8 Nisan 2011 Cuma

Turkish SME’s get 15 million Turkish Liras in new grants

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The Eastern Marmara Regional Development Agency, or Marka, announced Tuesday at a press conference in Kocaeli that it will grant 15 million Turkish Liras to small- and medium-size enterprises, or SMEs, in five Turkish cities.

According to the new SME grant project, which is financed by state funds, small sized companies, entrepreneurs and young people with bright ideas will be eligible to receive financial assistance grants amounting to a value between 30,000 and 300,000 liras.

The total grant package will be distributed to Turkish SME’s operating in the northwestern provinces of Yalova, Kocaeli, Sakarya, Düzce and Bolu until Oct. 15, according to the merit of project submissions in order to increase the competency and dynamism of Turkish SME’s operating in the region.

“This is just a start,” General Secretary of Marka Ercan Ayan told the press conference. “We are taking the initiative to support local producers, exporters and entrepreneurs in order to increase the economic potential of the region and next year we aim to increase the amount to 30 million liras upon final government approval.”
According to the framework of the grant project, submissions for assistance will be accepted until Oct. 15, after which they will be assessed by an agency supervisory board and an independent board of academics. According to grant criteria, submissions cannot apply for more than 50 percent of the cost of total project investments.

State Minister Cevdet Yılmaz said at the conference there are 26 regional agencies designated by the government according to the economic potential of the cities they represent and “so far we have reached four agencies… We aim to reach 20 regional development agencies by the end of this year to support more SME’s in nationwide.”

“Turkey aims to achieve a national revenue of $2 trillion and an export volume of $500 billion in 2023, the 100th anniversary of Turkish Republic.” He said in order to achieve these targets, the Turkish government is working on eliminating bureaucratic obstacles in order to support more Turkish SME’s through grants and credits.”

The minister said in his speech that Turkish state-run Halkbank could also provide extensive credits for SME’s and the new projects of entrepreneurs. “The projects that are not qualified for the grants provided from the development agencies could benefit from Halkbank credits with low interest rates,” he told the Hürriyet Daily News & Economic Review.
“The Turkish government allocated a total amount of 48 million liras in 2008, 94.5 million liras in last year and 57.4 million in the first half of this year to SME’s and their relevant development agencies.”

“The total amount expected to increase nearly 450 million liras until the end of this year and the same amount will be allocated for the year 2011,” he said.

Ayan said companies that employ up to 250 workers and whose total annual revenue is not more than 25 million liras are eligible for the Marka SME grant. Marka has total annual budget of nearly 38 million liras and 60 percent of this amount is provided directly by the government while the rest is provided by trade chambers, unions and municipalities.

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