The Turkish government has received initial applications for 15.4-billion-liras’ worth ($4.34 billion) of regional projects, the country’s development minister has said. “Although I have not announced it yet, pre-requests for our Attraction Centers Program reached 15.4 billion liras as of today” Lütfi Elvan tweeted on Dec. 28.
Elvan said it was foreseen that demand for such projects would create an estimated 93,000 jobs in the country’s eastern provinces.
The government announced on June 17 it would introduce problem-free investment zones for companies in eastern Turkey, where some of the country’s most under-developed regions are located.
Under the program, the government will carry out infrastructure and civil service works for the investor who will take ownership of his/her investment when the project is completed.
The Turkish government seeks returning to high growth in the coming years after the economy contracted 1.8 percent year-on-year in the third quarter of 2016, the first time since 2009.
According to officials, the program will also help prevent migration from eastern Turkey to bigger provinces, such as Istanbul and Ankara.
In October, the government released details of its medium-term program for 2017-2019 which, it said, would eliminate the impact of terrorism.