Blackberry and Chrysler willing to invest in Turkey, says Çağlayan

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Cağlayan, who had several meetings in Houston, has »»

Turkish Economy Minister Zafer Cağlayan, who had several meetings in Houston, has said two of the world's largest companies are willing to invest in Turkey.

Cağlayan stated that he met with executives from both Blackberry and Chrysler and that Chrysler wanted to benefit from incentives in Turkey in the automotive sector. He added that executives of technology giant Blackberry were interested in the Movement to Increase Opportunities and Technology (FATİH) Project in Turkey.

Chrysler employs 52,000 people in 33 factories in four countries with the company's products being sold in more than 120 countries around the world.

The FATİH Project was put into practice in schools all around Turkey. With this project, 40,000 schools and nearly 600,000 classrooms will be equipped with the latest in information technology and turned into computerized classrooms, or smart classrooms. The FATİH Project is expected to reach all of Turkey's classrooms within three years.

The project, often referred to as revolutionary, was first introduced at an inauguration ceremony attended by Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in November 2010. Undertaken by the Ministry of Education and supported by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication, the massive project is expected to include 570,000 classrooms in 40,000 schools around Turkey once fully implemented.

Cağlayan also inaugurated Turkey's new trade attaché office in Houston on Tuesday. Deniz Şenyurt was appointed Turkey's first trade attaché to Houston.

Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, Cağlayan noted the presence of successful Turkish businessmen in Houston and called on American businessmen to invest in Turkey. He also advised businessmen to benefit from a new incentive package for foreign investors in Turkey.

Cağlayan also said Turkish Airlines (THY) would begin direct flights from Turkey to Houston by the end of 2012 at the latest. Cağlayan and his delegation are set to proceed to Mexico on Wednesday after scheduled meetings with leaders and businessmen in Houston.