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Turkish course for foreigners in Muğla province draws interest

Turkish course in the district of Fethiye in Muğla province is attracting the interest of foreigners settled in the region. Around 100 individuals are now attending classes to learn Turkish, reports said. Students from different countries, including Russia, England, Albania, Italy, Ukraine, Poland, Belgium and Iran take Turkish language classes to not only learn the language, but also familiarize with the culture, communicate with neighbors and to make it easier for them to carry on with their daily lives. The Director of Public Education Center İsmail Cazağ told the Anadolu Agency that the participants were very happy to live in Turkey, and that the beautiful nature of Fethiye was a special reason for them to stay in the region. Cazağ said that it made him happy to see citizens from countries like England, Ukraine or Russia speak Turkish. The course participants learn to read and write in Turkish and study Turkish grammar. At the end of the course they are given a certificate provin…

European bank invests in Turkey’s leading packaging company

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Actera – the leading private equity investor in Turkey – and Esas Holding – a venture capital firm established by the Sabancı family –are acquiring a majority stake in Korozo, the leading Turkish producer of flexible packaging, the EBRD said in a statement on April 25. 

The new shareholders are moving to unlock the company’s growth potential and increase its competitiveness and integration in international markets, according to the statement.  

Founded in Istanbul in 1973 by brothers Liya and Refael Duvenyaz, Korozo has grown to become a major manufacturer of flexible packaging in Europe and the largest in Turkey. 

The company has nine plants across Turkey with a total capacity of 98 tons per year and is currently building a state-of-the-art facility in Çorlu, Tekirdağ province, in the northern Marmara region, to expand production and boost exports, according to the statement. 

More than half of Korozo’s production is exported t…

Foreign corporations in Turkey must file taxes by May 2

The pace of growth and development in the Turkish economy and its foreign trade implications over the last decade, coupled with the deepening interconnectedness of markets across the globe and the interdependence of national economies - both those in geographical proximity to each other and those in distant continents - has brought topics related to direct and indirect foreign investment to the top of the agenda. Taxation of firms with investments in foreign countries according to the respective tax jurisdictions where they operate is a principal subject in this regard.

Historically all income generating entities be it local lor foreign, individuals or corporations alike, have been subjected to tax provisions according to their tax-statute in Turkey. In other words, individuals and corporations, before being designated as taxpayers by the tax authorities, are classified either within the context of full tax liability or limited tax liability.

Foreign corporations with investments in Tur…

First feature program at Istanbul Modern

Istanbul Modern Cinema will present My First Feature, a program focusing on the debut features filmed by current directors at the start of their careers, between April 20 and 23.

The selection features four films by the unusual director of French cinema Claire Simon, who has been working across different genres ranging from documentary to fiction for 20 years and has always tried to capture the essence of reality.

The program includes Simon’s first feature-length documentary, “The Patients,” in which she follows her father’s best friend, Dr. Bouvier, a few months before his retirement and shows the compassion with which this experienced doctor approaches his patients. Also featured in the program are her films “God’s Offices” and “Gare du Nord.” 

Another film to be screened in My First Feature will be “Private Madness” by Belgian director Joachim Lafosse, which was nominated for the Golden Leopard at the Locarno film festival in 2004. A conversation with Simon is also included in the pro…

Meetings on the Bridge Award winners announced

The 12th edition of the Meetings on the Bridge, organized within the scope of the 36th Istanbul Film Festival, was held between April 7 and 11 with the support of the Istanbul Development Agency.

The projects and films that received the Meetings on the Bridge awards were announced at a reception hosted by l’Institut Français Istanbul on April 11. 

A total of 14 film projects and six films in post-production from Turkey and neighboring countries Syria, Georgia, Greece and Azerbaijan were presented at the Meetings on the Bridge workshops this year. A total of 72 international film professionals had meetings with the directors and producers of the projects and films in the workshops and had the chance to network with decision makers from Turkey and its neighboring countries.

The closing reception started with speeches by Istanbul Film Festival Director Kerem Ayan; the head of the Meetings on the Bridge, Gülin Üstün; and Istanbul Development Agency specialist Yasemen Özlem Mailoğlu.

The Film …

Turkish scientists set to go to Antarctica in December

A Turkish team plans to expand the number of its researchers for its Antarctica mission during its next visit to the remote continent in December this year, according to the leader of a team of Turkish scientists.        

Istanbul Technical University’s Burcu Özsoy told state-run Anadolu Agency on April 6 there were plans to carry out a more comprehensive and longer second feasibility work in December.        

“We aim to establish a green base. In the first stage, it would be ideal that 20 to 25 scientists work at the Turkey Scientific Research Base,” Özsoy said.        

