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Kemal Kilicdaroglu
Kemal Kilicdaroglu

Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu emphasized that a high quality democracy can be accessed via freedom and said “Where freedom and democracy are suspended or wounded, the problem grows a lot faster than we think it will.”

Kılıçdaroğlu attended the TOBB (Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey) Executive Board Meeting. Taking the floor, Kılıçdaroğlu expressed his joy to be together with the members of TOBB Executive Board.

Stating that there is a certain perception of CHP in the business world, Kılıçdaroğlu said “The perception of CHP in the business world is a bit negative; we want to overcome these prejudices.”

Kılıçdaroğlu, emphasized that they were determined to build a model where the business world can conveniently work, produce and create employment, and said that the industrialists are the civil servants of economy and therefore, the obstacles before them should be removed.

Labelling TOBB as the heart of the private sector, Kılıçdaroğlu pointed out that everyone has to work in order for the sector to grow. Mentioning that ”the economy is not managed well”, Kılıçdaroğlu remarked that in a well-managed economy, it is out of the question to have 4 financial pardons within 9 years.

Noting that another tangible indicator of the economy not being well-managed is the fact that “the growth of the economy is dependent on cash”, Kılıçdaroğlu said, “There was an interesting news item in the papers. We are importing tea cups now. Turkey is among the few countries leading the glass industry in the world. How come we are importing tea cups? If this exchange rate policy remains as it is now, this problem will not only be your problem but it will be a problem for all of us.”

Kılıçdaroğlu, asserted that it was wrong to boast that the “Turkish Lira is increasing well in value”, and he said that, ”Those who know economy well, would not boast about the Turkish Lira being more valuable than it is. We are facing a problem here.”

Arguing also that Turkey is dependent upon importation, Kılıçdaroğlu mentioned that CHP wants to set off with a new employment policy.


Kılıçdaroğlu stated that a growth of 5.5% will only prolong the existing problems and the economic growth in the medium term financial plan is defined as 4%, and he said: “If you aim for 4% and grow about %9, this constitutes a problem; your aims are misplaced.” Underlining that the businessmen need to evaluate the perceptions correctly, Kılıçdaroğlu noted that the economic success of Turkey should be compared to those of the countries that are in the same league.

Stating that Rifat Hisarcıklıoğlu, Chairman of TOBB, mentioned that they are at the same distance to all political parties, Kılıçdaroğlu said the following:

“This is what we want to hear. The overarching organizations and professional organizations should be at an equal distance to political parties. We have a certain point in our understanding of economy; we are determined the remove the obstacles that are in front of the industrialists who do not share the same philosophy with us. This is because those industrialists are not working for themselves, they are working for their country. We might have different philosophies but we have to create a common ground. We have to respect those who work, produce, sweat and take risks; this is our aim, we will pay this respect.

We will do this in the East or the West, in the South or the North. Our textile businessmen left Turkey and headed to Egypt. We have serious problems regarding economic growth in the Eastern and South-eastern regions. Why did not we provide the opportunities offered by Egypt to our Turkish textile businessmen, to our own businessmen in the East and the Southeast? What was the obstacle? Lack of manpower, lack of initiative? What deficiencies did we have? We had deficiencies in political choices, and the options were sent to those other regions. We are resolved to adopt a healthy and consistent policy regarding incentives. All of the existing incentive policies are wrong. If necessary specific incentives based on sectors, based on companies have to be implemented. We can be successful when we do this.”

Expressing that the industrialists are complaining about the energy costs, Kılıçdaroğlu reminded that a nuclear power plant will be built in Turkey and wanted the industrialists to ask the price for which the energy obtained from the nuclear power plant is sold in the countries they visit.

Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu said: ”We want our universities, businessmen, scientists to become acquainted with nuclear technology in our country, but not a single Turkish engineer will be working in this nuclear power plant, why? Won’t my people learn? The Russians will be in charge of everything, all the experts will be Russian, but we will be the ones under risk but with no benefits; maybe we will purchase cheaper electricity from a country other than Russia. Also, there is a guarantee of purchase for 15.5 cents, we have to think carefully about this. We do not ask of you to “applaud or criticize the government”, we want you to see the truth. We love our country. In our understanding of nationalism, first of all, our own industrialists, our own businessmen will profit”

Mentioning that a concept of growth that does not create employment is developing and that this is a highly unfavourable condition, Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu underlined that the perception of growth depending on importation and economy depending on hot Money can not accepted. In his speech, Kılıçdaroğlu criticized the fact that the Economic Social Council did not assemble.

Expressing that “the essence of communal living lies in compromise”, Kılıçdaroğlu said “A high quality democracy lies in liberties. There is also a problem of democracy in Turkey. I am certain that you can not talk comfortably on your cell phones, then this means we have a problem of democracy. Where freedom and democracy are suspended or wounded, the problem grows a lot faster than we think it will.”

Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu, stated that the advancement of this problem and the occurrence of concepts of partisan businessmen and partisan politicians will affect capital negatively, and noted that this was among one of the serious threats the democracy is facing. Pointing out that the assets of people should exist in a secured and legal environment, Kılıçdaroğlu said ”We side with an understanding of a government where everyone can work and produce in a democratic Turkey.”

Kılıçdaroğlu said, ” We are the new CHP. We have a new understanding which produces projects, shares the values it creates fairly and thinks of burying poverty in history. We have a new understanding which respects beliefs and ethnical identities, which stays away from the political parties that place these concepts at the centre of politics, and those parties which reject the policies of the 19th century.”

