Four Erdoğan allies are top global winners of public tenders

Four out of the top ten biggest global winners of public tenders are companies benefitting from the patronage of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in Turkey, a World Bank study has revealed.

The study, which considered the period between 1990-2017, found that Turkish construction companies Limak, Cengiz, Kolin and Kalyon took second, fourth, fifth and seventh places respectively in terms of total value of public contracts won.

The top winner of public contracts was French energy company SUEZ, which won contracts in countries on five different continents; the Turkish companies, by contrast, only won theirs on their home turf.

Turkey’s top entry, Limak Holding, made a total of almost $50 billion from public contracts over the time period of the study, almost all of it since Erdoğan came to power in 2002. Limak, Cengiz, Kolin and Kalyon were all involved in building airports around Turkey, and Limak and Cengiz also gained contracts for electricity infrastructure.

The four Turkish companies on the list made 30 billion lira ($6.37 billion) from public contracts in 2017 alone.

The owner of Kalyon group, Cemal Kalyoncu, also owns Turkuvaz Media Group, which controls pro-government newspapers Sabah, Daily Sabah, Yeni Asır and Takvim and television stations ATV and A Haber.

Kolin, Limak and Cengiz formerly jointly owned pro-government newspaper Akşam and television station Skyturk 360.