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Turkish exports to the UAE increased 7.53 per cent in 2017, from $2.99 billion in 2016 to $3.21 billion in 2017, as per latest data released by TiM (Turkish Exporters Assembly).
In the last quarter of 2017, Turkish exports worldwide grew 10.1 percent as compared to the last quarter of 2016, revealed the data.
Top Turkish exports to the UAE include jewellery, chemical industry products, electrical and electronics and service, ready to wear and retail, steel, grain, cereals and its products, automotive, iron and other metals, furniture, paper and forest products and mining products, it said.
Turkey’s economy is expected to grow 4.8 per cent annually on average over the next five years, according to analysis in a report from global ratings agency Fitch.
In its report, titled “Investment and Demographics Key to EM Growth Potential”, Fitch also provided a list of the 10 largest emerging markets in the world, in which Turkey ranked third in its forecast economic growth rate.
The ratings agency suggests that Turkey will see a ‘continued growth in its working-age population over the next five years’, supporting GDP growth potential and an ‘impressive rate of capital accumulation per worker’.
Already, Turkey’s strong demographic lends itself to increased growth and productivity predictions, with half of Turkey’s population under the age of 30 – working age, or shortly due to become so.
These forecasts follow a record-breaking year for the Turkish Stock Exchange, which reached its highest-ever close on the last working day of 2017, recording 115,333 points – making it one of the top 5 performing markets of the year. This record was then exceeded on the first working day of 2018, recording 117,524 points.
Mehmet Büyükeksi, chairman of the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly, said: “These forecasts from Fitch Ratings are very similar to our own – as we expect to see growth rates of 5.5 per cent over the coming year, driven primarily by industrial production and services.”
“To be specific, we expect automotive, textile and machinery to be the leading sectors in terms of industrial production and tourism to be the main source of revenue from services. 2017 was a fantastic year for the Turkish economy, with an increase in exports of over 10 per cent, strong increases in GDP across the year, and a record year for Turkish stocks,” he said.
“All of these factors point to 2018 being a strong year for the country, with exports playing a crucial role as we take the lead as one of the fastest growing economies globally,” he added.