Kılıçdaroğlu criticized the structure of State Planning Institute and said that they will change this structure for a healthy and consistent planning and introduce a new structure where the experts are active.

Noting that the differences between the eastern and western provinces are increasing due to a lack of healthy planning, Kılıçdaroğlu told of the projects of CHP which will eliminate these differences. Kılıçdaroğlu said, ”We want the existing image and balances to change in favour of Turkey in her 100th anniversary. We want a more consistent and more decent structure.”

Stating that CHP will always evaluate the criticisms aimed at them respectfully, Kılıçdaroğlu underlined that they are trying to ensure that economy is the first item on the agenda in Turkey.

Dwelling also on the topic of the EU process in his speech, Kılıçdaroğlu uttered the following words: ”We are stuck at the EU process.” Mentioning that the opposition always supported the government with regards to EU harmonization laws, Kılıçdaroğlu said ”None of the 550 parliamentarians objected to the drafts within the framework of the harmonization law. We are troubled by the blockage in the EU process, but we are also troubled by the fact that EU practices double standards to Turkey; we say this to them openheartedly. We say that ‘Turkey is not condemned to you’ but Turkey stands behind the agreement it has signed in 1963. If we say that, ‘Europe has ethical values’; then Europe must stand behind their signature as well.”

Remarking that the government does not have policies on employment and taxes and that their management of the economy is disorganized, Chairman Kılıçdaroğlu gave information regarding the “Family Insurance Project”.

Explaining CHP’s project to shorten the period of military service, Kılıçdaroğlu said ”You take a person out of the production process for 15 months. We said that ’first we will reduce it to 9 months and then gradually to 6 months.’ We want a stronger, more consistent, dynamic and productive army. We want an army that defends the country better, an army that overcomes its bulkiness. We want the defence industry to be stronger.” Drawing attention to the savings Turkey can achieve in the event that military service is reduced to a period of 9 months, Kılıçdaroğlu argued that these savings will reflect positively on employment and production.


Expressing the need for a new economic programme in Turkey, Kılıçdaroğlu continued his speech as follows: “The existing programme is a programme introduced by Kemal Derviş and his colleagues, which is not changed and it is maintained as it is. That programme is creating unemployment, making imports attractive, making Turkish Lira more valuable, and punishing the industrialists.”

Kılıçdaroğlu stated that they will provide the Revenue Administration with an autonomous structure and that they will not use tax audits as weapons.

Promising a new stability programme, a health competition environment, an independent Revenue Administration, a reorganized, strong and creative State Planning Institute, Kılıçdaroğlu said that the Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency and the Capital Market Board can be merged in order to get rid of the disorder in the economic structure.


Explaining the novelties to be introduced into the economy by CHP, Kılıçdaroğlu said that he worked in the bureaucracy for long years and thus he can see where things become clogged. Kılıçdaroğlu said “The success of the late Özal lies here. It lies in the fact that he knew the state well.”

Underlining that his party does not approach privatization ideologically, Kılıçdaroğlu stated that “instead of monopolies, a healthy environment for competition should be created by privatization”. Kılıçdaroğlu said:

”We have projects regarding the East and the Southeast. Incentive policies will be introduced in the private sector on scales you have not imagined before, but only for those regions. Healthy incentives in selected areas. If the private sector does not go to those regions, we will promote public-private sector cooperation. At least 51% will be private but if the private sector says “we do not want to go under these conditions”, public sector will directly invest in these areas. We have kept the rate of growth at 9,5% in that region. We have extraordinary opportunities in these regions. We have to create new areas of investment. We will create employment in order to prevent terrorism.”

Stating that CHP presents project to the people, Kılıçdaroğlu said “You can not find a party that produces projects other than us. We challenge them to come to us and tell us otherwise. We challenge them in terms of economy, in terms social life. They talk about ‘growth’, they say that ‘Turkey is flying’, but the number of poor people increases 818 thousand per year, and these are the figures from the Turkish Statistics Institute. This means that now the growth is not reflected to the people, whereas people should be benefiting from growth. With the policies we will follow in state management, we want Turkey to have a voice in the global arena. Not with words, but with actions. We are now a political party that produces projects. As we’ve told, we are the new CHP. We have a new understanding which creates projects, which thinks of its country, which shares the values it creates fairly, which thinks of burying poverty in history. We have a new understanding which respects beliefs and ethnical identities, which stays away from the political parties that place these concepts at the centre of politics and those parties that reject the policies of the 19th century.”

Answering the questions of the press after his speech in the meeting, Kılıçdaroğlu, upon a question about his reaction to the current parliamentarians being at the ends of the list in yesterday’s pre-elections, stated that, they have made a pre-election in 29 provinces with the attendance of all members and said “We will bring democracy to this country, we are determined. We will bring democracy for our party too, we are determined about that as well.”

While evaluating the results of yesterday’s pre-election evaluation, Chairman Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu said “The result is this: Turkey wants change. In one province, the first place and the second place belonged to female parliamentarian candidates. We have seen more female candidates in the pre-election than we have estimated. We are extremely satisfied with this outcome.”

Kılıçdaroğlu remarked that they have scored an important point by having a pre-election in 29 provinces and said “The result is this: Turkey wants change. In one province, the first place and the second place belonged to female parliamentarian candidates. We have seen more female candidates in the pre-election than we have estimated. We are extremely satisfied with this outcome.”


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