Erdoğan announces incentives to boost employment, easing of pandemic measures

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan vowed on Tuesday government incentives to boost employment while supporting the industry to maintain export- and production-oriented growth to revive the country’s pandemic-hit economy.

Erdoğan also said the country was easing months-long curfew measures for the over 65 and under 18 and announced businesses such as cinemas, theatres and exhibition centres would be allowed to reopen as of July 1 under government-specified regulations.

"We are going to ensure that we equip those under the age of 25 with the skill set and experience that will see them gain employment," state-run Anadolu news agency quoted Erdoğan as saying.

Measures would also be put in place to help those over 50 in finding employment, he added.

After quickly engaging employment, Erdoğan said, his government would implement a supplementary retirement system by 2022.

"We are going to strengthen our position in the world economy following the pandemic through our advantage in manufacturing, trade and logistics,’’ the Turkish president said.

The Turkish economy reeling following the COVID-19 outbreak. Unemployment is registered at 13.6 percent and is expected to rise steeply as millions have been placed on unpaid leave or seen their working hours severely curtailed. 

Meanwhile, Manufacturing has plummeted alongside demand for major products like automobiles and textiles, and tourism, a key sector that accounted for more than 12 percent of GDP in 2018, has been shuttered.

Erodğan also said the Syrian government was increasing provocations in northwest Syria’s Idlib region and that Turkey would not allow it to become a conflict zone again.

Turkey and Russia brokered a ceasefire agreement on March 5 to end the fighting in Idlib between Turkish-backed forces and the Syrian military, which is backed by Russia.