkey the logistics base of the region.

Stating that they continued production, employment and investment with the measures we took despite the crisis, Minister İsmailoğlu said, “While the economies of the world’s leading countries were shrinking during the pandemic, Turkey was among the few countries in the world in growth. As you know, our country, like all the countries of the world, gave a valuable test in the logistics department. How glad we are that we passed this test with a clear head,” he said.

Minister Karaismailoğlu said that in Kocaeli, which is an ‘Industry Capital’ within the framework of the Transport 2053 Purposes, the ports in the Gulf of Izmit, in parallel with the need for ever-growing industrial investments, will be planned in parallel with the increase in the load created by the developing and growing industry and they will be developed according to these plans. .

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