Turkey belongs to the top twenty of world’s largest economies and it is the intention of the Government to become one of the world’s 10 largest economies by 2023, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Turkish Republic. A growing economy will result in an increase of trade flows, that will result in an increase of transport. Economies of scale will have positive effects on the economy. With the increase of transport also undesirable side-effects will occur: congestion in Turkish ports resulting in increased waiting times, reduced safety, increasing security and environmental issues (air and noise pollution) and congestion road transport (of both freight and passenger transport).
Like Turkey, the Netherlands also is confronted with the same negative side-effects as freight flows in North-Western Europe have been similarly growing steadily the last decades. The challenge is to contest the prevailing direct relation between the economic growth and transport growth and to improve the efficiency (of resources) and developing alternative routes/transport modalities (including also intermodal connections) could help to overcome the most severe negative side-effects. This maritime trade mission is focused on sustainable maritime transport development and how the Dutch expertise could support the Turkish developments towards a more sustainable maritime transport sector.
If you would like to join the trade mission, please contact: or Cost of the programme 295 Euro (exclusive travel/hotel/subsistence: Indication extra cost ticket 700 Euro, hotel 4 nights 400 Euro)