The Turkey Scientific Research Base will operate under the Turkish Science, Industry and Technology Ministry.

Özsoy said the team had completed its initial feasibility study on Antarctica and the location of the Turkish base in the continent would be clarified in the second visit.        

An estimated 100 scientific research bases have been established in Antarctica since the 1930s. She said the Turkish team had visited Ch…

Antalya to host agriculture forum with African minister

The first Turkey-Africa Agriculture Ministers Meeting and Agribusiness Forum will be held in the Mediterranean resort province of Antalya on April 27-28. 

The two-day event - organized by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock - will host more than 300 participants, including agricultural ministers of African countries, ambassadors, representatives of international organizations and private sectors.        

The Foreign Economic Relations Board (DEİK), the Central Union of Turkish Agricultural Credit Cooperatives, and Turkish Airlines are among the main shareholders of the event.        

The ministers’ meeting will be held under the theme of “Turkey-Africa Partnership on Rural Development for Achieving Food Security.”       

The forum will provide an opportunity to share experiences of Turkey in agriculture and livestock farming. It also strengthens the current state of cooperation between Turkey and Africa, along with promotion of trade relations.        

During the event, busines…

Turkey to engage in a new foreign policy bid by May

Turkey will launch a foreign policy move through presidential visits to critical countries in May in an attempt to reshape the country’s relationships with the international community after months of domestic political tension fractured Turkey’s bonds with its traditional allies.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s itinerary in May includes a visit to Washington D.C. for his first in-person meeting with U.S. President Donald Trump after the latter’s election and to Sochi for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Erdoğan will also visit Beijing, Brussels and New Delhi. 

Turkey is going on the foreign drive in a bid to repair relationships with a number of key countries, such as the United States, Germany and the Netherlands, which have soured in recent months, while Ankara also wishes to discuss developments in Syria and the fight against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Erdoğan will seek to establish “a new framework” for the Turkish-American relationship in Washington…

Gazipaşa-Alanya Airport welcomes first flight from Russia

The Gazipaşa-Alanya Airport in the southern province of Antalya has welcomed its first flight arrival from Russia, amid the start of the summer season, the company said in a statement on April 21. 

The airport, operated by TAV Airports, celebrated its first arrival with a ceremony attended by Gazipaşa District Governor Nurullah Kaya, mayors of Gazipaşa; Alanya and Anamur, Pobeda General Manager Andrey Kalmykov, TAV Gazipaşa Coordinator Cengiz Aşıklı, local officials, representatives of NGOs and journalists, according to the statement. 

The first scheduled flight carried passengers on the Pobeda Airlines from Moscow. 

Arriving at the airport on a Boeing 737-800 NG, 188 passengers were welcomed with flowers.

“Having been operated by TAV Airports since 2008, Gazipaşa Airport provides significant contributions to the development of the region. Alanya is one of the leading attraction centers for Russian tourists with its natural beauties and cultural values. We are glad that Pobeda, which is a…

Turkish Airlines expands Moscow-Antalya connections with five new flights

Turkish Airlines has added five more round-trip flights between the southern resort of Antalya and Moscow, increasing the number of direct flights between the two cities to seven days a week.

The additional daily nonstop flights started on March 26, according to a press release issued on March 29.      
Round-trip fares from Moscow to Antalya start from 219 euros (around $236), the airline said, adding that the prices included taxes.      

Turkey’s flagship carrier has over 330 aircraft and flies to almost 300 destinations around the world, more than any other airline, according to the company.      

The airline increased its total number of passengers by 2.5 percent year-on-year to reach 62.8 million in 2016, according to a stock exchange filing report revealed on Jan. 11.      

Turkish Airlines was named airline of the year by Air Transport News magazine readers in March last year. The carrier was also named Europe’s best airline for the sixth consecutive year in the 2016 Skytrax World A…

Antalya’s Patara Beach draws tourists with dunes

It might not be the middle of the desert, but Patara Beach on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast is drawing great interest from tourists for its sand dunes that have provided opportunities for local tourism operators to launch horse and camel tours. 

“Tourists climb over the dunes on horses. These tours have drawn unbelievable interest. Some 25,000 tourists take these tours every year, but the number is growing with every passing day as the region becomes more famous,” said Bilgihan Bayar, the district governor of Kaş, a district of Antalya in which Patara is located.

Bayar said camel and horse safari tours were being organized around the Saklıkent Canyon and the dunes in Patara. 

Bayar said one of the best known Turkish comedy films, “Tosun Pasha,” starring Kemal Sunal and Şener Şen, was filmed in Patara’s dunes. “The region is alike a natural film studio. We invite all producers who have desert scenes in their script [to film here]. We believe that this place will host many films and TV dram…