A Turkish minister said on Thursday that making Istanbul a financial center would contribute to development of not only this city, but also Turkey.
Turkey's State Minister & Deputy Prime Minister Nazim Ekren talked about a project to make Istanbul a financial center in an economic and social council meeting in this city, and said that the project would contribute to development.
"It will also help Turkey gain a global prestige," he also said.
Ekren said that the timing of the project was very right after the mortgage crisis in the United States.
Istanbul is a city where 20 percent of Turkey's total population is living. Its population has been up by 10-folds since 1950 and almost 15 million people are residing in this city.
Ekren said that Istanbul was providing one-fourth of the gross domestic product (GDP), 38 percent of overall industrial income, more than half of services, and 40 percent of tax revenues.
"Istanbul can be a financial, cultural and logistic center of Turkey, thanks to its unique geographical location; rich historical, cultural and architectural heritage; giant infrastructural investments; economic links with Europe, Asia and the Balkans; and relatively cheap labor force," the minister said.
Ekren also said that the government was planning to establish a development agency in Istanbul within this year.
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