World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish Finance Minister Mehmet Simsek on Tuesday said that Turkey's budget in 2013 would be 404 billion Turkish liras (TL) (approx. 223 billion USD).
Speaking at a press conference in the Turkish capital of Ankara on Tuesday, Simsek said that education and health were the two top sectors in the budget for 2013.
"In the first nine months of 2012, the budget deficit in Turkey was recorded as 14.4 billion TL (approx. 8 billion USD) while the primary surplus was 25.2 billion TL (approx. 14 billion USD)," Simsek stressed.
"We expect budgetary income in 2012 to be 362.7 billion TL (approx. 200 billion USD) and the budget deficit to be 33.5 billion TL (approx. 18.4 billion USD)," Simsek noted.
"We expect the primary surplus in 2012 to be 15.5 billion TL (approx. 8.5 billion USD)," Simsek noted.
"We expect the gross national product to be 1.5 trillion TL (approx. 0.8 trillion USD), growth rate to be 4 percent,
Consumer Price Index (CPI) to be 5.3 percent, exports to be 158 billion USD and imports to be 253 billion USD in 2013," Simsek stated.
Touching on Syrian refugees living in Turkey, Mehmet Simsek said that, to date, Turkey allocated 400 million TL (approx. 220.7 million USD) for the Syrian refugees.
"However, when you consider the spending made by local municipalities and the Turkish government's general spending, this figure is much higher," Simsek also said.
Personnel escorting CHP leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu come under fire in northeastern Turkey; 3 wounded, 2 critically
Incident in Hakkari province leaves another police officer, four soldiers injured
The openings of bridges across the Bosphorus -- the first in 1973 and the second in 1988 -- have been landmark dates in the modern history of Istanbul.
Secretary of State John Kerry tells Turkey extremist groups has begun withdrawal to east of river
Health minister said that Turkish military’s Operation Euphrates Shield in Syria has been 'very successful'
Nearly 300 young Muslims from 56 countries gather in Turkey and back the country's democracy
'Our NATO allies in Turkey have made valuable contributions to the counter-ISIL campaign,' White House says
A delegation from the US has ended their two day talks saying talks were positive
General assembly of Turkish Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors convenes in Ankara in wake of July 15 coup bid
Main opposition Republican People's Party urges government to fight against ISIL inside and outside Turkey
PKK extremists detonate roadside bomb during army operation in Bingol, source says
US Vice President will visit Turkey today to hold crucial talks in order to smooth over the failure of the US governments response to the failed Turkish coup
The two leaders discuss regional developments, the fight against terror, and closure of FETO schools
FETÖ terrorists revealed names of informants on the PKK, DHKP-C and ISIL to terror groups
Ankara, Istanbul military bases to be transferred to outskirt of cities by Sept. 11.