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"Turkey is working on vertical take-off and landing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)," Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Wednesday.
Erdogan addressed scientifics efforts in Turkey, such as UAVs, an enzyme used in cancer dignosis and treatment, and fire-fighting aerial vehicles at the opening of the 3rd Industry Council organized by the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology.
"The fields of science and technology require patience. While strengthening settled sectors such as automotives and machines, we are taking steps to boost the fields of medicine, space and information at the same time," Erdogan stressed.
"We are aiming to create at least 10 internationally well-known brands by the year 2023," he added
Erdogan underlined Turkey's need for a domestically produced car, saying, "As we are producing our own helicopter named ATAK, and have started producing our own UAVs, we have to produce a domestic car, a much easier than the other two."
Turkey to improve quality of life for disabled people
Turkey will also implement new technologies to improve quality of life for its hearing and visually impaired people.
Turkey will assist disabled people to lead a full life with “third eye, third ear and third hand” technology, under a new agreement signed between Turkish Family Ministry and Turkish Transportation Ministry on Wednesday in Ankara.
The project about to be implemented in Turkey will provide sign language interpreters called 'third ears'- via a camera. This might involve a doctor with a deaf patient calling from hospital about a diagnosis. The doctor calls the translation centre from a camera phone. The sign language interpreter then communicates what the doctor says directly to the patient and the patient's response.
And another device called 'third eye' will assist visually disabled people reading newspapers, magazines or checking their social network sites.
A call center will be set up for disabled people to get such help in hospitals, courts and other government institutions.
The agreement was signed by Turkish Minister of Transportion, Maritime Affairs, and Communications Binali Yildirim and Turkish Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Sahin.
In Turkey, there are about 8.5 million people with different physical and mental disabilities which represents approximately 12 percent of the total population according to TurkStat, Turkey's statistical authority.
“I couldn’t even go to a hospital without a sign language interpreter” said Mesut Turker who has impaired hearing. “I am very glad to be able to do things on my own.”
In the scope of the project, a new device – 'third hand'- will also be provided for those with physical impairment, which will empower them to use computers and other electronic equipment.
The records from Turkish Ministry of Labour and Social Security shows that 60 percent of people with disabilities in Turkey have access to social security (directly or indirectly).
Turkey also provides home care service for disabled people which helped 400,000 people last year. According to a report titled “Strategy and Action Plan for Home Care Service,” prepared by the Family and Social Policy Ministry, this number is expected to reach over half a million by 2014.Last Mod: 20 Kasım 2013, 15:46