‘‘Employment in the ready-to-wear garment and textile industry has exceeded 1 million people. This is the first time we have accomplished it. The exact number in total is 1 million 67 thousand 23 people,’’ said Ruhsar Pekcan, the Minister of Trade.
Ruhsar Pekcan, speaking at the Ready-to-Wear Garment, Textile, Leather and Carpet Sectors Workshop hosted by the Istanbul Textile and Apparel Exporters Associations (ITKIB), said that they will listen to the needs, demands, and suggestions of the representatives of the industry and make assessments together and constitute a road map.
Pekcan, announcing the employment figures of the sector, explained the following Employment in the ready-to-wear garment and textile sectors has exceeded 1 million people. We are accomplishing this for the first time in our history. The exact number in total is 1 million 67 thousand 23 people. I believe that we will increase this number even more by collaborating together. Of course, the industry has a subsidiary industry, logistics services, and retailers to double this employment amount in no time.
Pekcan, stating that the textile sector is one of the leading sectors that positively supports Turkey’s exports, continued as the following:
‘‘In fact, in some of our provinces, with respect to industrial production, the textile sector is the leading sector. It is also an innovative sector that effectuates added value. Therefore, despite economical protectionist measures all over the world, our sector achieved to hold their position in the market, and even increase it where possible, through the importance that it attaches to the innovative designs and branding with its own internal dynamics. Our greatest advantage as a country is our highly trained manpower, competitive abilities, and geographical location. In addition, due to our fast, flexible production and procurement capabilities, we will continue to increase our market power through the dynamism of our industry and our understanding of production that is sensitive to the environment and people.
Our updated goal now is not trying to sell cheaper but to achieve better quality and qualified sales. Turkey, thanks to the perception created by our industry, has moved to the level of quality products. This is accurate for all our sectors and especially in ready-to-wear garment and textile industries.’’
‘‘Turkey maintains its dynamism’’
Pekcan, indicating that exports have accomplished over 180 billion US dollars in 2019 and that Turkey is listed as 7th in export growth numbers in the world ranking, underlined that Turkey is listed as 6th in the increase of the valuation according to the 12-month period data. Pekcan continued as follows: We are in the 2nd place in carpet export in the world with a 14 percent share this year. This is very important, we are especially successful in the export of handmade carpets. Our goal is to maintain this trend of machinery and handmade rugs by increasing the importance of manufacturing, extending its weaving and export supports. Our exporters associations have significant studies in the field of education regarding this subject. We will continue to provide support to these endeavors as the Ministry. When we look at the handmade carpets, we observe that 30 percent of our international sales is to the American market, whilst 27 percent is to the Japanese market. We are certainly aware that these sectors can reach much higher levels considering the potential of them. In textile, ready-to-wear garment, leather, carpet sectors, 516 of our companies benefit from product development projects within the design and market access supports of our Ministry. Apart from these, 55 of our companies benefit from our Turquality supports.
Presently, the economic world is moving from multi-sided agreements to bilateral agreements. In other words, the protectionist measures taken by the governments directed private companies and countries to bilateral agreements. Therefore, free trade agreements have gained even more importance. As the Ministry, we attach great importance to free trade agreements and negotiations, but because we are aware of the sensitivity of our sector, we are proceeding with very delicate efforts in this direction, being conscious of the contribution of the sector to the country’s economy, employment, production, and exports. The indicators reveal that Turkey’s economy entered in a good trend. There is a gradual decline in interest rates. This also contributes to improving the investment environment in Turkey. Both the Central Bank and Türk Eximbank gradually lower the interest rates. Hopefully, we will continue to lower the interest rates in Turkey and will continue our endeavors towards being the investment center of the world.