Secretary General of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria said Wednesday Turkey was the strongest country in the OECD in 2010.
Turkish State Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Ali Babacan and Gurria held a joint press conference in Ankara upon announcement of OECD's Turkey report for 2010.
Speaking at the press conference, Babacan said that the OECD published country reports every two years and that these reports included wide analysis.
Such reports are not prepared merely for Turkey but for a total of 40 countries, Babacan said.
The OECD reports include objective and scientific analysis and proposals. We pay high attention to these reports and have made use of them in the past. We will continue to benefit from the reports, Babacan said.
The most recent report on Turkey was published in 2008. OECD's 2010 report will be presented by Secretary General Angel Gurria, Babacan said.
Turkey has gone through the global economic crisis successfully. This transition provided a golden opportunity for full economic growth, Gurria said.
We analyze countries and as a result believe that in Europe the German and Turkish economies will remain strong while the economies of United States, Canada and Japan will shrink, Gurria said.
The growth in many OECD countries did not meet expectations but Turkey was an exception, Gurria stressed.
Turkey realized an impressive crisis management. The fiscal reforms implemented after 2002 made great contribution to Turkey's success in dealing with the crisis, Gurria underlined.
There was full international confidence regarding Turkey's growth. Turkey was able to attract the confidence of investors and was able to maintain such confidence. The well balanced stability packages resulted in more international confidence in the Turkish economy. Turkey was the strongest country in the OECD as we entered the year 2010, Gurria said.
Turkey's growth of 11 percent in the first six months of 2010 was very impressive.
We were proud with such figures from Turkey. We were actually expecting a growth rate of seven percent. We can see a very positive picture in Turkey, Gurria said.
Unemployment is a great problem. However, Turkey began creating new jobs after the global financial crisis. Turkey began creating new jobs in the agricultural and other fields. The task of Turkish politicians is now to facilitate sustainable economic growth, Gurria also said.
Guirra also paid a visit to Turkish Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin in Ankara.
He said Turkey worked hard to overcome the global financial crisis, and OECD's guidance had also been effective in Turkey's economic growth.
Sahin said new arrangements on economy including the Turkish Code of Commerce and the bill on Turkish Code of Obligations would be brought to parliament floor in the new legislative year adding that those would make contributions to the Turkish economy.
He said further cooperation between developing and developed countries was important in overcoming the financial crisis.
Guirra in his part said all their reports and suggestions aimed at making Turkey's success story and economic growth lasting, adding that those mainly focused on the architectural structure of the economy.
Guirra said Turkey emerged as an attractive country for investments.
Guirra invited Sahin to attend the OECD Forum in Paris on May 23, 2011.
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