The 1st Launch Meeting of Konya Model Factory Learn-Return Projects was held at the Konya Chamber of Commerce Technology and Education Campus.
The 1st Launch Meeting of the Konya Model Factory Learn-Return Projects took place at the Konya Chamber of Commerce Technology and Education Campus. The event was attended by Dr. Çetin Ali Dönmez, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, Mustafa Büyükeğen, President of the Konya Chamber of Industry (KSO), Selçuk Öztürk, President of the Konya Chamber of Commerce (KTO), Murat Karakoyunlu, President of the Konya Plain Project (KOP) Administration, Dr. İhsan Bostancı, General Secretary of MEVKA, İsmail Özdemir, Director of KOSGEB Konya, as well as business owners and employees.
Highlighting Konya's transformation into one of the country's most important industrial production centers today, Mustafa Büyükeğen, President of the Konya Chamber of Industry (KSO), stated, "We are empowering the Turkish industry with our 12 organized industrial zones, more than 100 industrial sites, Technology Development Zones, Technology Industrial Zones, Research and Development Centers, and our robust entrepreneurship ecosystem. Last year, we achieved exports totaling 3.262 billion dollars to over 190 countries. In the first 8 months of this year, we have already reached 2.181 billion dollars in exports. We are preparing to set a new export record by the end of the year. The number of exporting companies has also reached close to 3,500."
Dr. Çetin Ali Dönmez, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology, commented, "The industry is in a position to comfortably pay wages above the minimum wage. This is something to be proud of. Hopefully, workers will also earn more and have greater opportunities. Our main concern is the welfare of the country. In this context, this model factory is one of the model factories in Turkey. But it is one of the successful ones, and it is on the right track."
Dönmez also added, "We need to increase investments as much as possible while minimizing environmental impact. We will issue a call for green transformation. We made a change in Law No. 3305, where green transformation is specifically defined. We obtained a $450 million loan from the World Bank. $175 million will be distributed through TÜBİTAK and $250 million through KOSGEB. The Ministry will allocate $25 million for initiatives related to green transformation, including model factories like this one, as well as learn-return or educate programs."