EU seems to be to spice up Syrian companies in Turkey

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In coordination with the Directorate General of Development Agencies on the Turkish Ministry of Industry and Technology, the European Union introduced Oct. 5 within the metropolis of Urfa the launch of the ENHANCER mission, developed by the International Center for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD).

The mission will award a grant of as much as 30,000 euros (about $35,000) for Syrian businessmen in Turkey whose standing is Under Temporary Protection

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The grant will probably be awarded to Syrian businessmen within the cities of Urfa, Konya, Kayseri, Istanbul, Izmir, Bursa, Mersin, Adana, Gaziantep, Hatay and Ankara.

Mehmet Caglar Aydin, head of the Grants Management Team on the ICMPD, stated on the launching convention in Urfa, which was attended by representatives of related establishments and organizations, “The project aims at increasing support for small entrepreneurs and encouraging entrepreneurship. The project also seeks to ensure economic harmony between the Turkish and Syrian peoples, as its participants will be able to implement their projects for a period of up to 12 months through a 10% margin of cofinancing and a 90% margin of grants. Applications will be accepted until Oct. 29 and are to expire in 2023, and they will be evaluated by independent examiners.”

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Ahmed Haji Osman, proprietor of Technosat for programming and communications companies in Gaziantep, who utilized for the grant, instructed Al-Monitor, “I started my company two years ago, months before the outbreak of the coronavirus and the ensuing lockdown, and the economic crisis that Turkey is suffering from, which contributed to additional difficulties for Syrian companies. I have six employees and I have to cover their health insurance and monthly salaries, but this is currently impossible due to the bad economic conditions. If my application is accepted, then the EU will be able to cover the expenses of the team and expand the company’s competencies.”

The variety of corporations owned by Syrians in Turkey quantities to about 13,880, i.e., 29% of the overall foreign-owned corporations within the nation, with a capital of about Four billion Turkish liras ($433.7 million). Most of those corporations work within the fields of building, worldwide wholesale commerce, foodstuffs, actual property, rental and the garment business. The complete capital of international corporations in Turkey is estimated at about 151 billion Turkish liras ($16.three billion), in keeping with the Turkish Trade Ministry.

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These corporations have offered job alternatives for about 44,000 Syrians in Turkey. According to a report by the Economic Policy Research Foundation of Turkey, if one household consists of six members on common, then using 44,000 folks could be equal to assembly the wants of nearly 250,000 Syrians, or 7% of the three.5 million Syrians in Turkey. 

According to the identical report, 22% of Syrian corporations are positioned within the southern and southeastern states bordering the Syrian border; 55.4% of Syrian corporations focus their gross sales on international markets, as they export their merchandise. The Syrians’ contribution to the Turkish economic system is estimated at greater than half a billion {dollars}, to not point out the job alternatives they supply for Turkish and Syrian staff.

Galal Bakkar, an financial adviser and director of Ecolink Investment Company in Turkey, instructed Al-Monitor, “EU projects in Turkey aim to support Syrians alone. However, Turkey would not allow the implementation of such projects without earmarking a portion of this support for Turkish companies. On the other hand, the EU requires Turkish companies to hire Syrians in order to obtain the support provided.”

He stated, “Through these projects, the EU is looking to put an end to the illegal migration of Syrians toward Europe. The Turkish media outlets should tackle such projects and inform the Turkish people that the support Syrians get is provided by the EU and not Turkey in order to mitigate racist practices in Turkey.”

Abdel Hakeem al-Masry, minister of economic system within the Syrian opposition’s self-styled interim authorities, instructed Al-Monitor, “These projects are not all aimed at supporting Syrians, and if they were, they would have been implemented in Syria instead of Turkey. Also, this grant is for existing projects, which means that it helps people who are already well established. The priority should be focused on workers wishing to start new businesses, as this would contribute to increasing projects and manpower and creating new job opportunities.”

He added, “These projects do not help integrate Syrians into Turkish society because each project will be independent. If the grant stipulated that the applicant be a Syrian-Turkish company, it would have contributed to the elimination of racism against Syrians.”

Around Four million Syrian refugees at present dwell in Turkey Under Temporary Protection, and plenty of of them work illegally in Turkish factories whereas the EU tries to help small companies established by Syrian refugees.

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