The Turkey 2023 vision. The future begins now

The Turkey 2023 vision. The future begins now

18:36 01 June in ARTICLES, In English, PUBLICATIONS


İktisat İşletme ve Finans | 01.06.2002 |

Tome: 17 | Issue: 195 | Pages: 46-70

ISSN: 1300-610X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI):  10.3848/iif.2002.195.8268



Although Turkey has come a long way over the last three-quarters of the century, the country as viewed from abroad is still going-through its never ending “critical” and “transition” periods. In conflfl ict with herself internally and with most of her neighboring countries, unable to inspire a sense of future for its young population, wasting its scarce resources in irrational ways and dragging its feet to long overdue changes in the economy, the political system and foreign affairs, Turkey has been suffering from her chronic inability to change at the needed tempo and scale. What is certain is that current institutional and political structures are largely inadequate and ineffective in launching and managing such a colossal change to prepare the nation to the rigorous challenges of the 21st century. They must be reconstructed and/or modifi ed to respond to new realities and requirements. The reforms that have thus far been proposed, and much less frequently implemented, are usually ad hoc adaptations. To fifi nd real remedies to these problems, and to facilitate the development of new ways of doing business, tackling domestic problems and managing foreign affairs so that the nation will be well positioned to advance into the 21st century, Turkey needs a new economic and political paradigm. If Turkey is to become one of the world’s competitive economies and respectable democracies, she will have to begin putting her house in order, develop non-partisan, realistic and widely accepted long-term strategic goals and carry-out her vision with vigor and fl exibility. In doing so, Turkey will provide private sector enterprises, the public administration, the general public and foreign economic actors with a clear-cut idea of what her aims are and what the future would hold — at least in the strategic vision of its leadership. The implementation of this strategic vision requires the vigorous pursuit of four major priorities: – Achieving a new political architecture and domestic peace – Investing in human capital, new technologies and sustainable development – Building an internationally competitive economy, and – Effecting “balance adjustment” in foreign affairs.


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